TELEVISION'Miss Rose White'Maybe nothing more needs to be...


April 25, 1992|By David Zurawik THEATER A magnificent 'Waltz'


'Miss Rose White'

Maybe nothing more needs to be said about "Miss Rose White" than it is a Hallmark Hall of Fame production. Can you remember a bad Hallmark Hall of Fame? I can't. "Miss Rose White," which airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on WMAR-TV (Channel 2), is set in 1947 and stars Kyra Sedgwick as a young woman split between the new world of her department-store job in postwar Manhattan and the old world of her immigrant father (played by Maximilian Schell). Maureen Stapleton is only terrific as Tanta Perla in this film based on Barbara Lebow's play, "A Shayna Maidel." "The Baltimore Waltz" is a celebration of life at the same time it is a heart-rending evocation of loss. Based on playwright Paula Vogel's experiences caring for her brother, Carl, who died of AIDS in 1988, the play offers a brilliantly imaginative look at this deadly disease. Vogel accomplishes this by using fantasy to bring out the familiar; the result is a rare and magnificent work, the most moving play Center Stage has produced this season. The final performances are today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-30. Center Stage is at 700 N. Calvert St. Call (410) 332-0033.

J. Wynn Rousuck "The Player" teaches us that everything we ever thought about Hollywood was not only true but fairly banal when compared with what was really going on. Nominally a "mystery" story, following an executive producer (Tim Robbins) who accidentally kills a writer and tries to prevent it from being a bad career move, it's really an examination of a culture so predatory that it makes the vaunted jungle look like a kindergarten rumpus room. Robert Altman directed. *** 1/2 .

Stephen Hunter Baltimore may be home to Karen Goldberg, but it's not a place this singer/songwriter plays very often. That's one reason to be on hand when she takes the stage at the 8x10 tomorrow; another is to celebrate her aptly titled new CD, "Slipping Thru the Cracks." Admission is bargain-priced at $3, and the music starts at 6 p.m. Call (410) 625-8000 for details.

J.D. Considine

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