MOVIESWonderful life?Mel Brooks co-wrote, directed and...


August 10, 1991|By Lou Cedrone


Wonderful life?

Mel Brooks co-wrote, directed and stars in "Life Stinks," a comedy that pays more than a passing tribute to such luminaries as Charlie Chaplin, the Three Stooges and Frank Capra. Brooks plays a tycoon who bets a rival businessman he can survive for 30 days on the mean streets of Los Angeles. He does survive, and often enough, the comedy works. Brooks, along with Lesley Ann Warren, also manages to kid the early MGM musicals, with kindest regards, of course. Language. Rating: PG-13. ** Artist Scott Ponomone investigates a crowd of matinee theater-goers as they linger in the lobby at intermission, reading programs, sipping wine, the afternoon light catching them in a net of shadows and red carpet. This three-paneled painting is part of a show of new work by studio artists at School 33 Art Center. There are paintings, photographs and sculpture by Nicholas Corrin, Diane Kuthy, Murray Taylor, Alexandra Semionova, Helen Sharkey, Michela Caudill and John Hayes. Through Aug. 23 at the Center, 1427 Light St. Hours: Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call the center at 396-4641.

Linell Smith


Raising consciousness

"Awakenings" is a romanticized but thoroughly engrossing version of a true story that took place in 1969 when a doctor at a Bronx hospital brought a group of post-encephalitis patients back to consciousness. Robin Williams and Robert De Niro star as doctor and patient, respectively, and you have seldom seen better acting. The film does have its share of laughs, but primarily it is an adroit mixture of comedy and pathos, an almost totally satisfying experience that is neither upper nor downer. Language. Rating: PG-13. ****

Lou Cedrone It is more of the same old depressing crime stuff to be sure, but a Fox series is making its fourth season premiere tonight, as the fourth network continues to get a jump on the traditional fall season. The show is the reality series "Cops" (at 8 on WBFF-Channel 45), and the setting is Kansas City, both the Missouri and Kansas sides of town, as police deal with a domestic violence call with drug overtones and a case of suspected shoplifting.

Steve McKerrow


A golden production

"On Golden Pond," Ernest Thompson's heartwarming comedy, is being given top professional treatment at the Totem Pole Playhouse in Fayetteville, Pa. Situated in Caledonia State Park, the theater is owned by Baltimorean Carl Schurr, who directed the current production. In this tender and funny play, an elderly couple return to their summer home for the 44th year and are reunited with their troubled daughter. Theater veterans Jenny Turner and Donald Ewer star. Baltimore actors Wil Love and Paul DeBoy are also featured. 8:30 p.m. It's a 90-minute drive from Baltimore to Caledonia State Park. $14-$16. Call (717) 352-2164 for directions and information.

Winifred Walsh

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