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The Baltimore Everyman Theatre's upside-down, inside-out, topsy-turvy world of weird stage food

The Baltimore Everyman Theatre's upside-down, inside-out, topsy-turvy world of weird stage food

Call it Humpty Dumpty’s revenge.

Vincent Lancisi, artistic director of Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre, learned the hard way exactly what can go wrong when food gets used in a live theatrical production.

“We were doing Martin McDonagh's play, “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” he recalled recently. “[Actress] Megan Anderson’s character had to break eggs over her brother’s head and there was no way to fake it. The audience had to see the eggs running down his face and spilling onto the floor. The crew cleaned the floor every night and we thought all the egg was gone.

“But when you smash an egg, little bits of it go everywhere. About two weeks into...

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