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May 03, 2007

The lowdown -- Performance Workshop Theatre has bookended its season with plays by Irish dramatist Brian Friel. Having opened with Faith Healer in the fall, the theater will wrap up its season, beginning tomorrow, with a five-weekend run of Philadelphia, Here I Come!, the play that launched Friel's career in the 1960s. Tom Byrne and Kyle Riley star as the public and private incarnations of Gar O'Donnell, a young man struggling with his decision to move to the United States from his home in the Irish village of Ballybeg. Direction is by Sam and Joan McCready.

If you go -- Showtimes at Performance Workshop Theatre, 28 E. Ostend St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, through June 3. Tickets are $20. Call 410-659-7830 or go to performancework


Tred Avon Players

The lowdown -- You can visit Mexico merely by traveling to the Eastern Shore starting tomorrow when the 25th anniversary season of the Tred Avon Players of Oxford continues with Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana. The Mexico in Williams' play, however, is a down-at-the-heels hotel in 1940. Under the direction of Tred Avon veteran Lee McCollough, the cast includes Ricky Bourgeois as a defrocked minister-turned-tour guide; Maureen Curtin as the proprietor of the hotel; and Anne Thessen as a New England spinster traveling with her 97-year-old poet/grandfather, played by Bill Delaney.

If you go -- The Tred Avon Players perform at the Oxford Community Center, 200 Oxford Road, Oxford. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. May 13 and 20, through May 20. Tickets are $15 (except this Saturday's May Day dinner-theater presentation, which is $40). Call 1-410-226-0061 or visit


BSO's `Dharma'

The lowdown -- The hottest venue for orchestral music in America built so far in the 21st century has to be Disney Hall in Los Angeles, a gleaming, curving structure designed by Frank Gehry. For the opening of that space, brilliant composer John Adams wrote a startling score for electric violin and orchestra inspired by Buddhist philosophy and a California landmark: The Dharma at Big Sur. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will introduce the piece this week with violinist Leila Josefowicz and conductor Marin Alsop.

If you go -- Performances are at 8 tonight and tomorrow at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $25 to $78. Call 410-783-8000 or go to


Bach Series

The lowdown -- The monthly Bach Concert Series will take advantage of the $1.4 million organ that was just installed at Christ Lutheran Church and will supplement the music with a short lecture by eminent Bach scholar and Harvard professor Christoph Wolff. The program, led by T. Herbert Dimmock, features Cantatas No. 35 and No. 146, performed by a 40-voice choir and orchestra.

If you go -- The concert is at 4 p.m. Sunday at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 S. Charles St. Free admission. Call 410-752-7179 or go to


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