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Sizzlin' Summer Performing Arts Events


“BrouHaHa.” Happenstance Theater returns with a “clown-esque” performance based on old-timey entertainment and imagery. Through May 22, Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., (410) 752-8558,, $12-$22.

“Death of a Salesman.” Vincent M. Lancisi directs Arthur Miller’s classic play as the first part of The Great American Rep. Through June 12,  Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St., (410) 752-2208,, $25-$60, $50-$120 for The Great American Rep pack.

“A Streetcar Named Desire.” The second in Everyman’s two-part Great American Rep Series, Tennessee William’s most celebrated play tells the story of a Southern belle’s downward spiral. Through June 12, Everyman Theatre, $25-$60.

“The Master and the Margarita.” In Jacob Budenz’s new adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel, the devil and his posse fuck shit up in super-atheistic Moscow. May 19-June 12, Annex Theater, 219 Park Ave., (410) 925-4703,, $15.

“Luther.” The country’s oldest continually performing African-American community theater premieres a brand new musical about the life of the late R&B legend Luther Vandross, written and concieved by Randolph Smith, who also wrote the company’s “Flowers for Phyllis.” May 20-June 12, Arena Players, 801 McCulloh St., (410) 728-6500,, $12-$18.

“SubjectObject.” Local performance artist Naoko Maeshiba presents her newest experimental dance work with sound design by Khristian Weeks, performed for an intimate audience. May 25-29, Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., (410) 539-3091,, $12-$22.

“LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES.” Spotlighters Theatre presents the classic French drama about sexuality and manipulation amongst the rich and powerful. May 27-June 19, Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St.,  (410) 752-1225,,  $16-$20.

“Moon Over Buffalo.” A couple of unsuccessful actors clumsily reach for stardom. May 27-June 26, Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway, (410) 563-9135,, $10-$20.

“10 x 10 (x 10!).” Fells Point Corner Theatre brings back their showcase of 10 10-minute plays by local playwrights—and this time, each play will also feature a 10-player cast. May 27-June 12, Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., (410) 276-7837,, $10-$15 (pay what you can June 2 and 9).



“Midlife.” Single Carrot closes out their 9th season with the world premiere of Ben Hoover’s “meditation on the terror of change” about woman whose daily coffee run takes a surreal turn. June 1-26, Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., (443) 844-9253,, $22-$29.

“Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.” Tom Stoppard’s acclaimed tragicomedy reimagines the story of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” through the eyes of two minor characters. June (exact dates to be determined), Stillpointe Theatre, 1825 N. Charles St.,

“Framed Illusion.” La Petite Noiseuse Productions presents an original psychological thriller featuring live musical improvisation. June 2-12, Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., (410) 539-3091,, $15-$30.

“Love Letters.” Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal star in A.R. Gurney’s drama about a 50-year correspondence between between two childhood friends turned lovers. June 7-12, Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St.,, $42-$101.

Cirque Du Soleil: “TORUK - The First Flight.” If you thought “Avatar” was visually thrilling, check out Cirque De Soliel’s acrobatic, multimedia spectacle inspired by James Cameron’s blockbuster. June 8-12, Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., (410) 347-2020,, $35-$105.

“AMPHION.” The Baltimore Rock Opera Society presents a new production of their “rock n’ roll tragedy set in the year 532 AD in Constantinople” with a live band playing center stage. June 10-26, Zion Lutheran Church, 400 E. Lexington St.,, $17-$37.

The World Champion Judah Friedlander. The Maryland native, best known for his role as Frank Rossitano on “30 Rock” returns to his home state. June 10, 8 p.m., Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, $17-$23.

“Romeo and Juliet.” Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents a new experience of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy wherein the audience travels from one set to another placed throughout the Patapsco Female Institute. June 10-19, Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3655 Church Road, (410) 244-8570,, $25-$49.

Blue Man Group. I’m afraid that I just blue myself. June 17 at 8 p.m., June 18 at 5 p.m., The Lyric, 140 W. Mt. Royal Ave., (410) 900-1150,, $49-$79.

Bill Burr. Best known for his stand-up, the popular comic has also garnered attention for his roles in “Breaking Bad” and “F is for Family.” June 19, 7:30 p.m., Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., (410) 347-2020,, $29-$65.

“The Three Musketeers.” Chesapeake Shakespeare Company brings Alexandre Dumas’s great bro-adventure to life outdoors in the ruins. June 24-July 24, Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3655 Church Road, (410) 244-8570,, $15-$42.


“The Purple Flower.” Rosiland Cauthen directs Harlem Renaissance writer Marita Bonner’s one-act master work as a part of Psychic Readings’ Late Night Theatre Series. July 1-3, 10 p.m., Psychic Readings, 219 Park Ave.,

Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival. Traditional Lithuanian dancers take the stage as Jurgis Did¿iulis, The Morrison Brothers Band, and Ave Vita provide the music. July 3, 1 p.m., Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., (410) 347-2020,, $25-$55.

“TICK, TICK, BOOM! “ The autobiographical musical by the late composer and playwright Jonathan Larson (“Rent”) dives deep into the struggles of creating theater.  July 8-31, Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St.,  (410) 752-1225,,  $16-$20.

“Lord of the Flies.” No, this is not that “Lord of the Flies” exactly, though we’re anticipating a similar kind of chaos in this devised work by Annex’s company actors. July 14-Aug. 10, Annex Theater, 219 Park Ave., (410) 925-4703,, $15.

“Twelfth Night, or What You Will.” In Shakespeare’s gender-swap comedy, Viola loves Duke Orsino, who loves Olivia, who loves Viola dressed as a man. Whoops. July 15-31 at John Hopkins University’s Evergreen Museum & Library, 4545 N. Charles St.; Aug. 5-7 at The Great Hall at St. Mary’s, 3900 Roland Ave., (410) 921-9455,

“Bring It!” Live. Miss D and her Dancing Dolls, as seen on the dance reality television series “Bring It!” perform brand new routines and offer an inside look at the show. July 16, 3 and 8 p.m., Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St.,, $48-$69.50.


Bob Saget. The ultimate comedy dad (“Full House,” “America’s Funniest Home Videos”) performs stand-up. Aug. 19, 8 p.m., Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place, (410) 244-0057,, $45-$48.50.

Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally – Summer of 69: No Apostrophe. The comedy couple best known as Ron and Tammy Swanson in “Parks and Recreation,” among other roles, brings their new variety show filled with comedy, song, and “light petting” to Baltimore. Aug. 19, 8 p.m., Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St.,, $58-$80.