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'Color-conscious' ArtsCentric enlivens Baltimore's theater scene

'Color-conscious' ArtsCentric enlivens Baltimore's theater scene

North Avenue received an extra jolt last year when the theater troupe ArtsCentric started to make its home base in the already humming arts hub Motor House and delivered a big, buoyant production of “Dreamgirls.”

The dynamic beat from ArtsCentric, a self-described

“color-conscious” company that focuses mostly on musicals, has continued since. Things kicked into high gear this summer, with ambitious, back-to-back stagings of “Chicago,” which wrapped up earlier this month, and “Memphis,” which opens Friday.

ArtsCentric brings a distinctive style and statement to Baltimore’s theater scene. This summer marks five years since the company, launched in 2003 by Morgan State...