Facing that Death dude
"Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" is a bit better than the first "Bill & Ted" movie that was released in 1989. The new film is funnier, and that's mostly because of William Sadler, who plays Death, someone the boys meet on their way to hell. Don't ask how they get there. There is so much time warp here, "Back to the Future 2" seems uncomplicated by comparison. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter repeat as the title characters in the film. Go, dudes. Language. Rating: PG. ** A tall cabinet with winglike side shelves, an elephant-motif chair inspired by the Adirondack form and a painted cabinet that rocks on slender legs are part of Meredith Gallery's third annual display of art furniture created by students from the Rhode Island School of Design and Southeastern Massachusetts University. Some of the pieces lure with delicate coloring and subtle design repetitions; others spring out with fanciful boldness. The show will run at Meredith Gallery, 805 N. Charles St., through Aug. 17. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays. Phone 837-3575.
A strong 'Rappaport'
An outstanding production of "I'm Not Rappaport," Herb Gardner's delightful human comedy, is onstage at the Olney Theatre. The story follows the eccentric antics of two octogenarians who meet regularly in New York's Central Park. Nat is a garrulous, radical idealist who gets himself and his introverted friend, Midge, into a lot of trouble. Muggers complicate their lives. Richard Bauer is a splendid Nat holding fiercely to his fading independence. 8 p.m. Route 108, Olney. Tickets: $21. 924-3400.
Winifred Walsh "Almost an Angel," a Paul Hogan ("Crocodile Dundee") movie, didn't make it in theaters, but it might play better on the small screen. It's a very slight thing that was probably meant to go to cassette first. Hogan plays a petty thief who must do a good deed before he can be admitted to heaven. Language. Rating: PG. **
Slipping into prime time
His show airs here at 1:30 a.m. weekdays (Channel 2), so many viewers may not have seen one of television's more interesting interviewers at work. But tonight, as a promotion for next week's four-part "Later With Bob Costas," NBC is slipping Costas into prime time, if just barely. A special half-hour edition at 10:30 p.m. includes excerpts from next week's interview with Mel Brooks, the manic moviemaker responsible for such efforts as "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein" and "Spaceballs" -- not to mention his TV work ("Get Smart," "When Things Were Rotten" and the recent "Nutt House") and his earlier act with Carl Reiner as the "2,000-Year-Old Man."