The Big Three

November 03, 2005

MUSIC

Baltimore's Rockfest 2005

If you love the '80s, then you'll love Baltimore's Rockfest, taking place Saturday. This concert will feature such memorable big-hair musical acts as Quiet Riot, Vixen and Never Never.

Baltimore's Rockfest 2005 is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Regular tickets are $35-$55, and VIP tickets are $55-$75, which includes admission to the after-party at Rams Head Live!. For more information, call 410-347-2020 or visit 1stmarinerarena.com.

Sarah Yurgealitis

THEATER

'Hay Fever'

Before George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart wrote You Can't Take It With You, before Cole Porter and his collaborators wrote Anything Goes, Noel Coward concocted his own comic free-for-all, Hay Fever, a 1925 play set in the bohemian country house of a former stage diva. Center Stage's production, which begins performances tonight, stars Pamela Payton-Wright in the role modeled after legendary actress Laurette Taylor. Payton-Wright's previous Center Stage credits include The Glass Menagerie, The Show-Off and Ghosts. Hay Fever will be directed by Will Frears, who staged The Price at Center Stage last season.

Show times at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and 7:30 Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 4. Tickets are $10-$60. Call 410-332-0033 or visit centerstage.org

J. Wynn Rousuck

THEATER

Afghan reflection piece

Direct from the Afghan Theatre Festival in Kabul, Beyond the Mirror - a collaborative production by Afghanistan's Exile Theatre and New York's Bond Street Theatre - makes its American debut at the Theatre Project tonight. A multimedia piece incorporating traditional dance, film, live music and puppetry, Beyond the Mirror uses firsthand accounts to examine Afghanistan's war-torn past and look ahead to a more promising future. After its Baltimore engagement, the piece will be performed at New York's Theatre for the New City. Bond Street Theatre specializes in collaborations with troupes in "areas of conflict, using ... highly physical, non-verbal theater techniques to engage the community," according to Theatre Project producing director Anne Cantler Fulwiler. The company's work was last seen at the Theatre Project two seasons ago when it performed Romeo & Juliet, its strikingly imaginative collaboration with Bulgaria's Theatre Tsvete.

Show times at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 13. Tickets are $16. Call 410-752-8558 or visit theatreproject.org.

J. Wynn Rousuck

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