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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
When Center Stage announced its 2014-2015 season months ago, there was one TBA on the schedule. The company announced Tuesday that the missing piece is the world premiere of "Marley," a musical about the Jamaican reggae sensation Bob Marley, written and directed by company artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. The new work, with a score comprised of Marley's music, will close the Center Stage season, running May 6 to June 14, 2015. "This will not be a jukebox musical," Kwei-Armah said.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
When Center Stage announced its 2014-2015 season months ago, there was one TBA on the schedule. The company announced Tuesday that the missing piece is the world premiere of "Marley," a musical about the Jamaican reggae sensation Bob Marley, written and directed by company artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. The new work, with a score comprised of Marley's music, will close the Center Stage season, running May 6 to June 14, 2015. "This will not be a jukebox musical," Kwei-Armah said.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 14, 1998
Until last month, dance honors in the Isaac family of Annapolis were held by father Lafayette "Skip" Isaac, who won a twist contest in high school.Then Kelly, 18, the only child of Skip and Karen Isaac, went to New York to audition for the tap musical "Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk." That was April 14.He got an immediate call-back and was asked to return April 23."We were ciphering," he says of the second audition. Ciphering is a kind of tap competition in which two dancers trade off rhythms and try to outdo each other.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,sun theater critic | December 21, 2006
Whoops. Only four days till "Christmas Day" and you still "... Need a Little Christmas" -- perhaps even "A New Deal for Christmas"? Or, maybe you're afraid it'll be a "Hard Candy Christmas" because you can't find the right gift for your friend, the theater junkie, the one who can identify the shows these song titles are from. (For everyone else, the answers are below). Here are some suggestions: Photographer Howard Schatz's stunning coffee-table book, In Character: Actors Acting (Bulfinch Press, $50)
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,sun theater critic | October 12, 2006
Stevie thinks she and Martin have the perfect marriage. Their gay teenage son, Billy, thinks he has the perfect parents. Lately, however, Martin hasn't been himself. He's fallen in love, he confides to his closest friend. But the other woman isn't a woman. It is, well, a goat. A play about taboos and the limits of tolerance, Edward Albee's The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia? is receiving a solid, serious Baltimore premiere at Mobtown Players. With the exception of some physical details - particularly the large, important prop at the end - this is an adept, thoughtful handling of a difficult play.
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By Patrick Pacheco and Patrick Pacheco,Special to The Sun | March 7, 1995
Director George C. Wolfe has often used doors as a central symbol in his productions, and "Jelly's Last Jam" is a case in point. In his 1991 Broadway musical about Jelly Roll Morton, Mr. Wolfe used an upstage door through which characters emerged to tell the bitter story of the African-American legend who claimed to have been the founder of jazz."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,sun theater critic | December 21, 2006
Whoops. Only four days till "Christmas Day" and you still "... Need a Little Christmas" -- perhaps even "A New Deal for Christmas"? Or, maybe you're afraid it'll be a "Hard Candy Christmas" because you can't find the right gift for your friend, the theater junkie, the one who can identify the shows these song titles are from. (For everyone else, the answers are below). Here are some suggestions: Photographer Howard Schatz's stunning coffee-table book, In Character: Actors Acting (Bulfinch Press, $50)
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By Edward Gunts | October 23, 1994
It took three owners to the brink of financial ruin.It lost its major tenant more than once.In the 1960s, it was so rundown that Baltimore's mayor recommended it be razed.But next week, barring any catastrophes, Baltimore's venerable Lyric Opera House will reach a milestone that few cultural institutions attain anymore.Oct. 31 will mark the 100th anniversary of the night maestro Emil Paur led the Boston Symphony Orchestra into the prelude to Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg," the first number in the gala concert held to celebrate the opening of Baltimore's newest performance venue, then called the Music Hall.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | October 7, 1994
What might be the high point of the season on "Masterpiece Theatre" begins a three-week run at 9 p.m. Sunday. "The Rector's Wife," starring Lindsay Duncan and Jonathan Coy, is not to be missed.Based on the controversial 1992 novel by Joanna Trollope, "The Rector's Wife" examines the life and tiny, circumscribed world of Anglican rector, his wife and family.The drama begins when the rector, Peter Bouverie, played to perfection by Coy, fails to get a promotion to archdeacon. With the promotion, he would have been able to lift his family -- his wife, played brilliantly by Duncan, and two children -- out of a near-poverty existence.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | September 30, 1999
