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March 15, 2007

Bach comedy

The lowdown -- Bribery, blackmail and betrayal abound as a handful of musicians battle for the biggest gig in 18th-century Europe in Itamar Moses' Bach at Leipzig. The comedy makes its Baltimore and Washington debut tomorrow at Rep Stage under the direction of Kasi Campbell, winner of a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director for another Rep Stage production. Though we know the job of organist at the Thomaskirche eventually went to Johann Sebastian Bach, the man himself never appears in the play. Instead, viewers are treated to the misadventures of historic characters who backstabbed and bribed their way to, at best, second place.

If you go -- Bach at Leipzig plays Fridays through Sundays, tomorrow-April 1 with an extra showing March 29 at Rep Stage's Smith Theatre at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $16-$24. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. Sundays with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The March 29 showtime is 7:30 p.m. Call 410-772-4900 or go to


`Meet John Doe'

The lowdown -- Eric Schaeffer, artistic director at Arlington's Signature Theatre, makes his Ford's Theatre directoral debut tomorrow with a musical adaptation of a 1941 Frank Capra story. Meet John Doe centers on a Great Depression-era reporter (Heidi Blickenstaff) who, to save her career, prints a forged letter threatening suicide in protest of social problems. When this fictitious anger sets off a grassroots movement, she is forced to hire John Willoughby (James Moye) to play "John Doe."

If you go -- Meet John Doe runs tomorrow-April 29 at Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. N.W., Washington. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $25-$52. Call 202-397-7328 or go to fords


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