Actress makes the most of her (near-)break


December 07, 2005|By LAURA VOZZELLA

Anna Camp was a trouper all right - a gal who knew the show must go on, even when she all but took "break a leg" literally.

And what did she get for it? A lot of applause and - believe it or not - some complaints.

Camp, 23, was playing the part of a flapper in the Center Stage production of Hay Fever last month when she fell off the stage. They were between Acts II and III, and the lights were out. Camp was supposed to exit the stage, but she bumped into another actor, and then a piece of furniture, before tumbling off the stage.

She had to go to the hospital, so a costume intern grabbed a script and read Camp's part so the Saturday matinee could continue. That evening's performance was canceled.

But the very next day, Camp was back at it, performing the matinee and evening show with her badly sprained left ankle in a cast. She was still in the cast - the leg variety and the theater variety - when Hay Fever completed its run Sunday.

After each of the 27 shows she did wearing the cast, audiences gave Camp an especially warm round of applause, said Aaron Heinsman, PR director for the theater. But there were some gripes.

Center Stage, which doesn't use understudies because it costs too much, did its best to disguise Camp's cast. The costume crew made a cover to match her flapper attire. But no one could find a 1920s-era crutch. Camp used a modern one and sported an equally up-to-date tennis shoe. The house manager made a brief announcement before each show to explain the anachronisms, but some audience members were still miffed.

"We did hear from people who found it extremely jarring, and they were very upset with us," Heinsman said. "They felt we should not have anything on the stage that did not fit with the period. Maybe if we had found a period crutch or cane, maybe they would not have felt so cheated.

"I was stunned, frankly. Usually, people appreciate that it's not the ideal situation, but you admire the pluck of the artist willing to go on."

Doug and Keiffer? Uh ... . Yeah, that's the ticket

Baltimore City Councilman Keiffer Mitchell was looking and sounding like a guy on Doug Duncan's ticket the other day, even if the aura partly hinged on a telephone prank.

Late last week, the Montgomery County executive's campaign manager said Mitchell was a finalist to be Duncan's No. 2 in the governor's race. Mitchell said that was news to him.

By Monday, when Mitchell had lunch with the rest of the council and Mayor Martin O'Malley - Duncan's rival in the Democratic primary - the councilman's stance seemed to have shifted from one of genuine surprise to a coy "Who? Me?"

Most of the council is pulling for O'Malley (or their own chances to advance if he goes to Annapolis). So Mitchell played good-humored guy in the doghouse. He brought his own meal, forgoing the catered lasagna for McDonald's because, he said jokingly, he couldn't be too careful. (He brought along a Happy Meal for Councilman Jack Young - the lieutenant, Mitchell suggested, on Joe Steffen's threatened Libertarian ticket. ) Mitchell took a few jabs at O'Malley while making a pitch for having state troopers help patrol Baltimore. O'Malley said the city has made great progress against crime on his watch. Mitchell replied, "The perception is, Baltimore is dangerous."

What brought all that on? Was Mitchell any closer to having an offer from Duncan?

The councilman thought so. Over the weekend, he had gotten a phone message saying the Duncan campaign wanted to speak with him.

"Can we talk?" the message said.

After the lunch broke up, Mitchell left and then quickly returned to tell me he'd just learned the message wasn't from the Duncan campaign after all. It was from his cousin, former state senator and current practical jokester Clarence Mitchell IV.

These T-shirts come with a ZIP

Neither one is 90210. But that hasn't stopped 21224 or 21230 from copping attitudes.

Both city ZIPs are in the middle of a bragging-rights battle between two neighborhoods, Canton (21224) and Federal Hill (21230). The ZIP codes have been plastered on T-shirts, whose sales are supposed to prove which of the two neighborhoods is better.

(Geez, those people have all that money for expensive houses, and they're still that insecure?)

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