From daring direction by Barry Levinson to Robert De Niro's mesmerizing performance as disgraced financier Bernie Madoff, "The Wizard of Lies," which will premiere at the Maryland Film Festival Thursday in advance of its May 20 debut on HBO, is another grand-slam docudrama from TV's premier cable channel.
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Now offering its fifth production since opening in the 2011-12 season, Compass Rose Theater seems comfortably rooted in its strip mall Eastport Shopping Center location. The cozy storefront lends an off-beat charm to the company's current offering, Neil Simon's 1963 comedy classic, "Barefoot in the Park."
West Friendship: Hailey Kim earned national recognition in the 2012 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Her winning painting titled, "Beyondness," caught the attention of the judges of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, which is the nation's largest and oldest scholarship and recognition program for teenage artists and writers.
In Laurel Mill Playhouse's production of Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park," director Ed Higgins' set adapts to the intimate stage on Main Street without a hitch, stepping back almost 50 years and up five flights of stairs to a tiny, top-floor apartment in New York City.