Stephen Sondheim songs at TSUTowson State University's...


Stephen Sondheim songs at TSU

Towson State University's Maryland Arts Festival will present a one-night-only benefit performance of "Miracles: The Music of Stephen Sondheim" at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Center, Osler and Cross Campus drives.

The evening will feature a cast of 20 performing songs from such Sondheim musicals as "Gypsy," "A Little Night Music," "Follies" and "Into the Woods." Sondheim's latest work, "Passion," won four of this year's Tony Awards, including best musical and best score. Tickets to "Miracles" are $15. Proceeds will benefit the Chara House, a local hospice for children living with AIDS. For information, call (410) 830-2787.

@ "Sam's Shorts" is the omnibus title that Mongrel Theatre is giving its evening of six Samuel Beckett one-act plays, to be presented beginning Thursday at the Merrick Barn on the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University.

In an attempt to adapt the auteur theory of film directing to the stage, Mongrel has chosen a separate director for each script. While all six explore the classic Beckett themes of isolation and waiting, several will be reinterpreted. For example, "Krapp's Last Tape," the best-known of the selections, will star a woman instead of a man, with the result that the elderly Krapp's examination of life becomes a study of menopause. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 7. Tickets are $8. For information, call (410) 323-0899.


J. Wynn Rousuck In the 19th century, the sun never set on the British empire, and Gilbert and Sullivan satirized everything under it. In their operetta "Patience," they wreak havoc on what was known as the "Aesthetic Movement," the art-for-art's sake dreamers who were typified at their best (and worst) by Oscar Wilde and Algernon Charles Swinburne. This rarely heard piece will be performed today at 2 p.m. and July 22 and 23 at 8:15 p.m. by the Young Victorian Theatre Company at the Bryn Mawr School's Centennial Hall (109 Melrose Ave.). Tickets are $12-$21.50. For tickets and more information, call (410) 323-3077.

Stephen Wigler

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