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September 16, 2004

`Jeffrey' at Top Floor

Jeffrey - Paul Rudnick's 1993 play about gay romance in the AIDS era - opens tomorrow at the Top Floor. Under Chris Lines' direction, the production co-stars Tim Elliott as the title character, a New York actor/waiter who swears off sex, and Steven B. Thomas as the man with whom he unexpectedly falls in love.

Now in its third season, the troupe (which formerly called itself Company 13) has announced a lineup that emphasizes edgy established writers, original work and even a Shakespearean tragedy. Here's the schedule: Jeffrey (tomorrow-Oct. 2); Shakespeare's Macbeth (Oct. 29-Nov. 13); 24 Experiment 5, (Nov. 19-20), the fifth installment of short plays written and produced in 24 hours; Jeff Goode's The Eight: The Reindeer Monologues (Dec. 10-Jan. 1); a yet-to-be-chosen original work by a local writer (Feb. 4-19); 24 Experiment 6 (Feb. 25-26); Christopher Durang's Betty's Summer Vacation (March 25-April 9); and This is Not Your Parents' Musical Revue (May 13-June 4), a newly compiled musical revue. A subscription to all eight shows costs $40.

Show times for "Jeffrey" at the Top Floor, 5440 Harford Road, are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. Tickets are $8, except for tonight's pay-what-you-can preview. In addition, the theater is presenting a benefit performance at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 for the Chase Brexton Health Services; tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 443-536-1471. For information on other performances and subscriptions, call 443-691-7040 or visit www.the topfloor.org.

- J. Wynn Rousuck

Annapolis opener

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra opens its season this weekend with a dollop of Gypsy flavoring. Jose-Luis Novo, music director of the Binghamton (N.Y.) Philharmonic, will be on the podium for The Gypsy Baron Overture by Johann Strauss and the Variations on a Hungarian Folksong (Peacock Variations) by Zoltan Kodaly. And violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen, a talented protege of eminent fiddler Aaron Rosand, will tackle Maurice Ravel's sizzling celebration of Gypsy airs and rhythms, Tzigane. Works by Manuel de Falla and Silvestre Revueltas complete the program.

Performances are at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Tickets are $25 to $35; $10 for students. Call 410-263-0907.

- Tim Smith

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