The ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes obviously never wrote about American basketball players and cheerleaders, but surely he would have recognized the satirical spirit permeating "Lysistrata Jones." That's because this musical currently being staged by Red Branch Theatre Company is a contemporary riff on his comedy "Lysistrata."
Having excised the adult themes of Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's popular musical and Disney fantasy film, "Into The Woods," the G-rated junior adaptation that opened at Laurel Mill Playhouse, Aug. 4, drives the cute odometer through the roof.
Starting Friday, July 28, the Small Town Stars Theatre Company is hosting a high school musical that is about as far away from the Disney brand as possible, as they bring "Heathers: The Musical" to the Carroll Arts Center.
With nearly four decades at the helm of Toby's Dinner Theatre, this weekend Toby Orenstein commemorates 45 years as founding artistic director of CCTA and its performance ensemble the Young Columbians with special events, theatrical performances and a reunion of former students, including many who have found professional roles on Broadway and in Hollywood.
"Jazz" isn't a musical, but it couldn't exist without music. Center Stage's current production, the world premiere of an adaptation of the novel by Toni Morrison, is the product of close collaboration between playwright Nambi E. Kelley and creative director Kwame Kwei-Armah. They give us a taste of synesthesia—voice as jazz, jazz as language.
Presented as the official play of Baltimore Pride by Iron Crow Theatre at Baltimore Theatre Project, “BootyCandy” is both a celebration of the playwright’s experience growing up gay and black and a diagnosis of the friction those identifiers and communities produce when they overlap.
James Rouse needed something big to attract attention to his vision in Howard County in the mid-1960s. His "new town" had garnered quite a bit of media attention, but he made sure there would be a lot of traffic to the site with the second public building — preceded only by the Exhibit Center — to open in Columbia: Merriweather Post Pavilion.
The play begins with two screaming women running across the stage, colliding with each other and tussling furiously. After this explosive opening, "Tunnel Vision," the new play at Laurel's Venus Theatre, is off and running.