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September 17, 2009

On the theater beat: 'Rabbit Hole,' a potent examination of coping with loss

In case some of my faithful and eternally appreciated blog readers haven't heard, I'm covering some other beats these days at the Sun. It dawned me I should push all of this on you, too (ordinarily, I'm much too shy for anything that smacks of self-promotion, of course).

Anyway, in today's paper, I'm in theater mode, with a review of "Rabbit Hole" at Everyman Theatre. It's a production I cannot recommend highly enough. Yes, the play addresses a difficult subject -- the loss of a young child -- but this is not really a depressing work. David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning script manages to address the topic of how we grieve, how we go on in a remarkably natural manner, and Everyman's cast offers a riveting example of first-rate acting.

Last night, I was back in musical gear to hear

Mobtown Modern's season-opener, and I hope to post something about that later today, after finishing up something else for tomorrow's paper and before rushing to DC (it seems I'm always getting to DC in a rush) for another theater gig -- the divine Helen Mirren in "Phedre." You know what they say: It's a lousy job, but somebody's got to do it.
Posted by Tim Smith at 12:10 PM | | Comments (1)


I, for one, am thrilled to see that you're now lending your insights and artistic appreciation to the theater and art scenes as well as classical music. Your many readers appreciate all your hard work.

Thanks ever so. TIM

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

Think of this as your open-all-hours, cyber green room, where there's always a performer or performance to discuss, some news to digest, or maybe just a little good gossip to share.
Note: Tim Smith now writes about the fine arts at This blog will be kept in place as an archive for an indefinite period. Please visit the new location to get the latest Mid-Atlantic arts coverage.
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