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This 1992 Neil Simon comedy was a snoozer in the 1996 film adaptation, and it remains drowsy in this productions.

Jake’s Women, 2nd Star Productions’ fall season opener, presents an attractive setting for some fine local talent. But despite a valiant effort on the company’s part, this 1992 Neil Simon comedy fails to grab the audience by the collar and draw them back for more. It was a snoozer in the 1996 film adaptation, even with an all-star cast headed by Alan Alda, and it remains drowsy in this production. José de la Mar is excellent in the lead role as an emotionally distant writer...

Expect great music — if not great theater

Buddy Holly was a remarkable music innovator; he heard disparate influences and blended them to expand the limits of the newly named rock and roll musical genre. He was so remarkable that his short three-year career and his short 22-year life span are both still being celebrated and appreciated today, 51 years after his death in a plane crash. The comet-like trajectory of Buddy Holly’s life deserves an equally intense and glowing theatrical presentation. I’m sorry to say that Buddy...

And the Winners Are …

In Bay Country, our pet photos are as precious to us as our baby photos — and often a lot cuter. Which is why we asked you to send us your pictures to feature in our annual Pet Tales issue.   We were wrong to worry you wouldn’t respond. You did, in abundance, from near and far, confirming the reach of our online edition. We’ve learned many things from the photos of your furry, feathered and scaled friends. Bella is a favorite pet name, but not all Bellas are beautiful in...

Friends of Felines sanctuary provides a last chance for feral felines

From the road, the 198-acre tract is unremarkable, anonymous by the absence of signs and unscathed by improvements. The woman driving the green John Deere Gator knows her way through the woods of almost-wild Southern Maryland. She’s been driving these rutted dirt paths for eight years to care for the hundred-plus inhabitants of the region’s only sanctuary for feral cats. Petite, energetic and almost fanatically committed to the cats, Carol Hall is a founder of Friends of Felines,...

For mobile vets, house calls are the norm

Ozzy isn’t sure about the ladies with the needle. The Jack Russell-Dalmatian mix warily eyes the women kneeling on owner Mary Quayle’s kitchen floor, even though the ladies in pink T-shirts pat the ground and offer treats. Ozzy would rather not be Mobile Pet Vets’ first patient of the day. Dr. Lisa Beagan and tech Robin Hennick brush off Ozzy’s rejection. They have plenty of time to win over the anxious pup. House calls don’t have a time limit. Eventually, Ozzy...

Both these artists love their dogs — as pets and as subjects. That’s where the similarity ends.

Kelley Donnelly looks at a dog and sees a colorful character. Blue, red, yellow. Her pooches are a flamboyant lot. Paula Waterman sees light and grace. Her dogs are realistic and often in motion, flying across a field in dogged pursuit of a ball or romping in snow. Waterman, 56, has been making art as long as she can remember. “I drew before I wrote my name,” she says. She spent a year and a half in art school, but she considers herself self-taught. Her subjects are mainly waterfowl...
Dear Bay Weekly: Federal officials have determined that SeaWorld is at fault in the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau and issued citations for three safety violations, including one for willfully exposing employees to life-threatening hazards. A willful violation is defined as one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard for employee safety and health. SeaWorld was fined $75,000. SeaWorld should take Brancheau’s death as the wake-up call it is and immediately begin...
Dear Bay Weekly: I am writing about Marilyn Recknor’s article “Beating the Summer School Blues” (Aug. 19) on the Maryland Association of Counties conference. It is the best explanation I have ever seen of the work that gets accomplished in Ocean City. It truly is summer school for community leaders. Again this year, I did not get out on the beach, because the classes consume so much time. Yes, there is a crab feast, but even there, I was catching up with state officials and...
Dear Bay Weekly: After reading the Aug. 12 issue, I have two praises to bestow on Bay Weekly: First, Jane Elkins’ great review of Dignity Players’ The Trial of Judas Iscariot. I saw the play, and it was everything that Jane had led me to expect. It was funny, irreverent and thought provoking. The venue of this avant-garde production, in the Universalist Unitarian Church, adds a dimension of authenticity to a play that elsewhere might seem mere parody. Second, I commend Bay Weekly...

Despite embarrassment, indignity and mess, animals are our family

The animals in our lives can get us in trouble. There’s a story circulating through the Bay Weekly office, and possible beyond, about Nipper’s appearance at a family picnic. It wasn’t Nipper’s family picnic. Alerted at distance by the aromas of food, he broke away from his walk with his own family and made for the party. So fast did he run that no one had seen him before he bounded onto a picnic bench, stretched giraffe-like up to the table and stuck his nose into a bowl...