'Jacques Brel' is opening at the Olney...


'Jacques Brel' is opening at the Olney Theatre

An expanded Brechtian-style production of the cabaret revue, "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris," opens Tuesday at the Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Route 108, Olney. Director Jim Petosa first staged an enlarged eight-person version in 1994 at the University of Maryland College Park. At Olney, he has further revised this revue of music by the late Belgian songwriter, incorporating imagery to "express the larger concepts of politics, art, technology and religion."

Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, selected Thursday and Saturday matinees, through July 16. Tickets are $23-$28. For more information call (301) 924-3400.

@ The concerts of award-winning pianist Rachel Franklin are known for being beautiful and exciting, particularly in performances of works by Chopin. Ms. Franklin, a faculty member at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a teaching associate at Peabody, will give a free concert at 3:30 p.m. today at the Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. The concert will include works by Chopin, Beethoven and Prokofiev. The recital will be repeated later this month in Paris and Rome. For more information call (410) 889-6819. As its annual outdoor production, Theatre Hopkins has previously presented such appropriate vehicles as "Ah, Wilderness!" and "The Grass Harp." But this time the company has come up with perhaps the most appropriate show yet -- "Into the Woods."

The meadow at Evergreen House, 4545 N. Charles St., will be the verdant setting for this Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine fairy-tale musical. There is a sad irony to this production, however. A revival of the impressive production with which director Todd Pearthree launched his Musical Theatre Machine at the Spotlighters two seasons ago, it will also be the swan song for that highly talented troupe. Sondheim fans shouldn't miss this opportunity to see the wonders this creative director can work. Show times are 6:15 p.m. Saturday and June 18, and June 24-25, with two indoor performances scheduled for Shriver Hall on the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University, at 8 p.m. July 1 and 2:15 p.m. July 2. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children under 12. The Evergreen grounds open at 4:30 p.m. for picnickers. For further information call (410) 516-7159.


J. Wynn Rousuck

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