Jim Gallagher, Jr.

A year of highs in Arundel theater

Colonial Players

Traditionally, this is the time when we reflect on the past year's highs from a variety of stellar acting and musical performances by established local groups in Anne Arundel County. In 2011, we also welcomed two new theater companies of surprisingly high caliber and had a few more surprises that added excitement.

A totally unexpected 2011 high was offered by Colonial Players at their biennial Promising Playwright Contest, won by playwright Evan Guilford-Blake. His "Uncommon Language," loosely based on the controversy surrounding Camille Claudel's contributions to the work of Rodin, was sensitively interpreted by a skilled cast of eight actors in a spellbinding reading....