A girl can get burned

The early 19th century novels of Jane Austen, including “Sense and Sensibility” and “Pride and Prejudice”, have never gone out of print. If movie studios, both domestic and foreign, have their way, film adaptations of her titles will also continue to be a part of our consciousness. Even if they’ve been made before. But do we really need two mini-series and one theatrical release version of “Sense and Sensibility”? Additionally, not only were there feature-length and mini-series versions of “Pride & Prejudice”, but also a zom-com remake. Austen’s “Emma” has suffered a similar fate, including a mini-series, a Hollywood edition […]

Big gulp

According to Wikipedia, pica is categorized as “a psychological disorder characterized by an appetite for substances that are largely non-nutritive, such as ice (pagophagia); hair (trichophagia); paper (xylophagia); drywall or paint; sharp objects (acuphagia); metal (metallophagia); stones (lithophagia) or soil (geophagia); glass (hyalophagia); feces (coprophagia); and chalk”. In “Swallow” (IFC Films), the feature length debut by gender-fluid writer/director Carlo Mirabella-Davis, Hunter (Haley Bennett, who has a Jennifer Lawrence quality) and Richie (the striking Austin Stowell) are young newlyweds, enjoying their incredible new home, purchased for them by Richie’s affluent parents Michael (David Rasche) and Katherine (Elizabeth Marvel). Richie, who works […]

What does Chicago sound like?

During the great COVID-19 shutdown of 2020 we have plenty of time to ponder all sorts of things. Such as what does Chicago sound like? In the early days, Chicago sounded like the blues and jazz. By the 1960s, Chicago’s rock scene included bands such as The Buckinghams, The Cryan’ Shames, Shadows of Knight and New Colony Six. Named for the city, Chicago went on to become one the biggest bands in the world during the `70s and beyond. Other `70s acts included Styx, The Ides of March, Cheap Trick and REO Speedwagon. The Chicago music scene lost ground to […]

Baltimore Center Stage Pulls Together Amid Global Pandemic

Your greatest test is when you are able to bless someone else while you are going through your own storm.” As theaters both around Baltimore, as well as the globe, went dark in response to the COVID-19/Coronavirus threat, Baltimore Center Stage faced the unprecedented choice of cancelling the upcoming live performances of their new production Where We Stand by Donnetta Lavinia Grays. Though this decision may have eclipsed the lights at Center Stage, a bright light still shone through. As the rest of the country, including Baltimore, was faced with the sobering fact that many of our hospitals were not […]

Call To Action: Charm City Fringe Needs Your Help!

The 9th Annual Charm City Fringe, Baltimore’s premier independent theatre and performing arts festival, is slated to take place this coming October 2020. Due to the overwhelming burden facing performing artists who livelihoods are at stake during this global health crisis, Charm City Fringe decided to waive its production fee (a $300-$400 value) so that artists can apply to the festival without the financial strain. Placing a tremendous loss to the Fringe, the organization is looking for help from the Maryland community through any contribution within people’s means. Zachary Michel, Co-Founder of Charm City Fringe, recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud […]

Baltimore Arts Leaders Offer Hope During This Brief “Intermission”

As many theaters both around Baltimore went dark in response to the COVID-19/Coronavirus threat, the Baltimore Arts community had to reschedule and cancel many of its upcoming performances. Through these uncertain times, the leaders of the Baltimore Arts community offered hope as they look to the future during this brief ‘Intermission.’ For the ongoing health and safety of their patrons, students, artists, volunteers, and staff, Everyman Theatre made the difficult decision to postpone the remainder of the New Voices Festival (which was to run until May 3rd) until a yet-to-be-determined date in the summer. Their classes, programming, and special events […]

Remembering A Quiet Persistent Hero – Terrence McNally

Some heroes wear capes. Others march, protest, or pass legislation. Still others work to change people’s hearts and minds. Terrence McNally was the latter. He believed that the theatre’s most important function was to create community and bridge rifts between people caused by differences in gender, race, religion and in particular, sexual orientation and HIV status, and dedicated his life to that work. In an address to members of the League of American Theatres and Producers he said, “I think theatre teaches us who we are, what our society is, where we are going. I don’t think theatre can solve […]

Laughter and Life

Queer comedy keeps getting better and better, especially when it comes to our sisters. From groundbreaking lesbian comedy pioneers such as Kate Clinton, Elvira Kurt, Judy Gold, Karen Williams, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Marga Gomez, and Lea DeLaria to the living legends Wanda Sykes, Tig Notaro, Rosie O’Donnell, and Ellen DeGeneres to the current wave of funny females including Kate McKinnon, Fortune Feimster, Jessica Kirson, Hannah Gadsby, and the subject of this interview, Jen Kober. A natural-born storyteller, Kober has established herself in the realm even winning awards for her work on NPR’s “Snap Judgement.” This also holds true of her comedy […]

Frankenstein at CCBC

Running from Thursday, March 26th to Monday, March 30th the Performing Arts at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) presents Frankenstein. This is a new adaptation by CCBC students and Professor Julie Lewis, inspired by the novel by Mary Shelley. Directed by Brad Norris, the world premiere of this fresh and fierce adaptation takes Mary Shelley’s chilling tale of loss and creation into 21st century Baltimore. Faithful to the horror of the original but occurring in a contemporary setting, this production is not intended for children. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Norris regarding the upcoming performance. Frankie Kujawa: What […]

At Everyman: New Voices

Queens Girl: Black in the Green Mountains by Caleen Sinnette Jennings is currently running through April 12th at Everyman Theatre. A world premiere production commissioned by Everyman’s resident company member Paige Hernandez returns as director for the third and final installment of Jennings’s award-winning Queens Girl series. As the Vietnam War rages and the Kent State killings ignite college campuses across the country, Jackie arrives in Vermont to begin college. Caught between wildly divergent sets of friends—outrageously wealthy WASPS, militant black activists and passionate theatre people—Jackie (played superbly by the phenomenal Felicia Curry) is forced to confront the space between […]