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May 23, 2011

Everyman Theatre plans diverse last season before moving to new venue

Everyman Theatre, which is currently wrapping up its 20th anniversary season with the G.B. Shaw classic "Pygmalion" (more on that anon), has announced the lineup for 2011-2012 -- the company's last in its N. Charles Street venue.

Fittingly, that farewell to the old building will come in May/June 2012 with a staging of the George S. Kaufman/Moss Hart comic classic of family, society and politics,"You Can't Take It With You."

The season will open in September with a classic that strikes a very different note ...

Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," a powerful look at an African American family carving out a future in 1950s Chicago. Yet another classic will follow in November: Noel Coward's terribly droll examination of a divorced couple colliding with past memories in "Private Lives."

Another couple, this one still married, but even more tensely so than the one in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", is the focus of a recent, much-praised work by Michael Weller, "Fifty Words," opening in January.

Another well-received contemporary play rounds out the season. "The Brothers Size" by Tarell Alvin McCraney examines a pair of siblings in the bayou country. Myth and music play a part in this work about dreams and choices.

Everyman will round out next season with it annual winter cabaret (details on that to be announced later).

FILE PHOTO OF NOEL COWARD

Posted by Tim Smith at 7:23 AM | | Comments (0)
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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).

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