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Top Theater Shows to See Now in Baltimore

A children’s classic, a coming-of-age tale, a rockin’ dance down memory lane, and more great shows

Baltimore isn’t lovingly called Charm City for nothing. This port town has it all—top foodie destinations, world-class and one-of-a-kind museums and, of course, a happening harbor. But many may not know that Baltimore also has one of the best theater scenes in the region. From stages for top touring shows to homegrown companies, here are a few favorite venues and what to see there now.

“Blithe Spirit”

Noel Coward’s classic comedy centers around novelist Charles Condomine, who hires a clairvoyant as inspiration for his next novel. During a seance, Charles’ long-dead first wife Through Jan. 20. Tickets vary. Spotlighters Theatre, 817 Saint Paul St., 410.752.1225, www.spotlighters.org

“Blithe Spirit”
“Blithe Spirit” (©Shealyn Photography/Spotlighters)

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

Young Charlie Bucket’s humdrum life gets a welcomed jolt of excitement, when he finds one of just four golden tickets granting him access to Willy Wonka’s fantastical chocolate factory. Jan. 22-27. Tickets vary. Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., 410.837.7400, www.france-merrickpac.com

“Rock of Ages”

The 10th anniversary tour of this smash hit musical comes to Baltimore, with its iconic tunes from the some of the ’80s top rock bands, such as Twisted Sister, Whitesnake and Poison. Feb. 15-16. Tickets vary. Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., 410.837.7400, www.france-merrickpac.com

“Henry IV, Part I”

The first half of Shakespeare’s historical play explores the transformation of England’s Prince Hal from a trouble-making youngster to a heroic king. Feb. 15-March 30. Tickets vary. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 S. Calvert St., 410.244.8570, www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com

“Henry IV, Part I”
“Henry IV, Part I” (© C. Stanley Photography)

“Fun Home”

Based on a best-selling graphic novel, this affecting 2015 Tony Award winner for Best Musical explores the author’s memories of childhood, her repressed father and her own coming out with humor, catchy tunes and, yes, sadness. Jan. 17-Feb. 24. Tickets vary. Baltimore Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., 410.332.0033, www.centerstage.org

“Everything Is Wonderful”

In playwright Chelsea Marcantel’s affecting drama, all actually isn’t as well as it may seem. An Amish woman—banned from her family and community—learns that a man responsible for the deaths of her brothers has been welcomed back home. Jan. 29-Feb. 24. $10-$65. Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St., 410.752.2208, www.everymantheatre.org

“Everything Is Wonderful”
“Everything Is Wonderful” (©Clinton B. Photography/Everyman Theatre)

“And Then There Were None”

“The Queen of Mystery” shows her genius in this detective-style thriller set on a remote island. Ten strangers arrive, only to be hunted and executed by an unknown assassin. Through Feb. 10. Tickets vary. Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway, 410.563.9135, www.vagabondplayers.org

“Cymbeline”

The only theater in the region specializing in Elizabethan- and Jacobean-era plays offers up one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces in “Cymbeline,” a sweeping tale of deception, romance and humor, plus plenty of cross dressing. Feb. 15-March 10. See website for tickets. Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, Great Hall Theatre at St. Mary’s, 3900 Roland Ave., 410.662.9455, www.baltimoreshakespearefactory.org