Vagabonds set three one-act playsBeginning Thursday, the...


Vagabonds set three one-act plays

Beginning Thursday, the Vagabond Players will present three one-act plays as their initial entry in this year's Baltimore Playwrights Festival. Robert Dunn's "Life in the Last Act" is a comedy that takes place in a bar called the Last Act, Willy Conley's "The Hearing Test" is about a deaf teen-ager's isolation from both the hearing and deaf worlds and Brian Patrick McCormick's "Talk of God" chronicles a conversation in an insane asylum.

Curtain times are 8:30 p.m. Thursday and the following three Fridays and Saturdays; Sundays at 7 p.m. through July 14. Tickets are $6. For more information call 563-9135. Not until the Beatles crossed the Atlantic did anything British ever hit the American psyche with the force of Gilbert and Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore." According to contemporary accounts, the operetta was welcomed in 1878 "with an enthusiasm bordering on insanity." The love affair has never abated and Baltimoreans can hear the show performed this summer by the Young Victorian Theatre Company. The company will give seven performances in Bryn Mawr School's Centennial Hall, beginning Friday and Saturday at 8:15 p.m. and continuing July 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20.

Tickets for all performances are $18.50, $17 for seniors and $12 ++ for children. For tickets, call 323-3077.

Stephen Wigler Legendary singer-songwriter and pianist Ray Charles will perform Thursday night at 8 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in a benefit for Associate Black Charities. Mr. Charles, who has made indelible marks in the realms of R&B;, pop, rock and jazz, is known for such hits as "Hit the Road Jack" and "I Can't Stop Loving You." Also featured will be the Raelettes and the Ray Charles Orchestra.

Tickets range from $35 to $100 and can be purchased at the Meyerhoff box office or by calling 783-8000

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