The Big Three

February 02, 2006

THEATER

'MURDER' AT CENTER STAGE

The Murder of Isaac, Israeli Motti Lerner's play about the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, makes its American and English language debuts at Center Stage's Head Theater beginning tomorrow. The play, which has never been produced in Israel, places the action in a hospital where patients with post-traumatic-stress disorder stage a re-enactment of the murder as part of their therapy.

Irene Lewis directs a cast headed by Broadway actors David Margulies in the role of the patient who portrays the prime minister; Mia Dillon, as the prime minister's wife; and Olek Krupa, as the leader of the opposition. The cast also includes Jeffrey Ware and Gordon Joseph Weiss, both of whom appeared in Lewis' 2001 production of The Investigation, and Israeli-born actors Charlotte Cohn and Tzahi Moskovitz. As part of the theater's community outreach programs, presented in partnership with the Baltimore Jewish Council, most performances will be followed by a dialogue led by Center Stage staffers, and the theater is also offering a discussion series.

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Show times at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and 7:30 p.m. most Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays, and 1 p.m. March 1 and 8, through March 12. Tickets are $10-$60. For more information about tickets or the discussion series, call 410-332-0033 or visit www.centerstage.org.

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[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

THEATER

UP AND AWAY

She was brave, daring and ambitious. And in 1937, she was going to be the first woman to fly around the world -- a staggering 29,000-mile journey. And while Amelia Earhart didn't quite realize her dreams (she was about 7,000 miles shy), it was not for lack of heart.

The story of Earhart and what fueled her risky and groundbreaking flight will be told in the new theatrical performance Mara Neimanis' Air Heart, running today through Saturday at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson.

Resident artist Mara Neimanis wrote and stars in the one-woman aerial performance. Neimanis, as Earhart, will be perched atop a 12-foot-tall, rotating plane sculpture, made of steel by fellow resident artist Laura Shults.

After each night's performance, there will be a discussion with Neimanis.

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The show is at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Tickets $10-$15. Call 410-276-1651.

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[LORI SEARS]

ART

POLYGLOT AMERICA

America has always been a polyglot society of immigrants, and people are still coming -- from China and Chile, India and Pakistan, from Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and Australia.

Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America, a multimedia photo, text and sound show that opens today at Maryland Institute College of Art, explores the cultural crazy quilt of nationalities jumbled together in Queens, N.Y., as told through the voices of those who live there and whose experiences are remaking the idea of what it means to be an American.

The show is also a fine introduction to the kind of post-postmodern photographic installation that takes its in- spiration from movies and pop culture rather than from the older social documentary traditions; these recently arrived Americans may be as disoriented and marginalized in their new milieu as any group that came before them, but -- like New Yorkers who've lived there for decades -- they're already way too cool to show it.

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The exhibit runs through March 12 in the Decker Gallery in MICA's Fox Building, 1303 Mount Royal Ave. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call 410-225-2300 for more information.

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[GLENN MCNATT]

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