BOND STREET THEATRE This long-running New York theater company has combined multidisciplinary performance ideas and humanitarian outreach to create unconventional theater for more than 30 years, and in recent years has even developed a healthy relationship with our very own Theatre Project, bringing its innovative Romeo and Juliet and Beyond the Mirror, a collaboration with the Exile Theatre of Kabul, to town. This week, Bond Street Theatre premieres its The Mechanical--about an 18th-century scientist who creates a man-like chess-playing machine--at the indispensable Preston Street performance space. It opens March 26 and runs through April 5.
DANCE The Peabody Dance Spring Showcase, 7:30 p.m. March 28 and 3 p.m. March 29 in Peabody Institute's Friedberg Hall, features an all-Bach program performed by Peabody's early music and strings departments, featuring Peabody alumni Meghan Flanigan and Andrea Picard. The program includes "Letters to Myself," a multi-media piece for movement, recorded voices, and video set to Bach's Violin Partita in D Minor. Visit peabody.jhu.edu/danceshowcase for more info.
AESTHETIC RESEARCH SERIES Virtuosic clarinetist Allan Ware (pictured below) makes a stop in Baltimore at the Carriage House March 27 as part of the Aesthetic Research Series (aestheticresearchseries.org), performing a decidedly contemporary repertoire (Violeta Dinescu, Harald Genzmer, Shulamit Ran, Roger Hannay), as well as premiers local composer Daniel Carney's "No. 30 a . . . e," a piece for clarinet that requires Ware to hum and accompany himself on drum and high-hat.
OPENING First Look: Three New Tales for the Stage offers three one-act plays from Maryland playwrights March 27-April 11 at the Mobtown Theater. On the Road Theatre Company presents Michael Leroy Harding's The Six of Us at Load of Fun Studios March 28-April 26. Run of the Mill Theater and Spotlight UB present a staged reading of Renee Flemings' Strange Weather at the UB Student Center's Performing Arts Theater March 30 at 7 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Theatre performs Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood March 27-29 at Homewood's Merrick Barn. And Paco Fish hosts his monthly variety show Vive la Decadence! March 28 at the Load of Fun Studios.
LAST CHANCE Harold Pinter's Old Times closes this weekend at Vagabond Players with evening performances March 27 and 28 and a 2 p.m. March 29 matinée.