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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,SUN STAFF | March 22, 2001
Absence makes a powerful presence, stirring up want, need, luscious anticipation. It's a tough trick to sustain these notions on stage or film, but it happens that complementary renditions are playing in Baltimore now, as Fell's Point Corner Theatre performs "Closer" and the Charles Theatre runs the film "In the Mood for Love" - a double-feature marking spring's nasty mix of memory and desire, as the poem goes. On the card-table-sized stage at Fell's Point and the biggest screen at the Charles there are two foursomes in throes of infidelity, jealousy, and pursuit of something imagined and just beyond reach.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,tim.smith@baltsun.com | June 18, 2009
Faith, family, friendship - not to mention sexual abuse, illness and death. These are just some of the issues that will be addressed during the 28th Baltimore Playwrights Festival, in works that cover the stylistic waterfront - comedy, drama, and the festival's first musical - and that are set in a variety of places and times, including Thanksgiving and Passover. "It's a pretty eclectic group of plays," says Bob Russell, former owner of the Spotlighters Theatre and a two-decade veteran of the festival's organizational team.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | June 23, 2005
Blue Mermaid, a new play by prolific Baltimore Playwrights Festival author Mark Scharf, is the latest Playwrights Festival offering. Opening tonight at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, the drama, set in Ocean City, focuses on three generations of women in the same family as they struggle to find themselves and reforge familial bonds. Under Alex Willis' direction, Susan Scher plays the grandmother, Tiffany James plays her mixed-raced granddaughter and Pam Feldman plays the girl's aunt. Show times at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays, through July 10. Tickets are $14. Call 410-276-7837.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun theater critic | February 18, 2008
Some time in the next two months, artist Cinder Hypki will install a piece of mosaic with the logo FPCT -- for Fell's Point Corner Theatre -- into the sidewalk outside a three-story converted firehouse on South Ann Street. The marker will represent the newest phase in the company's life, which began a few weeks ago when it officially purchased the building it has occupied for more than two decades, and into which it has poured more than $500,000 in improvements. Talk about a concrete symbol of success.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | January 18, 1996
"All in the Timing," a collection of a half-dozen short comic sketches by David Ives, will receive its Baltimore premiere beginning tomorrow at Fell's Point Corner Theatre. Timothy Crawford directs this off-Broadway hit, which uses wit and wordplay to examine modern life. The cast features Rodney Atkins, Brenda Crooks, Tom Lodge and Heather Osborne.Show times at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 25. Tickets are $10 and $11. Call (410)
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | July 22, 1999
A cautionary tale"Caz," the latest entry in the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, opens tonight at Fell's Point Corner Theatre. Written by veteran festival playwright Kathleen Barber, "Caz" is about a man who dreams of owning his own business and finds that his dream has repercussions.Directed by Barry Feinstein, "Caz" stars former festival playwright Michael Leicht in the title role.The cast also includes Janise Bonds, Babs Dentz, Daniel Ferris and Michelle Sampery.Show times at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 8. Tickets are $10. Call 410-788-1489.
