The Big Three

April 26, 2007

THEATER

CENTER STAGE DRAMA

Things of Dry Hours, a play based on the Communist Party in Depression-era Alabama, makes its East Coast premiere at Center Stage beginning tomorrow. Written by Naomi Wallace, a 1999 MacArthur "genius" grant winner, the drama focuses on a black party-unit leader, his widowed daughter and a white steelworker running from the law who seeks sanctuary in their home.

Direction is by Kwame Kwei-Armah, the British West Indian playwright whose play, Elmina's Kitchen, was produced at Center Stage in 2005. Roger Robinson and Erika LaVonn portray father and daughter; Steven Cole Hughes is the stranger who knocks on their door.

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Show times at the Head Theater at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. most Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays, and 1 p.m. May 9 and 23, through June 3. Tickets are $10-$60. Call 410-332-0033 or visit centerstage.org.

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[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

THEATER

TWO WEEKS OF 'DOUBT'

John Patrick Shanley's Doubt -- winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award -- opens a two-week run at the Hippodrome Theatre Tuesday. Under Doug Hughes' direction, Cherry Jones reprises her Tony-winning role as Sister Aloysius, a school principal who questions the behavior of a popular young priest toward one of the boys at the school.

Jones, who also won Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and Obie awards for her portrayal, starred in Center Stage's 1993 production of A Moon for the Misbegotten. She will be joined on stage at the Hippodrome by Stefanie Clay, Lisa Joyce and Chris McGarry.

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Show times 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 May 13. Tickets are $27-$67. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to broadwayacrossamerica.com.

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[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

MUSIC

CLASSICAL AND JAZZ GUITARS In the rarefied world of classical guitarists, John Williams has long held an exalted place, prized for the technical refinement and expressive warmth of his playing. In jazz circles, John Etheridge has long enjoyed similar status. Tomorrow night, in a presentation of the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society, both artists will share the stage for a fusion of their considerable talents. The concert will feature selections from their highly engaging, stylistically varied new Sony CD, Places Between: John Williams and John Etheridge, Live in Dublin.

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The concert is at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Peabody Institute, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place. Tickets are $40 and $45. Call 410-247-5320 or go to bcgs.org.

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[TIM SMITH]

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