THE RETURN OF THEATER THAT'S ANYTHING BUT? Run of the Mill Theater managing director David Mitchell wowed us with his fall 2007 production of Frederico García Lorca's Blood Wedding, but his fall 2008 production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot felt a little tentative. So we're looking forward to see how he handles James McBride, a comedic play about the titular American who wins a poetry contest in Ireland and shocks the prize committee when he comes to collect it by being African-American. The play debuted in 2007 at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, written by PPTW founder/artistic director Mark Clayton Southers, and its mix of conflicts--black and white, American and ethnic European--sounds like the sort of grittily familiar foibles that Run of the Mill can sink its teeth into. James McBride opens Feb. 13 at the Theatre Project and runs through Feb. 22. Visit runofthemilltheater.org for more details.
OPENINGS Well--Lisa Kron's Tony-nominated play about the playwright's mother's experiences with activism and illness--debuts Feb. 14, at Theatre Hopkins Stages Well at Johns Hopkins' Swirnow Theater. It runs through March 1; for more information visit jhu.edu/~theatre. The Black Cherry Puppet Theater presents Shrunken Love--billed as an evening of "puppet acts and songs for grown ups"--Feb. 14, at the theater's Sowebo performance space (1115 Hollins St.); visit blackcherry.org for more details. The Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre spoofs the Victorian Empire with Caryl Churchill's Cloud 9, which opens Feb. 13 and runs through March 8; visit spotlighters.org for more details. Baltimore's Gilded Lily Burlesque troupe offers Tassels and Champagne: A Burlesque Valentines at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson Feb. 14 with Richmond's Sweet Tease; visit creativealliance.org for more info. University of Baltimore students and staff celebrate V-Day with Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues Feb. 12-13 at UB Student Center's Performing Arts Theater, with proceeds benefiting the National V-Day Campaign and the House of Ruth; visit ubalt.edu for more details. And Laure Drogoul's 14-Karat Cabaret takes over MICA's BBOX theater in the Gateway building Feb. 13 (see Art review).
CLOSING Harold Pinter's The Homecoming concludes its run at the Fells Point Corner Theater this Friday through Sunday. And the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival's sixth-annual Teen Performance Program concludes its production of The Tempest this Thursday through Sunday.
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