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October 23, 2003

Here's a flash

Fret no more if you've been feeling hot and bothered because you didn't get to see that little show about hot flashes - Menopause the Musical - when it was at the Lyric Opera House last June. The musical about four women who confront each other, and the change of life, at a lingerie sale, returns Wednesday for a six-performance run, this time in the intimate confines of Kraushaar Auditorium.

The 90-minute show, which is billed as "the musical that chortles at the changes," includes parodies of almost two dozen pop songs from the 1960s and 1970s.

Written three years ago by JeanieLinders, it premiered in Florida and has subsequently been seen coast to coast as well as off-Broadway, where it is now in its second year.

Show times at Kraushaar, on the campus of Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, are 8 p.m. Oct. 29, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2; matinees at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. Tickets are $39.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

- J. Wynn Rousuck

Thriller at Vagabonds

I'll Be Back Before Midnight, a thriller by Canadian playwright Peter Colley, opens tomorrow at the Vagabond Players.

Set in an isolated farmhouse, the action concerns a husband and his psychologically fragile wife, whose well-being is jeopardized by unwanted visits from their farmer landlord and the husband's sister.

Under James Knipple's direction, Nicolas Perrone and Laurel Burggraf portray husband and wife; Bryon Predika and Cynthia Scott play their visitors.

Show times at the Vagabonds, 806 S. Broadway, are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 23. Tickets are $12. Call 410-563-9135.

- J. Wynn Rousuck

Keyboard bonanza

The focus is on the keyboard at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, starting tomorrow when Ruth Laredo gives a recital. This veteran pianist, whose career began some 40 years ago, remains a respected interpreter, especially of the Russian repertoire. Works by Rachmaninoff and Scriabin will be on her program, along with Beethoven's stunning Appassionata Sonata and Ravel's colorful tour de force, La Valse.

Laredo's recital will be at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Clarice Smith Center, University of Maryland, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive. Tickets are $20 to $45; $5 for students. Call 301-405-2787.

Music by the supreme poet of the piano, Chopin, will be part of a concert by the Polish Philharmonic Resovia when it visits the Smith Center next week. Chopin's elegant Piano Concerto No. 2 will feature Leopold Godowsky III as soloist. This pianist shares quite a vaunted name in pianistic circles; his grandfather, Leopold Godowsky, was one of the great turn-of-the-century keyboard artists and a composer of some note.

Leopold III also happens to be nephew of George Gershwin, who knew his way around a piano, too.

Tadeusz Wojciechowski will conduct the 49-member chamber orchestra in a program that also offers Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 and a piece for strings by contemporary Polish composer Wojciech Kilar.

The concert is at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Clarice Smith Center. Tickets are $20 to $45; $5 for students. Call 301-405-2787.

- Tim Smith

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