'Secret Garden' at Lyric adds music to classic taleA...

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February 13, 1994|By Steve McKerrow

'Secret Garden' at Lyric adds music to classic tale

A musical adaptation of Francis Hodgson Burnett's classic children's novel, "The Secret Garden," won three Tony Awards on Broadway in 1991, and the national touring company of the show reaches Baltimore next week. "The Secret Garden" runs Tuesday through Feb. 20, at the Lyric Opera House. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $25 to $45. Call (410) 481-SEAT or 889-3911.

The story, written in 1911 and also told in movie form last summer, focuses on a willful orphan girl sent to her uncle's gloomy English manor. The road-show cast includes 11-year-old Andy Bowser, of Bowie, as the sickly boy whose bedridden existence is challenged by the arrival of lively cousin Mary Lennox.

Photographer Keith Tishken wanders the streets of this and other cities -- Washington, New York, London -- looking not for the beautiful and glamorous but for layered, torn posters peeling off walls. They reveal other layers underneath, and by photographing them Tishken takes advantage of what he calls "a collaboration between those who pasted these posters upon walls in the dead of night, children who tore off loose chunks as they walked by, and the forces of weather." The photographer takes inspiration from Depression-era photographs of torn posters by John Vachon and Walker Evans. An exhibit of Tishken's "Urban Landscapes" will be on view through March 10 at Baltimore Camera Works, 2129 N. Charles St. For information, call (410) 727-5534.

John Dorsey Maravene S. Loeschke's original play, "5," was created from interviews with 25 women who graduated from a suburban high school in 1965. After blending the interviews with her own imaginings and memories, she came up with seven composite characters whose hopes, dreams, realities and compromises are explored in the show, which debuts Wednesday at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St.

Structured like a collage, the play also features the voices of former WJZ-TV dance show host Buddy Deane and TV newsman Edward R. Murrow, as well as a character identified as "Girl," who represents the younger selves of the fortysomething women. Direction is by the author, who chairs the theater arts department at Towson State University. Show times are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through Feb. 27. Tickets are $14. For more information, call (410) 752-8558.

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J. Wynn Rousuck

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