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August 21, 1994|By J. Wynn Rousuck

Ambassador's wife is the subject of play on MPT

"Long Shadows" -- an original teleplay based on the life of Haru Reischauer, wife of Edwin O. Reischauer, United States ambassador to Japan during the Kennedy administration -- will be broadcast on MPT (Channels 22 and 67) at 9 p.m. Wednesday as part of PBS's American Playhouse series.

Scripted by Milan Stitt (author of "The Runner Stumbles"), "Long Shadows" co-stars Japanese actress Fumi Dan, who portrays Haru from age 18 to 75, and, as her ambassador husband, Matt Frewer, best known for the title role in "Max Headroom." "Haru forged a path that few women had ever taken before," says producer Ricki Franklin. "To accomplish this, she had to transcend her fears and her cultural history to give flower to her own unique identity."

@ Totem Pole Playhouse, the summer theater in Fayetteville, Pa., completes its 1994 season with a madcap, door-slamming farce, Dave Freeman's "A Bedfull of Foreigners," opening Tuesday. Directed by Baltimorean Wil Love, the comedy follows the misadventures of a vacationing British couple who check into a dilapidated hotel on the French-German border on the eve of a local festival.

Curtain times are 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 4. Tickets are $12 to $18. Totem Pole Playhouse is located at 9555 Golf Course Road in Caledonia State Park, 14 miles west of Gettysburg. For information, call (717) 352-2164.

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J. Wynn Rousuck The Flying Tongues, a Baltimore-based troupe that describes its style as "comedyslashimprov," opens the first of two revues, "Un-American, Un-Censored, Um-Brella," at AXIS Theatre, 3600 Clipper Mill Road, on Friday. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 10. Tickets are $10. Call (410) 243-5237.

This will be followed by another Tongues production, "Totally Tasteless (leave the kids at home)," opening Sept. 14 at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. Curtain times for "Tasteless" are 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 25. Tickets are $14. Call (410) 752-8558. Founded in 1992 by Joe Brady, Jimi Kinstle and Larry Malkus, Flying Tongues also features Bruce Nelson and Melissa Sharlat.

J. Wynn Rousuck

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