MOVIES'Doctor' becomes patientWilliam Hurt, delivering one...


August 17, 1991|By Lou Cedrone


'Doctor' becomes patient

William Hurt, delivering one of the best and most convincing performances of his career, plays a respected but indifferent San Francisco surgeon who learns what it is to be a patient in "The Doctor," a movie that walks a fine line between comedy and tragedy and makes it safely home. Christine Lahti is the doctor's steady, dependable wife, who helps him through the crisis, and Elizabeth Perkins is the young woman the doctor meets when he being treated for cancer of the throat. Mandy Patinkin also stars. Language. Rating: PG-13. **** "Summer Pleasures," a group exhibition of gallery artists at Steven Scott Gallery, is awash with the flowers, colors and sensations of warm weather. The terrain ranges from windowsill scenes to sailboats rocking in the harbor; a desert is a reservoir of energy with fantastically colored vegetation. Work by Carolyn Brady, Wolf Kahn, Phillip Koch, Cornelia Foss, Denise Lisiecki, William Lesch, Robert Longo, Tom Miller, John Sayers, Hollis Sigler and Frank Trefny. Through Aug. 31 at the gallery, 515 N. Charles St. Hours: noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Call 752-6218.

Linell Smith


Harry Chapin remembered

It will be sandwiched between and interrupted by pledge--breaks, but a two-hour "Tribute to Harry Chapin" tonight offers quite a lineup of pop music stars of the last couple of decades. The show is at 8 p.m. on Maryland Public Television, which is back into on-the-air fund-raising, through Aug. 25. Chapin ("Cat's in the Cradle," etc.) was killed in a Long Island car accident in July 1981. This 10-year anniversary observance at Carnegie Hall, with Harry Belafonte as host, includes performances by Judy Collins, Bruce Springsteen, the Smothers Brothers and others. Included are numerous tape clips of the late performer.

Steve McKerrow "New Jack City," seen recently in movie houses, is now available on video. The film, hard, fast and exciting, was directed with know-how by Mario Van Peebles. Wesley Snipes, also in "Jungle Fever," is the drug lord who takes over a New York housing unit, which he converts into a stronghold. There was violence at some theaters in which the film played, but not because the film encouraged it. In its own way, "New Jack City" is anti-violence and anti-drug. Sex, nudity, language, violence. Rating: R. ***

Lou Cedrone


Female 'Odd Couple'

Neil Simon's delightful female adaptation of his hit comedy "The Odd Couple" is currently on stage at the Towsontowne Dinner Theatre. Directed by Richard Byrd, this very amusing version features Sheryl Ryanharrt as Olive Madison and Jeannie Walden as Florence Unger. The Pigeon sisters have been replaced by the Spanish Constanzuela brothers, Richard Byrd and Dave Guy, who have difficulty speaking English. After fanatically neat Florence moves in, slipshod Olive's life is never DTC the same. 7800 York Road. Buffet 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets: $25.95. Call 321-6595.

Winifred Walsh

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