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Posted 4/8/2009

She'll Get Some Lines, Or I'll Nail Your Kneecaps To The Floor Has it really been almost 15 years since Chazz Palminteri became the most unlikely rewrite man in Woody Allen's 1994 Bullets Over Broadway? He earned a supporting actor Oscar nomination for his turn as Cheech, and his Bullets success led to a string of small but impressionable roles in 1990s movies--Jade, Lee Tamahori's slept-on Mulholland Falls, Diabolique--but none of these movies played to Palminteri's strengths as a man who looks like a stereotypical Italian heavy who just so happens to possess a blithe touch for balancing humor and pathos. It's a disarming tone that runs throughout A Bronx Tale, Palminteri's one-man play that he debuted in 1989 and became Robert De Niro's feature film debut as director in 1993. Palminteri is currently touring behind his one-man show, which brings him to Baltimore April 14-26 at the Hippodrome Theatre. For more information visit france-merrickpac.com.

OPENING Rivals of the West--a student-run performing arts troupe at MICA--debuts that perennial kinda/sorta counter-cultural 1960s document, Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, at the BBOX theater in the Gateway building April 14. It runs through April 19. Visit its quite lovely rivalsofthewest.org for more details. The Buttered Niblets--a comedy troupe of Hopkins undergraduates--performs two nights of comedic improv at the Arellano Theater in Levering Hall on the Homewood campus. The Strand Theater opens local playwright Julie Lewis' Smolder April 9; it runs through April 26.

ENDING Ages of Man--John Gielgud's selection of Shakespeare's monologues and sonnets, as performed by Marc Horwitz--ends its run at the Performance Workshop Theater April 11. And Fells Point Corner Theatre's production of Warren Leight's Side Man concludes April.

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