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Arena Players brings the Harlem Renaissance to life in ‘Ain’t Misbehavin”

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Photo credit: Felicia Chapple

Arena Players’ production of “Ain’t Misbehavin'” charms with charismatic performances, dapper costumes and the infectious joy of its Harlem Renaissance-inspired score.

A five-person cast sings this musical revue, named for a Fats Waller song, celebrating the scene of the 1920s and ’30s Harlem Renaissance and haunts like the Cotton Club and Savoy Ballroom through more than two dozen exuberant, cheeky and tender songs. The Tony Award-winner opened on Broadway in 1978, and has been a favorite musical revue for the past 40 years.

Review: ‘The Quickening’ bridges the world of the living and the dead, and raises heart rates

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Amanda Spellman, left, as Beth and David Shoemaker as Matt in “The Quickening.” Photo by Shealyn Jae Photography.

Pregnant women may be unsettled by “The Quickening,” the slow-burn ghost story on at Fells Point Corner Theatre through July 1. If they haven’t already watched, they’re probably avoiding the movie “Rosemary’s Baby,” which seems to have provided at least a little inspiration for the new play by Baltimore playwright Mark Scharf.

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