Expressionistic canvases by Pettus, Roberts at...

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December 27, 1992|By John Dorsey

Expressionistic canvases by Pettus, Roberts at Resurgam

Ruth Pettus' expressionistic canvases focus on the figure and in particular on men. But in her new ones, to be seen at Resurgam beginning Tuesday, there is a difference. Previously the setting has been urban, and the men have exuded a sense of isolation and menace. Now the setting is closer to landscape, and the feeling -- of "Grief II" for instance -- is of an outside menace against which the men try to find comfort in one another. Wendy Roberts' paintings, also to be at Resurgam, are abstract, but her color studies are landscape-related, and the artist believes they also complement Pettus' work in imparting a sense of solitude and in commenting at some level on "what's happening now." The artworks will be on display at Resurgam Gallery, 910 S. Charles St., through Jan. 16. Call (410) 962-0513. The ever-popular "Fiddler on the Roof" opens a one-week run at the Lyric Opera House Tuesday. Marylander John Preece stars as Tevye the milkman in this musical based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem.

A revival of the 1964 Broadway hit, "Fiddler" features a score of modern classics by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, including "Sunrise, Sunset" and "If I Were a Rich Man." Curtain times are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20- $42.50. Call (410) 889-3911.

J. Wynn Rousuck

Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers" is exotic, rarely performed and great. It's exotic because it was set by its composer and librettist in tribal Ceylon when European interest in the "Orient" -- the opera was written in the early 1860s -- was reaching a feverish peak; it's rarely performed because the plot is -- even as operatic plots go -- a crazed mishmash; and it's great because the score is nearly as rich in melody and originality -- keep your ears tuned for the immortal baritone-tenor duet -- as "Carmen." You can hear it performed by the Washington Opera Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Eisenhower Theater of the Kennedy Center. Tickets are $80 and $135. For tickets and information, call (202) 467-4600.

Stephen Wigler

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