April 11, 2013
In the Sunday Baltimore Sun, there was an article entitled "Some lawmakers to give back pay" (April 7). It claims that President Barack Obama is showing solidarity and shared sacrifice with the federal employees who are about to be furloughed. What a joke and an insult! President Obama will give back 5 percent of his salary or $16,667. Furloughed employees will be giving back 21 days of pay, about 13 percent of their salaries. If Mr. Obama really wants shared sacrifice, as he states, he would give back 21 days of pay or $32,308.
August 23, 2012
Prince George's Little Theatre opens its 53rd season by bringing laughter to Bowie Playhouse with playwright Paul Slade Smith's "Unnecessary Farce. " The company's choice of this 2006 whodunit comedy (which is making its Baltimore-Washington area premiere) underscores PGLT's commitment to fun. Audience members can expect to be amused by improbable situations where bumbling characters resort to disguises while dealing with cases of mistaken identity and increasing mishaps. Devoid of brainy pretensions and usually lacking in witty dialogue, the standard farce is mostly physical, with frantically paced action.
March 7, 2012
Despite the fact that marijuana remains a controlled substance that is illegal in the United States under federal law, 16 states and the District of Columbia have legalized "medical marijuana. " Del. Cheryl Glenn's HB15, the "Maryland Medical Marijuana Act," was introduced and first read on Jan. 11, the first day of this year's General Assembly session. Two more bills calling for legalization of medical marijuana have been introduced since. We would like to make the case that medical marijuana, as currently "prescribed," makes a farce of medicine.
March 4, 2012
Peter Davis wants the world to know that he's not a fairy godmother, though his appearance suggests the contrary. Dressed completely in pink from fairy wings to a full tutu, Peter Davis is proud to be the hairy godmother in "Over the Moon," a musical comedy about somewhat fractured fairy tales, written by Jodi Picoult. "It is definitely the coolest costume I've ever worn," said the 17-year-old Winter Mills High School junior. The show, a collaboration of several local Carroll County high school theater groups, is set for performances March 9-10 at Winters Mill High School.
June 9, 2011
The young theater ensembles around town haven't cornered the market on the edgy or the avant-garde. The Vagabond Players , more readily associated with mainstream (or at least near-mainstream) repertoire, is closing its 95th season with a decidedly offbeat item, "Abducting Diana," by Italian playwright Dario Fo, the 1997 Nobel Prize laureate for literature. It's a gutsy choice for the company, but the play, a combination of satire, farce and a dash of commedia dell'arte, seems to suffer in the translation.
October 16, 2009
"This is a complete farce," says a character in Terry Johnson's "Hysteria." "If I saw it in the theater, I wouldn't believe it." You might feel the same if you catch the stylish Rep Stage production of this 1993 play at Howard Community College, but you're likely to find yourself absorbed, amused, even a little astonished, as well. "Hysteria" has a historical starting point, the 1938 meeting in London between the fatally ill Sigmund Freud and the fanatically self-absorbed Salvador Dali.