Coming of age
Without intending to rush the summer along, Totem Pole Playhouse in Fayetteville, Pa. (14 miles west of Gettysburg), has launched its season with A. R. Gurney's nostalgic coming-of-age play, "What I Did Last Summer." Set in 1945 at a summer colony on the Canadian shore of Lake Erie, the play concerns the re-education of the author's alter ego at the hands of the local eccentric. The script is slow to get started, but its innate theatricality makes it a lovely choice. The final performances of the run are today at 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and tomorrow at 3 p.m. Tickets are $11-$17. Call (717) 352-2164.
@ "Housesitter" is nasty but very funny. Steve Martin plays a meek architect whose life is invaded by pathological liar Goldie Hawn, who moves into a house he owns and begins to claim that she's his wife. In a craven way, he sees how her nuttiness might help him, so he agrees to go along and as a result becomes a collaborator in his own destruction. The movie has a cheerful smile and a black spirit. Rated PG. ***.