THEATERThere's plenty to like about Olney Theatre's...

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July 18, 1992|By J. Wynn Rousuck

THEATER

There's plenty to like about Olney Theatre's production of "Hate Hamlet." Playwright Paul Rudnick's plot is hokey but fun: A TV actor is reluctantly cast as the lead in a Central Park production of "Hamlet," and the ghost of John Barrymore materializes to coach him. Olney's cast, headed by Richard Bauer as Barrymore, clearly exults in this affectionate theatrical spoof, and that exultation is showcased in one of the theater's best physical productions. Curtain times at Olney Theatre, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road (Route 108) in Olney, are today at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18-$23. Call (301) 924-3400.

@ "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid" not only stars a 2 1/2 -year-old, but it appears to have been written and directed by 2 1/2 -year-olds. But that's not bad, that's good. Hapless inventor Wayne Szalinski (Rick Moranis) accidentally blasts his youngest boy with growth electricity (or something) and the kid gets gigantic. The movie ends up being like a '50s monster movie overdosed on pabulum. ** 1/2 . PG.

Stephen Hunter

VIDEO

'This Is My Life'

"This Is My Life" gives two brilliant women a chance to step on up. Longtime screenwriter ("When Harry Met Sally . . .") Nora Ephron gets to direct longtime character actor Julie Kavner ("Awakenings") in a starring role about a Bronx mother who decides to enter showbiz. This doesn't exactly please her oldest daughter. Ephron and Kavner have a great feel for the warmth of family life, the yin and yang of the mother-daughter thing. and a good sense of adolescence. It's their grasp on showbiz culture ++ where the movie falters. Still, it's nice. ** 1/2 . PG-13.

Stephen Hunter

MUSIC

Wynette at Artscape

Country music legend Tammy Wynette will be among the featured acts as Artscape '92 continues today and tomorrow starting at noon in the Mount Royal cultural district. Ms. Wynette performs at 2:30 today on Decker Stage. Other highlights include the Bob Fields Jazz Ensemble tonight at 7:15 and the Stanley Jordan Trio tonight at 8:45, both on Decker Stage. All performances are free. Call (410)-396-4575.

Eric Siegel

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