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October 10, 2011

Head Theater at Center Stage to get makeover

Good news for those of us who just never could warm up to the configuration of the Head Theater at Center Stage.

That upstairs space, where "The Second City: Charmed and Dangerous" soon finishes its run, has had a cabaret-style look, with little tables filling most of the floor space and bleacher-style seating on the sides. It's about to get a makeover.

In a statement released Monday, new Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah said: ...

"One of the things I loved when I first came to this theater was the uniqueness and wonderful flexibility of The Head Theater. Since taking over, however, it has come to my attention that The Head Theater receives many complaints from patrons, designers, and directors.

"Bearing in mind that I share their concerns, we are reconfiguring The Head Theater to a more 'traditional' space ... on the road to a fully flexible, 21st-century theatrical black box."

Conventional seating will replace the cabaret tables for the rest of the season. Current ticket-holders "will be in comparable locations to their current seats," according to a press release. A new seating chart is on the Center Stage website.

Posted by Tim Smith at 10:53 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Center Stage, Drama Queens


No word if they are remodeling that ratty death trap they call a "mezzanine" as well?

It is small, narrow and uncomfortable with only 4 inches between you and the railing. It is difficult to get to your seat as it is, and it is next to impossible if there are other people already sitting in your row!

I feel your pain, having tried that location out, too. The new seating chart makes it appear that those side areas will remain. But, hey, the new management clearly pays attention to feedback, so have at it. TIM

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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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