| May 25, 2013
| 8:50 AM
The new "Mickey and the Magical Map" at Disneyland offers a solid if predictable storytelling foundation for an energetic musical stage show that's expected to run for years at the Anaheim theme park.
Photos: "Mickey and the Magic Map" show at...
| May 16, 2013
| 5:55 PM
Writer-director Michael Singh's documentary "Valentino's Ghost" connects the United States' Middle East foreign policy agenda to the American media's often negative portrayals of Arabs and Muslims. It's a provocative, absorbing — and at times...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 3:16 PM
They're words that echo at the back of my consciousness, as deep as an embedded memory or a recessive gene:
It's a world of laughter, a world of tears
It's a world of hopes and a world of fears
That simple tune with dozens of children's voices...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 2:36 PM
With its spring production of Disney's "The Little Mermaid Jr.," the Children's Theatre of Annapolis has found an ideal vehicle to reach its goal of presenting shows highlighting young performers' talents.
This shortened version of the 2008 Broadway...
| Mar 27, 2012
| 8:58 AM
New and exclusive to the Disney Fantasy cruise ship is the stage show "Disney's Aladdin," an over-the-top retelling of the familiar story, animated movie and production from Disney's California Adventure theme park.
It's an ambitious undertaking with...
| Jan 5, 2012
| 9:53 AM
Traditionally, this is the time when we reflect on the past year's highs from a variety of stellar acting and musical performances by established local groups in Anne Arundel County. In 2011, we also welcomed two new theater companies of surprisingly high...
| Jan 7, 2012
| 6:31 PM
The fireworks at Disneyland had ended. It was past closing time and the crowds were pouring out the gates, but we lingered.
Layla Alshawi, the 63-year-old mother of our friends, didn't want to leave. She hugged a light pole, joking that we would have...
| May 14, 2012
| 3:07 PM
Well there's an adorable dog, you see. And some really cute cardboard robots. Do you really need anything else?
Well, the critic in me says yes, you do.
"Dog Powered Robot" took the Fringe Festival by storm at last year's festival with its zany evil...
| Nov 2, 2012
Zanies – Chicago
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At the young age of 15, Gilbert Gottfried began doing stand-up at open mike nights in
New York City and, after a few...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 5:30 AM
Disneyland Paris will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a new nighttime spectacular in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and a revamped evening parade starting in April.
The Disney Dreams show will feature castle projections, water screens, dancing...
| Sep 16, 2012
| 9:44 PM
Ever since he was a youngster in Aberdeen, Brian Cummings has found a way to use his voice to his benefit.
In his youth, it ingratiated him to classmates, entertained neighbors, kept him out of trouble and provided an admitted nerd a way to make...