MOVIES"Aladdin" isn't the greatest thing to come down the...

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November 28, 1992|By Stephen Hunter

MOVIES

"Aladdin" isn't the greatest thing to come down the pike since they figured out how to get all that Cheeze Whiz into those little bitty cans, but it's so darn much fun you might not notice. The movie follows a secret contest between the crazed genius Robin Williams and the squads of Disney animators who try to stay with him through the hairpin curves of his impersonation of genie as borscht belt comic. Hilarious stuff. The rest of the story is passable but hardly mind-blowing, as a bland Aladdin tries to win the Princess Jasmine for his own self while an evil vizier says No. G. *** 1/2

As its first Shakespearean production in almost a decade, Theatre Hopkins has boldly selected one of the so-called problem plays, "Measure for Measure." However, this insightful production not only successfully tackles many of the text's stickier problems of tone and psychology, it sheds light on some of the problems of sexual conduct, hypocrisy, justice and power that still plague society today. Performances are today at 8:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 2:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Merrick Barn at Johns Hopkins University. Tickets are $7.50 and $10. Call (410) 516-7159.

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J. Wynn Rousuck

POP MUSIC

What's the 411 on Mary J. Blige? For one thing, as "Real Love" makes plain, she's one of the women on the contemporary R&B scene to deliver all the firepower of an old-line soul diva while seeming totally at home with hip-hop culture; for another, she's appearing as part of a star-studded lineup tonight at the Capital Centre. Who else is performing? How about Wreckx-N-Effect (of "Rump Shaker" fame), R. Kelly & Public Announcement, EPMD, Das EFX, Redman ("Blow Your Mind"), K-Solo, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth and Shai ("If I Ever Fall in Love"). Tickets are $20, and the music starts at 8 p.m. Call (410) 792-7490 for information, (410) 481-7328 for tickets.

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J. D. Considine

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