Swit's heart is in 'Valentine' role
As Maj. Margaret Houlihan on the long-running TV series "M*A*S*H," Loretta Swit's character got to see the world. But as the title character in Willy Russell's one-woman show, "Shirley Valentine," Swit plays a repressed British housewife who yearns for adventure beyond her kitchen walls. The actress, who has portrayed Shirley more than 500 times over the last five years, brings the show to the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre for three weeks beginning Tuesday.
Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, through May 13. Audio-described performances are at 2 p.m. April 29 and 8 p.m. May 2; sign-interpreted performances are at 8 p.m. May 3 and 2 p.m. May 6. Tickets are $17.50-$42.50. For more information, call (410) 625-1400; TDD: (410) 625-1407.
@ The local one-woman show trend continues Tuesday at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., where Rhodessa Jones will reprise her show, "Big Butt Girls, Hard-Headed Women," as the final offering in the theater's series, "Feminine Singular: Women Speak Solo." Based on her experiences teaching aerobics to women incarcerated at a San Francisco county jail, the show sold out its brief engagement at Center Stage last season.
Curtain times in the Head Theater are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Sundays and May 6, and 1 p.m. April 27. Audio-described performance at 8 p.m. May 4; sign-interpreted performance at 2 p.m. May 6. Tickets are $23 and $28. For more information, call (410) 332-0033; TDD: (410) 332-4240.
J. Wynn Rousuck "Iago's Plot," the inaugural production of Towson State University's new graduate theater program, opens Friday on the Mainstage of the Fine Arts Center, Osler and Cross Campus drives. Directed and conceived by Kabuki master Shozo Sato and cast with master of fine arts students, the show is a re-interpretation of Shakespeare's "Othello." It marks a departure for Sato, who has had two previous residencies at Towson. Instead of creating a traditional Kabuki-style production, he has incorporated intercultural influences stemming from such eclectic sources as tai-chi and Balinese dance, among others.
Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and again May 3-6. Admission is $8. For further information, call (410) 830-2787.
J. Wynn Rousuck