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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2013
It looks like a full-fledged trend -- Baltimore theater companies adding performances of productions thanks to popular demand this winter. First to announce was Everyman Theatre, which  extended the run of "August: Osage County. "  Two more companies have likewise found themselves with hits. Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop" isn't for everybody, but this serious/humorous/surreal look at Rev. Martin Luther King's last night, April 3, 1968, has turned out to be "one of the highest grossing plays" in the 50-year history of Center Stage, the company reports.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2013
¿¿The past nips at 72-year-old blues singer Oscar Clifton day and night, especially night, when Viola, the woman he loved and lost 20 years earlier, seems to float back into his life on beams of moonlight. On such occasions, Oscar becomes a willing partner in what might be described as a “dance of the holy ghosts” - the no-caps title of an earnest, if not entirely satisfying, work by Marcus Gardley now on the boards at Center Stage. Gardley calls this “a play on memory,” and it's partially autobiographical.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2010
As the head of Baltimore's most prominent regional theater, Center Stage artistic director Irene Lewis not only is intellectually fearless, but she also possesses a big heart. She is passionately committed to speaking up for the people in society who can't do it for themselves, and she has never once dumbed down a show to attract a mass audience. She has a shrewd eye for talent and a gift for inspiring deep loyalty in actors and members of her staff. And she has built an audience at Center Stage so racially diverse it's the envy of theaters nationwide.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2011
The theme of Center Stage 's 2011-2012 season might be summed up as rhythm — from the distinctive beat of "Jazz," a world premiere adapted from the Toni Morrison novel of that name, to the percussive profanity of David Mamet's "American Buffalo"; from the improvised patter of Second City to the intricate rhymes and melodic pulse of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods. " "We're willing not to play it safe," said Center Stage resident dramaturg Gavin Witt, who helped plan the season with what he described as "a think tank" of senior management.
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June 29, 2013
A sampling of performing arts summer camps in Baltimore. Camp Center Stage Now in its fourth year, this program has two components - a session July 8 to July 19 for students entering grades one through six; and a session July 22 to Aug. 2 for students entering grades seven through 12. There are about 40 to 50 participants per camp. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The camp is "interdisciplinary," said Rosiland Cauthen, director of community programs and education at Center Stage . "The students not only learn acting, but singing, dancing, musical theater, improvisation, clowning and miming.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
Journeys of one kind or another - emotional, physical, spiritual - are at the heart of Colman Domingo's 2012 play "Wild with Happy," receiving its Baltimore premiere at Center Stage . There isn't just a road trip in this work, but a car chase. Domingo always seems to be on an eventful ride, too. The Philadelphia-born playwright and actor had a speech impediment as a child, so he retreated into books and writing. He majored in journalism when he entered college, but taking an elective course in acting led him in a whole new direction.
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By Tim Smith and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
In a letter to his father, a 25-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart declared: "I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. … I simply follow my own feelings. " This self-confidence is just one of the revered composer's traits explored in Peter Shaffer's play "Amadeus," which Center Stage is reviving for its season-opener. A few other Mozart characteristics, including behavior still not considered kosher in polite society, also pepper this colorful mix of fact and fiction.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2010
For 90 minutes in the intimate space of the Head Theater at Center Stage , audiences are being thrust uncomfortably into an issue that many Americans ignore or choose to forget, or deal with simply by displaying a "Support Our Troops" sticker. Welcome to "ReEntry," a play by Emily Ackerman and KJ Sanchez, who drew the dialogue from interviews they conducted with Marines and their families. The result is a grittily, sometimes bitterly effective theatrical vehicle about our two long-lasting wars and those who come back from fighting them.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
J. Ernest Green, musical director of the Annapolis Chorale, has been performing with his group at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts since 1985. And for those nearly 30 years, Green has thought the facility has needed significant help. "Oh, I noticed it immediately," he said. "As soon as I got there. " Maryland Hall is housed in the former Annapolis High School building on Chase Street, constructed in 1932. The community arts hub took over the space in 1979, and its leadership team is now planning a five-year, $18 million renovation for the building, which has seen few updates in its history.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
Five months before Kwame Kwei-Armah's initial three-year contract as artistic director of Center Stage was to expire, the board of directors has extended this tenure through June 2018. The company's managing director, Stephen Richard, who started in 2012, has received a similar contract extension. "We hired Kwame with the hope that it would be for a longer-term relationship than three years," said Jay Smith, president of the board of trustees. "And when we hired Stephen, we thought that gave us a great team.
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