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Playwrights Festival

The Baltimore Playwrights Festival wraps up this weekend with the final performances of Joe Dennison's "A Short Simple Stay" and Mark Berman's "Albert Einstein Never Sang at the Met." The former focuses on a sailor who encounters a woman of mystery in the Philippines; despite spending more time on atmosphere than conflict, it gets under your skin. The latter offers an affectionate look an eccentric, but sitcom-y, 1950s family. Show times for both are today at 8:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 7 p.m. "A Short Simple Stay" is being presented at Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St. Tickets are $8. Call (410) 276-7837. "Albert Einstein" is at the Spotlighters, 817 St. Paul St. Tickets are $7. Call (410) 752-1225.

@ "White Men Can't Jump" loses its way in a second half that's too complicated with crosses and double-crosses, but for a long time it's great fun as Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes form a salt-and-pepper two-man playground basketball team to play off cultural expectations (as expressed in the title) to line their pockets. The movie has a sense of the great improvisational genius of the game and is great fun for nearly its whole length. ***. R.

Stephen Hunter "Honeymoon in Vegas" has some great stuff in it and some not so great stuff. Nicolas Cage plays a fool who loses money to a tough pro gambler and then yields to the guy's suggestion that he give up his fiancee for a weekend. So he tries to get her back. James Caan, as the gambler, is both impressive and too heavy for the film, which is at its best when it's craziest, as in a zany finale when Cage joins a skyful o' parachuting Elvises. ** 1/2 . PG-13.

Stephen Hunter Tonight might be too much for some TV sports viewers to take. At 8 on WBAL (Channel 11), it's pro football with the Redskins and the Vikings. At 9 on WNUV (Channel 54), there's college football with Iowa and North Carolina State. At 10 it's major league baseball as the Orioles take on the Seattle Mariners on WMAR (Channel 2). Not enough? OK, if you have cable, there's also the Braves and Phillies on TBS at 7, and the Rangers and the White Sox at 8:30 on WGN. Did I forget any coach's show? How about bass fishing and stock car racing?

David Zurawik

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