Lucinda Merry-Browne and Janet Luby hope their new performance group, The Bay Theatre Company, will change the face of theater in Annapolis. The company's weekend performance, "Beyond Therapy" by Christopher Durang, details the life of Bruce, a bisexual who is torn between his live-in lover and his girlfriend. Luby, a former New York actress and associate artistic director of Bay Theatre, said the company hopes to help broaden the local theater scene. "We want to bring people from Washington, D.C., to Annapolis to act in and watch theater. We think this theater company will do that." 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Griscom Building, 273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis. $15. 410-263-6671.


Learn about 18th- and 19th-century mummers plays during "Mums the Word," a brown-bag lunch lecture sponsored by the Historic Annapolis Foundation. Cliff Long, interpretation coordinator with the Historic Annapolis Foundation, will trace the evolution of these unusual plays as they changed from silent mimes to longer poetic productions. The plays, which started in England, were performed by masked actors, often in wealthy homes, in exchange for food or money. They were typically performed during the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Lecture includes short recitations. Noon, Wednesday. William Paca House and Gardens, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis. Free. Reservations required. 410-267-7619.


Ballroom and Dancesport Center will offer something for the dancer in everyone this week with professional showcases and open amateur dances. Dancers can hit the ballroom floor 9-11:30 p.m. tomorrow during the weekly open session, which includes an 8 p.m. class for beginners. Tickets for this event are $12. the studio will hold a Winter Showcase 7-11 p.m. Saturday, with performances from local dancers and a pro-am show with students and teachers from the Ballroom and Dancesport Center. The evening will also include open dancing, drinks and a buffet. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door; children 12 and younger, $35. That's Dancing Ballroom and Dancesport Center, 8610 Baltimore-Washington Blvd., Jessup. 301-776-0085.