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By Arda Ocal | December 10, 2013
The Slammy Awards will always have a special place in WWE history. Not only do they have a nostalgic feel (with the first Slammys awarded in 1986), but they also plant seeds for future rivalries. On this edition, we saw a slight dissension among members of The Shield, while Daniel Bryan and Shawn Michaels shared an extended stare down that had fans buzzing about a possible future matchup between the two. Much of the 2013 Slammy Awards made me more excited about potential matchups that may be coming in 2014 than matches that will happen Sunday at WWE's TLC pay-per-view.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Sloane Brown | April 29, 2001
It's hard to figure out the best part of "Center Stage Presents." Maybe it was when the 400 guests got to catch up with old friends during the cocktail hour at the theater. Or perhaps when they were treated to delightful entertainment by cabaret performer Malcolm Gets, who included a song he wrote about his experiences playing Richard on the canceled sitcom "Caroline In The City." Was it at the silent auction when Center Stage board member Terry Morgenthaler won a walk-on role in next season's production of the musical "The Pajama Game?"
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2011
Center Stage officials announced Tuesday that they have hired a new managing director with impressive credentials as a fundraiser — Stephen J. Richard, who planned and managed the recent $125 million campaign to renovate Arena Stage in Washington. Artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah will continue to determine the company's overall vision onstage and off, while Richard will be in charge of the management, fundraising and organizational responsibilities that can make those ideas reality.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2011
Center Stage announced Monday that British playwright, actor and director Kwame Kwei-Armah will be the company's new artistic director. He succeeds Irene Lewis, who steps down at the end of this season after 19 years. "I've just fallen in love with Center Stage and fallen in love with Baltimore," Kwei-Armah said from London. "When the position became available, I felt it might be somewhat disrespectful to Irene to throw my hat in the ring, but she said it was a wonderful idea.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley | mary.mccauley@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 6, 2009
With its new production of "Around the World in 80 Days," Center Stage is launching on an odyssey as daring and fraught with peril as the one undertaken by Jules Verne's fictitious explorer, Phileas Fogg. For the first time in the venue's 46-year history, the organization is trying to capture that most maddeningly elusive of creatures - young theatergoers. And the troupe is scooping them up one Mud Pie Mojo ice cream cup at a time. "Never before in recent memory has Center Stage marketed a show to families and children," says David Henderson, the troupe's communications director.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
"A Civil War Christmas," the extraordinary play with music by Pulitzer Prize-winning Paula Vogel at Center Stage, has broken the theater company's record for single ticket daily gross. That makes it one of the best-selling shows in the 50 years of Center Stage. The response has prompted a small extension of the play's run. An extra performance has been added -- 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 (the show was to have closed after the matinee that day).
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly and Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
Laurence "Larry" O'Dwyer, who delighted Center Stage audiences with his theatrical irreverence and memorable performances, died of cancer Feb. 28 at his home in Knox City, Texas. The former Mount Vernon resident was 77. A local favorite, he was often greeted with applause when he stepped on a stage. He was the 2009 recipient of a Helen Hayes Award for his role in "The Fantasticks. " He was recalled for his eye-catching costumes and the red tennis shoes he wore in "A Midsummer Night's Dream.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2013
For his first full season as Center Stage artistic director, Kwame Kwei-Armah focused on works that could spark conversation about a variety of heady issues. Midway through that season, he has unveiled a very different theme for the next one. "If this season is cerebral, with the join-the-conversation message, [2013-2014] is one of spirit and joy and fun, I'm hoping," Kwei-Armah said. "I have been traveling a lot and looking at productions across the country. I have seen audiences react to several of these plays, which gives me the security to present them.
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