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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2010
Eric Overmyer is a passionate playwright but a reluctant television writer. In his deepest heart, he would like to say "No, no, no," every time someone waves a proposal for a new TV show in his face. But his loudmouth bank account keeps insisting, "Yes, yes, yes." This is true even of such quality projects as "Treme," a show about New Orleans residents coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Overmyer created the 10-episode series with Baltimorean David Simon, and it debuts tonight on HBO. Overmyer, 58, thinks the stage is a much more creative medium than television.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
HBO's Martin Luther King miniseries is going to have a strong Baltimore flavor with David Simon confirming Wednesday that he will be involved in the project based on the books of Baltimore author Taylor Branch. Deadline.com first reported Simon's involvement in the project as speculation today, with Mike Fleming Jr. writing , "I'm hearing that David Simon , the architect of the HBO series The Wire, Homicide and most recently Treme , will spearhead the HBO six-hour miniseries adaptation of America: In The King Years , based on the celebrated book trilogy by Pulitzer Prize-winner Taylor Branch.
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By J. WYNN ROUSUCK and J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC | May 25, 2006
Two decades ago, Center Stage leapt into the future with the world premiere of Eric Overmyer's account of a trio of Victorian lady time travelers, On the Verge or the Geography of Yearning. Overmyer went on to write and produce a slew of TV series (St. Elsewhere, Homicide, Law & Order, The Wire), and On the Verge went on to success at regional theaters across the country. Now it has wended its way back to this area at Washington's Arena Stage. On the Verge Through June 11 at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St., S.W., Washington.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2011
Last season in previewing HBO's "Treme," I said that in 30 years of writing about television, I had never heard music used as organically, wisely and powerfully as it was in the New Orleans-based series created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer. I also said I never expected to hear it done better on TV. I was wrong. Sunday night's opening of Season 2 takes it to another level. And the use of music just keeps getting stronger and stronger through each of the episodes made available by HBO. In the Season 2 opener, titled "Accentuate the Positive," there is one knockout musical production after another.
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By David Zurawik | October 15, 2006
Each Sunday throughout the HBO drama's 13-week season, TV critic David Zurawik will highlight a must-see character or story element appearing in the current episode. The gospel choir is rocking, and the call of the drummer's backbeat is impossible to resist in the opening of tonight's episode of The Wire, titled "Margin of Error." It all is a prelude to powerful words coming from the pulpit of one of Baltimore's most widely known real-life clergymen, the Rev. Frank M. Reid III, pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
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By Linell Smith and Linell Smith,Evening Sun Staff | June 13, 1991
Stan Wojewodski Jr., artistic director of Center Stage, recalls a board member who complained about his inability to find new subscribers within his circle of acquaintances."
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
HBO's Martin Luther King miniseries is going to have a strong Baltimore flavor with David Simon confirming Wednesday that he will be involved in the project based on the books of Baltimore author Taylor Branch. Deadline.com first reported Simon's involvement in the project as speculation today, with Mike Fleming Jr. writing , "I'm hearing that David Simon , the architect of the HBO series The Wire, Homicide and most recently Treme , will spearhead the HBO six-hour miniseries adaptation of America: In The King Years , based on the celebrated book trilogy by Pulitzer Prize-winner Taylor Branch.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2010
"Let us trek." With that simple suggestion, three Victorian women plunge into a journey that will yield far more than they ever bargained for in Eric Overmyer's comic fantasy, "On the Verge, or The Geography of Yearning." Venturing from a point "somewhere east of Australia and west of Peru" into the great terra incognita, the trio of explorers are heavily armed with umbrellas, machetes and linguistic darts, taking the willing fellow-traveler along on what amounts to a head trip of remarkable breadth.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2011
Last season in previewing HBO's "Treme," I said that in 30 years of writing about television, I had never heard music used as organically, wisely and powerfully as it was in the New Orleans-based series created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer. I also said I never expected to hear it done better on TV. I was wrong. Sunday night's opening of Season 2 takes it to another level. And the use of music just keeps getting stronger and stronger through each of the episodes made available by HBO. In the Season 2 opener, titled "Accentuate the Positive," there is one knockout musical production after another.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | November 21, 1998
