The Big Three

March 15, 2007|By GENA R. CHATTIN

THEATER

O'NEILL'S COMEDY

Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! combines youthful idealism, a broken heart and a dash of alcohol to produce something rare for O'Neill: a comedy. It opens tomorrow at Center Stage.

The play, which O'Neill said came to him in a dream, features Richard Miller, a 16-year-old with a head full of Shaw, Oscar Wilde and Omar Khayyam. A break-up with girlfriend Muriel on the Fourth of July drives Richard to drinking, leaving his family to contend with their hapless (and hung-over) teenager.

Director Melia Bensussen of Boston's Emerson College theater program makes her Center Stage debut in this production. Stars include Bob Braswell as Richard, Kimesia Hartz as Muriel / Belle, Tom Bloom and Elizabeth Hess as Richard's parents, Nat and Essie Miller, and Gloria Biegler, Peter Van Wagner, Michael Zlabinger, Kristen Lewis, Connor Aikin and Bradley Bowers.

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"Ah, Wilderness!" runs tomorrow through April 15 in the Pearlstone Theater at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Show times vary. Tickets are $10-$60. Call 410-332-0033 or go to centerstage.org.

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[GENA R. CHATTIN]

MUSIC

JAZZ IN THE PARK

Participate in Baltimore's jazz scene tomorrow at the Tremont Park Hotel, site of Baltimore Jazzine's "Jam" 2007.

The Baltimore Jazzine Web site, presenter of the free event, invites "listeners, musicians, singers, poets, writers, photographers, artists and the entire jazz community" to network and jam.

Confirmed performers include Charlie Etzel on piano, Gary Richardson on bass and singers Tamm E. Hunt and Kim Walker. Guests can bring their own instruments or just sing and join in. Books and CDs of invited performers will also be available for purchase.

Tremont Park chef Sean Sherrod will present the complimentary buffet "Cookin' With Jazz." Guests can have cocktails at a cash bar in the hotel's Celebrities Lounge.

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The Baltimore Jazzine "Jam" 2007 will run 6 p.m.-10 p.m. tomorrow at the Tremont Park Hotel, Celebrities Lounge, 8 E. Pleasant St. Call 410-576-1200 or go to bal timorejazzine.tripod.com.

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[GENA R. CHATTIN]

MUSICAL

'ANNIE' IS BACK

It's still a hard-knock life for Annie, and she'll be in Baltimore next week to sing about it. The little orphan comes to the Hippodrome Theatre in a brand-new production for her 30th anniversary tour.

The new production has just enough of the musical's original magic to entertain young and old fans alike. Lyricist Martin Charnin, who helmed Annie's 1977 original Broadway production, directs this show. A new set production by Tony Award-winning set designer Ming Cho Lee promises a fresh look.

The show has an acclaimed cast of award winners and Annie veterans. Conrad John Schuck returns to the role of "Daddy" Warbucks, which he played in Annie's 1997 Broadway revival. Joseph Jefferson Award-winner Alene Robertson, who made her Broadway debut in Annie, plays Miss Hannigan. And Marissa O'Donnell plays the little orphan herself in her second year on the tour.

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"Annie" will run Tuesday through March 25 at the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. Show times vary. Tickets are $25-$65. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to france-merrickpac.com.

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[GENA R. CHATTIN]

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