'Journey Through the Mind' is a one-man Poe showWill...

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October 31, 1993|By J. Wynn Rousuck

'Journey Through the Mind' is a one-man Poe show

Will Stutts will perform his one-man show, "Journey Through the Mind . . . Edgar Allan Poe," at the Baltimore Museum of Art's Meyerhoff Auditorium tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. to benefit the Baltimore-based Schapiro Training and Employment Program (STEP), an organization dedicated to providing training and vocational rehabilitation for individuals with psychiatric disabilities.

"Journey Through the Mind" has played two extended New York engagements and formed the basis of the PBS film "With Poe at Midnight." The Philadelphia Inquirer praised Stutts' performance, saying, "His menacing poet takes on real flesh and bone as the actor skillfully weaves Poe's stories with real events in the author's life to make for a powerful drama." Tickets to "Journey" are $30 and are tax-deductible, with proceeds benefiting STEP. For more information, call (410) 625-1877.

@ Sam McCready's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray," will make its American debut this week in a production by the theater department of the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

McCready's adaptation premiered in Belfast in 1989 and has been optioned for Broadway. The UMBC faculty member has divided his script into two acts that take place 20 years apart, as he relates Wilde's story of a British aristocrat who will stop at nothing to retain his youth. Show times at the UMBC Theatre, 5401 Wilkens Ave., are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Nov. 10-13 and 17-20. Tickets are $8. Preview performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday are $5. For further information, call (410) 455-2476.

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J. Wynn Rousuck The St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) Philharmonic is Russia's oldest and most distinguished orchestra. In the years before and after World War II, Evgeny Mravinsky raised it to a level of extraordinary proficiency as one of the world's best orchestras. But in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as Mravinsky grew old and many of the orchestra's best string players emigrated, and as Russia's economy disintegrated, the orchestra was said to have fallen upon hard times.

Under its new principal conductors -- Yuri Temirkanov and Mariss Jansons -- the Philharmonic is said to be experiencing a renaissance. Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Center's Concert Hall, Jansons will lead the Philharmonic in a program of Rossini's overture to La Gazza Ladra, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto (with Shlomo Mintz as soloist) and Rachmaninoff's "Symphonic Dances." For tickets, priced between $6.50 and $44, call (202) 833-9800.

Stephen Wigler

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