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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,sun theater critic | January 24, 2007
There's an old nursery rhyme about the British town of St. Ives that crops up in Lee Blessing's play Going to St. Ives. But there's nothing the least bit nursery-ish about this dire political drama, which is receiving its regional premiere at Everyman Theatre. Here's the situation Blessing presents: The mother of a monstrous African dictator comes to see a renowned British eye surgeon for treatment. These two women have never met, but each wants something from the other, and sight-saving surgery is the least of it. Going to St. Ives runs through Feb. 25 at Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St. $20-$30.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
Baltimore County's historic courthouse in Towson will become the set of the political drama "House of Cards" next week. The Netflix series' crew plans to film at the courthouse July 31, county spokeswoman Ellen Kobler said. The show, which stars Kevin Spacey and chronicles the dealings of a ruthless congressman named Frank Underwood, filmed at the State House in Annapolis last month. The State House closed to the public for filming, but that's not the plan for Towson. The crew plans to film outside the building and on the second floor of the courthouse — in County Council offices, a library and a hallway, Kobler said.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
Baltimore County's historic courthouse in Towson will become the set of the political drama "House of Cards" next week. The Netflix series' crew plans to film at the courthouse July 31, county spokeswoman Ellen Kobler said. The show, which stars Kevin Spacey and chronicles the dealings of a ruthless congressman named Frank Underwood, filmed at the State House in Annapolis last month. The State House closed to the public for filming, but that's not the plan for Towson. The crew plans to film outside the building and on the second floor of the courthouse — in County Council offices, a library and a hallway, Kobler said.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
The marble hallway trod for centuries by Maryland politicians will host perhaps its most sinister character when actor Kevin Spacey arrives for work next week. Television crews from the political thriller "House of Cards" began transforming Maryland's State House into the backdrop for scenes this week, remaking the House of Delegates chamber to resemble that of the U.S. Senate. Production will take over the State House on Monday and Tuesday, closing the more than 230-year-old building to the public during filming of the Netflix drama, which stars Spacey as scheming Majority Whip Francis Underwood.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2009
Colonial Players continues its 60th season with the first of its three abbreviated weekend offerings in Lee Blessing's 1988 political drama "Two Rooms," a play that celebrates love. A husband and wife are political hostages across miles - he imprisoned by Lebanese radicals, and she in the study of their Washington home. It is their love for each other that allows them to cope with the ordeal. Protagonists Michael and Lainie Wells are American teachers who had worked in Beirut where Michael was captured by terrorists and, as the play begins, has been held for more than a year.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | February 24, 2000
There's a serious political drama in Brendan Behan's "The Hostage." There's also a raucous musical. In Center Stage's new production, it's not the most comfortable mix. At times, it's downright jarring. And that's the point. Life and death, comedy and tragedy bump up against each other in this freewheeling 1958 play. At the end of the first act, for example, the motley residents of the play's Dublin boarding house are dancing up a storm when two IRA soldiers burst in holding a British soldier at gunpoint.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2012
After weeks of partisan sniping, the public finally gets to judge HBO's Sarah Palin docudrama "Game Change" for itself this weekend. But the campaign for more politics as TV drama has only begun. Aaron Sorkin's "The West Wing" notwithstanding, prime-time television has never gone as far into the deep end of the political pool as it is about to do this year. At least four Washington-centric shows are in the works or set to premiere, including Maryland-based "VEEP" and "House of Cards.
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January 24, 2007
NATIONAL Bush asks chance on Iraq plan President Bush appealed to a recalcitrant Congress and an anxious public to give his Iraq troop increase a chance, seeking to revive his waning influence with plans to reduce gasoline usage and expand health coverage access. pg 1A Lawyer says Libby sacrificed White House officials tried to sacrifice vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to protect strategist Karl Rove from blame for leaking a CIA operative's identity during a political storm over the Iraq war, Libby's lawyer said.
