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Curtain Time

Brad Cartwright

Posted 6/10/2009

WILLS AND FATES do so contrary run Playwright David Davalos dreams up a doozy in his Wittenberg: Church reformer Martin Luther (Michael Stebbins) and Dr. Faustus (Seth Reichgott) are professors of theology and philosophy, respectively, at Wittenberg University in Germany, and they both have a forlorn, impressionable young student in their classes--one Hamlet (Michael Feldsher), prince of Denmark. And Hamlet solicits both of their advice for how to live his life in this witty, Stoppardian sly metafictional farce ending this week at the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. It's a good row, thanks in large parts to Reichgott playing Faustus as if George Carlin were on the faculty at Harvard circa 1964. As in Faustus sings the Who's "The Seeker" in the local watering hole, the Bunghole. A load of laughs and smart on top.

Also closing and most definitely worth checking out is Naoko Maeshiba and Kibism's identity-exploring Paraffin, the Theatre Project's final production in its 2008-'09 season. It runs Thursday through Sunday.

OPENING Directors Andrew Rothkin and Rodney E. Reyes present two one-act plays on love, loss, and the parent-child relationship with "Meredith's Ring" and "Anonymous" at the Theatre Project June 17. Bryony Lavery's psychological thriller Frozen opens June 12 at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre; it runs through July 5. Theatre Hopkins opens The Light in the Piazza, based on Elizabeth Spencer's novella, June 12; it runs through July 5. George Bernard Shaw's The Millionairess opens June 17 at the Olney Theatre Center; it runs through July 12. The Wizard of Oz musical opens June 12 at Essex's Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre, CCBC Essex campus; it runs through June 28. And the Strand Theatre continues its Friends and Neighbors Festival with Michael Leroy Harding's The Six of Us June 12-14; tickets on $5.

CLOSING The touring, rock-opera treatment of Spring Awakening ends its run at the Hippodrome Theatre June 21. And Lorenzo's Timonium Dinner Theatre production of Footloose ends June 14.

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