MUSICCello festival at TSUAs part of its international...

WEEKEND PICKS

March 06, 1993|By STEPHEN WIGLER THEATER Center Stage 'Happiness'

MUSIC

Cello festival at TSU

As part of its international cello festival, Towson State University will present the St. Petersburg Quartet this evening at 8:15 in the Fine Arts Concert Hall, Osler and Campus drives. The quartet, which is in residence at the St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) Conservatory, will perform works by Mozart and Brahms as well as by Russian composers Tchaikovsky and Borodin. Tickets are $19 for general admission, $6 for students, seniors and TSU staff. Call (410) 830-3451. "Escape from Happiness," Canadian playwright George F. Walker's harrowing comedy about love, families and survival, is receiving its first major U.S. production at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Director Irene Lewis' skilled cast portrays a melange of marginal characters with hilarity and a high degree of physicality. Although Walker is Canada's leading playwright, he has remained little known in this country; this production, which travels to Yale Repertory Theatre after Center Stage, could change that. Show times are today at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $35. Call (410) 332-0033.

J. WYNN ROUSUCK

MOVIES

Murray in masterful film

"Mad Dog and Glory" is an offbeat, out-of-kilter gangster story with Bill Murray and Robert De Niro. How offbeat and out-of-kilter? Murray is the bad guy, that's how out-of-kilter. He's a gangster who fulfills a debt of honor to the policeman who saved his life (De Niro) by giving him a present -- a real, live, beautiful, young woman for a week. When the two of them fall in love, she doesn't want to go back and trouble starts. Written by novelist Richard Price, the movie is full of weird and beautiful moments during which the writing just leaps out at you as something utterly special. R. ***.

STEPHEN HUNTER

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