HAPPY FOR UNSADDEST

Local hyphenate artists Lola Pierson and Anna Fitzgerald founded the Un Saddest Factory Theatre Company in 2008, and were joined by Cricket Arrison, another multiple creative threat, last fall. This outfit has organized the entertaining 10 Minute Play Festivals at the Annex Theatre, and plans are underway for the fest to return this fall. Like a wealth of the young theater activity in town, Un Saddest’s output freely blends a DIY approach, a knowing sense of humor, and an unabashed intelligence.

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And now the company is trotting out its first full-length production. Arrison, Fitzgerald, and Pierson share writing credits for

The Story of Invention

, (pictured) versions of which were performed at Whartscape 2010 and Delaware Fringe Festival last fall. According to a press release, the play follows “an insomniac inventor as she attempts to build a machine that allows humans to experience more than one feeling simultaneously,” and is directed by Pierson and stars Arrison, Fitzgerald, Sophie Hinderberger, and Naomi Kline. It opens April 26 at 8

p.m.

at the Bell Foundry and runs through April 28, with a film by Brian Durel screening prior to each performance. Tickets can be found at Brown Paper Tickets (

).

LIMITED RUN/DON'T MISS

Baltimore’s dynamic and vital American Opera Theater concludes its 2010-11 season with this production of

, a collaboration with the Baltimore School for the Arts. This production, a collection of songs by Kurt Weill, will sadly also be the concluding production of AOT, which, after eight years, is closing down. As a note on its web site clarifies: “This is not an end, but a beginning—a rebirth and the reinvention that has defined AOT from its start.” Come see what made its productions so memorable April 21-30 at the Theatre Project.

CLOSING

The Fuzz Roark-directed production of David Nehls’

The Great American Trailer Park Musical, based on the book by Betsy Kelso,

ends its run at Spotlighters Theatre April 24; the Thursday April 21 performance is a discounted $10.

ONE NIGHT ONLY

Jazz mavens Felicia Carter and Amy Shook open this installment of Stoop Storytelling titled

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, at Center Stage April 25 at 7

p.m

.

OPENING

Naomi Wallace’s

, opens April 21 at the Strand Theater; it runs through May 7.

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