Coming of age
Without intending to rush the summer along, Totem Pole Playhouse in Fayetteville, Pa. (14 miles west of Gettysburg), has launched its season with A. R. Gurney's nostalgic coming-of-age play, "What I Did Last Summer." Set in 1945 at a summer colony on the Canadian shore of Lake Erie, the play concerns the re-education of the author's alter ego at the hands of the local eccentric. The script is slow to get started, but its innate theatricality makes it a lovely choice. The final performances of the run are today at 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and tomorrow at 3 p.m. Tickets are $11-$17. Call (717) 352-2164.
@ "Housesitter" is nasty but very funny. Steve Martin plays a meek architect whose life is invaded by pathological liar Goldie Hawn, who moves into a house he owns and begins to claim that she's his wife. In a craven way, he sees how her nuttiness might help him, so he agrees to go along and as a result becomes a collaborator in his own destruction. The movie has a cheerful smile and a black spirit. Rated PG. ***.
'Apocalypse' in the making
"Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse" is an extraordinary documentary, cobbled together by two young producers from footage Eleanor Coppola filmed of her husband directing "Apocalypse Now" under incredible pressure and on the verge of a nervous breakdown as budget woes mounted, actors defected and the weather turned psychopathic. It's certainly the most intimate portrait ever recorded of a major artist caught in the maw of big-time studio movie making. In fact, the documentary is actually a more compelling film than "Apocalypse Now," but don't tell Coppola; it might be more than he could take.
Genesis on tour
Phil Collins and the boys of Genesis offer the world premiere video "Jesus He Knows Me" as one of the highlights of "Genesis: Opening Night," a performance special tonight at 10 on ABC (Channel 13). The hour includes footage from the rock band's current concert tour and profiles of players Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford.