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By J. Wynn Rousuck | January 13, 1991
When most people think of a dramaturg -- if they're familiar with the term at all -- they probably envision an academic in an ivory tower poring over obscure texts related to a theatrical production. But ivory towers have never interested Rick Davis, who was named associate artistic director at Center Stage last summer after four years as that theater's resident dramaturg."I always tried to introduce myself as the dirty-hands dramaturg," says the easygoing, bearded Mr. Davis, 33. Even in the literary post of dramaturg, he explains, he attempted to have hands-on contact with whatever production he was researching.
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August 31, 2006
THEATER IBSEN'S 'ENEMY' Idealism, character assassination and political suicide are on the docket at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, where Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People opens the 2006-2007 season on Tuesday. Using a translation by Rick Davis (former associate artistic director of Center Stage) and Brian Johnston, the production is directed by Kjetil Bang-Hansen, resident director of Nationaltheatret in Oslo and author of a 1972 book on An Enemy of the People. Joseph Urla stars as idealistic Dr. Stockmann, who expects to be esteemed for his revelation that the local tourist baths are polluted.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | January 10, 1991
STAGE GEORGE Bernard Shaw's ''Candida'' without care, and you run the risk of losing your audience. Do it as well as Center Stage is doing it, and you're likely to please everybody.Do the play carelessly, and the minister will end up a blundering bore. Do his wife carelessly, and she may wind up being unsympathetic, even irritating. Do Marchbanks off key, and he can be impossible.At Center Stage, all the leading players are on key. Richard Poe, as Rev. Morell, is righteous without being pompous.
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By George F. Will | August 19, 1999
Yesterday upon the stairI met a man who wasn't there.He wasn't there again today.I wish that man would go away. -- Nursery rhymeWASHINGTON -- John McCain wasn't there and won't, he says, go away. He has a strategy (in poker, does hoping to be dealt four aces constitute a "strategy"?), but one element of it came a cropper in Iowa Saturday night.Having experienced in Vietnam one mismatch between means and ends, Mr. McCain avoided another by skipping Ames' expensive straw poll. Besides, to his credit, he could not match the other candidates' erotic relationships with Iowa's ethanol industry (if such a government-subsidized mendicant can be called an industry)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2006
THEATER IBSEN'S 'ENEMY' Idealism, character assassination and political suicide are on the docket at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, where Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People opens the 2006-2007 season on Tuesday. Using a translation by Rick Davis (former associate artistic director of Center Stage) and Brian Johnston, the production is directed by Kjetil Bang-Hansen, resident director of Nationaltheatret in Oslo and author of a 1972 book on An Enemy of the People. Joseph Urla stars as idealistic Dr. Stockmann, who expects to be esteemed for his revelation that the local tourist baths are polluted.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | April 19, 1993
"We're being aggressive about new scripts," Center Stage artistic director Irene Lewis says of the theater's 1993-1994 season, one of whose most unusual new works will be "Das Barbecu," a musical sendup of Wagner's "Gotterdammerung," set in East Texas.Commissioned and produced by the Seattle Opera two years ago in conjunction with its production of Wagner's "Ring" cycle, the country-western parody has a score by composer Scott Warrender and librettist Jim Luigs. Center Stage's version will be the show's first major East Coast production.
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By George F. Will | August 19, 1999
Yesterday upon the stairI met a man who wasn't there.He wasn't there again today.I wish that man would go away. -- Nursery rhymeWASHINGTON -- John McCain wasn't there and won't, he says, go away. He has a strategy (in poker, does hoping to be dealt four aces constitute a "strategy"?), but one element of it came a cropper in Iowa Saturday night.Having experienced in Vietnam one mismatch between means and ends, Mr. McCain avoided another by skipping Ames' expensive straw poll. Besides, to his credit, he could not match the other candidates' erotic relationships with Iowa's ethanol industry (if such a government-subsidized mendicant can be called an industry)
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff | July 25, 1991
Two neurotic composers hungry for a hit song travel the rocky road of romance in Cockpit in Court's scintillating version of the musical "They're Playing Our Song," being presented on the Mainstage of Essex Community College through Sunday.This snappy, bright and very funny look at the up-and-down relationship between a man and a woman was written by Neil Simon, with grand music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Carol Bayer Sager that incisively reveal the frustrations, longings and hopes of all lovers everywhere.
