Baltimore gets plenty of recognition for its independent music scene and community of visual artists and small galleries. And the Maryland Film Festival and its programs keep the local independent film scene vibrant. But over the past few years, we’ve been struck by the tenacity with which the local theatre scene has taken root and grown tremendously. Single Carrot Theatre (named Best Local Theatre Company by the City Paper last year), has worked hard since its inception to bring the work of exciting contemporary playwrights to Baltimore—no mean feat when most professional theaters are only able to survive by producing the usual fare of Shakespeare, Rogers & Hammerstein, and the occasional Tennessee Williams. Case in point: this season’s The Tropic of X by OBIE award winner Caridad Svich, who will be present for talk-backs for this opening weekend.