October 10, 1991
A splendid version of the ultimate psychological thriller "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is on stage at the Spotlighters Theatre through Oct. 27.This excellent new adaptation by the show's producer, director and star, Mark Redfield, in collaboration with actor Stuart Voytilla, is faithful to the original Robert Louis Stevenson novel. The very sophisticated, intellectual work presents, as Stevenson intended, the fascinating tale of the good and evil warring within us in the form of a good, old-fashioned mystery.
March 27, 2008
A sweeping five-month investigation into the collapse of one of the nation's largest subprime lenders points a finger at a possible new culprit in the mortgage mess: the accountants. New Century Financial Corp., whose failure just a year ago was the start of the crisis, engaged in "significant improper and imprudent practices" that were condoned and enabled by auditors at the accounting firm KPMG, according to an independent report commissioned by the Justice Department. In its scope and detail, the 580-page report is the most comprehensive document yet made public about the failings of a mortgage business.
May 29, 1992
In the classic newspaper comedy, "The Front Page," the disgruntled fiancee of a star reporter complains, "It's always a big story -- the biggest story in the world, and the next day everybody's forgotten it."Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur wrote that line more than six decades ago, but unlike yesterday's newspaper, "The Front Page" has endured, not only in various film versions, but also in countless stage revivals.TTC The latest local stab at it comes from New Century Theater, launching the company's summer residency at Goucher College.
September 19, 1991
"Golden Boy" by Clifford Odets, being admirably staged by the New Century Theater at St. John's Church, may seem a little melodramatic by today's standards, but time has not diminished the power and poignancy of this 1930s work.Incisively directed by Mark Redfield, the play is packed with philosophical and sociological ideas on the perplexing state of humanity. It features an impressive three-level set and mostly fine performances by a very talented cast.It is the time of the Great Depression.
July 21, 2000
BUILDING booms visible to the naked eye in the East Baltimore medical complex and the Homewood arts and science campus attest to the success of the Johns Hopkins University's capital fund-raising campaign, which just concluded. The university's six-year goal of $900 million in pledges may have seemed too ambitious when announced in 1994. At the end of the drive, having raised the goal to $1.2 billion, the university counts pledges of more than $1.5 billion. For this it can thank the bull market of most of the 1990s, the growing economy, new industries, the loyalty of alumni and friends and the importance of the multifaceted work that JHU does.
November 7, 1999
TWENTY YEARS ago this spring, I returned to Baltimore, drawn by a new professional challenge and the air of possibility that animated the place in those days. There was an esprit that was almost palpable, whether you were dealing with City Hall, the business community, neighborhood groups or your neighbors. There was the sense that though battered by two decades of dramatic economic and social change, Baltimore had righted itself and was moving forward again.The realists knew the glory days of manufacturing and transportation would not return, but civic and political leaders were convinced -- or at least made a good show of it -- that better days were ahead.