Pennsylvania troupe to present 'Candide'Voltaire's ribald classic...


Pennsylvania troupe to present 'Candide'

Voltaire's ribald classic "Candide" receives a new interpretation by Touchstone Theatre of Bethlehem, Pa., beginning Wednesday at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. A satire on undiminished optimism, Touchstone's version shifts the play's time frame to a period ranging from the early 18th to the late 20th century, and refines Voltaire's catastrophic events and major philosophical conflicts into actions on the scale of a sandbox.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 10. Tickets are $10 to $16, with half-price tickets available for students, seniors and artists. For more information, call 752-8558.

The musical comedy improvisation group NOW THIS! will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Loyola College's McManus Theatre. NOW THIS! consists of men and women who rely on audience participation to create comical music in an eclectic assortment of styles, from blues to opera, from reggae to ragtime. Eileen Cornett, a member of the Loyola music faculty, is the troupe's musical director and piano accompaniest. Tickets are $7 general admission, $4 for seniors and students. For information, call 532-5024.

The Washington Ballet in Baltimore will perform at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium. The company, which toured the Soviet Union last fall, will present two Baltimore premieres: a new ballet by Ray Barra, of the National Ballet of Spain, and Nils Christe's "Before Nightfall." A revival of Choo-San Goh's "Variations Serieuses" completes the program.

Tickets cost $18 to $25; they can be obtained by calling 225-3131. Group discounts are available.

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