THEATERSurreal ShakespeareCenter Stage's production of...

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March 07, 1992|By J. Wynn Rousuck

THEATER

Surreal Shakespeare

Center Stage's production of Shakespeare's "Pericles, Prince Tyre" takes a strange play and makes it stranger. Surrealism has been added to this magical mystery tour of shipwrecks, pirates, miracles and assorted convenient coincidences. The result reaffirms the significance of a disputed work while highlighting its peculiarities. Today's show times are 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; tomorrow's are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$30. For more information, call (410) 332-0033.

@ Ever wonder what separates R&B aficionados from regular, run-of-the-mill fans? It's knowing the players behind the hits -- guys like guitarist Cornell Dupree, an alumnus of Stuff and countless other rhythm sections whose eloquent, blues-drenched leads sparked singles as cool as Brook Benton's "Rainy Night in Georgia," or as hot as Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady." Hear for yourself tomorrow when Dupree struts his own stuff at Max's on Broadway. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 tomorrow, and it's an early show so be there by 8 p.m. For more information, call (410) 675-6297.

J.D. Considine

Movies

Tight, resonant thriller

"The Vanishing" took its time in reaching Baltimore, but the film, now at the Charles, is worth the wait. A tight and resonant thriller, it follows the cat and mouse game between two men, a kidnapper and the friend of one of his victims. Director George Sluizer is as shrewd and economical as Hitchcock at his best. Unrated. *** 1/2 .

Stephen Hunter

TELEVISION

Norman Lear returns

Norman Lear returns to prime time tonight with a new sitcom, "The Powers That Be," at 8:30 on WMAR (Channel 2). It's a political satire with real teeth, starring John Forsythe as a U.S. senator who is all style and not much substance. Lear acknowledges similarities between the senator and former President Ronald Reagan, but insists the sitcom's targets range beyond the Reagans. It's a smart, funny and promising series.

David Zurawik

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