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July 04, 1993|By J. Wynn Rousuck

'Animal Farm' opens Bowman Ensemble season

The Bowman Ensemble launches its fourth season Wednesday with a revival of one of the most controversial shows ever to play Baltimore -- George Orwell's "Animal Farm," adapted by Peter Hall with music by Richard Peaslee and lyrics by Adrian Mitchell. Last seen here in 1986 at the Mechanic Theatre in a production by the National Theatre of Great Britain, "Animal Farm" was deleted from the official program of the Theatre of Nations festival following protests from the former Soviet Union.

The Bowman Ensemble's post-glasnost production, which is not expected to create an international furor, can be seen July 7-10, 14-18 and 22-24 at 8 p.m. outdoors at Child's Memorial at McDonogh School, 8600 McDonogh Road, Owings Mills. Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 in advance. (The July 10 gala is $35.) For information, call (410) 889-0406.

@ The 12th annual Baltimore Playwrights Festival continues Friday with "Give Back the Light" at the Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St. Written by Patricia Plante, a former provost of Towson State University, the play focuses on a day in the life of Sarah Bernhardt during a New York tour in 1896.

Directed by Barry Feinstein, the cast features Katherine Lyons as the celebrated actress, Tim Munn as her co-star and romantic interest, Jim Dockery as the company's manager and Mary Alice Feather as her maid and confidante. Curtain times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through July 31. Admission is $8 and $9. For more information, call (410) 752-1225.

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J. Wynn Rousuck The Young Victorian Theatre Company's production of "Iolanthe," Gilbert and Sullivan's satire of Great Britain's ruling class, will be presented beginning Friday in Bryn Mawr School's Centennial Hall, 109 W. Melrose Ave. Musical direction is by Cyrus Ginwala and stage direction by Gary Leard; the cast includes Charlotte Anderson, Mark McGrath, Steve Goodman and Christine Thomas.

"You could say that 'Iolanthe' is our foundation play," Brian S. Goodman, the company's general manager, says, referring to the fact that this was the first operetta performed by the Gilman Summer Theater before it became the Young Vic. Performances are at 8:15 p.m. July 9, 10, 15, 17 and 22-24, and at 3 p.m. July 18. Tickets are $18.50. Call (410) 323-3077.

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