You’ll have to forgive the Chop if we’re a little impatient this evening, Baltimore. Pardon us if we’re a bit brusque with a busboy or a peck piqued at a parking attendant. For you see, tonight we’ve got a curtain time to make.
This evening we’re heading downtown to the Everyman Theater for the opening night of their final show this season, The Beaux’ Stratagem, and we could hardly be more excited. Tonight’s production is a modern adaptation of a traditional English Restoration Comedy first produced in the early 1700’s and updated partially by Thornton Wilder and to completion by Washington DC playwright Ken Ludwig.
The show follows the misadventures of two gentlemen of dubious background who are ‘short on cash and long on schemes.’ According to Wikipedia the show also features a “band of brigands” and a “saucy inkeeper’s daughter,” so it’s pretty much right up our alley. But don’t take our word for it. Here’s Everyman’s founding creative director Vincent Lancisi to tell you more:
Just as much as the production itself, we’re excited to finally get down to see the new theater. Everyman staged their inaugural performance on Fayette Street in January while we were out at sea, but it’s hard to believe that it happened so recently. We’ve been following the news of the move since it was announced more than two years ago, when it seemed a long time away. And it was. It takes a lot of time to complete an $18 Million renovation in a century-old building. But much like Christmas, it’s sneaked up before we know it and tonight’s the night we finally get a look around for ourselves.
If you haven’t had your own look yet, the Beaux’ Stratagem runs through June 30, with performances Tuesday-Sunday and additional matinees on the weekend.
Or if you really want to get a good look around we might point out that right now is a great time to become an Everyman subscriber. Because this is the end of the theater season, you’re just in time to catch all six plays in the 2013-2014 season, including Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie and Red based on the life and work of Mark Rothko.
Early bird prices for subscribers are in effect until the end of June, and with a variety of plans available it’s like seeing six shows but paying for four. Five thousand Everyman subscribers can’t be wrong: going to the theater twice for free is a pretty sweet deal.
Everyman Theater is located at 315 W. Fayette Street Downtown. For tickets or information call 410.752.2208 or visit everymantheater.org.