Theater group will present musical showsTodd Pearthree...


January 31, 1993|By J. Wynn Rousuck 'Yellow Wallpaper' starts Wednesday at Theatre Project

Theater group will present musical shows

Todd Pearthree, who has developed a specialty directing and choreographing musicals locally, has created his own company, the Musical Theatre Machine. Dedicated to presenting classics from Broadway's early days as well as re-examining short-lived works and introducing new ones, MTM will be in residence at the Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St.

The inaugural production, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's fairy-tale musical, "Into the Woods," opens a four-weekend run Friday. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Feb. 7, 21 and 28, and Sunday evening performances at 7 Feb. 14, 21 and 28. Tickets are $14. Call (410) 825-2554.

@ New Century Theater's production of "The Yellow Wallpaper" -- an examination of the alienation and depression of a young woman subjected to a rest cure -- opens Wednesday at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St.

Adapted by Laura Hackman and Mark Redfield from a shorstory by turn-of-the-century feminist writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Yellow Wallpaper" is part of the Theatre Project's local residency program. Curtain times are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., with matinees Sundays at 3 p.m., through

Feb. 14. Tickets are $14. Call (410) 752-8558.

J. Wynn Rousuck This is the 50th anniversary of the death of Sergei Rachmaninoff, the last of the great composer-pianists. The snobs who used to predict the eventual demise of Rachmaninoff's music -- so unabashedly full-hearted and melodic -- are now 6 feet under themselves. The composer's second piano concerto was popular when it was written 90 years ago, and it is even more popular today. You can hear pianist Garrick Ohlsson play the piece in Meyerhoff Hall with conductor Christopher Seaman and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Thursday and Friday evenings at 8:15 and on Saturday morning at 11. Also on the program will be the almost equally popular Symphony No. 6 of Shostakovich and the Baltimore premiere of Gerhard Samuel's "Looking at Orpheus Looking." Tickets for Thursday and Friday are $15-$40 and $14-$21 on Saturday. Call (410) 783-8000.

Stephen Wigler

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