More pre-Tony awards were handed out this week. The Drama Desk named "Ragtime" the best new musical, "Cabaret" the best musical revival, "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" the best new play and "A View from the Bridge" the best revival of a play.
- COSTARRING: Elizabeth Ashley and Michael Hayden will star in a revival of Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth" at the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, under the direction of Michael Kahn. Performances begin on Tues-day and run through July 19.- LEAR PROJECT: Olympia Dukakis will play Lear in the first public performance of her work-in-progress, "The Lear Project," at the Orpheum Theater in Foxborough, Mass., from June 16 through 21. It's described as a "woman-centered adaptation" of Shakespeare's tragedy.
- FINLEY'S FUDGE? Karen Finley will star in "The Return of the Chocolate-Smeared Woman," a "deconstruction" of her 1990 performance piece, "We Keep Our Victims Ready," in which Finley at one point smeared herself with chocolate. The piece aroused national debate over public financing of the arts. Performances, at the Bat Theater Company, will run from June 14 through July 4.
- Rick Lyman