Center Stage adds one-woman plays

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Two one-woman shows will share the final slot in the Center Stage subscription season. Dael Orlandersmith's "The Gimmick" (April 28-May 14) is about two children in Harlem who dream of careers in the arts. Orlandersmith previously performed in the theater's 1998 Off Center Festival.

Lisa Kron's "2.5 Minute Ride" (May 17-June 18) is an autobiographical piece juxtaposing the performer's trips to an Ohio amusement park with her visit to Auschwitz with her father, a Holocaust survivor. "2.5 Minute Ride" was an off-Broadway hit at the Public Theater last spring.

"The shows are extraordinarily personal, they're extraordinarily intimate, and I think they succeed because each in its own way is extremely theatrical, and they're dealing with very primal subjects," said Charlotte Stoudt, resident dramaturg at Center Stage.

Both shows will be presented in the upstairs Head Theater. Tickets to each are $24-$29. Subscribers will be mailed tickets to one of the two shows; these may be exchanged for the other show, or tickets to the second show may be purchased at a discount. Information: 410-332-0033.

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