The Big Three

June 07, 2007

THEATER

WITCH CRAFT

The Witches of Eastwick first cast its spell as a novel by John Updike. In 1987, it was made into a movie starring Jack Nicholson. In 2000, it worked its magic on London, when the musical adaptation opened on the West End.

Now that musical -- book and lyrics by John Dempsey, music by Dana P. Rowe -- is making its American premiere at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va. Direction is by Signature's Eric Schaeffer, who also staged the London production. Emily Skinner, Christiane Noll and Jacquelyn Piro Donovan play the witchly trio who summon up a handsome devil (literally), played here by Tony Award-nominee Marc Kudisch.

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Currently in previews and opening Monday, "The Witches of Eastwick" runs through July 15 at Signature, 2800 S. Stafford St., Arlington, Va. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Sundays and most Saturdays. Tickets are $38-$63. Call 703-820-9771 or visit signature-theatre.org.

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[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

SPORTS

RAY DAYS

Football in the summer? Not exactly. "Ray's Summer Days," presented by Baltimore Ravens player Ray Lewis, is a three-day affair featuring an array of benefit sports events and other fundraising activities. The public is invited to head to the stands at Patterson Park on Saturday and watch Ray lead a Youth Fitness Clinic. Some 600 children were selected to partake in the exercise clinic, which will feature some of Ray's teammates, Redskins players and local celebrities. Other "Summer Days" activities include a VIP meet-and-greet, cocktail reception and auction, golfing match, celebrity bowling tournament and Pev's Celebrity Paintball Tournament. Events benefit the Ray Lewis Foundation, whose mission is to provide personal and economic assistance to disadvantaged youths.

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"Ray's Summer Days" runs today through Saturday. The free Youth Fitness Clinic runs 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Patterson Park. The VIP meet-and-greet, cocktail reception and auction are today at Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road. The meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $1,000. The cocktail reception and auction begin at 7 p.m., and tickets are $150. The golf match is at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Woodlands, 2309 Ridge Road in Windsor Mill. Also tomorrow, the Celebrity Bowling Tournament is at 6 p.m. at Perry Hall Lanes, 4359 Ebenezer Road. Tickets for both events are $500 per player. Pev's Celebrity Paintball Tournament runs 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at a private location. Tickets are $250. All tickets must be bought in advance. Call 305-535-9937 or go to rayssummer days.com.

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[ALLIE SEMENZA]

FESTIVAL SAY HON!

This weekend, take some tips from the girls in Hairspray. Don your beehive and come celebrate Bawlmer at Honfest 2007, which has expanded to two days this year. It pays homage to all things Baltimore and features the Best Hon Contest, a "Glamour Lounge," where you can get your own beehive, a Hon Run, live music and displays of work by local artists.

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Honfest 2007 runs 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday on 36th Street in Hampden. Call 410-243-6800 or go to honfest.net.

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[ALLIE SEMENZA]

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