One-woman shows run back-to-back

A TIP FROM... J. Wynn Rousuck

April 23, 2000

In the final slot of the current season, Center Stage is offering two separate one-woman shows. Although different in many ways, both shows tell stories of young people growing up.

Dael Orlandersmith's "The Gimmick," which opens Friday, is a fictional account of two young friends in Harlem who dream of a life in the arts.

"What interests me is the darker side of human nature -- because it gets us to the light," Orlandersmith is quoted as saying in the just-released anthology, "Extreme Exposures." This production marks her return to Center Stage, where the Obie Award-winner performed a collection of character studies as part of the 1998 Off Center Festival.

On May 17, "The Gimmick" will be followed by the opening of Lisa Kron's "2.5 Minute Ride," an off-Broadway hit at the Public Theater last season. The autobiographical piece juxtaposes three stories: The author's visit to Auschwitz with her father, a Holocaust survivor; her childhood trips to an Ohio amusement park; and her brother's wedding in Brooklyn. Kron is a founder of the New York troupe the Five Lesbian Brothers.

Both shows will be performed in the Head Theater at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. "The Gimmick" runs through May 14; "2.5 Minute Ride" runs through June 18. Tickets to each are $24-$29. For more information, call 410-332-0033.

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