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May 30, 1992|By Stephen Hunter THEATER Insights from Moliere

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"Father of the Bride" is a remake, with Steve Martin in the Spencer Tracy role, but Steve Martin is no Spencer Tracy. The movie, nevertheless, does a good job of comically probing that most terrifying of all moments for all fathers, when he learns that his princess is to be another man's wife. It's panic time, but the movie doesn't probe this issue as deeply as it could, choosing instead to watch as the family comes to terms with an expensive wedding. Diane Keaton is wasted as Martin's wife, but Martin Short has an amusing turn as a wedding guru more expensive than an entertainment lawyer. Rated PG-13. ** 1/2 . Center Stage's final production of the season is a swift-paced rendition of Moliere's "The Misanthrope" that features a number of fresh insights. One of the most intriguing is the increased emphasis on Celimene, the notorious flirt with whom the hypocrisy-hating title character inexplicably falls in love. The production stars Stephen Markle and Lynnda Ferguson as the mismatched lovers. Weekend performance times 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. For more information, call (410) 332-0033.

J. Wynn Rousuck "The Waterdance" is the movie that nobody will want to see and that everybody should see. It follows a young paraplegic from the moment when he wakes up to learn that he'll never walk again to his final sense of provisional escape from his disability. Yet it's a surprisingly funny, sexy, affecting movie, never maudlin or self-pitying. Eric Stoltz plays a young writer who must learn to live again from the chair. His new peers are Wesley Snipes and Bill Forsythe, and they learn -- over the months of rehab -- the basic message that though they are brothers of the wheelchair, they're also brothers. Rated R. *** 1/2 .

Stephen Hunter It is one of the least-hyped awards shows on TV. That alone would be enough to recommend the "Tony Awards" show at 9 tomorrow night on WBAL (Channel 11). But there's lots more: songs from nominees for best musicals, a number from the revival of "Guys and Dolls," Glenn Close as host, and stars ranging from Carol Channing to Sigourney Weaver. It will be broadcast live from the Gershwin Theater in New York.

David Zurawik

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