* Cabaret - The Mechanic Theatre. Lea Thompson stars as Sally Bowles in the acclaimed Kander and Ebb musical. Opens Tuesday. 410/752-1200.
* Charming & Rose - The Theatre Conspiracy. A fairy tale with Prince Charming, Princess Rose and some surprising twists and turns. Opens tonight at D.C. Arts Center. 202/462-7833.
* Undesirable Elements - Gala Hispanic Theatre. Ping Chong's piece exploring the effects of history, culture and ethnicity on individuals and the essence of being "other" in society. Opens tonight. 202/234-7174.
* Betty's Summer Vacation - Studio Theatre Secondstage - (THREE STARS). Christopher Durang's marvelously demented play has more bile than a bad frozen margarita and at times feels like one long hot day at the beach, but you nearly split your thong laughing at Mr. Durang's lunatic humor. Director J.R. Sullivan keeps the hilarity at a vertiginous pitch. The play's one-flip flop-on-the-banana-peel premise centers on Betty (Holly Twyford), a chipper sort who consents to share a summer rental with a group of strangers. Much of it …
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Publication information: Article title: Theater;mini-Reviews. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: June 1, 2000. Page number: 23. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2000 Gale Group.
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