Two longtime friends give two-piano recitalThe art of the...

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January 02, 1994|By Stephen Wigler Dorothy, Toto and friends walk yellow brick road at Lyric Opera House

Two longtime friends give two-piano recital

The art of the two-piano recital is something like the art of friendship -- knowing when to listen, when to talk and when to do both. Pianists Ceilito Elliot and Reynaldo Reyes have been friends since their teen years at the Manila Conservatory in the Philippines, each now teaches in the Baltimore area -- Reyes at Towson State University and Elliot at Garrison Forest School -- and they continue to play together for their own pleasure. Friday at 8 p.m. in the Ward Center for the Arts at St. Paul's School, on Falls Road, they will perform for the public's pleasure. Their program includes works of Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Gershwin and transcriptions of Bach by Busoni. Tickets are $10. For more information, call the Ward Center at (410) 821-3047. Beginning Tuesday, you can join Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow on the yellow brick road to Oz when the stage version of the 1939 MGM movie, "The Wizard of Oz" comes to the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., for a one-week engagement.

Originally presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the show features the famous score written by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg for the classic film, based on L. Frank Baum's children's book. The cast of this national touring production features two former Baltimoreans, Michael J. Isennock and David Paul Rodgers. Show times are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 5:30 p.m., with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12.50-$30, with a $5 discount for children under 12. For more information, call (410) 625-1400.

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J. Wynn Rousuck Milan Stitt's "The Runner Stumbles" is based on an actual case in which a priest was accused of murdering a nun in rural Michigan in 1911. However, the play is not only a murder mystery, but also an examination of the mysteries of faith.

The Spotlighters, 817 St. Paul St., will present this theological thriller under the direction of William Kamberger Jr. for four weekends starting Friday. Curtain times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Jan. 30.

Tickets are $8 and $9. For further information, call (410) 752-1225.

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