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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2010
When you see Justin Timberlake — all right, a character portraying him — take a deep breath, puff out his cheeks and prepare to fly, the sight is at once absurd, funny and a little sweet. You could say the same about many scenes in the absorbing play that finds this pop music idol flitting about in a seriously troubled young girl's fantasies, boasting of his avian capabilities and providing her with various forms of comfort. But there's a decidedly creepy streak, too, in Sheila Callaghan's "Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake)
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Jacques Kelly | October 3, 2014
At age 100, the commercial building at 120 W. North Ave. has enjoyed prosperity and suffered humiliation. It's now soon to become an arts center in the Station North neighborhood, whose transformation I've been watching for the past few years. Perhaps its worst hour happened in 2012, when the Fire Department ordered it closed. Inspectors took one look at the outdated 1914 wiring and said, "Shut it down. " Its main tenant, the Single Carrot Theatre , promptly moved out. "The electrical box was like something out of a Dr. Frankenstein movie," said Laurens "Mac" MacLure, director of the Baltimore Arts Realty Corp., who gave a tour of the roomy structure this week, as his group has been completing plans for a $6 million upgrade.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2013
Single Carrot Theatre, one of Baltimore's most successful out-of-the-mainstream companies, has named Kellie Mecleary as interim artistic director, effective Aug. 1 and continuing through July 2014. She succeeds longtime Carrot member Nathan Cooper, who is heading off to start a theater career in Bulgaria. Mecleary has spent the past two years with Center Stage as senior artistic fellow. She has an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University, a B.A. in English and Theater from Goucher College.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
The 6 o'clock news is gloomy enough as it is. Imagine if, every day at twilight, it also involved the threat from a sniper who liked to pick off random victims as they gathered in front of their TV sets to watch the broadcast. The resulting unease and disorientation from such a scenario, the sense that the center will definitely not hold, gives a neat edge to "The Apocalypse Comes at 6PM," a satiric/surrealistic work from 2010 by Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov. The play, now onstage at Single Carrot Theatre in an English translation by Angela Rodel, packs in a lot of biting commentary on contemporary society, relationships, alienation ("I had some friends during the 1980s; then they bought a VCR")
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Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
Vaclav Havel, the late poet, playwright and president (Czechoslovakia's last, the Czech Republic's first), aimed his satirical eye at bureaucracy and corporate-speak in a play called "The Memorandum. " It premiered 49 years ago, way before computers, cellphones, OMG and LOL, but it has hardly lost its relevance. When a character in the play notes that we are "inevitably fragmenting" and becoming "more and more deeply alienated," the description still fits - if anything, more tightly.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
The good vibrations inside Single Carrot Theatre 's new home in Remington are infectious — all the more apt considering that the inaugural production is called "The Flu Season. " Stepping into the venue, which once housed a tire repair shop, is a lift in itself. The place is such a far cry from the tiny spot at Load of Fun on North Avenue, where the company had its longest residency. There's even an honest-to-goodness lobby; the one at Load of Fun seemed to be about 3 square feet.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2013
People anxious about seismic demographic shifts already under way in the Western Hemisphere may be a bit unnerved by Caridad Svich's futuristic drama “The Tropic of X,” receiving its English-language premiere from Single Carrot Theatre - the company's first venture in its temporary headquarters in the former home of Everyman Theatre. The playwright's vision conjures a world where North and South America have fused into a strange melange where languages and longings converge, or collide.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
The 6 o'clock news is gloomy enough as it is. Imagine if, every day at twilight, it also involved the threat from a sniper who liked to pick off random victims as they gathered in front of their TV sets to watch the broadcast. The resulting unease and disorientation from such a scenario, the sense that the center will definitely not hold, gives a neat edge to "The Apocalypse Comes at 6PM," a satiric/surrealistic work from 2010 by Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov. The play, now onstage at Single Carrot Theatre in an English translation by Angela Rodel, packs in a lot of biting commentary on contemporary society, relationships, alienation ("I had some friends during the 1980s; then they bought a VCR")
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
The good vibrations inside Single Carrot Theatre's new home in Remington are infectious - all the more apt considering that the inaugural production is called "The Flu Season. " Stepping into the venue, which once housed a tire repair shop, is a lift in itself. The place is such a far cry from the tiny spot at Load of Fun on North Avenue, where the company had its longest residency. There's even an honest-to-goodness lobby; the one at Load of Fun seemed to be about three square feet.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2012
You might say that Joseph Cornell lived in a box within a box. From his early teens to his death in 1972 at the age of 69, the artist stayed firmly tied to a home in Queens he shared with his mother and invalid brother. When Cornell ventured out, it was chiefly to rummage for any number of objects that he would use back home to create the assemblages that made him famous — each contained in a little box with a glass front. As art critic Robert Hughes writes, "that glass, the 'fourth wall' of his miniature theater, is also the diaphragm between two contrasting worlds.
