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July 14, 2011

Run of the Mill Theater to close at end of the month

Run of the Mill Theater, an innovative company that has helped to enliven the Baltimore scene since 2003, will close at the end of the month. (The phone number has already been disconnected.) 

The final productions, scheduled for this weekend, are typically adventurous.

First, a followup to "The North Avenue Plays," a concept introduced last year -- six playwrights and six directors will ride the North Avenue bus on Thursday, writing new plays as they go. (The picture here was taken during the 2010 bus ride.)

Overnight and throughout the day Friday, the plays will be rehearsed. The new works will be premiered at 8 p.m. Friday at Load of Fun Theater, 120 W. North Ave. $15.

Run of the Mill Theater will also present, as part of Artscape, a free performance of ...

"Sphere: The Thelonious Monk Story" by Max Garner at 8 p.m. Saturday at Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St.

In a press release, artistic director Dave Mitchell and Garner (the company's marketing director) wrote:

Run of the Mill Theater truly was anything but for a long, long time. A broad and diverse ensemble of creative, technical, and administrative talents strove to create powerful work, reach out to the local community. and nurture a rebuilding small theater movement in Baltimore. Most of us, individually, will be staying put here, doing good work, fighting the good fight. Watch for us.


Posted by Tim Smith at 3:38 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Drama Queens


I'm so sad to see this group close its doors! I was able to catch a performance last year while in Baltimore and was thoroughly impressed. Best of luck in their next adventures!

"Sphere: The Thelonious Monk Story" is back! March 10th - 25th 2012 at Arena Players.

Also a staged reading on March 21st of a brand new full-length play, MARVIN'S TRIAL. This tells the story of the complex life and tragic death of singer Marvin Gaye.

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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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