Enter, Stage Right
Published: April 17, 2013
Last week, Center Stage began its public previews of Clybourne Park (pictured), Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize-winning take on Lorraine Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun. Norris’ portrayal of race, class, and real estate, which runs through June 16, will be followed up by Beneatha’s Place, Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah’s response to both Raisin in the Sun and Clybourne Park. Kwei-Armah conceived of Beneatha’s Place when he first saw Norris’ play, and the two plays will be performed together as the Raisin Cycle, beginning May 18. “Inspiring conversation among our audiences has been the aim of my first season at [Center Stage],” Kwei-Armah said in a statement. “Having the opportunity to develop Beneatha’s Place to run in tandem with the brilliant Clybourne Park will be the ultimate realization of that goal. If audiences walk away from seeing these two plays, engaging with each other on the big questions, that will be a success.” For more information, see centerstage.org.
On April 17, Single Carrot Theatre premieres ensemble member Aldo Pantoja’s VIP, which explores the relationships that develop among the hostages taken in Peru in 1996. For more information, see singlecarrot.com.
Relative newcomer Yellow Sign Theatre brings you back to your best buddy’s parents’ basement (presumably minus the gravity bong) for The Horror Hosts of Horror, where they try to recreate regional late-night horror shows—with the actors playing hosts like Zombeatie (Craig Coletta) and Vinnie the Vermin (Jeffrey Gangwisch) to introduce films and segue into “commercial” breaks. They kick it off on April 19 with a double feature of Horror Express and Reefer Madness. The first show starts at 10 p.m. and the second is at midnight, just as the clock strikes 4/20. They Bogart that joint with another showing the next night and continue with other films for the next two weekends. For a full listing of times and films, see facebook.com/TheYellowSignTheatre.
Finally on April 24, Everyman Theatre opens Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog, a play about two African-American brothers named Lincoln and Booth, who are haunted by their names and their destinies. It will feature Eric Berryman (pictured), a Baltimore School for the Arts alum, and Everyman’s featured Resident Company member. For more information see everymantheatre.org