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February 29, 1992|By John Dorsey THEATER A 'Devil' of a melodrama

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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.

Winifred Walsh "Memoirs of an Invisible Man" is probably Chevy Chase's best movie, though that's not saying a lot. Still, the film has its moments. For one thing, it allows Chase to act instead of simply acting up; he plays a callow San Francisco investment counselor who is accidentally turned invisible and spends the rest of the film being chased by the CIA and chasing Daryl Hannah. The invisibility gags tire, but the movie is sustained by Chase's performance. Rated PG-13. ***.

Stephen Hunter There was a lot of actress screaming to get out inside the Meredith Baxter who became known to American TV audiences only as Alex Keaton's mom during the 1980s run of "Family Ties." A deeper talent is displayed by Baxter tomorrow night at 9 on WBAL (Channel 11) in "A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story." The actress plays a woman gone over the edge after being discarded by her wealthy husband (Stephen Collins). It is the kind on non-glamorous role you wouldn't catch most made-for-TV actresses in for all the cosmetics endorsements and beauty "secrets" this side of Victoria Principal. This is a real actress at work.

David Zurawik

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