Two one-woman shows will share the final slot in the Center Stage subscription season. Dael Orlandersmith's "The Gimmick" (April 28-May 14) is about two children in Harlem who dream of careers in the arts. Orlandersmith previously performed in the theater's 1998 Off Center Festival.Lisa Kron's "2.5 Minute Ride" (May 17-June 18) is an autobiographical piece juxtaposing the performer's trips to an Ohio amusement park with her visit to Auschwitz with her father, a Holocaust survivor. "2.5 Minute Ride" was an off-Broadway hit at the Public Theater last spring.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,sun theater critic | October 12, 2006
Stevie thinks she and Martin have the perfect marriage. Their gay teenage son, Billy, thinks he has the perfect parents. Lately, however, Martin hasn't been himself. He's fallen in love, he confides to his closest friend. But the other woman isn't a woman. It is, well, a goat. A play about taboos and the limits of tolerance, Edward Albee's The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia? is receiving a solid, serious Baltimore premiere at Mobtown Players. With the exception of some physical details - particularly the large, important prop at the end - this is an adept, thoughtful handling of a difficult play.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 14, 1998
Until last month, dance honors in the Isaac family of Annapolis were held by father Lafayette "Skip" Isaac, who won a twist contest in high school.Then Kelly, 18, the only child of Skip and Karen Isaac, went to New York to audition for the tap musical "Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk." That was April 14.He got an immediate call-back and was asked to return April 23."We were ciphering," he says of the second audition. Ciphering is a kind of tap competition in which two dancers trade off rhythms and try to outdo each other.
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By Patrick Pacheco and Patrick Pacheco,Special to The Sun | March 7, 1995
Director George C. Wolfe has often used doors as a central symbol in his productions, and "Jelly's Last Jam" is a case in point. In his 1991 Broadway musical about Jelly Roll Morton, Mr. Wolfe used an upstage door through which characters emerged to tell the bitter story of the African-American legend who claimed to have been the founder of jazz."
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By Edward Gunts | October 23, 1994
It took three owners to the brink of financial ruin.It lost its major tenant more than once.In the 1960s, it was so rundown that Baltimore's mayor recommended it be razed.But next week, barring any catastrophes, Baltimore's venerable Lyric Opera House will reach a milestone that few cultural institutions attain anymore.Oct. 31 will mark the 100th anniversary of the night maestro Emil Paur led the Boston Symphony Orchestra into the prelude to Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg," the first number in the gala concert held to celebrate the opening of Baltimore's newest performance venue, then called the Music Hall.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | October 7, 1994
What might be the high point of the season on "Masterpiece Theatre" begins a three-week run at 9 p.m. Sunday. "The Rector's Wife," starring Lindsay Duncan and Jonathan Coy, is not to be missed.Based on the controversial 1992 novel by Joanna Trollope, "The Rector's Wife" examines the life and tiny, circumscribed world of Anglican rector, his wife and family.The drama begins when the rector, Peter Bouverie, played to perfection by Coy, fails to get a promotion to archdeacon. With the promotion, he would have been able to lift his family -- his wife, played brilliantly by Duncan, and two children -- out of a near-poverty existence.
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April 23, 2000
In the final slot of the current season, Center Stage is offering two separate one-woman shows. Although different in many ways, both shows tell stories of young people growing up. Dael Orlandersmith's "The Gimmick," which opens Friday, is a fictional account of two young friends in Harlem who dream of a life in the arts. "What interests me is the darker side of human nature -- because it gets us to the light," Orlandersmith is quoted as saying in the just-released anthology, "Extreme Exposures."
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May 20, 2007
GIORGIO CAVAGLIERI, 95 Spurred urban preservation Giorgio Cavaglieri, an Italian Jewish architect who designed airfields for anti-Semitic dictator Benito Mussolini before fleeing to America and spurring the urban preservation movement, died Tuesday at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan of internal bleeding, said his nephew, Andrew Tesoro. The architect's name is linked to some of New York City's most famous buildings. He transformed the old Astor Library in the East Village into Joseph Papp's Public Theater and created the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
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