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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).
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SPORTS
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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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
In Anne Arundel County, we celebrate Christmas on stages at Maryland Hall or Anne Arundel Community College's Kauffman Theater or St. John's College's Key Auditorium or the Chesapeake Arts Center and at several area churches. Here is a rundown of seasonal fare, which comes with a suggestion to order tickets promptly to avoid disappointment - many will sell out. • On Saturday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m., a 67-year Christmas tradition continues with selections from Handel's "Messiah," sung by the Naval Academy Glee Club joined by Metropolitan Opera soloists and members of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, at the Naval Academy Chapel . Tickets range from $20 to $35. For details, call 410-293-8497 or go to tickets.com.
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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 David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
These are hard times for PBS. Vast changes in technology and lifestyle, coupled with withering economic forces and timid leadership, threaten the existence of public television as we've known it for the past 43 years. So on the rare occasions these days when the Public Broadcasting Service does something bold and gets it mostly right, it's a cause for celebration by all those who believe that America should have at least one national channel that isn't commercial. “A Raisin in the Sun Revisited: The Raisin Cycle at Center Stage,” a documentary that traces the arc of Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 drama from its setting on Chicago's South Side to Baltimore's Center Stage in 2013, is one of the bolder and better things PBS has done this TV season.
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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 David Zurawik | October 1, 2013
Baltimore native Peyton List is only 27. But she's already a veteran of almost two decades in show business with a resume that includes Disney movies, guest shots on "Law & Order" and recurring roles on "As the World Turns," and "Mad Men. " And this fall, she debuts in her first network starring role as one of the leaders of a group born with paranormal powers in CW's "The Tomorrow People," from veteran producer Greg Berlanti ("Everwood," "Arrow")....
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2013
When Center Stage recently announced its "Third Space(s)" project, designed to introduce fresh works in unconventional venues, the company wasn't kidding. The inaugural venture, presented this weekend in the midst of the annual Baltimore Book Festival, is a 2007 piece by British playwright Clare Bayley about refugees called "The Container," which is exactly what it takes place in -- specifically, a semi's trailer, which has room for a dozen or so audience members per performance.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2013
Center Stage could easily have chosen a work of great dramatic depth and weight to open its 51st season - some masterwork of the vast American theatrical canon, like, say, Eugene O'Neill's "Strange Interlude" from 1928. But, noooooooo. Instead, the company managed to drag up another piece from the very same year, one that dares mock that O'Neill drama, not to mention all that is sacred about society, art, business, honor and romance. To which theater-goers all over Baltimore should respond with one word: Hooray.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2013
When Rep Stage opens its season this weekend with a production of Horton Foote's "A Young Lady of Property," a nostalgic piece by the author of "The Trip to Bountiful," it may seem like business as usual. The cast features some company regulars, such as Christine Demuth. And the play's director is Michael Stebbins, who ran Rep Stage for the past eight years. He'll be back again next month to star as the East German transvestite in Doug Wright's "I Am My Own Wife. " But if that makes the onstage offerings look familiar at the two-decade-old professional theater company based at Howard Community College, there's been quite a change offstage.
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