Don't Miss

DON'T MISS

May 25, 2006|By J. WYNN ROUSUCK

SHAKESPEARE LITE

The lowdown -- So you think Richard III is one of Shakespeare's more gruesome tragedies? Think again. Opening tomorrow at the Theatre Project, The Richard Revue: Light Reflections on Murder spotlights the killer monarch and an emcee accomplice performing a collection of scenes that feature Richard singing and dancing, being interviewed on TV and competing in a pie-eating contest. New Vaudevillian Bob Berky and puppeteer Eric Bass created and perform this cabaret adaptation of Shakespeare's play.

If you go -- Show times at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, through June 1. Tickets are $16. Call 410-752-8558 or visit theatre project.org.

[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

Return of `The Elephant Man'

The lowdown -- More than two decades after it first produced The Elephant Man, Olney Theatre Center is revisiting Bernard Pomerance's dramatic account of real-life 19th century neurofibromatosis patient John Merrick. An expanded version of the show staged by Washington's Catalyst Theatre Company in 2004, Olney's production -- currently in previews and opening Saturday -- stars Catalyst's Scott Fortier in the title role and is again directed by Jim Petosa. Valerie Leonard, who portrayed the actress Mrs. Kendal in the first Olney production and at Catalyst, re-creates the role here.

If you go -- Show times at Olney, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, are 7:30 p.m. most Tuesdays and Sundays; 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and June 15, through June 18. Thanks to an anonymous donor, all tickets to the production are $10. Call 301-924-3400 or visit olney theatre.org.

[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

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