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May 11, 2006

Play it again

The lowdown -- Two decades ago, Eric Overmyer's On the Verge or the Geography of Yearning -- a play about three female Victorian time travelers -- made its world premiere at Center Stage. Since then, Overmyer has gone on to a successful television career as a producer and writer for such series as St. Elsewhere, Homicide and, currently, The Wire. Meanwhile, On the Verge has been produced around the country, and tonight it opens at Washington's Arena Stage. Produced in association with the Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut, On the Verge is directed by Westport artistic director Tazewell Thompson. The three travelers are played by Susan Bennett, Laiona Michell and Molly Wright Stuart; Tom Beckett plays all of the male roles.

If you go -- Showtimes at Arena, 1101 Sixth St., S.W., Washington, are 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; with matinees at 2 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays, and noon May 16, 17 and 24, through June 11. Tickets are $41-$60. Call 202-488-3300 or visit

J. Wynn Rousuck

Classical revival

The lowdown -- Angela Hewitt, a certified prodigy at 3 and a public performer at 4, just finished a remarkable project of recording all of Bach's major keyboard works -- 11 years and 18 CDs after starting it. Lately, she has focused on another baroque composer, Rameau, who doesn't get much attention from pianists as a rule. Hewitt will play music by Bach and Rameau, as well as Brahms, in her season-closing recital for the Shriver Hall Concert Series.

If you go -- The recital is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Shriver Hall, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. Tickets are $33, $17 for students. Call 410-516-7164 or visit

Tim Smith

Choral concert

The lowdown -- The top-notch Baltimore Choral Arts Society, led by Tom Hall, wraps up its 40th anniversary season with an attractive program that includes a performance of Mozart's Requiem. Also scheduled is the world premiere of a work by Choral Arts founding director Theodore Morrison called, appropriately, On a Volunteer Singer.

If you go -- The concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday at Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road. Tickets are $20 to $30. Call 410-523-7070 or visit

Tim Smith

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