Show of wit for AXIS

MARYLAND SCENE

July 04, 1999|By Sloane Brown

In the words of the famed author-philosopher-wit Quentin Crisp, "[Movie] stars don't act. They glow." The same could be said of Crisp as he held forth at Center Stage for an AXIS Theatre benefit. The 90-year-old British pundit offered his observations and opinions on life to an audience of more than 200. "Never keep up with the Joneses," he advised. "Drag them down to your level. It's cheaper."

After the show, Crisp came down to the same level as his fans for a reception in the theater lobby. Among those mingling in the mix: Brian Klaas, AXIS Theatre artistic director; Jon Lipitz, managing director; Mark Bernier, associate producer; Steve Antonsin, Bryon Predika and Allyson Hailey, event coordinators; Kenneth Waissman, Tony Award-winning Broadway producer; Marrela Garcia, AXIS volunteer; Brian Le Gette, president of Gray Matter Holdings; Brenda Brown Rever, AXIS benefactor; and Vivian Connor, a retired nurse.

Some $12,000 was raised for the nonprofit AXIS Theatre. --

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