The Big Three

April 12, 2007

COMEDY

MASTERS OF IMPROV

There's no telling what to expect when comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood get in front of an audience. The whole auditorium's a stage to these masters of improv, who hit the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Saturday for the first time since their sellout 2005 show. Both comedians have done time on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and have performed with such venerable comedy troupes as Second City and Theatersports.

You might also recognize them from appearances on The Drew Carey Show. Mochrie and Sherwood use familiar Whose Line games like "Sounds From a Hat" and "Sound Effects," in which they enlist audience members as accomplices in their act.

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The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $29.50-$49.50. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticket master.com.

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[GENA R. CHATTIN]

MUSIC SONDHEIM CABARET

Vocalist Judy Simmons will salute the music of Stephen Sondheim in a one-woman cabaret show, Sondheim Tonight! beginning Sunday at Everyman Theatre. Her material goes from the familiar ("Send in the Clowns" from A Little Night Music) to the obscure ("No, Mary Ann" from an unproduced film adaptation of William Goldman's 1967 novel The Thing of It Is). Other selections spring from sources as diverse as the 1966 TV musical Evening Primrose and the 1977 Sherlock Holmes movie The Seven Percent Solution.

The director of Everyman's cabaret series, Simmons performed in the theater's fall cabaret offering, Broadway Boys, and played a dramatic role in its 2002 production of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance. The singer, who is currently executive director of the DC Cabaret Network, was cabaret director at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va., for seven years. The musical director for Sondheim Tonight! is Howard Breitbart, whose credits include pianist for Sunday in the Park With George in the 2002 Sondheim Festival at Washington's Kennedy Center and 12 years as an accompanist for the satirical troupe The Capitol Steps.

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Showtimes at Everyman, 1727 N. Charles St., are 7:30 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday and April 22-24. Tickets are $20. Call 410-752-2208 or go to everymantheatre.org.

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[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

MOVIES

JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

The annual William and Irene Weinberg Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival, which begins today, examines the Jewish experience in many countries and across several eras.

This year's festival promises award-winning American, Canadian, Dutch, French and Israeli films depicting past and present Jewish lives in a changing world. Selected films have earned recognition at festivals worldwide and such accolades as the 2006 Tolerance Award (for tonight's sold-out screening of Steel Toes, starring David Strathairn).

Baltimore's Sundance award-winning director Steve Yeager will join guest speakers ranging from writers, artists and publishers to cultural attaches.

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The festival runs today to May 7 at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. Some films will also be presented at the Walters Art Museum and the Straus Auditorium at Weinberg Park Heights-JCC. Tickets are $9 per film. Call 410-542-4900 ext. 239 or go to baltimorejff.com.

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[GENA R. CHATTIN]

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