Cassandra Miller

Cassandra Miller writes about theater for Baltimore Fishbowl. Regionally, she has written about the arts for Baltimore magazine, Bmore Art, City Paper, DC Metro Theater Arts, The Bad Oracle, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and The Washington Post, where she was the Entertainment Editor of Express. She can be reached at [email protected]

17 theater shows to see in Baltimore in September

“12 Angry Jurors” runs at Vagabond Players from Sept. 6-29. Photo by Bruce F. Press Photography, via Vagabond Players/Facebook.

September means new beginnings for the theater world, with many companies launching new seasons. This month offers a fresh start for several local groups, including Baltimore’s two professional theaters, Everyman and Baltimore Center Stage, who open their 2019/20 seasons with “Proof” and “Miss You Like Hell,” respectively.

Find 15 additional options for seeing live theater, including a couple of staged readings by local playwrights.

To be included in monthly Baltimore theater features, email writer Cassandra Miller at [email protected] with show information.

22 theater shows to see in Baltimore in August

Image via Fluid Movement’s Instagram.

While August is traditionally slow, Baltimore companies this year have as many options as busier months on the theater calendar. If you’re not satiated by political Twitter following the Democratic primary debates, head to the theater for a dystopian interpretation of the future of America in Rapid Lemon Productions’ “Crusade,” or to a fictional Baltimore bar during the 2016 presidential elections in “Properties! A Political Play.”

To be included in monthly Baltimore theater features, email writer Cassandra Miller at [email protected] with show information.

23 theater shows to see in Baltimore in July

Carol Burnett headlines the Lyric Opera House on July 23. Image via Ticketmaster.

July features a variety pack of theatrical performances in Baltimore: magic shows, a water ballet, lots of musicals, Shakespeare and Carol Burnett. While summer is usually a slow time for theater companies that take a break in July and August, Baltimore is still pulsing with one-off and experimental performances.

To be included in monthly Baltimore theater features, email writer Cassandra Miller at [email protected] with show information.

28 theater shows to see in Baltimore in June

“The Play That Goes Wrong,” running June 4-9 at the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. Photo via Broadway Across America/Facebook.

Normally, the summer is the slow time for theater, but not so in Baltimore. This month in the city that reads–and loves theater–there are oodles of productions up, including a (mostly sold-out) run of “Hamilton” at the Hippodrome.

Don’t worry if you choose not to shell out rent money on black market or resale tickets for the Lin-Manuel Miranda Broadway hit, as there are 27 other options to see live stories this month, including a hip-hop Shakespeare show, outdoor productions of more Shakespeare and “Hair,” and a bevy of indoor plays and musicals.

‘How to Catch Creation’ is a charming exploration of art and love

Shayna Small, left, and Stephanie Weeks in “How to Catch Creation.” Photo by Paola Nogueras.

Playwright Christina Anderson’s lyrical and ambitious “How to Catch Creation” at Baltimore Center Stage is a charming exploration of art and love told through a stellar cast, lively direction and sensory-pleasing design elements.

The creation of children, relationships, art and literature are the primary issues spinning between six successful, well-rounded characters whose coincidental intersections across two generations make the play feel akin to NBC’s “This Is Us.”

‘Pink Milk’ offers a full sensory experience and fitting end to Single Carrot’s Remington home

Mohammad R. Suaidi, left, as Alan Turing in “Pink Milk.” Image via Single Carrot Theatre.

With “Pink Milk,” Single Carrot Theatre takes full advantage of its final show in the company’s 6,000 square-foot space. Technicolor lighting (by Cheryl J. Williams) splashes across a white set (designed by Allison Campbell) with peekaboo openings creatively used by actors.

The script’s writer, Chicago-based playwright and composer Ariel Zetina, even contributed a new electronica, synth-heavy score that bumps almost nonstop through the production. It’s a Times Square-level sensory experience.

36 theater shows to see in Baltimore in May

Dawn Ursula, who plays Jacqueline Marie Butler in “Queens Girl in the World” and “Queens Girl in Africa.” Courtesy: Everyman Theatre.

Baltimore is a theater town, which is never more evident than in the Lusty Month of May, when many companies are presenting their season finales or sole productions. This month, audiences in Baltimore and its closes suburbs have a chance to see 36 different productions (56 if you break out the 22 short plays in two different local playwright festivals). Expanding the theater radius just 10 or 15 miles includes dozens more productions, underscoring the truth in Baltimore/D.C. being named the fastest growing theater region in the country, according to a study by Actors’ Equity. Read on for information on how to take advantage of our city’s theatrical storytelling bounty this month.

Despite Vagabond Players’ best efforts, ‘Blithe Spirit’ falls flat in the #MeToo era

Credit: Bruce F. Press Photography.

Noël Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” has been a crowd favorite since it debuted in 1941, eventually becoming part of the modern-day theater canon. Vagabond Players is the latest local company to present the British comedy, and its adaptation is indeed well done, thanks to polished production elements and some stellar acting. However, the “funny” misogyny of this 78-year-old play falls flat in the #MeToo era.

‘And Baby Makes Seven’ has an intriguing premise, but Strand Theater’s production is ineffective in places

Grant Emerson Harvey, left, Jess Rivera, center, and Katharine Vary in “And Baby Makes Seven.” Image courtesy of Strand Theater Company.

A polyamorous queer relationship must have seemed transgressive and bold in 1984 when Paula Vogel’s “And Baby Makes Seven” debuted, but today, the relationship is not what is most interesting. As the experience of seeing the Strand Theater Company’s production illustrates, it’s the extreme acceptance of the three adult characters’ role-playing as children to deal with the impending welcoming of an actual child into their home.

The very pregnant Anna (Katherine Vary) and her lover, Ruth (Jess Rivera), are preparing to co-parent with Peter (Grant Emerson Harvey), a gay friend and the biological father of the naturally conceived baby. Rounding out the seven titular characters are the unborn baby and three child alter-egos Anna and Ruth regularly slip into while in the privacy of their home.

19 theater shows to see in Baltimore in April

“Timon of Athens” will be performed at the Mercury Theater from April 19-28. Image via Facebook.

Baltimore’s theater scene includes more than 35 professional and independent theater companies. This month, which includes the fourth anniversary of the Baltimore Uprising in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death, several theaters are presenting shows that touch on social justice topics. Other theatrical offerings include new works, contemporary productions, comedy classics and a range of Shakespeare plays.