The Big Three

March 30, 2006|By LORI SEARS

COMEDY

BUTTONED-DOWN BOB

With his soft-spoken style and deadpan delivery, comedian Bob Newhart has entertained audiences for more than 40 years. Newhart, a former accountant from Chicago, entered the entertainment business by writing and performing comedy sketches for radio. Soon after, his career as a comedian took off with stand-up tours, comedy albums, starring roles in TV shows and movies and various animated-film voice-overs. Saturday, the buttoned-down comedian brings his stand-up show to Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium in Towson. "An Evening With Bob Newhart" is a benefit concert for the Sheppard Pratt Health System's Care for Kids Fund.

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Bob Newhart performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. Concert tickets are $40. (There will be a pre-show reception with Newhart at 6 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, as well as preferred concert seating, for $200.) Call 410-938-GIFT for tickets.

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THEATER

'ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN' ARE ALIVE

Tomorrow through April 23, the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival presents Tom Stoppard's comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at St. Mary's Outreach Center. Written in 1967, the comedy tells the story of Shakespeare's Hamlet through the eyes of two of the tragedy's minor characters -- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Local actors star in the show, including Dana Whipkey as the optimistic Rosencrantz, Joe Brady as the inquisitive Guildenstern, Tony Tsendeas as the Player King, Bruce R. Nelson as King Claudius, B. Thomas Rinaldi as Polonius, Jen Plants as Queen Gertrude and Josh Thelin as Hamlet. James Kinstle directs the production.

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Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays, tomorrow through April 23 at St. Mary's Outreach Center, 3900 Roland Ave. Tickets are $15-$25. Call 410-366-8596 or visit baltimoreshakespeare.org.

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COMEDY

FOOLING AROUND

There will be plenty of fooling this April Fools' weekend at the Baltimore Comedy Fest at the Mobtown Theater in Hampden. The three-day comedy festival, a benefit for Pathfinders for Autism, features local stand-up comedians, improv troupes and short-film makers. Through the event, producer Greg Hall, the father of an autistic child, hopes to raise awareness of the disorder.

Festival participants include local comedians Michael Aronin, Mike Storck, Justin Schlegel, Mark Ondayko, Frank Hong, Larry XL, Jessica Paquin, Davey G, Jared Stern, Jim Meyers and the improv troupes BIG (Baltimore Improv Group) and the Early Monday Morning Show. There will also be a showing of short films by local talent.

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Show times for the comedy festival are 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. A Short Film Matinee will run at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mobtown Theater, 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Hampden. Tickets are $10 per show. Weekend pass is $35. Visit baltimorecomedyfest.com or pathfindersforautism.org.

[LORI SEARS]

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