Play is built on the letters of...


Play is built on the letters of three longtime friends

Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Route 108, Olney, will present Hugh Whitemore's "The Best of Friends" beginning Sept. 5. Based on a long-standing friendship between three distinct personalities, the play is constructed from the correspondence and writings of playwright George Bernard Shaw, played by Richard Bauer; book collector and museum curator Sir Sydney Carlyle Cockerwell, played by Des Keogh; and Dame Laurentia McLachlan, an abbess, played by Pauline Flanagan.

John Going directs this script by the author of "Breaking the Code" and "Pack of Lies."

Curtain times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, with selected Thursday and Saturday matinees, through Oct. 8.

Tickets are $23-$28.

For more information, call (301) 924-3400.

@ No, those are not fireplace logs the colorfully dressed figure carries in this Japanese woodblock print; they're rolled-up mats. This scene of everyday life by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861) belongs to the ukiyo-e or "floating world" tradition, which became popular in the Edo period from the 17th to the 19th century. In these prints the lives of ordinary people rather than the aristocracy are depicted, including courtesans, actors and musicians. This is one of 67 prints from the exhibit "Japanese Woodblock Prints: The Ukiyo-e Tradition" at the Mitchell Gallery of St. John's College, Annapolis, through Oct. 20. For information, call (410) 626-2556.

John Dorsey What were John Wilkes Booth's thoughts in the hours before he assassinated President Lincoln? In his one-man show, "To Bury Caesar" -- opening Sept. 8 at the Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St. -- local playwright Chris Dickerson seeks to answer that question. Set in Booth's Washington hotel room two hours ** before the killing, the play shows Booth "ruminating and reviewing his life and his attitudes toward the war and his relationships with his family," Dickerson says.

Rick Clark stars as the infamous actor, under the playwright's direction. The play, written 15 years ago, debuted in South Carolina in 1983 and has subsequently been produced throughout the country, but never in Baltimore, which Dickerson says Booth considered his hometown. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 1. Tickets are $8 and $9. For information, call (410) 752-1225.


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