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November 23, 2006

`She Loves Me'

The lowdown -- It started out as the play Parfumerie, by Hungarian writer Miklos Laszlo. Then filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch turned it into the 1940 movie The Shop Around the Corner. Nine years later, it became a movie musical, In the Good Old Summertime, for Judy Garland. More recently, Nora Ephron created a film version for the Internet era, You've Got Mail. But best of all is the 1963 stage musical adaptation, She Loves Me, which features a lilting score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) and a book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret). Just in time for the holidays, the show, which includes the song "Twelve Days to Christmas," opens Tuesday at Washington's Arena Stage, where it is currently in previews. Kyle Donnelly directs a cast headed by Brynn O'Malley and Kevin Kraft as feuding co-workers, unaware that they are each other's anonymous romantic pen pal. Choreography is by Kenneth Lee Roberson, who directed and choreographed last season's production of Once on This Island at Center Stage.

If you go -- Showtimes at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. S.W., Washington, are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and noon Dec. 5, 6 and 20, through Dec. 31. Tickets are $55-$74. Call 202-488-3300 or go to arenastage.org.

[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

Russian music

The lowdown -- There's nothing like a hearty helping of Russian music to help digest all that Thanksgiving indulging. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra welcomes Miguel Harth-Bedoya, music director of the Fort Worth Symphony, back to the podium as guest conductor. His program includes one of Tchaikovsky's most beloved works, the Pathetique Symphony, and Rachmaninoff's sparking Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (with Macedonian-born pianist Simon Trpceski). There's also room for an American piece from 2004, River's Rush, by the engaging Kevin Puts.

If you go -- Performances are at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $25 to $78. Call 410-783-8000 or go to balti moresymphony.org.

[TIM SMITH]

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