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January 03, 1993|By J. Wynn Rousuck

Romantic comedy by Neil Simon at Spotlighters

Comedy and one man's frustrated attempts at romance will launch the new year at the Spotlighters, 817 St. Paul St., when Neil Simon's "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers" opens Friday.

Directed by Robert Bayer, the production stars Joe Heidelmaier as Barney, a middle-aged man looking for a little spice outside his marriage. Mary Monet, Malynda Votaw and Patsy Gould Black play the objects of his affection.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 and $9. For more information, call (410) 752-1225.

@ PBS' Great Performances series provides a new look at Tennessee Williams' "Suddenly Last Summer" at 9 p.m. Wednesday on Maryland Public Television (channels 22 and 67).

Starring Natasha Richardson as Catharine; Maggie Smith as her wealthy aunt, Mrs. Venable; and Rob Lowe as the young psychiatrist she hires to determine whether Catharine is insane, this production returns the play to its original one-act format. The 1958 script contains what the playwright once described as "passages perhaps as well-written as anything I've done."

J. Wynn Rousuck David Snyder's boxes, at Nye Gomez Gallery beginning Saturday, exhibit finished craftsmanship and open to resemble altarpieces, revealing enigmatic paintings within. "Pissing at the Moon" opens to show a beehive above a wall stretching into the distance. This could have a political meaning (something to do with China?), or it might be an environmental message (are the bees escaping the polluted Earth in their hive?), or perhaps it's a surrealist image with personal psychological content. You can make up your mind Saturday, when a show of this and Snyder's other pieces, accompanied by Tom Dixon's collaged and painted works incorporating hare (not hair) heads and figures from turn-of-the-century calendars, opens at the gallery at 836

Leadenhall St. The show runs through Feb. 6. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (410) 752-2080.

John Dorsey

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