When most of Baltimore’s big-ticket theaters go dark for the summer, many community theaters take advantage of the warm temps and patrons looking for entertainment.

Spotlighters Theatre continues its production of the Pulitzer Prize winning drama “Doubt’ through June 12, and will present the melodic musical, “A Little Night Music” with lyrics by Stephen Sondhiem, June 24 to July 24.

Now through June 19, Everyman Theatre features George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” the hilarious tale of the dapper Henry Higgins and cockney Eliza Doolittle.

The nation’s oldest community theater, the Vagabond Players in Fells Point, presents a ribald and risqué comedy, “Abducting Diana,” June 3 to 20. Fells Point Corner Theatre continues its production of The Seafarer through June 5.

Theatre Project presents “What the Fool?!?” June 3 to 5, the “Deep Vision” of Deep Vision Dance Company June 10 and 11, and “Reefer Madness” June 17 to July 10.

June 10 through July 10, Single Carrot Theatre is showing “Linus & Alora,” a visually rewarding stream of consciousness journey.

Maryland Shakespeare Festival will perform William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” with a cast of professional actors, June 29 to July 10, under the stars in the Evergreen Museum & Library Meadow.

The biggest theater news this summer is a coup by Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Baltimore. They will open on June 9 the east coast premiere of the recent Broadway hit, “Xanadu.” Campy, tuneful, and over-the-top, it’s a gay man’s dream on roller skates, and is not to be missed running through September 4.

Outside of Baltimore, several shows of specific gay interest if not context will be hitting the boards at various locations: Toby’s Dinner Theatre Columbia will present the Cole Porter musical, “Anything Goes” June 16 to August 28 followed by their in the round version of “Chicago” opening September 1.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)” can also be enjoyed outside in Ellicott City thanks to the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company June 10 to July 24. The outdoor venue in the Annapolis town center, the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, has a full summer of musical offerings: “Chicago” plays through June 19, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” will be showing in July, and “Hairspray” August 4 to September 4.

“Hairspray” is also the centerpiece of Cockpit in Court’s Summer Program atEssex Community College in a full-scale production July 22 to August 7. Their opening show June 17 to July 3 is the rarely produced musical, “The Secret Garden.” This lovely and emotional musical was written by Lucy Simon and was nominated for a Tony as Best Musical of the Year.

Pulitzer winner, “Rent” is playing at the Laurel Playhouse through June 11.

This past year’s Pulitzer Prize winner “Next to Normal” makes a stop on its national tour at the Kennedy Center with its Tony winning star, Alice Ripley, in the leading role. Don’t miss this unique production; it’s only a two week run, June 28 to July 10. Returning for its third area tour is the biggest of all show queen musicals: “Wicked” is playing at the Kennedy Center June 15 to August 21. The engagement is practically sold-out for the entire run but check for availability. If you haven’t seen this show how do you call yourself gay?

Signature Theatre of Arlington, Va, winner of the Tony Award for Regional Theatre, is running a terrific production of “Side by Side by Sondheim” starring the accomplished Broadway star, Matthew Scott (who is not bad to look at for two hours) through June 12.


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