For more than 50 years, Father Gilbert V. Hartke, who died two years ago this month, was the most significant presence in Washington theater. Many of his former students at Catholic University, where he founded the speech and drama department, went on to successful Broadway and Hollywood careers. One of them, Washington producer/director Jimmy Rogers, was at Mel Krupin's yesterday videotaping interviews with Krupin, Washington Performing Arts Society director emeritus Patrick Hayes, Washington Post theater critic emeritus Richard L. Coe and retired Kennedy Center chairman Roger Stevens for a one-hour documentary tribute to Hartke.

Rogers said the documentary will premiere next month at Catholic University when former Hartke student and CU graduate Ed McMahon receives an honorary doctorate there. McMahon was among a number of Hartke students interviewed for the documentary, including Jon Voight, Henry Gibson and Susan Sarandon. Another former student, actor Laurence Luckinbill, will be on campus the first week in March to narrate the documentary.

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Valentine's Day may never be quite the same now that sensible people are worried about safe sex. Bird's Florist Inc. has what it believes is the new bouquet of roses "for love in the '80s." For $80 you can send your loved one a "safe sex bouquet" -- one dozen long-stemmed roses and one dozen condoms. It may not be exactly what one might have thought of for Valentine's Day, but Bob Bonitati, an owner of Bird's, explained yesterday, "We think there will be a demand for our safe sex bouquets since sex and romance and safety ought to go together for the 1980s." For the more traditional, however, Bird's is offering "a room full of roses" -- 12 dozen for $1,195 -- or a dozen a week for 52 weeks for only $2,875. Neither includes condoms ...

George Mason University has decided that it doesn't want rocker Frank Zappa to perform at the university's 10,000-seat Patriot Center. Zappa, who performed at the Warner Theatre this week, was scheduled there March 23. No one from the university could be reached for comment last night, but according to promoter Bill Kitchen of Cellar Door Productions, a Patriot Center representative said there were several reasons for canceling the performance, including that PMRC {Parents Music Resource Center} -- the group founded by Tipper Gore, wife of presidential candidate Sen. Albert Gore -- is located on campus. Zappa has had a few run-ins with the group over its concerns about rock lyrics and its desire to establish a rating system for rock albums. Zappa has testified on Capitol Hill against PMRC proposals. Kitchen said the university thought it would be inappropriate for Zappa to perform on campus. The Zappa concert will now take place March 23 at Towson Center at Towson State University ...

After a long, bitter property battle, "Dynasty" star Joan Collins and her ex-husband Peter Holm have at last settled their differences. Holm, who had once demanded $80,000 a month in spousal support and a half-million-dollar divorce settlement, agreed Monday to accept a total of $180,000 and a $40,000 custom-built sports car. Collins, who has been married four times, said she has learned from this divorce: "Don't get married again." Keep watching to see if she really has learned ...

Royal Watch: Back in his single, wild oats days, Prince Andrew had a torrid affair with soft-porn star Koo Stark. Things have changed. Andrew is now married and about to become a father. Koo, ever an actress, made her stage debut in London's West End Monday in "And Then There Were None," an Agatha Christie mystery. The critical response was summed up by the Daily Mirror: "Prince Andrew's old flame, Koo Stark, made her West End debut last night -- and turned a thriller into a farce." But one male theatergoer had a bit different response. He could "definitely see what the old prince saw in her" ...