Three timely performances near the White House
It could hardly be more appropriate. A revival of the Leonard Bernstein-Alan Jay Lerner musical "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" is coming to our nation's capital, and in an election year, no less. Granted, it's not coming to the White House, but close by. For three performances only, Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center audiences will have the rare opportunity to see the Indiana University Opera Theater's production of this short-lived 1976 show.
Structured as a series of vignettes that follow the inhabitants of the White House from John Adams through Teddy Roosevelt, this production returns to the musical's original theme -- race relations in an evolving nation. All seats are $20. For more information, call (800) 444-1324.
@ Joe Dennison's "A Short Simple Stay," the final production in this year's Baltimore Playwrights Festival, begins a three-weekend run at Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., on Friday.
Set in the Philippines after the fall of Saigon, "A Short Simple Stay" is Dennison's second festival production; a previous script, JTC Willie Wonderful," was mounted by the Spotlighters in 1989. Curtain times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. through Aug. 30. Tickets are $8. For further information, call (410) 276-7837.
J. Wynn Rousuck Hammer, Boyz II Men and T.L.C. are "too legit to quit" rolling across the nation. They are returning to the area with a concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17.50 for the lawn and $23.50 for the pavilion. Call (301) 596-0660 for more information and (410) 481-SEAT for tickets.