Arts festival opens Friday with 'Phantom'The Maryland Arts...

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June 19, 1994|By J. Wynn Rousuck

Arts festival opens Friday with 'Phantom'

The Maryland Arts Festival at Towson State University opens its season Friday with the area premiere of "Phantom," adapted by Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeston from the same Gaston Leroux novel that inspired Andrew Lloyd Webber. This smaller-scale show emphasizes the psychological relationship between the main characters. Show times on the Mainstage are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays (no performances this Thursday or June 30), with matinees at 3 p.m. July 17 and 24, through July 30. Tickets are $16 and $18.

Opening the same night in the Studio Theater and continuing through July 16 is Lee Blessing's political drama, "Two Rooms." Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and June 30 and July 14, with matinees at 3 p.m. June 26 and July 10. Tickets are $12.

Other festival events include Pumpkin Theatre's "The Tortoise, the Hare and Company," July 23, 24 and 30 (admission $7); "Miracles: The Music of Stephen Sondheim," a concert to benefit children with AIDS, July 23 (admission $7); an opera film series, July 8, 15, 22 and 29 (admission $6); and an art exhibit of work by Beth Fiske, Saturday through June 30 (admission free). All events are in TSU's Fine Arts Center, Osler and Cross Campus drives. For more information, call (410) 830-2787.

@ Mercedes Teixido intermixes light, glass and influences from her South American roots in her exhibit currently at Halcyon Gallery in Fells Point. In some of her works, light boxes are adorned with tin frames similar to the tin borders of South American icons. In others, as in this picture, a series of Plexiglas shelves supports light-flooded stacks of glass tiles interspersed with drawings of such images as empty chairs, ladders and outstretched hands. Her show, titled "For All the Wrong Reasons," runs through July 24 at Halcyon, 909 Fell St. For information, call (410) 276-5605.

John Dorsey Totem Pole Playhouse, the summer theater in Fayetteville, Pa., under the artistic directorship of Baltimorean Carl Schurr, continues its season with "Dangerous Obsession," opening Tuesday. The psychological thriller will be directed by another Baltimorean, Wil Love, who describes it as "one of the most suspenseful revenge plays I've ever read." Curtain times are 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 to $18.

Here's the rest of the season: "The Fantasticks" (July 5-24), "Everybody Loves Opal" (July 26 to Aug. 7), "Broadway Bound" (Aug. 9-21) and "A Bedfull of Foreigners" (Aug. 23 to Sept. 4). Totem Pole Playhouse is located at 9555 Golf Course Road in Caledonia State Park, 14 miles west of Gettysburg. For information, call (717) 352-2164.

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J. Wynn Rousuck

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