Tina works for the Murphy Initiative for Justice and Peace. She loves art in all its forms and fell under the spell of theater ever since seeing a "A Little Night Music" on Broadway as a child.
BWW Reviews: Superb EQUUS at the Spotlighters
April 10, 2013
With EQUUS, the Spotlighters Theatre puts on what may well be the best show I've seen them perform. All aspects of the production are superbly executed, and the intimate space is an ideal venue for this taut psychodrama written by Peter Shaffer (Amadeus).
BWW Reviews: It's a Jolly Good Time at the Pumpkin Theatre's Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz
March 20, 2013
BWW Reviews: The Pumpkin Theatre's THE QUEST OF THE ZIZ BIRD
February 1, 2013
Ancient Hebrew mythology describes the Ziz as a bird resembling a Griffin standing so large that its head knocks against the sky, and its wingspan blots out the sun.
BWW Reviews: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Hippodrome: It's a Magical World After All
January 25, 2013
If you wish to escape the bleak freeze of January in the happy land of Disney but can't get to Orlando, go to the Hippodrome. Strap yourself into a theater seat and get swept up in the ravishing theatrical ride of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
BWW Reviews: THE MOUNTAINTOP - The Man, Myth and Magic
January 24, 2013
Enter Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of April 4, 1968. It is the last night of Martin Luther King's life.
BWW Reviews: WHAT A GIRL WANTS
December 21, 2012
Sometimes in life what is needed most is editing. And so it goes with the Strand's original production of WHAT A GIRL WANTS. The play centers on a group of women preparing for a charity fashion show. Stacks of clothes next to the stage serve as a metaphor for a play that suffers from clutter. There are too many characters spending too much time carrying and hanging up all those clothes. All the words get lost in the back and forth and coming and going.
BWW Reviews: The Pumpkin Theatre's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - This Beast is a Beauty
December 13, 2012
Anyone concerned that the digital age has extinguished imagination in the young will find it's alive and well at the Pumpkin Theatre. When the children are asked to participate in its production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, their delight is infectious.
BWW Reviews: This is Your Gothic Life, Mr. Poe
November 13, 2012
As autumn shadows grow and winter knocks at your door, you may find yourself craving a little Poe to go with the dark and chill. Center Stage is at your service with THE COMPLETELY FICTIONAL-UTTERLY TRUE-FINAL STRANGE TALE OF EDGAR ALLAN POE.
BWW Reviews: A Reading of STAGE IV by the Mobtown Playwrights Group
October 11, 2012
Anyone fascinated by the creative process knows that a work-in-progress is a beautiful thing to behold. The birth and maturation of a play is such a long and collaborative effort, it seems a miracle that any production ever reaches fruition.
BWW Reviews: Secrets Revealed in MOTHER, MAY I at The Strand
October 4, 2012
If your dysfunctional family doesn't provide enough entertainment for you, then come visit the Grunman clan currently residing at Baltimore's Strand Theater. The world premiere of Dylan Brody's MOTHER, MAY I opens the door on one family's skewered life.
BWW Reviews: ELECTRA - The Young and the Vengeful
September 14, 2012
Cursed by the Gods and their own need for retribution, two siblings in Ancient Greece live out their tragic destiny.
BWW Reviews: It's A Good Play CHARLIE BROWN
June 19, 2012
Will Charlie Brown ever win a baseball game or the love of a certain red-haired girl? Will Linus let go fo his blanket or Sally find her philosophy? Will Lucy become queen and Schroeder the next Beethoven? Will suppertime ever come soon enough for Snoopy?
BWW Reviews: WELL at The Strand Plays with Humor and Grace
June 13, 2012
"This play is not about my mother and me," says Lisa Kron at the beginning of her autobiographical play, WELL . Of course,WELL is all about the playwright and her long-suffering mother. It's a funny and sad examination of the intensely complicated relationship of mothers and daughters where love and hostility co-exist as the past clashes with the present.
BWW Reviews: INTO THE WOODS at Centerstage
March 30, 2012
If you're in the mood for entertainment both magical and meaningful, step Into the Woods with Centerstage. The play, co-produced with the Westport Country Playhouse and directed by Mark Lamos, is beautifully staged as it trips lightly through a mix of classic stories before turning down a different and darker path.
BWW Reviews: ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Equals Good Entertainment
February 29, 2012
Have you ever woken up and just known it was going to be one of those difficult days? Then you'll sympathize with poor Alexander who endures a day of trials and tribulations. But even this irascible eight-year-old learns you don't have to let a bad day get you down.
BWW Reviews: Tressed for Success - The Pumpkin Theatre's RAPUNZEL
December 15, 2011
The Pumpkin Theatre is making magic with its charming production of Rapunzel. Its colorful sets, elaborate costumes and lively performances pull the audience into a fantasy land of vengeful witches, damsels in distress and princes on heroic quests.
BWW Reviews: An Enchanted Evening with A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at Spotlighters
July 1, 2011
A Little Night Music with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim sits among the pantheon of sophisticated Broadway classics. Based on the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, it captures the passions and pathos of a group of couples who waltz their way in and out of relationships in turn-of-the-century Sweden.
Everyman's Pygmalion: A Gem of a Production
May 27, 2011
In the Greek myth of the same name, the sculptor Pygmalion creates his vision of the perfect woman, Galatea, and breathes life into the statue with the help of the gods. In George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, Professor Henry Higgins changes the life of a cockney flower girl through the magic of language and a good makeover. At the Everyman Theatre, director Eleanor Holdridge breathes new life into this timeless story which has been told and retold in many times and many ways since its publication in 1913.
BWW Reviews CRIME AND PUNISHMENT at Center Stage
May 4, 2011
If you never cracked the incredibly thick binding of Crime and Punishment' in literature class, here's your chance to experience Dostoevsky's masterpiece of madness and murder stripped down to its essential elements.
BWW Reviews: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION at Vagabond
April 18, 2011
Like the two-sided Kandinsky painting that hovers over the play, truth and illusion spin and blend in this depiction of the tenuous connections we seek to form in the modern world.