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Play gets great response


"Agency," a play about the life of advertising agency $l executives, has just finished an exciting 10-day run at Synchronicity Space in New York. The play was written by two W. B. Doner executives, the husband-wife team Cristie Dowda and Andy Ellis.

Cristie told me that she and Andy were pleased with public reaction to their play, which dealt with company layoffs. She was also pleased that 46 people from Doner rented a bus and came to see the show. They can't wait to get started on their next play.

Among the friends and family spotted at the Algonquin before the show one evening were Clint Dowda, brother of the playwright, and his wife, Janet, an artist; Tara Moore of Queenstown, a wildlife artist and filmmaker; and Louise Hawkins of Easton, who besides being the mother of Janet and Tara, is the publisher of the popular Eastern Shore magazine, Attraction.

A friend of Tara's, Herbert Lom was visiting New York from London and joined the group with his friend, Elise Taylor, from Vancouver, B.C. Lom, you may remember, is an actor who appeared in such films as "Gambit," "War and Peace", "Spartacus," "Ladykillers" and many others including the "Pink Panther" series, where he played the detective. Lom left New York for Los Angeles to negotiate movie rights for his new book, "Dr. Guillotine."


The Episcopal Archdiocese Maryland Church News, which is written and edited by an old friend, Bill Stump, featured an interesting husband-wife team in a recent edition. Jane Van Zandt and W. Allan Knight, both of whom are Episcopal priests, moved here from Massachusetts last fall. Knight is the priest at Holy Trinity Essex Church and his wife, who is working on the Dioceses' Task Force on AIDS, is a hospice nurse at Stella Maris and sings in the choir at the Church of Redeemer and with the BSO Chorus. Oh yes, Knight is also the father of two very rich and very famous children, Jonathan and Jordan, stars of New Kids on the Block.


AROUND TOWN: Baltimore's broadcasting community is talking about next week's arrival of WLIF-FM's new program director, Gary Balaban. Since the station he's leaving in Minneapolis has a format of '80s and '90s hits with a decided country flavor, the rumors are rampant. Do you think WPOC should worry?

Good news for one of Baltimore's favorite newsmen, Ron Matz. I hear he might be bringing his Harry Horni character to the "Eyewitness Early Morning News Show" with Don Scott and bTC Marty Bass on WJZ-TV a couple of days a week.

Alan Villaverde is a most happy hotel vice president and general manager these days. And it has a lot to do with the fact that his establishment, Stouffer Harborplace Hotel, was given a four-star award by the 1992 Mobil Travel Guide. Only 375 of the 20,000 establishments listed got four stars this year, so it means they're worth the trip.


Last November the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation had a benefit that attracted a crowd of more than 600 people, most of whom were singles. So they've decided to have another .

"The Mystic Valentine Ball" will be held Friday at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. It's a black tie optional event and tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. The music of Absolute Sounds begins at 7:30 p.m. and the evening will be filled with activities such as matchmaking games and mystics to tell your fortune.

WMAR-TV's Mary Beth Marsden and WMIX-AM's Mike McCarthy will emcee these special events. Call (410) 771-9000 for more info.


If you're looking for something interesting to do, think about First Thursdays. It's a special opportunity to shop, visit 14 art galleries that stay open until at least 7:30 p.m. and have dinner at the restaurants that dot the 200 to 1300 blocks of Charles Street.

This Thursday evening, there are several special events added to the agenda such as the newly opened gallery space at Spike and Charley's restaurant, which will feature the works of local artist Susan Henderson, or a 5-7 p.m. reception to celebrate the opening of a large ceramic sculpture display by local artists, as well as some from Hong Kong and New York, at the Baltimore School for the Arts.

If you'd like a complete listing of what to visit and where to park, call the Downtown Partnership, (410) 244-1030, for a free copy of Street Sheet.

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