“Love Is A Blue Tick Hound”
As the theatre world continues to disproportionately produce plays written by men, the push for gender parity in theater has ramped up. It seems that in the last few years here in Baltimore, most theater companies have made efforts (not that it’s hard!) to include more women playwrights and directors in their seasons. We have to thank for that shift, among others, Stand Theatre Company, which has been producing women-focused theater in Baltimore for the past decade; Cohesion Theatre Company, which in its first year orchestrated a city-wide Parity Festival that encouraged local companies to stage full-scale productions, workshops, and readings of plays written by women; and the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, now in its fourth year. WVTF is centered in D.C. but stretches to Baltimore with a small handful of affiliated productions: This year, we have Center Stage’s production of Dominique Morisseau’s “Skeleton Crew” (Jan. 25-March. 4), Strand’s production of Dominique Cieri’s “Count Down” (Feb. 14-March 4), and starting this weekend, Rapid Lemon Productions stages “Love Is A Blue Tick Hound,” a new collection of four short two-handers by Audrey Cefaly, known for her distinctly Southern storytelling. According to RLP, “Hound” poses as its central questions: “Why do we settle . . . and what is the full cost of leaving?” Check it out and mark your calendars for the rest of WVTF—if you can, try venturing down to the capital to really bulk up on women playwrights. Through Jan. 21, Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., (410) 752-8558, theatreproject.org, $20-$21. (Maura Callahan)
Alex Hooper. Best known for his appearances on Comedy Central’s “Roast Battles” and “New Girl,” Alex Hooper performs stand-up with support from Mike Moran, Nikki Fuchs, and host Eric Navarro. Jan. 17, 9 p.m., The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com, $5.
Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club. “Elvis” and Kittie Glitter host two nights of elaborately staged celebrity fights plus burlesque from Nona Narcisse, Maria Bella, and Candy del Rio. Jan. 12, 8 p.m.; Jan. 13, 6 and 8 p.m.; Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org, $22-$28.
“First Date.” A blind date newbie and a serial dater get set up on a date that turns out to be much more than they bargained for. Through Jan. 21, Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., (410) 752-1225, spotlighters.org, $10-$22.
“Inherit the Wind.” Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee’s courtroom drama chronicles the Scopes “monkey” trial. Through Feb. 4, Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway, (410) 563-9135, vagabondplayers.org, $10-$20.
Monster Comedy and Superior Saturday Open Mic. Charm City Comedy Project hosts an evening of improv, stand-up, and sketch followed by an open mic. Jan. 13, show 8 p.m., open mic 10:30 p.m., Charm City Comedy Project at Zissimos Bar, 1023 W. 36th St., charmcitycomedyproject.com, $5.
NYC Comedy Invades Baltimore. New York-based comedians Jordan Raybould, Bret Raybould, and Will Poznan perform stand-up. Jan. 13, 7 p.m., Joe Squared, 33 W. North Ave., (410) 545-0444, joesquared.com, $10-$15.
Open Mic Comedy Night. Umar Khan hosts an open mic night for emerging comedians. Jan. 11, 8 p.m., Joe Squared, 33 W. North Ave., (410) 545-0444, joesquared.com, free.
“The Tempest.” The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory presents the bard’s shipwreck drama featuring an original score. Jan. 12-Feb. 4, St. Mary’s Outreach Center, 3900 Roland Ave., baltimoreshakespearefactory.org, $19-$24.
“Trouble in Tahiti.” In Leonard Bernstein’s one-act opera, the troubled marriage of a young suburban couple presents a critique of post-war American materialism. Jan. 12-27, StillPointe Theatre, 1900 St. Paul St., stillpointetheatre.com, $25.