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By J. Wynn Rousuck | December 30, 1999
"Breakfast on Other Planets," a pair of love stories by Rob Handel, will make its world premiere at AXIS Theatre, beginning Wednesday. The first half of the evening concerns an agoraphobic ex-guerrilla fighter and her neighbor, a jaded young artist. The second half focuses on a couple taking their first cross-country drive together. Handel, a Vermont-based playwright who has had plays producd in London and New York, is a former student to Putlitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel.AXIS' production is directed by Brian Klaas and features Sharol Buck, Darlene Deardorff, Joseph Riley and Kyle Riley.
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By Linell Smith | September 19, 2002
After producing 10 seasons of adventuresome plays and musicals, AXIS Theatre of Maryland will close due to financial losses. Artistic director Brian Klaas sent subscribers a letter last week announcing the closing of the 68-seat community theater in Meadow Mill in Hampden. Klaas said he hopes to reorganize the theater's forces and begin producing plays again as early as next fall. He expects the new organization to have another name and "a somewhat different focus." AXIS Theatre opened in January of 1993 with the production Tales of the Lost Formicans, a dark domestic comedy.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | July 13, 1994
Unlike the typical Baltimore Playwrights Festival play -- or for that matter, the typical realistic American drama -- AXIS Theatre's "From Vision to Inheritance" is non-naturalistic, non-linear and highly stylized.It is also a production whose reach exceeds its grasp. But you have to give credit to its daring, ambitious playwright -- who is also its director and designer, as well as the AXIS artistic director -- Brian Klaas.The first indication of the departure from television-style realism comes in the program, which lists three actors as "Chorus."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | April 12, 2001
AXIS Theatre wraps up its season of shows by women with Anne-Marie MacDonald's comedy "Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)." A modern-day woman is plunged into the worlds of "Othello" and "Romeo and Juliet" only to discover that Desdemona and Juliet are considerably different from expectations. Bethany Brown plays Constance, the modern protagonist; Darlene Deardorff is Desdemona and Sharol Buck is Juliet, under Bian Klaas' direction. "Goodnight Desdemona" has a pay-what-you-can preview at 8 p.m. next Wednesday.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | April 10, 2000
If I were going to employ "Reverse Psychology" -- the title of Charles Ludlam's 1980 play -- I'd advise readers to stay away from AXIS Theatre's production at all costs. And, of course, I'd be secretly hoping audiences would flock to it. Director Tony Tsendeas' wacky production of this send-up of therapists and romance is a prescription guaranteed to induce laughter. The director has staged Ludlam's comedy with all the careful attention to detail and slick production values that characterize the work of his own company, Action Theater.
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By Karin Remesch and Karin Remesch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | July 6, 1997
The AXIS Theatre's 1997-1998 season begins with Terrence McNally's Tony award-winning romance, "Love! Valour! Compassion!" Sept. 4 through Oct. 5. The U.S. premiere of Timothy Daly's "Kafka Dances" will be performed Oct. 23 through Nov. 23. Daniel Sullivan's holiday comedy, "Inspecting Carol," returns to the AXIS for a second run Dec. 11 through Jan. 18. A comedy about a dog, "Sylvia," A. R. Gurney's off-Broadway hit, will be staged Feb. 5 through March...
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | January 10, 2000
"Breakfast on Other Planets," a pair of one-act comedies receiving their world premiere at AXIS Theatre, explores the eternal question: Why do fools fall in love? Directed by Brian Klaas, the production features a quartet of suitably manic performances. But though playwright Rob Handel -- a young, Vermont-based writer -- displays a flair for language and a sense of humor, his playlets are disjointed. The second, and shorter, one-act is the more successful, largely because the ending derives from action, not exposition.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | November 19, 1998
It may not even be Thanksgiving yet, but if you're already sick of Rudolph, you can see what his fellow reindeer are up to in Jeff Goode's dark Christmas comedy, "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues," opening at AXIS Theatre tonight.LTC To give you a little preview: In Goode's adults-only version, Comet smokes dope, Cupid is gay and Vixen is, well, a loose vixen. Brian Klaas directs a cast including Jennifer Brown, Stuart Goldstone, Jim Markiewicz, Mary Anne Perry, Michael Salconi, Steve Sawicki, Mary Ann Walsh and Brian Chetelat.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | March 20, 1997
"Little Egypt," an offbeat romance about a modern-day knight in shining armor and his lady love, opens tonight at AXIS Theatre. Set in the Midwest, this comic look at small-town love is directed by Gil Given and stars Patrick Martyn as the knight and Gywn Hervochon as his lady.Tonight's opening will also mark the debut of AXIS' newly refurbished lobby, made possible by private donations and featuring a coffee bar.Show times at AXIS Theatre, 3600 Clipper Mill Road, are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, with a matinee at 2 p.m. April 13. Tickets are $12 and $14, except tonight's opening, which is $18. Call (410)
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By Linell Smith | September 19, 2002
After producing 10 seasons of adventuresome plays and musicals, AXIS Theatre of Maryland will close due to financial losses. Artistic director Brian Klaas sent subscribers a letter last week announcing the closing of the 68-seat community theater in Meadow Mill in Hampden. Klaas said he hopes to reorganize the theater's forces and begin producing plays again as early as next fall. He expects the new organization to have another name and "a somewhat different focus." AXIS Theatre opened in January of 1993 with the production Tales of the Lost Formicans, a dark domestic comedy.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | March 15, 2001
What do you get when you combine the People's Choice Awards with national touring shows? The National Broadway Theatre Awards, nicknamed the Star Awards. Sponsored by the League of American Theatres and Producers, which co-produces Broadway's Tony Awards, the new awards will be voted on by theatergoers who register on line before April 1 at www.nationalbroadwayawards.com. Voters will choose winners in 10 categories ranging from best play and musical to best song in a musical, a category that doesn't exist in the Tonys.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | April 10, 2000
If I were going to employ "Reverse Psychology" -- the title of Charles Ludlam's 1980 play -- I'd advise readers to stay away from AXIS Theatre's production at all costs. And, of course, I'd be secretly hoping audiences would flock to it. Director Tony Tsendeas' wacky production of this send-up of therapists and romance is a prescription guaranteed to induce laughter. The director has staged Ludlam's comedy with all the careful attention to detail and slick production values that characterize the work of his own company, Action Theater.
