The lowdown -- Desdemona, a Play About a Handkerchief, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel's revisionist interpretation of Othello, opens tomorrow at the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. Focusing on Othello's bride, Desdemona; her maid, Emilia; and the prostitute Bianca, Vogel's play gives the women their say in Shakespeare's male-dominated world.


If you go -- The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival performs at the Elizabethan Stage at St. Mary's, 3900 Roland Ave. Show times vary through Jan. 28. Tickets are $15-$25. Call 410-366-8596 or go to balti

Go to 'St. Ives'


The lowdown -- The personal becomes political and the political becomes personal in Lee Blessing's Going to St. Ives, which begins preview performances at Everyman Theatre on Tuesday. Kim Schraf portrays an eye surgeon and Lynn Chavis portrays her prospective patient, the mother of an African dictator, in the area premiere of this two-character drama.

If you go -- Showtimes vary at Everyman, 1727 N. Charles St., through Feb. 25. Tickets are $17-$25 (except Tuesday's pay-what-you-can preview). Call 410-752-2208.


Piano recital

The lowdown -- Eun Joo Chung, a Korean-born pianist who studied at the Peabody Institute and Moscow Conservatory, among other places, has been steadily building her career. She'll play sonatas by Haydn and Chopin, along with Ravel's La Valse and pieces by Bach and Schubert in a recital for Sundays at Three, the chamber music series marking its 10th anniversary season.

If you go -- The recital is at 3 p.m. Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Tickets are $10-$15 at the door. For more, go to