About human fearsSusan Waters-Eller's paintings and drawings,...


About human fears

Susan Waters-Eller's paintings and drawings, like her "Landmark" here, are often unpeopled images reflecting our mobile society -- highways, parking lots and so on. But they aren't about highways and parking lots; they're about human beings and their fears and anxieties and loneliness. A show of her works, called "Modern Environment," goes on view Friday at Towson State University's Holtzman Gallery and can be seen there Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 29. It's part of Towson State's annual Maryland Arts Festival, which opened last night, runs through July and includes drama, music, dance and film. For information, call (410) 830-2787. In case anyone still hasn't heard the pitter-patter of Andrew Lloyd Webber's little cats' feet, "Cats" -- the composer's musicalization of T. S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" -- returns to Baltimore for the fifth time Friday when it opens a 10-day engagement at the Lyric Opera House.

Still running on Broadway, where it opened Oct. 7, 1982, "Cats" has generated more than 42 productions that have grossed more than $2 billion worldwide. Show times at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., are 8:30 p.m. June 30, 7:30 p.m. July 1-2 and July 5-9, and 2 p.m. July 1, July 6, and July 8-9. It plays through July 9. Tickets are $19-$47.50. For more information, call (410) 494-2712.


J. Wynn Rousuck Like "Cats," Willy Russell's "Shirley Valentine" is paying a return visit to Baltimore. The one-woman show opens Friday in the Studio Theatre in Towson State University's Fine Arts Center, Osler and Cross Campus drives, as part of Towson's Maryland Arts Festival.

This time around, the repressed British housewife will be portrayed by Maravene Loeschke. As part of her research, Loeschke and her husband and director, C. Richard Gillespie -- they are both Towson State faculty members -- traveled to

England where, Loeschke says, "We found [Shirley's] street. We found her house." The experience, she says, not only gave her a chance to work on her accent and buy props, but also allowed her "to get a general feeling for the city and its working-class neighborhoods." Curtain times are 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and July 20, and 2 p.m. July 16. It plays through July 22. Tickets are $12. For more information, call (410) 830-2787.


J. Wynn Rousuck

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