- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Just one more week to catch Underneath the Lintel, the inaugural production at Round House Theatre’s new space next door to the AFI’s Silver Theatre. Glen Berger’s funny and gentle one-man play stars Jerry Whiddon, Round House’s producing artistic director, as a once mild-mannered librarian in a small town in Holland who takes to heart a book returned 113 years overdue, and tries to track down the borrower. It’s an engrossing play about literary sleuthing and the effect of obsession on personality, and Mr. Whiddon brings it fully to life. Through June 8 at Round House Theatre Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $27 to $36. 240/644-1100.

Jayne M. Blanchard

The quality sector of the summer movie season begins with Finding Nemo, the latest animated feature from the Pixar studio, which continues to practice the highest standards in story architecture and illustrative invention. The setting is the Great Barrier Reef, which provides Pixar animators with a rich new environment for settings and characters. The protagonist is a distraught dad, Marlin the clownfish, voiced by Albert Brooks. His only son Nemo has disappeared, and an epic comic quest, alternately aided and obstructed by other forms of marine life, is necessary to achieve a happy reconciliation. The audience knows that Nemo has landed in the aquarium of a Sydney, Australia, dentist, where he seems relatively secure — and a useful new addition to the inmates who are planning a great escape.

F.W. Murnau’s Faust, a free adaptation in 1926 of the Goethe play that co-starred Emil Jannings as Mephistopheles and the Swedish actor Gosta Ekman as Faust, was the last of Murnau’s German films and the only German production that rivaled Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” in the same time frame. Murnau’s mixture of expressionist, monumental and supernatural depiction in “Faust,” a lavish follow-up to 1924’s “The Last Laugh,” remains impressive. Accompanied by a live musical score performed by a trio of musicians, “Faust” will be shown Saturday at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the East Building. Admission is free, but an early arrival is advisable. Constitution Avenue and 4th Street NW. 202/737-4215.

Gary Arnold

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