TITLE: ESCAPE FROM HAPPINESS
AUTHOR: GEORGE F. WALKER
WHERE: CENTER STAGE, BALTIMORE
THE BOTTOM LINE: An unsung but first-rank regional stage scores with vibrant absurdism about a bonkers family.
Baltimore is no one's idea of an artistic Mecca -- maybe the last top-tier cultural icon to emerge there was Babe Ruth -- but for 30 seasons it has fostered a nonprofit theater of increasingly venturesome repertoire. Housed in a converted college building amid the rundown brick facades of downtown, Center Stage has debuted Eric Overmyer's On the Verge or The Geography of Yearning, a sprightly fantasy about three Victorian women explorers...