FEATURES
By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | January 10, 2000
"Breakfast on Other Planets," a pair of one-act comedies receiving their world premiere at AXIS Theatre, explores the eternal question: Why do fools fall in love? Directed by Brian Klaas, the production features a quartet of suitably manic performances. But though playwright Rob Handel -- a young, Vermont-based writer -- displays a flair for language and a sense of humor, his playlets are disjointed. The second, and shorter, one-act is the more successful, largely because the ending derives from action, not exposition.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. Wynn Rousuck | December 30, 1999
"Breakfast on Other Planets," a pair of love stories by Rob Handel, will make its world premiere at AXIS Theatre, beginning Wednesday. The first half of the evening concerns an agoraphobic ex-guerrilla fighter and her neighbor, a jaded young artist. The second half focuses on a couple taking their first cross-country drive together. Handel, a Vermont-based playwright who has had plays producd in London and New York, is a former student to Putlitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel.AXIS' production is directed by Brian Klaas and features Sharol Buck, Darlene Deardorff, Joseph Riley and Kyle Riley.
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By Sloane Brown | July 4, 1999
In the words of the famed author-philosopher-wit Quentin Crisp, "[Movie] stars don't act. They glow." The same could be said of Crisp as he held forth at Center Stage for an AXIS Theatre benefit. The 90-year-old British pundit offered his observations and opinions on life to an audience of more than 200. "Never keep up with the Joneses," he advised. "Drag them down to your level. It's cheaper."After the show, Crisp came down to the same level as his fans for a reception in the theater lobby.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | November 30, 1998
If Tiny Tim and elves and Rudolph -- especially Rudolph -- are a bit too treacly for you, you might want to drop in on AXIS Theatre's production of "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues."Playwright Jeff Goode's series of eight short, satirical monologues by Santa's other reindeer is right out of the supermarket tabloids, whose front pages are projected on a screen at the back of the stage. "Santa's Forbidden Affair," blares one headline; "Vixen's Secret Santa Diaries," proclaims another.One by one, the reindeer testify about what turn out to be potential criminal charges brought by Vixen against none other than St. Nick (or, as Dasher calls him, "Fat Boy")
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | April 12, 2001
AXIS Theatre wraps up its season of shows by women with Anne-Marie MacDonald's comedy "Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)." A modern-day woman is plunged into the worlds of "Othello" and "Romeo and Juliet" only to discover that Desdemona and Juliet are considerably different from expectations. Bethany Brown plays Constance, the modern protagonist; Darlene Deardorff is Desdemona and Sharol Buck is Juliet, under Bian Klaas' direction. "Goodnight Desdemona" has a pay-what-you-can preview at 8 p.m. next Wednesday.
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By Sloane Brown | July 4, 1999
In the words of the famed author-philosopher-wit Quentin Crisp, "[Movie] stars don't act. They glow." The same could be said of Crisp as he held forth at Center Stage for an AXIS Theatre benefit. The 90-year-old British pundit offered his observations and opinions on life to an audience of more than 200. "Never keep up with the Joneses," he advised. "Drag them down to your level. It's cheaper."After the show, Crisp came down to the same level as his fans for a reception in the theater lobby.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. Wynn Rousuck | November 19, 1998
It may not even be Thanksgiving yet, but if you're already sick of Rudolph, you can see what his fellow reindeer are up to in Jeff Goode's dark Christmas comedy, "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues," opening at AXIS Theatre tonight.LTC To give you a little preview: In Goode's adults-only version, Comet smokes dope, Cupid is gay and Vixen is, well, a loose vixen. Brian Klaas directs a cast including Jennifer Brown, Stuart Goldstone, Jim Markiewicz, Mary Anne Perry, Michael Salconi, Steve Sawicki, Mary Ann Walsh and Brian Chetelat.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | September 14, 1998
Two-thirds of the way through AXIS Theatre's forceful production of Tony Kushner's 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches," there's a scene depicting the break-up of each of the play's two central couples -- one gay and the other Mormon.The break-ups are staged simultaneously and, as directed by Brian Klaas, the scene begins with the two men who are about to desert their lovers posed side by side. As the couples argue, their words intersect and overlap. The four participants are very specific individuals, and yet seen in this way, the shards of their relationships come together to form one broad kaleidoscopic picture of heartbreak, disappointment, anger and misunderstanding.
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