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July 14, 2005

Political fare

For its summer residency of politically charged plays, the Potomac Theatre Project is presenting three productions in repertory through Aug. 7 at Olney Theatre Center. Snoo Wilson's Lovesong of the Electric Bear, which is making its professional world premiere, is about British mathematician and code breaker Alan Turing, as told from the viewpoint of his teddy bear. Neal Bell's Somewhere in the Pacific focuses on a unit of Marines aboard a Navy transport ship at the end of World War II.

The third production is a bill of short plays: Edward Albee's satire of family life, The American Dream, and two works by Harold Pinter -- the American premiere of his short curtain-raiser, Press Conference, and One for the Road, about the interrogation and torture of a family by a government official in a totalitarian state.

The casts for the Potomac productions feature professional area actors (including Baltimoreans Richard Pilcher and Vivienne Shub) working with students from Middlebury College in Vermont.

The plays are performed in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. Tickets are $10. For a schedule of showtimes, call 301-924-3400 or visit www.olneytheatre.org.

-- J. Wynn Rousuck

State Boychoir concert

The Maryland State Boychoir, fresh from a 12-day concert tour of Arizona, Nevada and California, will give a free "welcome home" concert featuring sacred and secular repertoire.

For 18 seasons, the ensemble, founded by artistic director Frank Cimino, has showcased a broad cross-section of talented youths from Baltimore and nine counties. The choir has toured much of the country, as well as Canada and Europe, in its officially designated role as Maryland's "cultural ambassadors."

The Maryland State Boychoir sings at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cathedral Church of Saint Matthew, 3400 Norman Ave. There will be a free-will offering. For more information, call 410-668-2003.

-- Tim Smith

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