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Volume 68, Issue 1, Monday, August 26, 2002

Arts & Entertainment

Fall lineup spruces up the stage

By Chris Brunt
The Daily Cougar

Houston continues to evolve into a universally recognized cosmopolitan gem of a city. Along with the renovation of downtown and the magnificent new Hobby Center, Houston's venerable artistic institutions consistently showcase the most valued works of our culture, as well as introducing groundbreaking new productions.

As students at the city's largest University, we benefit greatly from this spreading of the cultural wings. This fall, seasoned theatergoers as well
as those new to the arts will have the chance to experience a wealth of productions, ranging from Italian opera to historic dramas to Broadway
romps to tragic love stories.

The Houston Grand Opera will feature Italian composer Giacomo Puccini's beloved La Boheme, a staggeringly beautiful story of a group of
poverty-stricken bohemians in Paris. This joint production of the New York City Opera and the Glimmerglass Opera sets the tale in World War I;
issues of idealism, innocence and love are expressed through Puccini's brilliant music. This is one of the most famous and frequently
performed operas of all time, and HGO's rendition is sure to stir viewers' emotions without regard to their previous experience with opera.

Performances are Oct. 25, 27 and 30 and Nov. 2, 5, 8, 10 and 16 at the Wortham Center, which is located on Prairie Street. For more information,
call the box office at (713) 227-2787.

Jones Hall, home of the Houston Symphony, is currently engaged in its summer Off-Broadway season. Disney's jungle spectacle The Lion King
will run through Aug. 25. Call (713) 224-7575 for tickets. Jones Hall is located in downtown's Theatre District on Louisiana Street.

The Theater under the Stars showcases the world premiere of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, a new musical by Lee Pockriss and Hal
Hackady. Adapted from the film starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, this feature promises dark comedy, thrilling suspense and flashy
musical numbers in its story of glamorous early Hollywood. TUTS performances are held in the new Hobby Center for the Performing Arts,
located in the Theatre District. The show will run from Oct. 10-27. For tickets, call (713) 558-2600.

The Stages Repertory Theater will feature Blood Wedding, by Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, from Sept. 18 through Oct. 13
at the Yeager Theater on Allen Parkway.

Revered African-American poet Langston Hughes, who translated Lorca's "rural tragedy," gained much acclaim for his translation as he
maintained the lyric grace of the original Spanish text. Stages will also offer productions in the original Spanish. For tickets, call (713) 527-0123.

Houston's much-celebrated Equity repertory company, the Alley Theater, will offer two plays this fall in conjunction with its other award-winning
book-reading and lecture series. Showing first on the large stage will be Tony-winning playwright Richard Nelson's The General From America,
a revolutionary saga focusing on Benedict Arnold. Naturally, this story of the notorious traitor explores themes of patriotism, loyalty and honor.
Arnold is played by British actor and Alley Associate Artist Corin Redgrave, who garnered a Tony nomination for Best Actor for his performance in
the Alley's Not About Nightingales.

The Alley is also running Frame 312, a play by Keith Reddin on the Neuhaus Stage. Frame 312 is the story of a Life magazine secretary who
saw the 1963 Zapruder film of John F. Kennedy's assassination. In the play, set 40 years after the tragedy, the secretary deals with the
psychological struggle of being the tape's sole surviving witness. 

The General from America runs Oct. 11 through Nov. 9. Frame 312 begins Oct. 25 and ends Nov. 24. Call 1-800-259-2553 or (713) 228-8421 for
tickets. The Alley Theater is located on Texas Avenue.

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