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August 24, 2012
With all the political drama going on concerning Medicare from both parties, it baffles me that President Barack Obama has ignored his legal responsibilities regarding the "Medicare trigger. " That trigger (covered under Section 1105 of Title 31 of the U.S. Code) is a forecast from the Medicare trustees that general revenues will be required for 45 percent or more of the program's outlays within a seven-year period, which signals that Medicare is financially unsustainable. The president is required to respond to Congress, but though the Medicare trustees issued a warning in 2009, 2010, 2011, and again this spring, President Obama has ignored the law each year and failed to submit the required budgetary legislation to Congress.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
On Thursday, Netflix announced a Feb. 1 release date for "House of Cards," the Baltimore-made political drama starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. All 13 episodes of the first season will be available to subscribers on that date. The whole project is a huge risk with a new business model, and it will be fascinating to see how it works out for Netflix with this distribution formula. Here's the release: The Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, “House of Cards,” starring Academy Award ® winner Kevin Spacey (“Horrible Bosses,” “American Beauty”)
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2013
The drumbeat for weeks has been that $85 billion in across-the-board federal spending cuts known as the sequester would be so horrendous for the economy that lawmakers in Washington would be forced to compromise by the March 1 deadline. When no deal was reached, not only did the stock market shrug it off, but the Dow Jones industrial average of 30 blue-chip stocks soared to new heights. On Tuesday, the Dow blew past its old record of 14,164.53 from Oct. 9, 2007, and continued to climb, ending the week at 14,397.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
On Thursday, Netflix announced a Feb. 1 release date for "House of Cards," the Baltimore-made political drama starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. All 13 episodes of the first season will be available to subscribers on that date. The whole project is a huge risk with a new business model, and it will be fascinating to see how it works out for Netflix with this distribution formula. Here's the release: The Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, “House of Cards,” starring Academy Award ® winner Kevin Spacey (“Horrible Bosses,” “American Beauty”)
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August 24, 2012
With all the political drama going on concerning Medicare from both parties, it baffles me that President Barack Obama has ignored his legal responsibilities regarding the "Medicare trigger. " That trigger (covered under Section 1105 of Title 31 of the U.S. Code) is a forecast from the Medicare trustees that general revenues will be required for 45 percent or more of the program's outlays within a seven-year period, which signals that Medicare is financially unsustainable. The president is required to respond to Congress, but though the Medicare trustees issued a warning in 2009, 2010, 2011, and again this spring, President Obama has ignored the law each year and failed to submit the required budgetary legislation to Congress.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2012
After weeks of partisan sniping, the public finally gets to judge HBO's Sarah Palin docudrama "Game Change" for itself this weekend. But the campaign for more politics as TV drama has only begun. Aaron Sorkin's "The West Wing" notwithstanding, prime-time television has never gone as far into the deep end of the political pool as it is about to do this year. At least four Washington-centric shows are in the works or set to premiere, including Maryland-based "VEEP" and "House of Cards.
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By David Zurawik and Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2012
For almost two decades, Baltimore was mainly seen by the TV industry as a place to make shows about cops and crime. But now, the city is looking more like the nation's capital to some of Hollywood's top producers. On Thursday, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced that "House of Cards" - a Washington-set TV series starring Kevin Spacey - will be filmed in Baltimore this spring, making it the third political drama to be produced in Maryland in less than a year. "This current run of going three for three with Washington political stuff is really something," said Jack Gerbes, director of the Maryland Film Office.
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By GRAHAM MOOMAW | Capital News Service and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 30, 2010
WASHINGTON - A wave of voter anger and frustration sweeping the nation may make for a more interesting election year in strongly Democratic Maryland, conservative activists and candidates say. That anger -- attributed to frustration over the health care reform bill and the stumbling economy -- boiled over in dramatic fashion in Massachusetts when Republican Scott Brown upset Democrat Martha Coakley in a special election Jan. 19 to fill the Senate...
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By GRAHAM MOOMAW | Capital News Service and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 30, 2010
WASHINGTON - A wave of voter anger and frustration sweeping the nation may make for a more interesting election year in strongly Democratic Maryland, conservative activists and candidates say. That anger -- attributed to frustration over the health care reform bill and the stumbling economy -- boiled over in dramatic fashion in Massachusetts when Republican Scott Brown upset Democrat Martha Coakley in a special election Jan. 19 to fill the Senate...
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,sun theater critic | October 2, 2006
The State of the Union may not have changed much in the six decades since Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse wrote their play of that title. But the state of the theater has changed a great deal. Thematically, Lindsay and Crouse's fictitious account of the making of a presidential candidate is barely dated. Backroom politics, special interests, and political and marital infidelity all sound strikingly familiar. But as directed by Kyle Donnelly at Ford's Theatre in Washington, too much of the production, characterizations and plot development feel creaky.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2009
Colonial Players continues its 60th season with the first of its three abbreviated weekend offerings in Lee Blessing's 1988 political drama "Two Rooms," a play that celebrates love. A husband and wife are political hostages across miles - he imprisoned by Lebanese radicals, and she in the study of their Washington home. It is their love for each other that allows them to cope with the ordeal. Protagonists Michael and Lainie Wells are American teachers who had worked in Beirut where Michael was captured by terrorists and, as the play begins, has been held for more than a year.
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January 24, 2007
NATIONAL Bush asks chance on Iraq plan President Bush appealed to a recalcitrant Congress and an anxious public to give his Iraq troop increase a chance, seeking to revive his waning influence with plans to reduce gasoline usage and expand health coverage access. pg 1A Lawyer says Libby sacrificed White House officials tried to sacrifice vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to protect strategist Karl Rove from blame for leaking a CIA operative's identity during a political storm over the Iraq war, Libby's lawyer said.
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