For two performances only, New York audiences can catch a pair of contemporary, one-act comic operas, The Bald Soprano and Mark Bucci's Tale For A Deaf Ear at the Sylvia & Danny Kaye Playhouse on East 68th St. The show runs May 31-June 1 only. Soprano (1959), by Martin Kalmanoff, takes as its source Eugene Ionesco's absurdist comedy of the same name. 1957's Deaf Ear, which managing director Richard Marshall calls "a modern day miracle opera," is based on a story by Elizabeth Enright. Actress and noted socialite Kitty Carlisle Hart will serve as the evening's hostess, introducing both operas. Her best known role was as the ingenue in the Marx Brothers film, A Night At The Opera.
For tickets ($20-$35) and information on this double bill, presented by the Center For Contemporary Opera, call (212) 772-4448.
--By David Lefkowitz