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The Bard’s most underappreciated classic?

The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory (BSF) brings the Bard’s comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost to audiences in Baltimore this month. Running from July 28th to August 20th, the story is set in the Kingdom of Navarre, where the current King Ferdinand has just decided to turn his court into “a little academe” and swear off all pleasures of the flesh to study for three years. However, a snag arrives in the form of the Princess of France, who is travelling to Navarre to convince the king to return the region of Aquitaine to her father, the king of France. What ensues thereafter is a tour-de-force that will leave audiences’ minds spinning.

Idina Menzel’s voice will defy both gravity and sound this month at the Model Performing Arts Center at The Lyric. To the delight of Baltimore audiences, the actress, singer, and songwriter will perform a tapestry of her most recognizable hits – as well as a few surprises – on Tuesday, July 18th at 8 p.m. The songstress recently sat down with Baltimore OUTloud to discuss her upcoming performance, her future projects, and her relationship with the LGBT community.

The metaphorical hills around Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center are once again alive as The Sound of Music wafts into the hearts and minds of theatre-goers. Running until Sunday, July 16th, the beloved musical showcases not only the innate strengths of its performers, but the raw talents of local actor Austin Colby.

“Theater is the only institution in the world which has been dying for 4,000 years and has never succumbed,” wrote John Steinbeck. “It requires tough and devoted people to keep it alive.” Steinbeck’s sentiment is echoed in the smiles, voices, and faces of the next generation of young actors and actresses at CCBC’s Court Jester’s Young People’s Theatre. Working diligently on their production of Madagascar Jr., running from Friday, July 7th to Sunday, July 9th, and then Tuesday, July 11th to Sunday, July 16th, the young actors and actresses of the production recently sat down with Baltimore OUTloud to share wisdom beyond their years and their yen for acting.

The humidity may be rising this summer, but the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre’s (ASGT) production of The Full Monty is bringing the sizzle. The ASGT, now in its 51st year, remains one of the Annapolis community’s artistic jewels. Having finished its recent production of the musical Sister Act, the ASGT is now tackling the rags-to-riches story The Full Monty. Set in Buffalo, New York, six unemployed steel workers are low on both cash and prospects. While spying on their wives at a girls’ night out, the men realize just how much the women enjoy watching male strippers and hatch a get-rich-quick scheme that is both daring and titillating.

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