Lyle Lovett to sing at Pier Six
Even though Nashville was where Lyle Lovett first found a home in the recording industry, he has never been a country singer in the usual sense of the term. For one thing, his delivery is too dry and understated, trading the usual country mannerisms for a singing style that owes more to folk music and jazz; for another, his writing avoids the usual repertoire of heartbreak and happiness, preferring instead to offer an emotional range that stretches from deadpan hilarity to fatalistic despair.
All of which means that there's no telling what he'll be up to when he brings his latest band to the Pier Six Concert Pavilion on Thursday. Count on a sizable serving from his latest album "Joshua Judges Ruth" (doubtless to include "Baltimore"). Show time is 8 p.m., and tickets are $22.50 for reserved seats, $12 for the lawn. Call (410) 685-1400 for tickets.
Bernie DeLeo's "Illegal Motion," a comic expose of the extreme measures taken by some college football programs, will make its world premiere at Olney Theatre beginning Tuesday.
The production also features another premiere -- the stage debut of former Washington Redskins running back John Riggins in the role of the coach. Directed by James D. Waring, "Illegal Motion" will be performed at Olney Theatre, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road (state Route 108) in Olney, Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. through June 28. Tickets are $18-$23. For more information call (301) 924-3400.
J. Wynn Rousuck An art deco, jazz-influenced production of Oscar Wilde's turn-of-the-century satire, "The Importance of Being Earnest," opens Friday at the Spotlighters, 817 St. Paul St.
Directed by Nick Raye, the production includes material from Wilde's notes for a four-act version of the play -- one more act than the official published text. Curtain times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m., with matinees Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $8 and $9. For additional information, call (410) 752-1225.
J. Wynn Rousuck