A Trip Not Taken Gives Paula Vogel’s Delightful Dark Comedy “The Baltimore Waltz” a Bittersweet Twist

The cast for "The Baltimore Waltz" includes (from left) Mary Forester as Anna, Kit FitzSimons as the Third Man, and Jesse R. Gephart as Anna's brother Carl (photo by Jonathan Young)

A meltdown that leads to the loss of a job, a fatal illness, a sex tour of Europe, and a mysterious and somewhat sinister stranger who inexplicably shadows these events are the unlikely ingredients for Pulitzer Prize-winning “How I Learned to Drive” playwright Paula Vogel’s delightfully dark 1992 Off-Broadway comedy, “The Baltimore Waltz,” now playing at Deep Dish Theater Company in Chapel Hill, NC.

“The Baltimore Waltz,” a Critically Acclaimed Comedy by Paula Vogel, Opens Feb. 24th at Deep Dish Theater

"The Baltimore Waltz" runs Feb. 24-March 17 at Deep Dish Theater in Chapel Hill, NC

A sensation when it opened in Off-Broadway in 1992, “The Baltimore Waltz” by Paula Vogel follows a brother and sister (Jesse R. Gephart and Mary Forester) who flee a frightening medical diagnosis by embarking on a fantastical trip across Europe. A third actor (Kit FitzSimons) plays the quirky characters they encounter, including the Little Dutch Boy (at age 50) and Harry Lime, from the classic movie “The Third Man.”