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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
Nothing like a hefty bout of Chekhovian depression to lift the spirits. You can't help but feel better after spending time with "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," the 2013 Tony Award-winning comedy by Christopher Durang currently receiving a snappy Baltimore premiere at Center Stage. Filled with Chekhov references, this tale of three siblings and a stud might try a little too hard and might apply some of its humor with the subtlety of a hammer and sickle. But Durang's clever concoction - a sort of extended, sometimes heady sitcom - entertains consistently.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
In "Wild with Happy," Colman Domingo's endearing comedy now at Center Stage, cynicism rubs against old-fashioned faith; satire mingles with fantasy; ultra-campy flamboyance snuggles alongside down-home sentiment and wisdom. The characters run away from, and toward, each other, at an alarming speed, hitting or swerving around issues of life, love and death as they go. It all makes for an unusual, eventful ride. At the center of things is Gil (Forrest McClendon), a gay, 40-ish, well-educated actor living in New York without much luck at substantial gigs or lasting relationships.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
No one can beat the Irish when it comes to spinning a yarn. And when they weave threads of satire and bittersweetness in between the humor, we're talking a little bit of verbal heaven. "Stones in His Pockets" is a cool example. The witty work from 1996 by Belfast-born playwright Marie Jones receiving an exhilarating production at Center Stage, is, above all, a great yarn. If you only heard the lines spoken - on the radio, say - this story about the collision of a rural Irish town and a big, dumb movie company from the States would easily spring to life.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
We have never really stopped fighting the Civil War. Probably never will. But, once in a while, maybe we can all agree that the things that once split the nation apart should not keep us apart now, that there are still things that ought to bind us together. The winter holidays seem a particularly apt time for such reflection, a time when we tend to take stock, gather around families and friends, count blessings, put hope in the next year. All of which is to say that the Baltimore premiere of Paula Vogel's "A Civil War Christmas" in a soaring production at Center Stage couldn't be more welcome or relevant.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
"Stones in His Pockets," a play about an American film company invading a community in rural Ireland, has more than a dozen characters, but only two actors. That means a lot of quick switches between genders, ages and, above all, accents. For its production of this work by Irish playwright Marie Jones, Center Stage started with a pair of versatile performers - Clinton Brandhagen, an Everyman Theatre resident member; and New York-based Todd Lawson. Then the company brought in a dialect expert to help those disparate voices ring true.
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By Karin Remesch | April 24, 1997
Center Stage concludes one of its most successful seasons with "Seven Guitars" by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson."Seven Guitars" is the tale of Floyd "Schoolboy" Barton, whose unexpected hit blues song promises to take him from the streets of post-World War II Pittsburgh to success in Chicago. Although he's fresh out of jail and penniless, he discovers that home and history are just as appealing as potential fame and fortune.With "Seven Guitars," Center Stage will have presented nearly all of Wilson's major works.
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By Sloane Brown | May 17, 2009
The 23rd Annual Benefit Gala may have been celebrating Center Stage and its programs. But for many of the guests at the theater's annual shindig, this night was all about outgoing board president Lynn Deering, who was stepping down after six years on the job. "She is so hard working. I mean, she has devoted herself to the Center Stage board. [She put in] thousands of hours - fundraising, legislative work; things that she's never done before. She put her whole heart and soul into doing this," said Lainy LeBow-Sachs, executive vice president for external relations for the Kennedy Krieger Institute.
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff | May 6, 1991
IRENE LEWIS, acting artistic director for the 1991-92 season at Center Stage and mastermind of the madcap version of "Twelfth Night" playing its last week at the theater, has a long roster of credentials.Associate artist at Center Stage for five years and former associate director of the Hartford Stage Company for eight years, Lewis also directed for the Philadelphia Drama Guild and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.With such an impressive record of achievements one would never guess Lewis was once a swing director for the television soap "Another World."
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | January 25, 2010
Joan W. Denny, who had bipolar disorder for most of her life and was a longtime participant in Johns Hopkins University Mood Disorders Center-Symposium, died Jan. 11 of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care. She was 79. Joan Weiskittel Denny was born in Baltimore and raised on Overhill Road in Roland Park. She was a 1948 graduate of Bryn Mawr School and studied theater at Finch College in New York City. After graduating from Finch in 1950, she worked in New York as a production assistant for several Broadway producers.
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