THE TREASURES OF KING TUTANKHAMUN
For those who care to defy the ancient warning. “Cursed be those that disturb the rest of the pharaoh,” this exhibit evokes, in eerie splendor, the old Egyptians’ belief that you can so take it with you—especially if you’re a king. Old Tut himself, understandably fragile at the age of 3,300 or so, is still back in Egypt. But many of the treasures buried with him are in the show, opening this week in Chicago and destined later for four other cities. (For those who can’t make the exhibit and have $35, Knopf has published a luxuriously illustrated book, Tutankhamun: His Tomb and Its Treasures, that is a good substitute.)
A MATTER OF GRAVITY
Enid Bagnold’s comedy of ill manners is firmly earthbound, but who cares? The indomitable Katharine Hepburn levitates the evening while performing from a wheelchair (she kept it in the play even after a fractured ankle healed). Kate is conquering Chicago this month before winding up her 16-city tour in Baltimore.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Professional basketball’s first playoff series since the old and new leagues merged begins this week in four cities. The upstart Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs join such familiar names as the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers in trying to make the Boston Celtics ex-champions. If you want to see Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Havlicek and their fellow All-Stars but can’t get a ticket, CBS will telecast a generous selection of games beginning April 15.