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Reviews: Center Stage's 'Snow,' Shakespeare Theatre Company's 'Husband'

Just so you never fall out of my precious loop, I wanted to alert you to a couple theater reviews running on the Sun's Web site and, in slightly abbreviated form, in Friday's paper.

Baltimore's Center Stage is offering "Snow Falling on Cedars," an adaptation of the David Guterson novel. I'm a little tired of shows with actors playing multiple roles, and with narrative taking over the drama, but this play does raise important issues.

We need to confront the shameful internment of Japanese Americans during WW II; that issue is woven through this work. And we always need to be reminded of our problems with prejudice and rushes to judgment; those issues, too, are at the heart of the murder/love/war plot.

Note that the Smithsonian's America Art Museum has loaned to Center Stage a striking collection of works from the exhibit "The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946." The items will be on display during the first part of the show's run.

If you're in need of some great laughs ...

some fun melodrama and some ever-pertinent points about hypocritical politicians, myopic spouses and high-society airheads, don't miss the lavish revival of Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband" at Washington's Shakespeare Theater Company.

I've always liked this play, but no other exposure to it, even Sir Peter Hall's wonderful staging in the 1990s, so thoroughly engaged me as this one. It positively sparkles.

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