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By SUN STAFF | July 17, 2003
`Turtle Soup' Three friends head to a cabin in West Virginia, an annual event that's been a part of their lives for almost 30 years, and end up facing challenges they didn't expect in the play Turtle Soup. Part of the Balti- more Playwrights Festival, Soup opens tonight at Fell's Point Corner Theatre and runs Thursdays-Sundays until Aug. 3. Turtle Soup was written by Baltimore playwright Anne M. Lefter, and directed by Miriam Bazensky and produced by Uncommon Voices. Fell's Point Corner Theatre is at 251 S. Ann St. Show times are 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. on Sundays.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | October 30, 1997
Last month Arena Stage in Washington opened its season with a highly unconventional production of the 1930s comedy "Room Service," with the four Flying Karamazov Brothers playing all the roles. If you want to see what this John Murray and Allen Boretz play is really about, however, you can drop by Fell's Point Corner Theatre beginning tomorrow.Bob Tull, in the role of a deadbeat theatrical producer, heads a cast that also features Bryan Dingle, Molly Moores and Patrick Trainor. Direction is by Steve Goldklang.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | March 7, 2002
Rarely seen `Cosi' comes to Fell's Point Cosi - a play about a young director's efforts to stage Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte with a cast of mental patients - opens tomorrow at Fell's Point Corner Theatre. Written by Australian playwright Louis Nowra, Cosi was made into a movie in the playwright's native country but has had few stage productions in the United States. Fell's Point Corner's production is directed by Richard Dean Stover and features a cast headed by Linda Chambers, Tony Colavito, Laura Cosner, Larry Malkus, Patrick Martyn and Lynda McClary.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | February 18, 1999
Two decades ago, when Arthur Kopit wrote "Wings," the notion of a play told from the viewpoint of a stroke victim -- a woman deprived of language -- seemed pretty daring. Then in 1993, two former Marylanders did something even more daring. They turned "Wings" into a musical.Tomorrow, that musical, with a libretto by Arthur Perlman and music by Jeffrey Lunden, will make its Maryland debut at Fell's Point Corner Theatre. Bill Kamberger directs a cast headed by Nancy Kelso, in the lead role of Emily Stilson, an incapacitated former aviator and wing-walker.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun theater critic | February 8, 2007
Yasmina Reza's Life x 3 is a play that owes a debt to Copenhagen, Rashomon and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Like Michael Frayn's Copenhagen and Akira Kurosawa's movie Rashomon, it re-examines a central event from varying angles. And like Edward Albee's Virginia Woolf, the setup is an evening with two academic couples. Yet Reza's play (translated from the French by Christopher Hampton) defaults on the debt it owes its strong forebears. The central problem is that if a story is going to be retold several times, it is especially important that it be interesting the first time.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | June 23, 2005
Blue Mermaid, a new play by prolific Baltimore Playwrights Festival author Mark Scharf, is the latest Playwrights Festival offering. Opening tonight at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, the drama, set in Ocean City, focuses on three generations of women in the same family as they struggle to find themselves and reforge familial bonds. Under Alex Willis' direction, Susan Scher plays the grandmother, Tiffany James plays her mixed-raced granddaughter and Pam Feldman plays the girl's aunt. Show times at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays, through July 10. Tickets are $14. Call 410-276-7837.
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September 9, 2004
Fell's Point opens season Fell's Point Corner Theatre opens its season tomorrow with the Baltimore premiere of Edward Albee's The Play About the Baby. Focusing on two couples - a pair of young parents called simply Boy and Girl and an older couple called Man and Woman - the play debuted in London in 1998 and was produced off-Broadway in 2001. Despite conjecture that the baby in the title might be a fantasy and that the play bears a connection to Albee's 1962 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | May 15, 2003
There's a scene in Margaret Edson's 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit in which a professor vehemently defends the use of a modest comma over a "hysterical" semicolon in the last line of the John Donne sonnet beginning, "Death be not proud." When punctuated properly, "Nothing but a breath - a comma - separates life from life everlasting," she explains. This may sound like nitpicking, but that comma, that breath, is the brief space in which Wit takes place. The play is an account of the valiant but futile battle waged by Vivian Bearing, a world-class John Donne scholar, against stage four metastatic ovarian cancer; there is no stage five, as she matter-of-factly informs us. Dedicated to literary research, Vivian now becomes equally dedicated to being a medical guinea pig. But as she discovers, studying and being studied are very different pursuits.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | January 16, 1997
"Burning Patience," the play that inspired the 1996 Academy Award-nominated movie "The Postman," makes its Baltimore premiere at Fell's Point Corner Theatre tomorrow. Written by Antonio Skarmeta and adapted into English by Marion Peter Holt, "Burning Patience" tells the story of a shy, love-struck postman who woos his beloved with the help of Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.Fell's Point Corner's Spanish Community Outreach Program selected "Burning Patience" through the theater's 1995 Spanish Play Reading Workshop.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | January 17, 2002
Lynn Nottage's Crumbs From the Table of Joy will receive its Baltimore premiere at Fell's Point Corner Theatre beginning tomorrow. Set in Brooklyn in 1950, the domestic drama focuses on a widower struggling to raise his two teen-age daughters. Donald Russell Owens directs a cast including Marianne Angelella, Debbie Bennett, Danyelle Carter, Audra Lawson, Korinne M. Loynes and Marc Stevens. All proceeds from the opening-night performance will be donated to a scholarship fund in memory of Elauna Griffin, whom Owens directed in Valley Song at Fell's Point last season.
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