The Baltimore Playwrights Festival wraps up this weekend with the final performances of Joe Dennison's "A Short Simple Stay" and Mark Berman's "Albert Einstein Never Sang at the Met." The former focuses on a sailor who encounters a woman of mystery in the Philippines; despite spending more time on atmosphere than conflict, it gets under your skin. The latter offers an affectionate look an eccentric, but sitcom-y, 1950s family. Show times for both are today at 8:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 7 p.m. "A Short Simple Stay" is being presented at Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St. Tickets are $8. Call (410) 276-7837. "Albert Einstein" is at the Spotlighters, 817 St. Paul St. Tickets are $7. Call (410) 752-1225.
@ "White Men Can't Jump" loses its way in a second half that's too complicated with crosses and double-crosses, but for a long time it's great fun as Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes form a salt-and-pepper two-man playground basketball team to play off cultural expectations (as expressed in the title) to line their pockets. The movie has a sense of the great improvisational genius of the game and is great fun for nearly its whole length. ***. R.