April 29, 2012

Arts Planner

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Portland Stage Company recreates the splendor of 18th-century Paris in its latest drama, "Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh." The cunning love triangle by playwright Joel Gross will have previews Tuesday to Thursday, and opens Friday night. It tells the story of a portrait painter who uses her affair with an idealistic count to get a commission to paint the young Queen Marie Antoinette.

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Ellen Adair, Caroline Hewitt and Tony Roach in "Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh" at Portland Stage.

Mark Rockwood photo courtesy of Portland Stage Company

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Jennifer Koh plays "Bach and Beyond" on Thursday.

Photo courtesy of Portland Ovations

It stars Ellen Adair, Caroline Hewitt and Tony Roach. Hewitt, who plays the up-and-coming painter, was born in Portland and grew up in Falmouth. The play premiered in 2003, opened in New York in 2007, and has been produced regionally as well as in Canada and Australia. Tickets cost $27 to $39. Call 774-0465 or visit portlandstage.org.

Portland Ovations presents violinist Jennifer Koh at Hannaford Hall at USM in Portland at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Koh is known for her musicianship and the intellectual acuity she brings to her traditional and contemporary repertoire. Koh's "Bach & Beyond" program pairs the Bach Sonatas and Partitas with works by contemporary composers. She will also work with local schools and students through in-school workshops and master classes.

Tickets cost $34 for the general public, and a limited number of $10 student tickets are also available.

Call 842-0800 or porttix.com for tickets. Visit portlandovations.org for information.


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