Art with a message
School 33 engages the attention with "Decoding Gender," an effective (if obvious) show that questions various aspects of gender and gender roles. Hung Liu's "Virgin/Vessel" attacks the traditional role of women in China; Ruth Pettus' "J'Accuse" concerns male domination; Peter Walsh's "Factual Slander" deals with reverse sex discrimination. All three challenge homosexual stereotypes. If you think you know all about this without seeing the show, you're not alone. But it doesn't hurt to reiterate the points made here, and making them in the form of art adds punch. The show continues through March 27. Call (410) 396-4641.
George Bernard Shaw chose old-fashioned , crowd-pleasing melodrama as the foundation for "The Devil's Disciple," a play that rails against religious hypocrisy, romantic foolishness and war. At Theatre Hopkins, Mark E. Campion is a commanding presence as Dick Dudgeon, the prodigal son of a New Hampshire family during the Revolutionary War. Curtain times are 8:30 tonight and 2:15 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $7.50 and $10. Theatre Hopkins performs in the Merrick Barn on the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University. For more information, call (410) 516-7159.