Bringing big heat
VIDEO "Backdraft" will probably lose some of its effectiveness on the small screen, but the film is nevertheless worth renting or buying. The first hour seems to go nowhere, but the special effects are wondrous. The second hour has both plot and special effects. Kurt Russell and William Baldwin are brothers and Chicago firefighters who find themselves working at the same location where an arsonist is at work. Ron Howard directed. Language, sex, violence. Rating: R. **
A riveting production of Ugo Betti's suspenseful tale of clashing political ideologies, "The Queen and the Rebels," starring Caitlin Clarke, is currently playing at Center Stage. Subtly directed by Irene Lewis, the play focuses on a search by revolutionary soldiers for a woman known as the "Queen," the wife of the deposed ruling despot. In a remote mountain village, the "Queen" and a street-smart woman meet and exchange identities. This action, though tragic, restores one of the women to belated self-worth. 8 p.m. 700 N. Calvert St. Tickets: $27. Call (410) 332-0033. Bertinelli, babies and murder. It's the formula for what looks as if it could be one of the highest-rated miniseries of the year. "In a Child's Name," which airs tomorrow night at 9 on WBAL-TV (Channel 11), stars Valerie Bertinelli as a woman who fights her brother-in-law for custody of her dead sister's child. The sister is dead because the brother-in-law (played by Michael Ontkean) killed her. Bertinelli is one of TV's most bankable actresses, and the miniseries is all hers. The conclusion airs Tuesday night at 9.