About Steve Charing

Steve Charing is a journalist who blogs about issues important to the LGBT community and writes theatre reviews. To read some of his latest work, check out his blog.

Theatre Review: ‘Once On This Island’ at Olney Theatre Center

Aisha Jackson as Ti Moune (foreground), Theresa Cunningham as Asaka (Mother of the Earth), Nicholas Ward as Agwe (God of Water), Fahnlohnee Harris-Tate as Erzulie (Goddess of Love), and James T. Lane as Papa Ge (Demon of Death). Photo by Stan Barouh.

A booming storm yet again rocks this vulnerable Caribbean island, which happens to be Haiti, “The Jewel of the Antilles.”  And in a matter of 90 minutes—the length of a typical wind-swept, drenching and damaging tempest —theatre patrons attending the musical Once On This Island playing at the Olney Theatre Center will be told how […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Homo Poe Show’ at Iron Crow Theatre Company

Alec Weinberg and Nick Horan in “Grieving and Sequins.”  Photo by Zachary Handler.

It was an ambitious undertaking for the Iron Crow Theater Company’s founder and artistic director Steven J. Satta to create a production inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe and present them through a “queer lens,” as he put it.  The offbeat 19th century author, poet and critic who died in Baltimore from a […]

Theatre Review: ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ at Olney Theatre Center

The cast of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' at the Olney Theatre Center.  Photo by Stan Barough.

I don’t think anyone wants to return to the time when the workplace was rife with sexism and sexual harassment was a normal occurrence.  Nor does anyone want to see a business setting where the only upward mobility for a woman is limited to being a secretary to the highest male executive in the corporate […]

Theatre Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the Spotlighters Theatre

The cast of 'Romeo and Juliet.' Photo by Chris Aldridge.

“Two households, both alike in dignity/In fair Verona, where we lay our scene/From ancient grudge break to new mutiny/Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean./ From forth the fatal loins of these two foes/A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life/Whose misadventured piteous overthrows/Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.” Arguably the world’s most […]

Theatre News: A Labor of Love: A Silver Anniversary Cabaret

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A joyous, tuneful 25th anniversary cabaret called A Labor of Love took place at the Smith Theatre of the Howard Community College Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center on December 2, 2013.  As in past years, all the money raised will support an Emergency AIDS Fund, by the Howard County Health Alliance. Some of the […]

Theatre Review: ‘Into the Woods’ at Spotlighters

The cast of 'Into The Woods' at Spotlighters.  Photo by Ken Stanek Photography.

I was a little skeptical that the intimate, in-the-round stage at the Spotlighters Theatre would be able to do justice to the action-packed musical production Into the Woods. Failing to learn from the past, I always had those misplaced reservations when Spotlighters ambitiously tackles a grand splashy musical only to discover the creative team and […]

Theatre Review: ‘Breaking the Code’ at the Kossiakoff Center (APL)

Cast members - First row from left: Maureen Rogers, Linda Kress-McDonald and Matt Mitchell.  Second row: Michael Hartsfield, Robert Schaefer, Mark Allen, Jimmy Hennigan and Eric Henry.  Photo by Steve Charing.

It is so fitting that a play about the British cryptanalyst and trailblazing mathematician, Alan Turing,  who shortened World War II by breaking Hitler’s U-boat Enigma codes and is considered the “father of the computer” would be performed on the campus of the science-oriented Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). Also fitting is that […]

Theatre Review: ‘Death and the Maiden’ at the Spotlighters Theatre

Paulina (Kate Falcone), Dr. Miranda (Mark C. Franceschini) and Gerardo (Steven Shriner). Photo by Ken Stanek Photography.

Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman felt compelled to write about his own experiences as a witness to the ghastliness of the General Augusto Pinochet dictatorship in his country from 1973-1990.   He penned Death and the Maiden in 1990 to convey those horrors, especially the effects on the minds of the victims stemming from the torture and […]

Theatre Review: ‘Apartment 213′ at Iron Crow Theatre

Joseph W. Ritsch as Jeff and Will Manning as the Victim. Photo by Daniel Ettinger.

“Hi, I’m Jeff.  Can I buy you a drink?  I’d like to take your picture…of poses and stuff.  I can pay $50.” These were the pick-up lines that serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer used in bars around Milwaukee to lure young men back to his apartment.  The Iron Crow Theatre Company’s presentation of Apartment 213, currently […]

Theatre Review: ‘Animal Crackers’ at Center Stage

The company of 'Animal Crackers' at Center Stage.  Photo by Richard Anderson.

“It’s hard to overstate the genius of the Marx Brothers,” says Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah during rehearsals for Animal Crackers. “This is high-flying, laugh-a-minute lunacy at its best, and I can’t wait to see families and kids of all ages come together to enjoy this remarkable musical comedy.” He was right on the […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ at Beth Tfiloh Community Theatre

The cast of 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' at Beth Tfiloh Community Theatre.  Photo courtesy of Beth Tfiloh Community Theatre.

If you ever wanted to be part of solving a murder mystery then you will have that opportunity if you attend the Beth Tfiloh Community Theatre’s production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.  The “solve-it-yourself musical comedy” skillfully directed by Diane M. Smith, is playing through August 25 at the Mintzes Theatre/Rosen Arts Center located […]

Theatre Review: ‘A Chorus Line’ at Olney Theatre Center

The cast of 'A Chorus Line' at Olney Theatre Center. Photo by Stan Barouh.

It may have been 1975 with the birth years of the dancers auditioning for a fictional Broadway musical ranging from 1942 to 1955, but the competition for such chosen roles by “gypsies,” as show dancers are described, is as fierce today as it was then.  Many talented performers, few openings are available. That hasn’t changed […]

Theatre Review: ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at Spotlighters Theatre

The cast of 'Fiddler on the Roof' at Spotlighters. Photo by Ken Stanek Photography.

Tevye, the central character in Fiddler on the Roof, must pull a milk cart by himself because his horse is lame.  In doing so, he slowly, pedantically drags it through Anatevka, a small village in Czarist Russia in 1905.  This struggle, this effort becomes a metaphor for Tevye, who seems to have the world’s weight […]

BPF Review: ‘The Rainbow Plays’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre

Steve Ferguson and Rasheed Green in 'Hoya Saxa.'  Photo by Ken Stanek Photography.

The 32nd annual Baltimore Playwrights Festival started off on the right foot with Rich Espey’s The Rainbow Plays currently running at the Fells Point Corner Theatre.  Mr. Espey, a Baltimore-area resident, is a three-time winner of the Carol Weinberg Award for best play at the Baltimore Playwrights Festival for Fifty-Fifty, Hope’s Arbor, and Following Sarah. […]