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Factory drama

The lowdown -- Anna in the Tropics, a drama written by Nilo Cruz and directed by Richard Dean Stover, comes to Fell's Point Corner Theatre tomorrow. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play is the story of a 1929 cigar rolling factory and how a new lector, Juan Julian, affects all of its workers. Julian reads the novel Anna Karenina to the rollers, and life soon mirrors literature as a web of love, loss and jealousy unfolds throughout the Ybor City factory in Florida. The cast includes Mark Poremba, Carolyn White, Richard Peck, and Jaye Nicole.

If you go -- The play continues through Oct. 21 at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., Fells Point. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. There will be no show Oct. 7. Tickets are $17, with a $2 discount for seniors and students. Call 410-276-7837.


Art at Zenith

The lowdown -- Washington collector Stuart Bloch first got interested in art by African-American artists in the 1970s, through a law school chum whose wife knew many of the artists. Eventually, Bloch met Romare Bearden, Benny Andrews, Robert Freeman and others, and over the years he amassed a stellar collection of their paintings, drawings and collages, which are on view at the Zenith Gallery in Washington. Bloch called his artworks the Freedom Place Collection, a reference to his Washington residence, which was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. This is the first time any of these works - which include stunning collages by Bearden, paintings by Andrews, Freeman and Richard Yarde, and a magical color-field abstraction by Washington Color School painter Alma Thomas - have been exhibited in Washington. The works in Bloch's collection are not for sale, but Zenith Gallery is also displaying examples of other artists' work that are available for purchase.

If you go -- The Freedom Place Collection runs through Sept. 30 at Zenith Gallery, 413 Seventh St. N.W., in Washington. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 202-783-2963 or go to


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