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“Excellent, with some minor flaws”
Review of Center Stage

Center Stage
Ranked #55 of 231 things to do in Baltimore
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Owner description: The State Theater of Maryland, CENTERSTAGE is currently celebrating its 50th Anniversary Season. The not-for-profit company serves as Maryland’s hub for smart, provocative, and entertaining theater and as a catalyst for conversation with the community.Each year, a consistently broad range of productions in two intimate performing spaces attracts highly diverse audiences of more than 100,000 people—including more than 8,000 fiercely loyal members, many of whom have been with the theater during its entire history. Additionally, CENTERSTAGE offers a variety of dramaturgical, community, and educational programs to broaden access and enhance the theatergoing experience. Our Mission Statement: CENTERSTAGE is an artistically driven institution committed to engaging, educating, and expanding the horizons of diverse audiences through challenging, bold, thought-provoking classical and contemporary theater. Values central to our mission are: Rigorous pursuit of excellence Courage to take risks Commitment to diversity and inclusion Belief in continual learning, exploration, and discovery Fiscal integrity
Baltimore, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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“Excellent, with some minor flaws”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

My wife and I have been subscribers for nearly 30 years. We very much enjoy the variety of plays presented during a season despite the occasional clunker, which is not surprising given the efforts made to showcase new playwrights. The quality suffered during the transition to a new artistic director, but he seems to be getting his feet under him.

The main theatre is intimate and comfortable and is a great place to watch a play. I cannot say as much for the upstairs theatre (the Head theatre). When it first opened (about 10 15 years ago?), it was used as an occasional venue for unusual performances, such as cabaret-style presentations. For the past couple years, it has been used for nearly half of the performances and the stage setting has been more traditional. This is not acceptable, given the high cost of tickets. The venue is subject to extraneous noises, the seats are uncomfortable and views of the stage are often obstructed by people sitting in front of you (even if you have some of the "best" seats) because the seats in the orchestra section are not set up on a grade.

Visited October 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“The best”
Reviewed 30 October 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

Always great plays. We love the new theater. Highly recommended.We have been season-ticket holders for many years

Visited October 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Plays”
Reviewed 25 October 2013

I have only been here a few times, but the set-up of each audtorium is nice and spacious. The plays are pretty good as well.

Visited June 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“No longer my taste”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

I used to be a subscriber, but it's no longer my cup of tea since Center Stage got the new director. The acting is top notch. I just don't like the shows they are doing.

Visited November 2012
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Season tickets are the best!”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

I have held season tickets to Center Stage for over 20 years and have never been disappointed. They offer a wide variety of quality productions to keep you coming back for more.

Visited October 2012
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