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Stage: Theater, Music, Dance

July 29, 2004

Familiar faces

Beth Henley's 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Crimes of the Heart, opens at Pennsylvania's Totem Pole Playhouse on Tuesday with a cast that stars two actresses who are familiar to Baltimore audiences but newcomers to Totem Pole.

Megan Anderson and Deborah Hazlett (both members of the resident company at Everyman Theatre) play two of the three offbeat sisters at the core of Henley's Southern gothic comedy. Totem Pole regular Tess Hartman portrays the third. Direction is by Baltimorean Wil Love.

Totem Pole is in Caledonia State Park, 9555 Golf Course Road, Fayetteville, Pa., 15 miles west of Gettysburg. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 15. Tickets are $23-$30. Call 888-805-7056 or visit www.totempoleplay house.org.

Cockpit lights `Candle'

Cockpit in Court will aim to cast a spell on the audience with the final offering in its season - John Van Druten's bewitching comedy, Bell, Book and Candle, which opens tomorrow in the upstairs Cabaret Theatre.

Sarah Joy Fitzpatrick plays a cosmopolitan witch who uses her powers to turn the head of a publisher, played by William Stewart. Regina Rose, John Rowe and Kathryn E. Smith complete the cast, which is directed by Vince Kimball.

Show times at Cockpit, on the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, 7201 Rossville Blvd., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 8. Tickets are $13 Call 410-780-6369.

- J. Wynn Rousuck

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