New Season Brings Excitement To Area Stages Here's Everything You Wanted Know About The Music, Theater, Dance Coming Your Way.

Posted: September 27, 1992

The fall theater season is underway - modern off-Broadway plays with startling endings; restoration comedies and fast-paced farces, and a mystery that unfolds between dinner courses - offering one way to lighten the long winter nights ahead.

A season subscription to your favorite theater may be the best bet to prevent cabin fever this winter (as well as saving on the ticket price). Or you might want to pick and choose from the plays, dance events and concerts listed below that can be found on stages in or near the county.

While we still have the chance, there is one final free outdoor concert this afternoon. An Octubafest, featuring a tuba choir playing pop to classical music, will be held today at the University of Delaware Mall, north of Memorial Hall on the Newark campus at 3 p.m.

THEATER

BARLEY SHEAF PLAYERS. Lionville. Rope, a play by Patrick Hamilton based on the chilling Leopold and Loeb Chicago murder case, made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1948, runs weekends from Oct. 9-24.

Rope will be followed by Rumors, which spread among dinner party guests when apologies are made for the host because of a gun accident and then his wife mysteriously disappears. The Neil Simon comedy runs Nov. 6 through 21.

A sick child's Velveteen Rabbit comes to life Fri. and Sat., Dec. 11-19 at 8:15 p.m. and Sun, Dec. 13 and 20, at 3 p.m. For tickets and information, call 363-7075.

BIG APPLE DINNER THEATER. Kennett Square. West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein's award- winning musical, performed Saturdays and Sundays now through November 12. Special offer two-for-one tickets are priced at $32 and $34, including dinner and the show. For information, call 444-6464.

CANDLELIGHT MUSIC DINNER THEATER. Wilmington. The Phantom of the Opera, a musical with ballet (this is not the Andrew Lloyd Webber version) now through Dec. 19. Dinner at 6:30, play at 8:15 p.m. Thurs., Fri., Sat. One hour earlier on Sundays. Tickets $21-$25. For reservations, call 302-475-2313.

DELAWARE THEATER COMPANY. Wilmington. Jean Anouilh's version of the Greek tragedy Antigone, recast during the German occupation of Paris in 1943, runs Nov. 5-22.

Mountain, a biography of Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas. The judge is portrayed by Len Cariou, who won a Tony Award for his role in Sweeney Todd. Dec. 3-20. For ticket information, call 302-594-1100.

FIRST STAGE THEATRE GROUP. At the Wilmington Music School, 4101 Washington Ave. The Peacock Room, a light musical about artist James Whistler. This is an original work by Delaware artists Drury Pifer and Julie Stoner. Performances will be Oct.30-Nov. 7, Fri. at 8 p.m.; Sat. at 2 and 8 p.m., and 2 and 8 p.m. Sun. Nov. 1. For tickets, call Tickettown 302-656-9797.

FOOTLIGHTERS. Berwyn. A Man for All Seasons, Robert Bolt's intense drama, pits Sir Thomas More against Henry VIII. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 23 through Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. 296-9245.

FORGE THEATER. Phoenixville. How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about coffee breaks and office politics, opens Nov. 6. For tickets and information, call 935-1920.

GRAND OPERA HOUSE. Wilmington. The national tour of Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story, featuring the songs Holly made famous. Tues., Oct. 20, 8 p.m. Tickets: $24-30.

Marcel Marceau, the most famous living pantomimist, performs Mon., Dec. 7, 8 p.m. Tickets $28-32. 302-658-7897.

HEDGEROW THEATER. Rose Valley, Delaware County. George Bernard Shaw's two one-act comedies, the love triangle How He Lied to Her Husband, and Farfetched Fables, running now through Oct. 3.

Sherlock Holmes is the sleuth in Hound of the Baskervilles, opening Thurs., Oct. 15-Dec. 5.

Michael Frayn's Noises Off, a farce about a play hopelessly gone wrong, opens Dec. 13. A revolving stage reveals the melodrama backstage as actors exit and re-enter the jinxed production, through Jan. 30.

Performances Thurs., Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees, 2 p.m.

Snow White, with Elvis-style songs, performed for children and adults, Saturdays through Oct. 17 at 11 a.m.

A children's musical version of Wind in the Willows opens Oct. 24-Nov. 28. For reservations, call 565-4211.

