'Lost' at the Mechanic
Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Lost in Yonkers" -- currently at the Mechanic Theatre -- is about two teen-age brothers forced to live with their hard-hearted grandmother in 1942. A bittersweet examination of the power of family bonds, the play is illuminated by Mercedes McCambridge's empathetic portrayal of the grandmother. "Lost in Yonkers" has performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. today and at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $26-$37.50. For more information, call (410) 625-1400.
@ Visually delicious is the best description of "Selections From the Campbell Museum Collection" at the Baltimore Museum of Art. They're sumptuous, they're spectacular, they're soup tureens (and related objects such as bowls and spoons) from that great era of decorative arts, the 18th century. Collected by -- you guessed it -- the soup company, these tureens, mainly rococo and neoclassical in style, are beautifully made and elaborately decorative from foot to finial. The show runs through May 10. Call (410) 396-7100.
John Doresy "Showdown in Little Tokyo" hardly made a dent when it was released theatrically, but on tape its giddy absurdities don't quite seem so preposterous. Dolph Lundgren, the he-man of Scandinavia with a jaw like the prow of a Viking ship, plays an L.A. detective and martial arts expert on the track of a Yakuza ring. But the real star of the piece is Brandon Lee, Bruce's son, who makes a nice debut and may have more future than big Dolph. Rated R.
Concert worth taping
It does seem as if the spirit of populism and mass-appeal TV washes over the folks at Public Television mainly when they are asking viewers for money. One such offering is "Crosby, Stills & Nash: The Acoustic Concert," which airs at 7:30 tonight on MPT. The concert was taped last November at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco. It's worth taping. There's more music at 9 tonight on WBFF-TV (Channel 45) with a salute to Ray Charles titled "Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music."
On the trail of a killer
" Basic Instinct" is plenty basic, but the instincts it displays aren't narrative. Still, whatever its failings as a story and its failings as a performance vehicle, the movie has a certain intensity. Michael Douglas plays a cop on the trail of an ice-pick killer who may or may not be the woman he's falling in love with -- Sharon Stone, as blond as blond gets. Rated R; very violent.