Network television has something to prove this year: that it can make movies better than cable. And that means better viewing options for the audience in this final weekend of the first major "sweeps" ratings month of the season. Audience ratings taken in November will help determine future advertising rates on network row. And instead of cheap, women-in-jeopardy or disease-of-the-month movies this weekend, CBS and ABC have films -- a Hallmark Hall of Fame production of Anne Tyler's "Saint Maybe" and a remake of "Rear Window" starring Christopher Reeve -- that are better than the best HBO has to offer: Stanley Tucci in tonight's "Winchell," a docudrama on the life of gossip Walter Winchell.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2010
"Let us trek." With that simple suggestion, three Victorian women plunge into a journey that will yield far more than they ever bargained for in Eric Overmyer's comic fantasy, "On the Verge, or The Geography of Yearning." Venturing from a point "somewhere east of Australia and west of Peru" into the great terra incognita, the trio of explorers are heavily armed with umbrellas, machetes and linguistic darts, taking the willing fellow-traveler along on what amounts to a head trip of remarkable breadth.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2010
Eric Overmyer is a passionate playwright but a reluctant television writer. In his deepest heart, he would like to say "No, no, no," every time someone waves a proposal for a new TV show in his face. But his loudmouth bank account keeps insisting, "Yes, yes, yes." This is true even of such quality projects as "Treme," a show about New Orleans residents coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Overmyer created the 10-episode series with Baltimorean David Simon, and it debuts tonight on HBO. Overmyer, 58, thinks the stage is a much more creative medium than television.
NEWS
By David Zurawik | October 15, 2006
Each Sunday throughout the HBO drama's 13-week season, TV critic David Zurawik will highlight a must-see character or story element appearing in the current episode. The gospel choir is rocking, and the call of the drummer's backbeat is impossible to resist in the opening of tonight's episode of The Wire, titled "Margin of Error." It all is a prelude to powerful words coming from the pulpit of one of Baltimore's most widely known real-life clergymen, the Rev. Frank M. Reid III, pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
FEATURES
By J. WYNN ROUSUCK and J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC | May 25, 2006
Two decades ago, Center Stage leapt into the future with the world premiere of Eric Overmyer's account of a trio of Victorian lady time travelers, On the Verge or the Geography of Yearning. Overmyer went on to write and produce a slew of TV series (St. Elsewhere, Homicide, Law & Order, The Wire), and On the Verge went on to success at regional theaters across the country. Now it has wended its way back to this area at Washington's Arena Stage. On the Verge Through June 11 at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St., S.W., Washington.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | November 21, 1998
Network television has something to prove this year: that it can make movies better than cable. And that means better viewing options for the audience in this final weekend of the first major "sweeps" ratings month of the season. Audience ratings taken in November will help determine future advertising rates on network row. And instead of cheap, women-in-jeopardy or disease-of-the-month movies this weekend, CBS and ABC have films -- a Hallmark Hall of Fame production of Anne Tyler's "Saint Maybe" and a remake of "Rear Window" starring Christopher Reeve -- that are better than the best HBO has to offer: Stanley Tucci in tonight's "Winchell," a docudrama on the life of gossip Walter Winchell.
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By Linell Smith and Linell Smith,Evening Sun Staff | June 13, 1991
Stan Wojewodski Jr., artistic director of Center Stage, recalls a board member who complained about his inability to find new subscribers within his circle of acquaintances."
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February 10, 1991
Name: In honor of sports equipment innovator Howard Head and his wife, Martha.Location: 700 N. Calvert St., three floors above the Pearlstone Theater.Capacity: 100 to 400.Seating: Eight two-story, 18-seat towers that can be rearranged for each production (three possible arrangements are illustrated above).Cost: $5.9 million.Construction: 17 months.Architects: Ziger, Hoopes & Sneadof Baltimore and Theatre ProjectsConsultants of New York.Additional renovation/construction: Scene shop, paint deck, prop shop, hoist way, two elevators, two rehearsal halls, dressing rooms; support facilities include lobby, coatroom, restrooms and lounge.
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February 13, 1991
WHILE HOWARD HEAD IS recuperating from bypass surgery Friday evening, his wife Martha will address a black-tie crowd of Center Stage board members and benefactors gathered to dedicate a new performance space named in the couple's honor.Head is scheduled to enter Johns Hopkins Hospital today and to undergo surgery tomorrow. The procedure "is not an emergency," according to Inez Foley, Head's personal secretary of 29 years. "In order to schedule everything he wants to do, it seemed opportune that he go in now."
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