IMMACULATA COLLEGE. Agatha Christie's A Murder Is Announced will be performed by the Cue and Curtain Players at Alumnae Hall Theater, Fridays and Saturdays Nov 6 through 14. Tickets $5; $4 students and seniors. For information, call 647-4400. Immaculata is just south of the intersection of Routes 30 and 352 between Paoli and Exton.

LONGWOOD GARDENS. Kennett Square. Hudson Vagabond Puppets of N.Y. performing The Creation of the World According to Hopi on Sat. Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre, Jumping Mouse, a Plains Indian tale. Sat. and Sun., Nov. 14 and 15; at 12, 1, 2, 3 p.m.

MARPLE NEWTOWN PLAYERS. Newtown Square. Love, Sex and the IRS, a comedy about claiming a roommate as a tax exemption. Fri. and Sat. Oct. 2 through 10.

Vanities chronicles the lives of three friends as high school cheerleaders, when they meet again at college and at a reunion when they are 40. A smash hit off-Broadway, Vanities will be performed Fri. and Sat. Nov. 13-21. Curtain: 8 p.m.

Walking monsters will inhabit a funhouse and haunted theater, Oct. 27-30, 8 p.m.; Oct. 31, 5 to 9 p.m. For adults and school-age children.

For information, call 353-9181.

MURDER MYSTERY AT THE FIREHOUSE. Frazer. Dinner theater. When the audience arrives for hors d'oeuvres, they will not be able to separate the actors from the other guests. But by the fifth course, they will have the clues needed to solve the crime, according to Carl Lotz, who wrote the mystery with his wife, Pat.

Performances and dinner: Sat., Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m. $30 per person to benefit East Whiteland Fire Co.; Oct. 16, $50, Uwchlan Republican Club fund-raiser; Nov. 14, $40 to benefit Exton/Frazer Rotary Club; Nov. 15 benefit for Chester County S.P.C.A. (cost to be announced). All performances held at the East Whiteland Volunteer Company Firehouse on Plainbrook Road. For reservations, call 647-3038.

THE PEOPLE'S LIGHT AND THEATRE COMPANY. Malvern. The Playboy of the Western World, John Millington Synge's Irish classic about a small-town hero at the turn of the century. Performances Tues.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 and 7 p.m., now through Oct. 17.

Comedian Thomas W. Jones II, performs as The Wizard of Hip, and has been compared to Bill Cosby, Robin Williams and Richard Pryor. Performances Nov. 12-Dec. 13.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol opens Dec. 1. For reservations, call 644-3500.

THE PLAYHOUSE. Wilmington. Vincent Gardenia is touring in Breaking Legs, a hit New York comedy centering on shady characters who decide to become Broadway angels. With Mafia money at stake, "break a leg" means more than good luck. Performances Oct. 30-Nov. 8.

Julie Harris will star as an eccentric tour guide at a stately home in Peter Shaffer's comedy, Lettice and Lovage, which won the Best Comedy Drama Award in London before a successful Broadway run. Performances from Nov. 27- Dec. 6.

Both plays: Tues. through Sat., 8 p.m.; matinees Wed. and Sat. at 2 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. For reservations, call 302-656-4401.

STEPPING STONE THEATER. Yorklyn, Delaware. The Crucible, Arthur Miller's story of deceit and witchcraft opens Oct. 16 and runs Fri., Sat. and Sun. through Nov. 8.

David Mamet's A Life in the Theater. Roles reverse as an experienced and older actor enjoys admiration from a younger actor but gradually becomes jealous of him. Opens Jan. 29 and runs through Feb. 21.

Both shows: Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m.; Sun. at 3 p.m. For reservations, call 302-656-5097.

THREE LITTLE BAKERS COUNTRY CLUB AND DINNER THEATRE. Wilmington. The

Unsinkable Molly Brown, Meredith Willson's musical about the singer who married a wealthy silver prospector, crashed society, and kept up the spirits of other survivors of the Titanic. Performances now through Oct. 25.

Dinner 5:30 p.m., show 8 p.m. For information and reservations, call 302-368-1616.

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE AT NEWARK. Newark. The Foreigner, a comedy, takes place at a resort, performed by the Harrington Theatre Arts Company on Oct. 16, 17; 22-24 at 8 p.m.

Dial 'M' for Murder, the play that Alfred Hitchcock turned into a movie classic. The story of a wife who starts to think that her husband is trying to kill her. Performed by the E-52 Student Theatre Nov. 6-8; and 12-14.

Both at Bacchus Theatre, Perkins Student Center.

