MOVIEBarry Levinson's 'Toys'"Toys" wants to be innocent...

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December 19, 1992|By Stephen Hunter

MOVIE

Barry Levinson's 'Toys'

"Toys" wants to be innocent and resonant, like a great fairy tale, but it's too slow-moving and self-indulgent. Still, the Barry Levinson film is so beautifully designed and so full of astonishing vistas that a visually savvy moviegoer has to add it to the must-see list. It's set in a kind of child's imagination, full of primary colors and images of lurid purity; everything is what it is, without nuance or subtext. A muted Robin Williams plays a boy-man who must fight with his evil militaristic uncle (Michael Gambon) to regain control of a famous toy company. It means less than its maker thinks, but it's still a piece of work. Rated PG. **. Tonight is the last chance to see Impossible Industrial Action's imaginative rendition of Edward Albee's pitch-black comedy, "The American Dream," at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. Extended an extra week by popular demand, the production turns Albee's attack on artificial family values into an entertainingly eerie nightmare sitcom. Tonight's performance is at 8. Tickets are $14. Call (410) 752-8558.

J. Wynn Rousuck

ART

'Shrines' at Goucher

In the successful show "Shrines" at Goucher College, Shelley Hull and Jenni Lukac create art works that in some sense redefine the sacred. Hull's paintings incorporate elements of the personal physical essence, and spread out from there to include family, nature, art and religion in the realm of the sacred. Lukac uses religious books and other objects to demonstrate what the world's religions have in common. These different but complementary works add up to a thought-provoking show. The exhibit continues at Rosenberg Gallery at Goucher College, Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, through Dec. 23. Call (410) 337-6116.

John Dorsey

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