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Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
Vaclav Havel, the late poet, playwright and president (Czechoslovakia's last, the Czech Republic's first), aimed his satirical eye at bureaucracy and corporate-speak in a play called "The Memorandum. " It premiered 49 years ago, way before computers, cellphones, OMG and LOL, but it has hardly lost its relevance. When a character in the play notes that we are "inevitably fragmenting" and becoming "more and more deeply alienated," the description still fits - if anything, more tightly.
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January 31, 2014
I was disappointed upon seeing the accompanying photograph in Sloane Brown's column about fashion-forward locals ("Glimpsed at Single Carrot Theatre ," Jan. 30). Kirsten Lessner was shown wearing a mink stole that she said was "her grandmother's cousin's. " I am not an in-your-face PETA activist, but I do get offended when I see what I call insensitive journalism. I do not care that the stole was rather old, as Ms. Lessner inferred (perhaps as if to legitimize the fact that she did not purchase it but instead inherited it)
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
The good vibrations inside Single Carrot Theatre 's new home in Remington are infectious — all the more apt considering that the inaugural production is called "The Flu Season. " Stepping into the venue, which once housed a tire repair shop, is a lift in itself. The place is such a far cry from the tiny spot at Load of Fun on North Avenue, where the company had its longest residency. There's even an honest-to-goodness lobby; the one at Load of Fun seemed to be about 3 square feet.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
The good vibrations inside Single Carrot Theatre's new home in Remington are infectious - all the more apt considering that the inaugural production is called "The Flu Season. " Stepping into the venue, which once housed a tire repair shop, is a lift in itself. The place is such a far cry from the tiny spot at Load of Fun on North Avenue, where the company had its longest residency. There's even an honest-to-goodness lobby; the one at Load of Fun seemed to be about three square feet.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2014
Single Carrot Theatre , the zesty venture by a bunch of buddies from the University of Colorado who decided to cultivate a company in Baltimore, now has something it has long desired - a permanent roof over its head. This week's inauguration of a spiffy venue at the corner of North Howard and 26th streets in the metamorphosing Remington neighborhood marks a milestone and fresh opportunity for the troupe, devoted to cutting-edge repertoire. "It feels like the first six years were one chapter and this is a new chapter," says Genevieve de Mahy, a founding member of Single Carrot.
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October 1, 2013
How's this for a challenging role? A young girl travels through time with her younger sister. Oh, and she's determined to kill God. Still, Lauren Saunders was down for playing Lucy in Single Carrot Theatre 's "A Beginner's Guide to Deicide. " "I was attracted to this play because it challenges a lot of constructs - religion, gender, power and more," said Saunders, 25, who's a fellow with Single Carrot and also works for the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. "It afforded me the opportunity to explore things as an actor that I had yet to explore.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2013
Single Carrot Theatre, one of Baltimore's most successful out-of-the-mainstream companies, has named Kellie Mecleary as interim artistic director, effective Aug. 1 and continuing through July 2014. She succeeds longtime Carrot member Nathan Cooper, who is heading off to start a theater career in Bulgaria. Mecleary has spent the past two years with Center Stage as senior artistic fellow. She has an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University, a B.A. in English and Theater from Goucher College.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
The final stage direction in Samuel Beckett's “Play” is “repeat.” The Acme Corporation, one of Baltimore's experimental theater companies, is taking that instruction very seriously. Last Friday, the one-act, three-character, roughly one-hour work was performed on a kind of continual loop from noon until midnight in a high-ceilinged, balconied hall at St. Mark's Lutheran Church. But that's just a warm-up. This week, the production's length will double, running continually from one noon to the next.
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