"Kwame and I talk a lot; there's a lot of 'I'll show you mine if you show me yours,' so we don't end up with duplication," Lancisi said. "Why have the two regional theaters in town do Shakespeare or a holiday play in the same season? I love that we have these conversations, which didn't happen with the previous management. I try to complement what Kwame is doing. They have a very exciting season, but not much in the way of recent plays from New York."

With two more productions left this season — Suzan-Lori Parks' "Topdog/Underdog" opens this week, George Farquhar's "The Beaux' Stratagem" in June — Lancisi bubbled with enthusiasm about life in the new Everyman Theatre.

"Our patrons are delighted with how smooth it is to come down here," he said. "And our audience is getting a little younger, more diverse and urbanized. 'August: Osage County' broke our records and [Yasmina Reza's] 'God of Carnage' sold 90 percent. We'll make some adjustments to the theater; we're going to shave a couple inches off the stage to provide more legroom in the first row."

Lancisi noted that the costs of operating the new space have been greater than anticipated, "but we're pushing to make sure we don't have a deficit at the end of season."

The director is especially pleased that, after 18 years at its Charles Street location, the home on Fayette is making its mark around town.

"Twice now I've heard reports of people getting into a cab and saying, 'Take me to Everyman,' " Lancisi said, "and the response was, 'Old or new?' When cab drivers know where you are, you know the word is out."

For more information on Everyman Theatre's 2013-2014 season, call 410-752-2208 or go to everymantheatre.org.

tim.smith@baltsun.com

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