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January 04, 1992|By David Zurawik THEATER A corny classic


Van Dyke returns

Dick Van Dyke returns tomorrow night at 9 on WBAL-TV ( Channel 11) as Mark Sloan, the crime-solving doctor in "Diagnosis for Murder." Van Dyke first appeared as Dr. Sloan in a guest shot last year on "Jake and the Fatman." The response was good enough to warrant a made-for-TV movie as a pilot for possible weekly series. The cast of "Diagnosis for Murder" includes Bill Bixby, Mariette Hartley, Ken Kercheval and Van Dyke's son, Barry. The Towsontowne Dinner Theatre is staging a spirited production of David Merrick's tap-dancing musical hit, "42nd Street." Based on the pleasantly corny 1933 Busby Berkley movie starring Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell, the show offers 12 all-time favorite songs including "Lullaby of Broadway," "You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me" and the title number. Directed with flair by Eric Potter, the show features impressive dance and song performances by Ernie Ritchey, Holly Pasciullo, Dotti Mach, Liz Boyer and Billy Burke. Good '30s ambience and vocal delivery. 7800 York Road. Buffet: 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. show. Tickets: Call (410) 321-6595.

Winifred WALSH "JFK" is the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as director-writer Oliver Stone and Jim Garrison, former New Orleans district attorney, see it. It was Mr. Garrison who brought businessman Clay Shaw to trial on conspiracy charges and saw the case thrown out of court. All this should be kept in mind while watching "JFK," but beyond the Stone-Garrison slant, this is an absorbing film. It may not be history, but it is excellent docudrama. Kevin Costner plays Mr. Garrison. Language, violence. Rating: R. ****

Lou Cedrone "Doc Hollywood" is an easy, amusing comedy. Michael J. Fox plays a plastic surgeon who finds himself stranded in a small town where he is forced to play doctor to the natives. Julie Warner is the young woman who helps convince the surgeon that life in a small town may be better than the faster life in California, land of the plastic surgeons. George Hamilton makes a brief appearance as a leading physician in the Los Angeles area. Nudity, language. Rating: PG-13. **

Lou Cedrone When the Slickee Boys make their first reunion appearance tonight at the 8x10 Club, their show should offer a double-shot of rock nostalgia. First, there's the band's mastery of the garage rock aesthetic, harkening back to the classic guitar grunge and teen-age weirdo lyrics that made the Flamin Groovies so, well, groovy; second, the Slickees' set will offer one more chance to hear the band rip through such memorably warped work as "The Brain That Refused to Die," "Jailbait Janet" and "This Party Sucks." Show time is 10 p.m., and tickets are $7. Call (410) 625-2000 for details.

J.D. Considine

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