A taste of Italy"Ottocento" at the Walters Art Gallery...

ART 'Distinguished Gentleman' MOVIE 'Evita' at the Lyric THEATER WEEKEND PICKS

December 05, 1992|By John Dorsey

A taste of Italy

"Ottocento" at the Walters Art Gallery brings the world of 19th-century Italian art to Baltimore. Though there were no Manets or Cezannes, there were many artists of worth including Sylvestro Lega, Domenico Morelli, Andrea Appiani, Francesco Hayez and Giovanni Fattori among others. The art often pulses with the Italians' renewed spirit of nationalism, displays a desire to recapture Italy's glorious past, and exhibits a warmth of light and of spirit. The exhibit continues at the gallery, 600 N. Charles St., through Jan. 3. Call (410) 547-9000.

"The Distinguished Gentleman" more or less backs into the Weekend Pick spot by virtue of having no competition. It does have a few laughs and a Washington correspondent has told me that even at its most ridiculous, the movie has some kind of connection with the reality of the capital city. Murphy plays his usual brash scalawag, and occasionally is very funny. Rated R. fTC **.

Stephen Hunter The production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical, "Evita," at the Lyric Opera House, is distinguished by strong performances, particularly those of John Herrera as Che and Valerie Perri as Eva Peron. At the same time, the staging, which re-creates Harold Prince's original direction, looks so familiar it's almost comfortable. And, for a show that was conceived to be as alienating as Brecht, that's unfortunate. The final four performances are today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$42.50. Call (410) 481-7328.

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