Annapolis Theater Notes and Thoughts

The play Mauritus deals with some serious stuff— themes that include abusive relationships, sibling rivalry and greed.

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Spring has finally arrived and where I really want to be is outside soaking up some sunshine. Last weekend I enjoyed the Annapolis Opera performance of Tosca by Giacomo Puccini at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. It was excellent and almost sold-out, so mark your calendars now for their next performance—Opera Light at 3:00 p.m. on April 18th. I’ll be providing more details about the upcoming performance in a future blog.
Last night I went to the Bay Theatre to see Mauritus. This is the very last weekend you can see Mauritus which has received several glowing reviews in the local papers . A Saturday matinee has been added to the schedule to compensate for the performing days lost by our various blizzards. Mauritus was written by Theresa Rebeck who has a writing background penning “law and order” and crime television screenplays. The play was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for drama. It didn’t win. But note, it was nominated for drama not comedy, although I did hear a great deal of laughter from several of the patrons sitting behind me which I found annoying simply because I couldn’t understand what they were laughing about. The play deals with some serious stuff— themes that include abusive relationships, sibling rivalry and greed. There is a great deal of whining, shouting, and violence. And all the arguing and scheming is over a stamp, well actually two stamps theoretically worth several million dollars but actually priceless since they are in many ways irreplaceable.
In my previous career as an antiques dealer and appraiser, I stepped into many situations where family members were divided on how to value and share in inherited heirlooms. I’ve heard just about every story and justification for why people behave the way they do in connection to the ownership of various items. The bottom line is, it doesn’t matter how beautiful an antique can be or its heritage and history, it is only a thing. Things are replaceable. People are not. Many times I’ve been asked, “How could you bear to part with those lovely antiques? Didn’t you just want to keep them all?” As those who have been professionals in the antiques business already know, there is plenty more “stuff” out there.
To round out the weekend, think about making a visit to the “Chefs by the Bay” event produced by the Junior League of Annapolis a the Loews Annapolis Hotel at 6:00 p.m. The money raised will benefit Homeless Outreach, Children’s Literacy, Kids in the Kitchen, and other great programs.
To learn more details about what’s going on this weekend visit our website www.WhatsUpMag.com

Author: Nadja Maril

Nadja Maril is a communications professional who has over 10 years experience as a magazine editor. A writer and journalist, Maril is the author of several books including: "American Lighting 1840-1940", "Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide", "Me, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat", and "Runaway, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat". Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, in charge of three magazines: "What's Up? Annapolis", "What's Up? Eastern Shore", and "What's Up? Weddings", former Editor of Chesapeake Taste Magazine a regional lifestyle magazine based in Annapolis, and former Lighting Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine, Maril has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles on a variety of subjects..

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