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February 15, 2005
On February 12, 2005, LINDA A. SMITH of Glen Burnie. Beloved mother of Lisa A. Bilzer and Michelle L. Rodgers; loving daughter of Ralph M. Baker and the late Betty Lou Lancaster; dearest sister of Betty Lou F. Amrhein and Frances Pace; caring step-sister of Gwenn Huckaby, Daisy Scheubel and Bill, Tommy and Rick Davis, III. Adoring grandmother of Amanda K. Du Vall, Kevin J. Bilzer, Jr. and Laci Carol-Ann Barracato The family will receive visitors at...
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins | July 17, 2005
Rising home costs cause stress beyond mortgage payments The true price of rising home costs goes far beyond ballooning mortgage payments, a poll by the Homeownership Alliance finds. The Washington-based group said last week that more than half the residents surveyed worry that home costs will prevent them from sending their children to decent schools. Nearly half are considering whether to leave their communities in search of affordable, desirable housing. And almost a third have someone in the family who commutes at least an hour to work.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | April 19, 1993
"We're being aggressive about new scripts," Center Stage artistic director Irene Lewis says of the theater's 1993-1994 season, one of whose most unusual new works will be "Das Barbecu," a musical sendup of Wagner's "Gotterdammerung," set in East Texas.Commissioned and produced by the Seattle Opera two years ago in conjunction with its production of Wagner's "Ring" cycle, the country-western parody has a score by composer Scott Warrender and librettist Jim Luigs. Center Stage's version will be the show's first major East Coast production.
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff | July 25, 1991
Two neurotic composers hungry for a hit song travel the rocky road of romance in Cockpit in Court's scintillating version of the musical "They're Playing Our Song," being presented on the Mainstage of Essex Community College through Sunday.This snappy, bright and very funny look at the up-and-down relationship between a man and a woman was written by Neil Simon, with grand music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Carol Bayer Sager that incisively reveal the frustrations, longings and hopes of all lovers everywhere.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | January 13, 1991
When most people think of a dramaturg -- if they're familiar with the term at all -- they probably envision an academic in an ivory tower poring over obscure texts related to a theatrical production. But ivory towers have never interested Rick Davis, who was named associate artistic director at Center Stage last summer after four years as that theater's resident dramaturg."I always tried to introduce myself as the dirty-hands dramaturg," says the easygoing, bearded Mr. Davis, 33. Even in the literary post of dramaturg, he explains, he attempted to have hands-on contact with whatever production he was researching.
FEATURES
By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | January 10, 1991
STAGE GEORGE Bernard Shaw's ''Candida'' without care, and you run the risk of losing your audience. Do it as well as Center Stage is doing it, and you're likely to please everybody.Do the play carelessly, and the minister will end up a blundering bore. Do his wife carelessly, and she may wind up being unsympathetic, even irritating. Do Marchbanks off key, and he can be impossible.At Center Stage, all the leading players are on key. Richard Poe, as Rev. Morell, is righteous without being pompous.
FEATURES
May 30, 1991
Center Stage's fifth annual Young Playwrights Festival begins at at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the theater.The program includes an awards ceremony and performances of three award-winning short plays chosen out of 150 submitted. The festival recognizes the talents of young playwrights in grades 3 through 12, who have participated in the Center Stage Education Department's Playwrights-in-Schools program.The performances include: a staged reading of "Dream Jury" by Paul A. Bachmann (Howard High School)
NEWS
February 20, 2007
ELIZABETH K. HAMILTON (BETTY) wife of Frederick J. Hamilton (Ted) died February 18, 2007 in Danbury, CT with her family by her side. Betty was born in Baltimore, MD on July 2, 1929 as the youngest of five children born to James and Adelle Kennedy. In addition to her husband, Betty is survived by six children and their families: Bob and Susan Hamilton of Orinda, CA, Joe and Loryn Hamilton of Rutland, VT, Mary Ann and her husband Jeffrey Haines of Bethesda, MD, Meg and Jim Barlow of Fairfield, Beth and Rick Davis of Newtown, CT, Patty and Mark Robinson of Roseville, CA; 16 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
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