THEATER'Jesus Christ Superstar'Andrew Lloyd Webber's and...

WEEKEND PICKS

December 26, 1992|By J. Wynn Rousuck

THEATER

'Jesus Christ Superstar'

Andrew Lloyd Webber's and Tim Rice's "Jesus Christ Superstar" made its U.S. debut as a concert, and the production that has launched its national tour at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre returns to those roots. Although the show is clearly a fully staged musical, the concert concept is reinforced by the set, lighting and sound equipment. Stars Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson powerfully reprise their 1973 movie roles. Performances are today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and tomorrow at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $27.50-$47.50. Call (410) 625-1400.

@ "The Crying Game" is Neil Jordan's brilliant thriller set against the troubles in Ireland and the troubles in men's heads about gender. Stephen Rea plays a sensitive IRA gunman who is part of a terrorist team that kidnaps a British undercover agent (Forest Whitaker) in Northern Ireland and is ultimately responsible for the agent's death. The gunman flees to London and falls in love with his victim's lover. Then the surprises start, and once they start, they don't stop. Rated R. ***.

Stephen Hunter

TELEVISION

'Lincoln,' the miniseries

It's not Ken Burns' "The Civil War." But it tries hard enougthat Civil War buffs won't want to miss ABC's four-hour "Lincoln" miniseries starting at 8 tonight on WJZ (Channel 13). "Lincoln" follows the general approach of "The Civil War" -- still photographs and celebrity voices, ranging from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Oprah Winfrey. Which is indicative of the thing that's ultimately wrong with the miniseries: too many big-name stars and not enough smarts. "The Civil War" broke your heart. The effect of "Lincoln" is more like heartburn.

David Zurawik

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