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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2013
Center Stage seems to have a thing for public accommodations these days. The company's last play was set in a nondescript motel room. The current one is set in a nondescript hotel room. The deja vu feeling is intensified since both productions have been presented in the intimate Head Theatre, with the stage in the exact same position, and by the fact that the first character to enter goes directly into the bathroom. The similarities are all coincidental, of course, but still intriguing, especially when it comes to the mix of humor and some pretty serious stuff that fills each piece.
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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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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 | January 11, 2013
Center Stage welcomes the New Year with Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop," a play set in the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis on April 3, 1968. The main characters are Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a maid who stops by his room. The production, directed by Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah, starts previews next week, opens Jan. 16 and runs through Feb. 24. The run coincides with MLK Day on Jan. 21, so the company is adding a performance that night to mark the occasion. Pricing will be different, too -- there's a pay-what-you-can policy for 100 tickets.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2013
In a city of aging, closely built rowhouses, where officials estimate smoke detectors are sufficiently installed in only about half, knowledge of fires is prevalent, even among the youngest of residents. Ask a group of elementary and middle schoolers in Baltimore to raise a hand if they know someone who has survived a fire, or have seen the devastation fires can cause, and most will put a hand in the air, says Linnea Anderson, an American Red Cross representative on a recent afternoon visit to the Baltimore School for the Arts.
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by Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
Center Stage is throwing a pie party on Sunday night at Liam Flynn's Ale House . The event is a promotion for the theater's current production of "Bus Stop. " The public is invited to show up at Liam's with their homemade pies, which will be judged by a three-person panel of experts. You don't have to bring a pie to the Pie Lab, but the winner of the pie contest will win four tickets to any Center Stage production this season. All entrants, regardless of their pie's quality, will be entered to win tickets to "Bus Stop.
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By Jordan Bartel, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2012
Bruce Nelson, a longtime Baltimore favorite on the stage, goes macabre for his latest role - the title literary giant in "The Completely Fictional - Utterly True - Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe. " We'll give you a break after reading that. Still with us? The play, running now through Nov. 25 at Center Stage , focuses on Poe's weird (of course) final days before his mysterious death (again, of course) in Baltimore. And since he's playing the rascally Poe, we had some rascally questions of our own. Thankfully, he brought up Poe marrying his teenage cousin on his own. 1. The title of this play is very intriguing and a bit confusing.
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By Dave Rosenthal | September 19, 2012
The Baltmore Book Festival, which runs Sept. 28-30, will stretch further east this year, to reach Center Stage.  Mary Carole McCauley reports in the Baltimore Sun that the shift was driven by Kwame Kwei-Armah, Center Stage 's new artistic director.  "When my family arrived in Baltimore a year ago, one of our first days out was to walk up the hill to the Book Festival. We heard any number of brilliant speakers. When I came back, I asked my staff why Center Stage wasn't part of this wonderful celebration of the word," he said at a news conference.
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September 3, 2012
It was somewhat of a foregone conclusion that Maravene Loeschke would take center stage this coming week as she is inaugurated as the new president of Towson University. But Loeschke, a Towson University theater major and later dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at TU, will make that spotlight literal - she'll perform on stage in a production of the play, "Love Letters," on Sunday, Sept. 9, to kick off the weeklong inaugural celebration that will culminate with a Sept.
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