Topical, Heartfelt: New Season at Center Stage

Baltimore Center Stage recently announced its exhilarating season of Mainstage plays to mark the debut programming under Artistic Director Stephanie Ybarra. The 58th season includes the directorial debut of Broadway and screen star Taye Diggs with Thoughts of a Colored Man by Keenan Scott II; a fresh take on the immortal play The Bacchae by Euripides; topical themes in a contemporary musical by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown’s Miss You Like Hell; a dramatic comedy about family dynamics in Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally by Noah Diaz; hilarity through a retelling of the exploration of the Grand […]

Stomp Makes Noise at DC’s National Theatre

When asked his favorite part of performing in Stomp, Cary Lamb, Jr., says that it’s all about connection. “It is this opportunity to be all of yourself,” says Lamb. “A lot of times, we have to shut off certain parts of ourselves and awaken others. On stage, everything is alive. When you look at the audience and see someone connecting, it’s so awesome.” Lamb is one performer in the eight-member troupe that performs in Stomp. Using unconventional percussion items like matchboxes, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, and more, the performers use rhythm to tell their story. “Everyone has a different character […]

Dashing Don, Saucy Schoolboy

What happens when a teenage schoolboy at England’s storied Eton College grows enthralled with a dashing young teacher fresh out of Oxford? For the rest of the story, read Edmund Marlowe’s pot-boiling novel Alexander’s Choice (available on Amazon). Eton has produced 19 British prime ministers and writers such as Orwell, Shelly, and Huxley. With their privileged all-male inmates scaling adolescent hormonal peaks, the likes of Eton or Harrow – England’s great public schools (that would be “private schools” in Americanese) – have long been hothouses of homoerotics, tolerance of which has waned and waxed along the decades and centuries. Still, […]

Girl Talk

Singer / songwriter Garrison Starr, a Grammy-nominee for her songwriting work on Margaret Cho’s American Myth album, is back in a big way. Girl I Used to Be, Starr’s highly-anticipated new album, is scheduled for release later this year. Working once again with producer Neilson Hubbard, Starr recorded the album in Nashville over the course of five days. Before the album is released, Starr is heading out on tour with fellow Tennessean Lolo on the “Tennessee Queens” tour during the summer months. I had the pleasure of catching up with her shortly before the tour began. Gregg Shapiro: In order […]

Behind-the-Scene Heroes

My wife is the strongest person I know. If you saw her out and about, she looks like the most Clark Kent-esque person, glasses included. Besides her well-documented love of sweets, her hobbies include naps, petting cats, and destroying anyone who faces her in Mario Kart. But behind that sweet and innocent smile lies an indestructible heart of steel and a temperament that allows her to be screamed at all day long by people in the worst moments of their lives. My wife is an emergency dispatch operator and in honor of National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week (April 14th to […]

Make Your Ceremony Special

Your wedding ceremony bares your heart and soul to the people you love and who love you, inviting them into your marriage to support you and your beloved in your journey together. Your ceremony celebrates what you believe about marriage and proclaims those things that are essential to your marriage. It is your public declaration of your love and devotion to your partner. Memorable ceremonies are often rich with symbolism. The act of walking through your assembled guests to a special place, the order of that procession, the blessing and exchange of rings, the kiss – these things and more […]

Making a Relationship Work

Everyones’ lives are affected by the connections we make, whether they are friendships, relationships, partnerships, or acquaintances. Human beings are not in a balanced state when there is conflict, so we look to make those connections harmonious. The question of “making them work” on the one hand sounds right, but on the other, it simplifies it to some kind of a mechanical endeavor. Add some WD-40? Smooth the edges with a file? If only we were so uncomplicated … Take two or more individuals who have grown up in different environments and families, throw them together and expect that all […]

Reach Your Fitness Goals

We are sure at this point you have heard that if you want to reach goals like gaining muscle or shedding a few pounds, you have to do HITT, or High-Intensity Interval Training. That’s a workout technique in which you give 100% effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. This type of training gets and keeps your heart rate up while burning fat in less time. Our clubs not only provide HIIT training through our YouCoach personal trainers or our group fitness classes, but our class instructors and trainers offer a variety of […]

Hunchback of Notre Dame at Toby’s

Running until May 19th, Toby’s Dinner Theatre presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The musical is a stunning retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance, and what it means to be a hero. As the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in 15th-century Paris, Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer, longs to be “Out There,” celebrating the “Feast of Fools.” Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Baltimore-native Jessica Bennett to discuss her upcoming role as Esmerelda in the musical. Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from Toby’s rendition of one of theatre’s great classics? Jessica Bennett: I think […]

Hagerstown Hopes: Nights Out, Pride, and More!

We at Hagerstown Hopes would like to begin this article by thanking you, our readers, and the community for your continued support. Since we branched out into community outreach and began developing programs and resources, we’ve been blessed to have been supported by so many people in so many ways. None of our work would be possible without you, and we hope you’ll be pleased with the work we’ve doing and the progress we’ve been making. Our recent Grease-themed drag bingo event, in partnership with For Otis Sake Rescue, Inc. was a huge success. All 350 tickets (and every last […]