Looking for something to do this weekend? I have been having a blast seeing shows all over town and here is what I recommend…
Top 5 Publisher’s Picks:
1. Do You Hear the People Sing? at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
This is a wonderful concert celebrating the work of Boublil and Schonberg. Last night the lyricist of Les Miserables, Alain Boublil made a special guest appearance! Hear the voices of Terrence Mann, Kathy Voytko, Marie, Zamora, Jennifer Paz, and Peter Lockyer sing along with Jack Everly conducting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.
2. Basil Twist’s Dogugaeshi at Studio Theatre
It has to be seen to be believed! In the tradition of Japanese folk puppet theatre, Dogugaeshi is a series of intricately painted scenes that slide open to reveal image after image in rapid succession.
3. The Crucible at Catholic University of America
CUA turns out some of the best actors around! Check out The Crucible to see why I feel this way. The play by Arthur Miller is about a group of teenage girls who accuse others in 1692 Salem, Mass. of witchcraft to cover up their own forbidden activities. The town erupts with allegations of satanic activity and hysteria. The arrests and trials that follow expose a community paralyzed by fear, religious extremism, and greed.
4. The Whipping Man at Centerstage
The evening I saw the play the audience unanimously stood up at the curtain call. The story takes place during Passover. Why is this night different from all other nights? For three Richmond Jews—one a former Confederate soldier, two his former slaves—gathered around a makeshift Seder table at the close of the Civil War, age-old questions of justice and freedom find new and surprising answers.
5. The Belle of Amherst at Bay Theatre Company
Be mesmerized by this one-woman show starring Kathryn Kelley as the famous poet, Emily Dickinson. It depicts the humanity and reasonableness of Emily Dickinson’s life. Playwright, William Luce says, “I say reasonableness because I believe that she consciously elected to be what she was-a voluntary exile from village provincialism, an original New England romantic, concisely witty, heterodox in faith, alone but not lonely, ‘with Will to choose, or to reject.'”