An item in the "This Week" feature in Sunday's Arts and...

THIS WEEK

August 01, 1993|By John Dorsey

An item in the "This Week" feature in Sunday's Arts and Entertainment section gave the wrong address for Artshowcase gallery. The correct address is 336 N. Charles St.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Admission to Mongrel Theatre's production of "The Firebugs" at the Merrick Barn at the Johns Hopkins University was incorrect in Sunday's Arts & Entertainment section. Admission is $7 for the general public and $5 for students and seniors.

The Sun regrets the error.

Portrait of Hillary: The seat of power?

Who would be more likely, Democrat or Republican, to buy a portrait of Hillary Clinton that you can sit on? Anyone wanting to decide the answer to that momentous question can go to the show of "Commissioned Portraits" at Artshowcase beginning Thursday. Philip Grace's sitable rendering of the first lady, billed as a piece of art furniture, will be among 23 portraits in a variety of styles and media. Included are works by Maryland Institute faculty members Raoul Middleman, Abby Sangiamo and Paul Moscatt and works by members of the well-known Egeli family of portraitists. At Artshowcase, 336 N. Calvert St., through Aug. 28. Call (410) 783-0007. Can you imagine a picture of Elizabeth Taylor or Mel Gibson being outlawed as a luxury and conducive to civil unrest? In 19th-century Japan, pictures of actors were outlawed by the government censors for just those reasons, so when Konishi Hirosada created prints of the 1850-1851 theater season in Osaka, presumably he was carrying on a prohibited activity. The prints that he created are on view in the Walters Art Gallery's "Romance, Murder, and Revenge: Kabuki Prints by Konishi Hirosada," the latest show in the Japanese Print Room of Hackerman House.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

Hirosada, considered Osaka's greatest printmaker, made his works for patrons of the Kabuki theater, who collected them and pasted them in albums. One such album once held all the prints in this show, which continues through Sept. 26 at the Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St. Call (410) 547-9000.

John Dorsey A new local theater company called Mongrel Theatre will present Max Frisch's "The Firebugs," translated by Michael Bullock, as its inaugural production beginning Thursday in the Merrick Barn Theatre on the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University. A satire on complacency, "The Firebugs" is about a businessman who invites two men into his home only to discover that they are the arsonists who have burned down much of the town.

Directed by Raine Bode, Mongrel's production will incorporate original music by Paul Mathews, performed by a chorus of dancing firebugs. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees, through Aug. 21. Tickets are $7.50. For information, call (410) 243-3676.

J. Wynn Rousuck

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