Last month, audiences at Washington's Arena Stage got to see the world premiere of Shakespeare in Hollywood, Ken Ludwig's sparkling take on the filming of Max Reinhardt's 1935 movie A Midsummer Night's Dream. Now Washington's Shakespeare Theatre is offering the inspiration for Ludwig's play and Reinhardt's movie.
Mark Lamos, former longtime artistic director of Connecticut's Hartford Stage, is staging a production of Midsummer that emphasizes the theme of change. In keeping with this, designer Leiko Fuseya has created a set that deliberately muddies the boundaries between Athens and the forest, the real and the unreal. Lamos' cast is headed by David Sabin as Bottom and Daniel Breaker as Puck.
Show times for "A Midsummer Night's Dream," now in previews and opening Tuesday, at the Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. N.W., Washington, are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and noon selected Wednesdays, through Jan. 4. Tickets are $16-$66. For more information, call 202-547-1122.
- J. Wynn Rousuck
`Art' of friendship
Art, Yasmina Reza's examination of male friendships, opens at Fell's Point Corner Theatre tomorrow. The French play, translated by British playwright Christopher Hampton, won both the 1998 Tony Award and the 1997 Olivier Award (London's Tony).
David Gamble plays a dermatologist who buys an abstract white-on-white painting, much to the dismay of his aeronautical-engineer friend, a man who sees himself as an arbiter of good taste. Patrick Martyn is the would-be peacemaker who gets caught in the crossfire. Direction is by Steve Goldklang.
Show times at Fell's Point Corner, 251 S. Ann St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 7. Tickets are $12. For more information, call 410-276-7837.
- J. Wynn Rousuck
Guitar, lute recital
Two string instruments with centuries of history behind them are the lute and the guitar. You can savor the distinctive tonal shadings of both during a recital by Paul O'Dette presented by the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society.
O'Dette, director of the Boston Early Music Festival, is one of the world's finest players of lute and guitar, with more than 100 recordings documenting that talent. Preceding his concert, there will be an exhibit tracing the evolution of the modern guitar, with instruments and musical scores on display, and a talk by noted guitarist Ronald Pearl.
O'Dette's recital is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. The guitar exhibit opens at 6:30 p.m.; the pre-concert talk is at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $25, $20 for students, seniors and Baltimore Classical Guitar Society members. Call 410-247-5320 or visit www.bcgs.org.
- Tim Smith