Two Comedies At Bristol Riverside Theatre

Posted: October 09, 1997

Two one-act mystery comedies, with offbeat plots and quirky characters, will open the 11th season at the Bristol Riverside Theatre. Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound and After Magritte will begin their run with preview performances Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Real Inspector Hound is an irreverent look at theater critics. After Magritte follows a husband/wife

/mother-in-law song-and-dance team implicated in a crime. The preview performances, which will begin at 8 p.m., will be followed by a talk with director Edward Keith Baker of Bristol, the cast, and the designers. Tickets for the previews are $22. The production will continue through Nov. 2, with performances Wednesdays through Sundays at varying curtain times. Tickets range from $25 to $27.

``There's a lot of physical comedy in The Real Inspector Hound. There's a corpse on stage the entire time, there's a shady police detective. . . . After Magritte is a situational comedy. Both take place in the 1930s,'' said theater assistant David J. Abers.

During the run of the show, an exhibit of reproductions of works by French surrealist painter Rene Magritte will be on display. Images from his paintings figure into the action in After Magritte.

The theater is at 120 Radcliffe St. For information, call 215-785-0100.

Scarred. Playcrafters of Skippack will present a workshop performance of a new psychological thriller, Scarred, written by John O'Hara of Lansdale. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Actors will perform the intense drama with scripts in hand. A $2 donation is requested. The performances will be followed by a discussion with the playwright and actors. The Barn Theater is at 2011 Store Rd., off Route 73, Skippack. For information, call 610-584-4005.

Lenape Chamber Ensemble. The 23d season of the Lenape Chamber Ensemble will open tomorrow at Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church in Upper Black Eddy. Philadelphia Orchestra associate principal cellist Peter Stumpf will join pianist Marcantonio Barone for Beethoven's Variations on Mozart's ``Magic Flute'' for Cello and Piano. They will be accompanied by Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Barbara Govatos for Faure's Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano. The program will close with Schubert's string quartet Death and the Maiden. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for senior citizens and students. The concert will begin at 8:30 p.m. The church is off River Road on Jugtown Hill Road, one mile north of the Frenchtown Bridge. The chamber's remaining three concerts this season will be performed at both the Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church and at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown Township. Season tickets are available by calling 610-294-9361.

Pottstown Symphony. ``A Night on Broadway'' is the theme of the fall pops concert presented by the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra on Saturday in Pottstown. Under the direction of Porter Eidam of Pottstown, the orchestra will perform selections from plays such as On the Town, West Side Story, Gypsy, Showboat, and Jekyll and Hyde.

The orchestra has been given permission to present a number from Frank Wildhorn's work-in-progress, The Scarlet Pimpernel. Wildhorn wrote the musical Jekyll and Hyde, which opened on Broadway in March. Among the five vocalists performing with the orchestra Saturday will be John Treacy Egan, who is in Jekyll and Hyde.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students with identification. A reception to meet the musicians will follow the concert. Tickets are an additional $25, and reservations are required for the reception. The concert and reception will take place at the Hill School Center for the Arts, Beech and Sheridan Streets.

The orchestra's four-concert subscription series will begin in November. For information, call 610-326-8742.

Newtown Chamber Orchestra. The season opener for the Newtown Chamber Orchestra will draw from works by Handel, Vivaldi, Bach and Holst. ``Baroque and Beyond'' will be performed at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Lutheran Church of God's Love, Newtown-Yardley Road, Newtown Township.

James M. Tuozzolo of Hopewell is the featured soloist for Handel's Suite in D major for Trumpet and Orchestra. Tuozzolo, who has performed with Gregory Hines, Tom Jones and the late Sammy Davis Jr., also has played trumpet for the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and students. Free child care will be offered. The orchestra, led by Russell Hoffmann of Flemington, N.J., will perform four concerts this season. Subscription prices are available by calling 215-598-0722.

Abington Art Center. A reception this evening at the Abington Art Center will focus on ``The Big Picture,'' an exhibit of large-scale paintings by four Philadelphia artists. The featured artists are Susan Moore, Frank Bramblett, Mary Murphy and Stuart Fineman.

About 10 paintings, which range in size from 5 feet by 5 feet to 8 feet by 7 feet, are on display through Dec. 3. The free reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 tonight.

Moore and Bramblett are both professors at the Tyler School of Art. Moore's oil portraits are created by combining the facial features of different people. Bramblett uses mechanical pencil on fused silica for his abstract works.

Murphy, who teaches at the University of the Arts, paints abstract oils. Fineman, a teacher at the Abington Art Center, is inspired by the period between the two World Wars for his oil paintings.

Following this evening's reception is a free slide lecture at 8 p.m. by painter and sculptor Thom Cooney Crawford, whose work appears in the center's outdoor sculpture garden. The center, at 515 Meetinghouse Rd. in Jenkintown, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For information, call 215-887-4882.

Solowey Studio. Visitors to the Studio of Ben Solowey in Bedminster can follow the progression of the artist's works from initial sketches to the finished paintings in the latest exhibit. ``Drawn to Life,'' which will open Sunday, will include drawings from never-before exhibited sketchbooks.

``You'll get to see what goes on in the mind of an artist,'' said studio director David Leopold.

Solowey's sketches of landscapes and figures capture his initial impressions of a subject. The sketches are drawn with charcoal, pastels, pencil, and pen and ink. His finished works are in oils and watercolors.

A free opening reception is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Besides the studio, visitors can tour the Solowey farmhouse on Sunday. The 200-year-old farmhouse, filled with furniture handcrafted by Solowey, is open only a few times a year. Solowey, who moved to the Bedminster property from New York in 1942, died in 1978.

Admission to the studio and farmhouse is free on Sunday. The exhibit can be seen at the studio from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 23 and by appointment through the winter. Regular admission to the studio, at 3551 Olde Bedminster Rd., is $3. For information, call 215-795-0228.

Golden Door Gallery. An exhibit of impressionistic oils and pastels by Philipe Alfieri of New York will open on Sunday at the Golden Door Gallery in New Hope with a free reception to meet the artist. About 25 of his works, primarily of harlequins and nudes, will be on display through Nov. 2. The reception is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is at 52 S. Main St. For information, call 215-862-5529.

Bianco Gallery. The 1997 Invitational Exhibition at the Bianco Gallery in Buckingham features the works of four artists with regional ties. For the first time, the works of David Graeme Baker of Point Pleasant are on display at the gallery. His oil paintings focus on landscapes, interior scenes and figurative subjects. Also in the exhibit are the pastel outdoor scenes of Donna Neithammer of Media and of Bob Richey of Warminster. Tom Higgins, originally from Bucks County and now a Maine resident, is displaying his oil landscapes. The exhibit of about 40 paintings continues through Nov. 9. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is at 3921 Route 202. For information, call 215-348-4235.

Neighbors welcomes news about the arts in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Please send all information, including a telephone number for verification, to Valerie Reed, Bucks County Neighbors, 830 Town Center Dr., Langhorne, Pa. 19047.

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