Pippin, a musical about the son of Charlemagne, will be performed by the Harrington Theatre Arts Company on Nov. 13 and 14; and 19, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. 100 Wolf Hall, Univ. of Delaware.

For reservations for The Foreigner and Pippin, call 302-455-0915.

For Dial 'M' for Murder, call 302-831-6014.

VALLEY FORGE MUSIC FAIR. Valley Forge. Award-winning musical Camelot with Robert Goulet as King Arthur will be performed Oct. 6-11. For reservations or information, call 644-5000.

WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY THEATER. Two student-directed one-act plays, Porch, by Jeffrey Sweet explores roles expected of children by parents; Eugene Ionesco's The Lesson, theater of the absurd, presented Oct. 7-10 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 11 at 2 p.m.

The Way of the World, William Congreve's restoration comedy about lovers and cynicism, will be co-produced by faculty and students, Nov. 19-21 and Dec. 2-5 at 8 p.m., and at 2 p.m. Nov. 22 and Dec. 6.

For reservations, call: 436-2533.

WILMINGTON DRAMA LEAGUE. Wilmington. Corpse!, a comedy thriller by Gerald Moon, performed Fri. and Sat. through Oct. 10, at 8:15, with one Sun. matinee Oct. 4 at 3 p.m.

Lend Me A Tenor, Ken Ludwig's Tony-winning comedy about a double dose of sleeping pills and who will sing the leading role in Otello, will be performed Nov. 6 through 21 with a matinee Nov. 15.

For children, the musical Narnia by C.S. Lewis about a lion, a witch and a battle of good and evil Dec. 4 through 12.

For information and reservations, call 302-655-4982.

MUSIC AND COMICS

GRAND OPERA HOUSE. Singer Irma Thomas with The Holmes Brothers trio will open with harmonies featuring blues, gospel and jazz, Thurs., Oct. 8, 8 p.m.

Diane Schuur, jazz singer/pianist, sings old standards. Sat., Oct. 17 8 p.m. Tickets $21-$25.

Flutist James Galway with pianist Christopher O'Riley, Mon., Oct. 19, 8 p.m. Tickets $45.

Violinist Maria Bachmann, described by the New York Times as "a violinist of soul and patrician refinement," with pianist Nelson Padgett, Thurs. Oct. 22, 8 p.m. Tickets $18.

Beausoleil fiddler Michael Doucet and the country's leading Cajun band, Oct. 24, 8 p.m. Tickets $19-25. 302-658-7897.

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Hugh Wolff. Tues., Oct. 27, 8 p.m. Tickets $30-$40.

The Modern Jazz Quartet, celebrating its 40th anniversary. Fri. & Sat., Nov. 13 and 14, 8 p.m. Tickets $21-$25.

The Roches singing pop tunes and social ballads for over 20 years, with Boston musicians, The Story, Sat., Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets $20.

Vienna Choir Boys, a singing institution for nearly five centuries. Sat. Dec. 19, 8 p.m. Tickets $30.

IMMACULATA COLLEGE. Concert: Carlos Gonzalez Ruiz, guitar, Villa Maria Memorial Hall. Sun., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. Admission by donation.

Concert: Gospel-rama; Alumnae Hall Theater, Fri., Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. Admission $3; students free (proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity).

Guest artist recital: Trudy Kane, flute; Sun., Oct 25, Villa Maria Memorial Hall. Admission: $7, students/seniors $4.

Concert: Munier Mandolin, Alumnae Hall Theater, Sun., Nov. 8, 3 p.m. Admission by donation.

Concert: Immaculata College/Community Orchestra, Roman Pawlowski, conductor. Alumnae Hall Theater. Sat., Nov. 21, 8 p.m., Adm. $5; students/ seniors $3.

Concert: Immaculata College Chorale with Villanova Singers. Alumnae Hall Theater, Fri., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. Adm. by donation.

For information, call 647-4400.

KENNETT SYMPHONY. Jewels of the Season with Kennett Symphony children's chorus and emerging artists competition winners; Sat., Dec. 5, 8 p.m.; Sun. Dec. 6, 3 p.m. at Kennett High School Auditorium. Tickets: 444-6363.

LATRATTORIA EAST. West Chester. Blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin, the late Howlin' Wolf's second guitar, will perform Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. Tickets, call 429-1969.

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY. Old Baltimore Pike. Harold Jones, flutist, 7:30 Oct. 7, Ware Center.

Convocation: University Concert Choir with Randall Robinson, Wed., Nov. 11, 4 p.m. Mary Dod Brown Chapel.

