Bad gets lost in a crowd Review: Pearl Jam's charisma and mostly great performance make it worth the battle to get to the show.
From Wyeth, a certain chill Review: 'America's Painter' has mastered emotion, but flair of modernity is still elusive.
Crow shows critics Review: Edgy, winning 'Sheryl Crow' should silence the moaning over singer's success.
Analysis is never final with 'Mrs. Klein' Review: Stage veteran Uta Hagen wields deftly the conflict within notable psychoanalyst in Kennedy Center production.
'Last man Standing' has been told better before Review: It's the one about the tough, silent stranger coming to town, and Bruce Willis is not the man with no name.
Fusing politics and religion Review: Artist Santiago has much to tell, and he can really paint.
HOW THE WEST WAS ONCE Review: PBS' straight-shooting tour of the Old West lays it out in a 12 1/2 -hour documentary that neither romanticizes nor wallows in guilt.
'Winnie' strives for sympathy Review: One-woman dramatization puts a positive spin on the life of controversial Winnie Mandela.
The puns abound in 'Party of Three' Review: Stanley Marcus' aluminum sculptures are an enigmatic mix of the human, the religious and ... furniture.
Doors and windows to the human soul Review: In shadows and light, photographs from the Barbara Young collection at the BMA explore the gray areas of life.
Looks deceive in PBS fairy tale Review: If you want your children to watch William J. Bennett's new programming, watch with them -- and keep your antennae up for cultural static.
Art Lite Review: A tale of a meteoric artist,'Basquiat'gives us beautiful images, parades in characters amusingly portrayed, but just plods along.
Random acts of nastiness Movie review: 'Trigger Effect' creates some realistically tense moments. But just when things are about to melt down, the plot backs away from the edge.
Pearl Jam adjusts attitude Review: Very-together band kisses off the cloying self-righteousness and simply plays great music.
Scroll stroll is worth the trip Review: From mountains to rivers, early Chinese art captures the serenity and elegance of the landscape.
It's the music, not the message Review: Alanis Morissette delivers a solid performance that doesn't play to teen angst or anger.
Two one-act plays combine for an evening of the absurd Review: Ionesco is adapted to Baltimore and presented with a new work by local playwright Matthew Ramsay.
'Realtime': talent shows through bars Review: In a fine first work, playwright Mimi Teahan delves deftly into the perils and hardships of prison life.
'Keeping It Aloft' never flies as farce Review: Vagabonds, taking part in the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, cope with a script flawed by stupid characters, too many shenanigans.
Americans in Paris changed the look of modern art Review: An exceptional exhibit at the Phillips Collection revisits a time and place that helped redefine art in the '20s.
The bad and the ugly are good Review: In 'Matilda,' two mean-spirited talents create a delightfully vicious movie. But Danny DeVito -- nasty, brutish and short -- lets his ego get in the way.
Shock faded, but message did not Review: Olney Theatre shows that dated "Mrs. Warren's Profession" can resonate today.
Broad 'Saint Sylvia' says too much about stardom Review: Ambitious Spotlighters' Theatre performs a near-miss in its reach for parody of the culture of celebrity.
A new 'Joseph' is cute, overdone Review: Towson State production deserves applause for trying something new with "Dreamcoat," but one has to wonder about the efficacy of staging live theater as a video.
Totem Pole's 'Tenor' is a hoot Review: Theater's slick production of a wild farce makes a mockery of Murphy's Law.
PBS, seeking a way to please, finds God and sells its soul Review: As it launches a new series, PBS searches for God, but comes up with a gentle interview with ex-con Charles Colson, once of the Nixon White House.
There's nothing 'only' about it Review: 'It's Only a Play,' spoof at Towson State, delights as the cast tweaks just about everyone in theater, from playwrights to actors to critics.
Cruel and unusually funny Review: Seventh grade is not for the meek. That "Dollhouse" turns so much pain into so much humor is no mean feat.
Voices of disillusionment at the Hirshhorn Review: Despite having disparate views, artists share common need to reach out to their audience.
Behold the beauty of artful 'Stealing' Review: Romance, innocence and discovery blend brilliantly in poetic Bertolucci film.
Summer stock goes spoof Review: A musical show business parody, 'Ruthless,' provides a clever, offbeat evening of fun.
'Fifth Season' unsettled, but fun Review: Five very different women are united in the hope of braving the West in Olney Theatre premiere. The musical is no pioneer, but it's got a song in its heart.
Shaw play ends twice as nicely Review: Options in 'The Millionairess' are just an excuse for Theatre Hopkins to perform doubly well.
The laughter leads smoothly to tears with Black's finesse in 'Steel Magnolias' Review: Director and cast show a deft touch with this Southern comedy and tear-jerker at Cockpit.
Toni's second doesn't shout Review: Braxton's new album has the remarkable voice of the debut, but many of these melodies don't sing.
The unsinkable 'Moll Flanders' Review: Defoe's much put-upon heroine endures everything that 18th century melodrama and 20th century Hollywood could throw at her.
Unlikeable 'Cable Guy' Review: Are you prepared for mugging, twitching Jim Carrey as evil bad guy? He's still a buffoon, but this is no 'Ace Ventura.'
'Guest' earns its keep Review: 'Beauty and the Beast's' singing kitchenware is as delightfully animated on stage as in the movie.
Medieval life not so far removed Review: Walters manuscript exhibit illuminates some aspects of daily life not too unlike our own.
A cheery revival for 'How to Succeed' Review: Grown-up Ralph Macchio charms as this updated '61 Pulitzer Prize musical opens a national tour here.
Snuff the Magic Dragon Review: Wonderfully animated beast soars, but is slain in the end by an army of misfit actors. Please, Mr. Casting Director, half a heart.
Maryland art enlivens regional show Review: Delaware Art Museum has expanded its biennial exhibition, and the results are quite impressive.
'Interview Day': summa cum laude Review: Flawless performances enhance the art of PBS' drama about leaving home.
'Tommy' needs shot of wizardry Review: The cast and the music carry the touring rock opera, but the eye-popping glitz isn't there.
There's a new Who, and it's about time Review: Fox television movie introduces the eighth Doctor Who, and the immensely popular British import is still a hoot.
The husbands are perfect, 'Stepford' isn't Review: Finally, we get the last word, one hopes, in the silliness that began with "The Stepford Wives."
New show's likeable, but could be stronger Review: Works at Grimaldis by Trace Miller, an artist capable of visual feasts one after another, are often attractive, yet some reflect surrender to the easy way of doing things.
Change partners and paint, he said Review: New York exhibition traces how Picasso redefined the portrait, often changing his lovers to do so.
Documentary traces portrayal of gay life Review: 'The Celluloid Closet' is compelling viewing of four phases of Hollywood's treatment of homosexuality.
A Lost Cause Review: Despite a strong performance by Sharon Stone, 'Last Dance' is found guilty of failing to make its case.