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Artsmash Critic Tim Smith covers classical music, theater and visual arts in Baltimore and beyond
Cohesion Theatre's promising new play explores Hatfield-McCoy feud

When it comes to feuding, no one did it better than the Hatfield and McCoy clans in a region between West Virginia and Kentucky during the 1870s and ’80s, holding grudges and, at periodic intervals, dispensing their vicious version of eye-for-an-eye justice.

There is more than enough material here for an epic opera.

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Mega-church drama of 'The Christians' gets incisive production at Center Stage

Religion, like politics, may be an unsafe topic for polite conversation, but it sure can make for memorable theater.

Lucas Hnath’s 2015 play “The Christians,” enjoying a terrific production at Center Stage, manages an almost miraculous feat — addressing matters of faith without condescension, manipulation or belittling.

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BSO opens season with colorful mix of new, old

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra brought out a colorful assortment of the new and the old for the opening subscription program of the season and served it up engagingly.

To start things off Thursday night at the Music Center at Strathmore, music director Marin Alsop provided then-and-now samples of John Adams, America’s preeminent contemporary composer.

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Everyman Theatre's 'M. Butterfly' revival thoughtful, uneven

If you ever doubted that the truth can be stranger than fiction, you need only take a cursory glance at the celebrated case of love and espionage involving mid-level French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and a Chinese opera singer, Shi Pei Pu.

Just about every aspect in this story screams incredulity.

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A beautifully acted, astutely directed 'Heidi Chronicles' to start Rep Stage's 25th season

There may be a time when Wendy Wasserstein’s 1988 play “The Heidi Chronicles” fails to make an impression on audiences, when its messages about life’s choices and consequences, and how women and men may face them differently, will seem beyond passe. If so, that time would have to be after the human species has morphed into something else entirely.

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10 years in, Peabody-BSO Conducting Fellowship has seen great success — and a full-circle journey for one

Ten years ago, a tall, slim man with a ready smile left his job as director of a South Carolina high school band to enter the Peabody Institute as the first recipient of the newly formed BSO-Peabody Conducting Fellowship — a program of extensive skill-honing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and its music director, Marin Alsop.

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