University Concert Choir at Alumni Association, West Side Complex, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m.

All concerts are free and open to the public. For information, call 932-8300.

LONGWOOD GARDENS. Kennett Square. Victor Lee Fields, organist performs a Victorian sampler, Sun., Oct 4, at 2:30 p.m., including music by Lemare, Elgar and Handel on Longwood's historic 10,010 pipe Aeolian concert organ.

R. Clipper Erickson, pianist, performs works by Liszt and Chopin on Sun., Oct. 11 at 2:30 p.m.

Richard E. Fritsch, organist, will perform "Fireworks Music" by G. F. Handel, "Carillion de Westminster" by Louis Vierne, "Music for a Flute Clock" by Joseph Haydn, and "Will O' The Wisp" by Gordon Balch Nevin, Sun., Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m.

William Gatens, organist, will perform works by Guilmant, Stanford, Vierne and Warren. Sun., Oct. 25, at 2:30 p.m.

Haskell Singers and Dancers, Haskell Indian Junior College, Lawrence, Kansas, will perform Sat., Oct. 31 at 11 a.m.; 12 noon and 2 p.m.

Bill Miller, Nashville, Mohican singer/songwriter, guitar and flute. Sat. and Sun, Nov. 7 and 8, performs at 12, 1, 2, and 3 p.m.

Billy B. Brennan, natural science song and dance man. Nature and Native Americans, Sat., Sun., Nov. 21, 22 at noon, 1, 2, 3 p.m.

Opera Delaware, exerpts from the musical ABC (America Before Columbus), Fri., Sat., Sun., Nov. 27- 29 at noon, 1, 2, 3 p.m.

Choral Concerts daily from Dec. 4-23 at 7 and 8 p.m.

Concerts are included in the garden's $10 admission fee. (children $2, free under age 6). For information, call 388-6741.

THREE LITTLE BAKERS COUNTRY CLUB. Celebrity series. A Night in the Catskills, featuring Aliza Kashi and Henny Youngman, Tues. Oct. 20; The Hubcaps, Wed., Oct. 21; Pat Cooper and Julius LaRosa, Tues. Oct. 27 through Sun. Nov. 1. For information and reservations, call 302-368-1616.

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE. Newark. An Oktubafest Chamber Recital features Jay Hildebrandt, professor of music on tuba and euphonium; Julie Nishimura on

piano, and U.D. Tuba Quartet and student soloists, Wed., Oct. 14, in Loudis Recital Hall of the Amy E. du Pont Music Building, Amstel Avenue and Orchard Road.

Uptown String Quartet performs unusual repertoire of spirituals, blues, R&B and ragtime, Wed., Oct. 14 at Newark Hall Auditorium, 8 p.m.;

Relache Ensemble, which interprets new music, will perform a work in progress by Fred Ho combining Chinese musical elements with jazz, Fri., Nov. 20 in the Amy du Pont Music Building at 8 p.m.

A seasonal concert will be performed by the university music department faculty, Sun., Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Loudis Recital Hall in the Amy du Pont Music Building. For information and tickets, call 302-831-2204.

VALLEY FORGE MUSIC FAIR. Valley Forge. Off-the-wall comedian Gallagher, known to smash watermelons onstage, will entertain Oct. 2 and 3 at 8 p.m.

Country band Alabama, 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 3; and Sun., Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.

Country band Shenandoah, featuring singer Mike Reid, Oct. 15.

Jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Jr. and R&B singer Regina Belle, Oct. 17.

Country singers Steve Wariner and Suzy Bogguss, Oct. 21.

Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Oct. 23-25.

On Wed., Nov. 18, Cab Calloway and his Hi-de-ho Orchestra will perform at a special matinee for senior citizens.

Ann-Margret, Nov. 20-21.

Country singer Mark Collie with the Charlie Daniels Band Nov. 19.

Gospel singers The Winans One Family Holiday Show will perform Nov. 28.

For reservations or information, call 644-5000.

DANCE

GRAND OPERA HOUSE. Principal dancers from New York City Ballet perform Hommage a Balanchine, Sun., Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets $33-45.

Pilobolus. Called dancers by some, acrobats by others, their gravity- defying and humorous use of body parts provide visually stimulating entertainment. Thurs., Nov. 19, 8 p.m. Tickets $19-23.

For reservations, call: 302-658-7897.

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY. Old Baltimore Pike. Rod Rodgers dance concert, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Ware Center. Free and open to the public. For information, call 932-8300.

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