From Russia, with grace
The music and motion of Eastern Europe come to the Lyric Opera House tomorrow when the Russian National Ballet Theatre and Orchestra take the stage for one night only. General Director Vladimir Moiseev, grandson of Russian ballet master Igor Moiseev and soloist with the Bolshoi Theater, heads the company of 55 dancers. Soloists, ages 17 to 25, have won numerous international accolades. The Russian National Ballet Theatre has performed worldwide and is currently touring the U.S. In the Baltimore leg of its tour, the company will perform to Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.
The Russian National Ballet Theatre and Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $22.50-$57.50. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.com.
Blood and the bard
The Shakespeare in Washington festival is giving audiences a chance to see one of the Bard's bloodiest and most rarely produced plays - Titus Andronicus, currently in previews and opening Monday at the Shakespeare Theatre. Australian director Gale Edwards' production also marks the Shakespeare Theatre's very first staging of this early tragedy.
In Edwards' interpretation, the dismemberment that occurs in this revenge tragedy is viewed as a metaphor for the coming apart of society. Broadway actor Sam Tsoutsouvas stars as Roman General Titus, with Lynnda Ferguson as the Goth queen who vows vengeance. The production features an abstract set designed by Peter England and costumes designed by Murell Horton that combine elements of kabuki with high fashion.
Showtimes at the Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington, are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and most Sundays, and noon May 16, through May 20. Tickets are $19-$76.25. Call 877-487-8849 or visit ShakespeareTheatre.org.
J. Wynn Rousuck
A `Sweet' revival
Neil Simon meets Federico Fellini in Sweet Charity. A revival of the 1966 musical opens Tuesday at the Hippodrome Theatre. Simon based his script on Fellini's 1957 movie, Nights of Cabiria, and Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields supplied the roster of songs, which include "Big Spender" and "If My Friends Could See Me Now."
The touring production stars Molly Ringwald - best known for the teen movies Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink - as Charity Hope Valentine, a taxi dancer yearning for love. Ringwald's stage credits include Cabaret, on Broadway, and tick, tick ... BOOM! and Modern Orthodox off-Broadway.
Showtimes at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St., are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays, through April 22. Tickets are $27-$72. Call 410-547-SEAT or visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.
J. Wynn Rousuck