NEW SEASONS The end of summer and beginning of the academic school year is almost here, which means in the coming weeks a number of local theater companies launch their 2009-'10 seasons. And while Curtain Time is going to do its very best to remind theatergoers about the local stage events to catch when they happen--Rep Stage's production of David Davalos' Wittenberg Aug. 26, Everyman Theatre's Baltimore premier of David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole and Single Carrot Theatre's local debut of Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice in September, Theatre Project's The Puppetmaster of Lodz and Center Stage's production of The Importance of Being Earnest in October, and the return of the Missoula Oblongata to the LOF/t Sept. 3--we did want to point out one production hitting Washington D.C. this fall. The Sydney Theatre Company mounts the U.S. debut of its production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire Oct. 29 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, with Cate Blanchett starring as Blanche DuBois under the direction of Liv Ullmann. (It runs through Nov. 21 before traveling to the Brooklyn Academy of Music; visit kennedy-center.org for more details.) Sure, Streetcar may be outdated, high-emotion American realism, but like a cheap paperback thriller, sometimes even it can be entertaining when handled by capable hands.
Speaking of new seasons, the Baltimore Theatre Project warms up for its imminent season this weekend with a comic performance from Ireland's Derek Coghlan Aug. 21. It's free for subscribers, and you can find out how to become one at theatreproject.org. The Baltimore Improv Group takes over the space Aug. 22 with a large showcase featuring troupes Evan the Loyal, Moving Walkways, Catapult, Heavy Wet Sectional, the Geckos, and an advanced student showcase. Tickets $10, $8 students/military with ID.
BALTIMORE PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL The final production in this year's 28th-annual Baltimore Playwrights Festival opens this week at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, and it's a refreshing change from the usual multiple-act with an intermission norm. Four one-acts open at the intimate midtown theater Aug. 20: Julie Lewis' "Monitors on the Quad," Lee Sapperstein's "Leap Day," Michael Stang's "Imperfect Hour," and Gina Young's "Salt Water." They run through Sept. 6. Visit spotlighters.org for more details.
AUDITIONS The Strand Theater holds auditions for its upcoming production of Melissa James Gibson's [Sic] at its Station North Arts District home base from Aug. 30 from 5-7 p.m. Come with a one-minute comedic monologue prepared. Contact Jayme Kilburn via strandtheatercompany.org for more details.