Familiar Face Note: Mark Linn-Baker, who is currently playing Peter O'Toole's worshipful shepherd in "My Favorite Year," is being called a newcomer in press releases. Of course, that term is relative. He has been highly regarded since his graduation from Yale several years ago. One of his first professional roles was as Florizel in Arena Stage's production of "The Winter's Tale."

Critical Response Note: Early on, during the course of the San Sebastian film festival in the Basque country, the film critic of the Spanish daily El Pais, Diego Galan, panned a film by his fellow countryman Fernando Trueba. Later in the festival, Galan arrived at the theater to view another film. Trueba was lying in wait with a bucket of water, which he dumped all over the critic . . . who was too shocked to respond, according to Variety . . .

Casting Note: Malcolm McDowell, who played the prototypical rebel-rebel in "If," and the prototypical punk in "A Clockwork Orange," is currently filming a comedy in Los Angeles called "Get Crazy" . . . He plays a British rock star and will sing . . .

No Comment Note: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is on strike and has already canceled the opening programs of the season, but there has been no word on the situation from the great ensemble's firm-handed leader, Sir Georg Solti. The maestro has been conducting a series of concerts in London and has ostensibly been too busy and too far away to speak to the press. Money, of course, is the issue in the strike. A management spokesman said the symphony hoped to have the situation settled before Solti's return to Chicago at the end of the month . . .