Baltimore Center Stage has continued its fall season with Shakespeare In Love, a theatrical adaptation of the Oscar-winning film of the same name, directed by Blake Robison, Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
Settle in for this time-honored musical, about a boy, a girl, and their scheming fathers after an exclusive Mixolo members-only brunch in the theater’s Parlor room. If bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys aren’t enough, a visit with special guests from the production should prep you for the show.
Anne Tyler’s newest novel, Vinegar Girl, retells the story of The Taming of the Shrew–which just happens to be, as Tyler told the Washington Post, her least favorite Shakespeare play.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Folger Theatre put on A Midsummer Night’s Dream last weekend. Among the play’s eight actors, one walked on four legs–perhaps following in the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, which employs homeless cats and dogs in its productions, the BSO decided it needed a dog star of its own.
From Pigtown Design – The Baltimore Architecture Foundation, where I am Board Chair, frequently gives tours of buildings which are still in the construction phase. One of our Board members arranged for us to tour the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s “new” headquarters, which is actually a building that’s more than a century old!
The building was used as a bank for about the first 100 years and then it was renovated and became a series of progressively worse nightclubs before it was finally shuttered. The most jaw-dropping thing about the space is its incredible ceiling.
If you go see Baltimore Shakespeare Factory‘s production of Richard III this week, keep an eye out for the handsome pit bull/terrier mix in a supporting role as Richard’s pet. That’s Jazz, and he’s looking for a home.
Center Stage announced today the extension to the run of its current production of Shakespeare’s beloved romantic adventure, Twelfth Night. With rave reviews from both audiences and critics, the Theater seeks to meet the demand for the production, which will now run through Sunday, April 13.
“I am delighted to see how our audiences are embracing this vibrant and cleverly conceived production,” says Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah. “We couldn’t be more proud of the talented cast and crew that have brought this comedic masterpiece to life.”
Originally slated to close April 6, additional evening and weekend performances have been added Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 13. Additional performance dates and times:
Thursday, April 10, at 7 pm
Saturday, April 12, at 2 and 8 pm
Sunday, April 13, at 2 pm
A perennial summer event in many places is outdoor Shakespeare. Most famously, New York’s Shakespeare in the Park brings Hollywood and Broadway A-listers into Central Park for free (good luck getting tickets) performances of the Bard’s works. Where I grew up, the local community theatre group still does their own take on Shakespeare every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day as well. This season, The Annex Theater company has decided to take on a summer Shakespeare production as well, but rather than performing outside, they’re settling into their new digs in The Chicken Box—a quaint new spot that used to house New York Fried Chicken on Charles Street, but which will now be the theatre company’s new home.