One-man `Lord of the Rings’ zips in, out

Charles Ross, the man who brought us his One-Man Star Wars Trilogy, is heading to a whole other dark side — and this one has a real ring to it.

For two performances only, Ross performs The One-Man Lord of the Rings, in its first Bay Area appearance, at 8 p.m. April 10 and 11 at San Francisco’s Zeum Theater, under the auspices of American Conservatory Theater. TJ Dawe directs.

This from the press release: “Forty characters. Three masterworks. One man. Performer Charles Ross recreates the world of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth with nothing more than elbow pads and his imagination in his latest spellbinding creation, The One-Man Lord of the Rings. Journey through Tolkien’s masterpieces The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King in one hour of unbelievable kinetic entertainment. From the guy who brought us the One-Man Star Wars Trilogy comes an evening of booming special effects, riveting stage fights, and harrowing rescues-he does it all in this hilarious, epic one-man show.”

Performances are expected to sell out. call 415-749-2ACT or visit www.act-sf.org for information.