An affair to remember at Bay Theatre

Play: Harold Pinter's `Betrayal' illustrates the power of deceit.


Arundel Live

February 10, 2005|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Bay Theatre Company continues its third season with Harold Pinter's Betrayal - the company's seventh play and the fifth in its intimate 90-seat West Garrett Place playhouse at 275 West St.

At a recent rehearsal, Bay Theatre founders Lucinda Merry-Browne and Janet Luby described Betrayal as one of Pinter's more accessible works.

Betrayal tells the story of Emma, a woman who has an affair with her husband's best friend, Jerry. The play opens at the end of the affair and works backward. Along the way it illustrates the power of deceit and willful blindness.

Over its three-year history, Bay Theatre has assembled a small repertory company of skilled professional actors who are also experienced directors. Karl Kippola - who performed last spring in Chekhov's The Sneeze - directs Betrayal. An assistant professor of theater at American University in Washington, Kippola has worked as an actor and director on more than 100 productions around the country.

Luby - who in December 2002 appeared in Bay Theatre's opening play, Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, and last spring in The Sneeze - plays Emma.

Seen in Bay Theatre's Oleanna by David Mamet and occasionally at Colonial Players, James Gallagher will play Emma's husband, Robert.

A member of the Screen Actors Guild who played Serge in Bay's 2004 production of Art, Jim Chance plays Jerry.

Ian Blackwell Rogers makes his Annapolis acting debut as the waiter. Antoinette Doherty serves as stage manager, Meaghan Toohey as set designer and Yi-Hui Muriel Lee as lighting designer.

Betrayal opens Feb. 18 and runs through March 26, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Reservations: 410-268-1333.

Broadway in Concert

This weekend, J. Ernest Green's Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel as this season's Broadway in Concert offering.

Tomorrow's casual preview performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and includes an informal question-and-answer session with the cast after the show. Saturday's performance begins at 8 p.m.

Carousel, based on Molnar's Liliom, takes place in late 19th-century New England and was first seen on Broadway 60 years ago.

Having first worked together on Oklahoma! two years earlier, composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II marked their second collaboration in 1945 with Carousel.

It tells the story of a traveling carnival man, Billy Bigelow, and a factory worker, Julie Jordan. After Julie tells Billy that he is to become a father, Billy tries to steal money and is killed. Years later he is allowed to return to Earth briefly to visit his and Julie's daughter.

Tony Award winner for best musical in 1945 and best musical revival in 1994, Carousel features an unforgettable score that includes "If I Loved You," "June is Bustin' Out All Over" and "Soliloquy."

Among those bringing this classic musical to Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts are Amy Cofield as Julie Jordan, Jimi James as Billy Bigelow, Sarah Blaskowsky as Carrie Pipperidge, Tom Magette as Mr. Snow and Christopher Rhodovi as Jigger Craigin.

To order tickets, call 410-263-1906.

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