Local actor Tim Elliot is Cabaret’s smoldering, sexually ambiguous Master of Ceremonies at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, beginning September 10. (Photo courtesy Spotlighters Theatre)

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BALTIMORE—Gay icons and high drama, theatricality and sensuality, serious issues and satirical wit: this fall, Baltimore-area theaters offer LGBT audiences all of these and more. Comedies, tragedies, musicals, and dramas transport audiences from Laramie to London and from Berlin to Oz—all within minutes of downtown.

Two theaters located in the heart of the LGBT community always keep the community close to their hearts. First, Spotlighters Theatre opens its season on September 10 with Cabaret, where audiences can get up close and personal with Berlin’s Kit Kat Club showgirls. Then on September 29, Center Stage kicks off its season with the The Wiz, the funky ’70s Motown musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz.

Center Stage also offers the Night Out series for LGBT patrons all season long. Subscriptions include prime seating for the Tuesday preview performance of each show, plus access to a pre-show happy hour featuring complimentary appetizers from Akbar. (Season packages start as low as $60; non-subscribing ticket holders can join the pre-show fun for $5.) Bar tips benefit local charities, including the GLCCB at the Tuesday, October 5, performance of The Wiz.

Beyond Mt. Vernon

Other musicals this fall include two productions of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: one at Harford Community College’s Phoenix FestivalTheater from September 10; the other at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, starting October 10.

Dazzling, circus-inspired shows are also on the autumn bill. Cirque du Soleil arrives in Washington, DC with Ovo on September 9; Broadway’s Cirque DreamsIllumination comes to the Hippodrome Theatre on October 5; and Cirque Imagination-Montage takes over Harford Community College’s Amoss Center on October 16.

Meanwhile, local academic theaters take on the serious dramas of gay life. The University of Baltimore presents Matthew Shepard’s story in The Laramie Project (opens November 4); then the CCBC Essex theater department takes on Tony Kushner’s ambitious AIDS play, Angels in America, starting December 2.

Finally, for those who can’t resist Noel Coward’s trademark style and wit, Colonial Players in Annapolis opens with Private Lives on September 17. Each theater’s Web site provides information about show times, dates, and theater locations. (See box for details.)

DETAILS

For more information:

Baltimore Theater Alliance
baltimoreperforms.org/whatsplaying.html

Center Stage
centerstage.org

Hippodrome Theatre
france-merrickpac.com

Toby’s Dinner Theatre
tobysdinnertheatre.com

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