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Michael Schultz) Comedian RICHARD PRYOR portrays a farm worker., his father and a hypo-
critical preacher in a hilarious adaptation of Lina Wertmuller's "The Seduction of Mimi."
(Arthur Hiller) Amkan may never be the same when GENE WILDER boards the LA to Chicago
train in search of a little rest and relaxation. First he is interrupted by JILL CLAYBURGH for a
little romance, then it's murder Hitchcock-style. While trying to solve the murder mystery him-
self, he meets up with RICHARD PRYOR, a small time thief who gives an inspired performance.

In Celebration'

sustains drama

SAT., FEB. 3


7:00, 8:40, 10:20

(Continued from Page 6)
While Cain's character is whole and
fine, there is a problem with it, but it is
probably her director's fault. Andrew,
and his brothers reveal to us, their
mother's murky past - her first child
died at the age of seven, and Mrs. Shaw
evidently holds herself to blame - but
Shaw herself rarely if ever evidences
her guilt. More of her pain should have
been shown us. Still, Cain's work
overall is terrific.
Caza, while he is playing pretty much.
the same role as he did last year in
People Are Living There, plays it pier-
cingly well. It is to his credit that some
of his best moments occur as he sits
silently, eyeing his family for an
opening in which to sink his next barb.
It is, in fact, Caza's concentrated
exhibition'of neurosis that keeps the
show's pace moving along as well as it
does. But I would like.to see this talen-
ted actor try his hand at something dif-
ferent, e.g., aistupid, cheerful optimist.
In Celebration totters most
dangerously at those times when
neither of its really capable performers
are on stage. The show's deepest trough
presents itself when two neighbors of

the Shaws, played by Keckler and
Badgerow, share the stage for five un-
bearably plastic minutes. Keckler's
problem is that she scarcely listens to
anything said to her; she seems to have
plotted out all of her gestures in advan-
ce. Badgerow's fault is simpler; he just
hasn't bothered to internalize his
character at all. He has certainly seen
better days.
Loren (Mr. Shaw) Bass' most glaring
shortcoming is that he looks to have
married his mother: he is too sprightly
and zestful to be his alleged 60 years,
and he looks all the worse for having to
play opposite the gifted Cain.
The two younger sons have their good
and bad spots as well. Jon Hallquist's
Colin is shallow, perhaps by design, but
he overdoes it.
Of the seven-member cast, Kirk
Johnson undergoes the greatest
variations in effectiveness from scene
to scene. Farly on, his interpretation is
pat and pointless and (my Lord!) he ac-
tually looks to be mouthing Bass' lines
from time to time as his stage-father
speaks. In the second act, though, his
misery is affecting as he bathes in self-
pity and, of course, his brother's scorn.
Here, he makes a genuinely pathetic


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figure. Stumbles and all, In Celebration
is a scintillating, enjoyable treatment
of the David Storey text. The mere fact
that the production holds our interest
(and it most assuredly does) is a strong
point in its favor; nothing very far out-
side the ordinary happens in this play,
so its actors are saddled with an ex-
traordinary burden right from the
start. Psychological intrigue stands
proudly here as a theatrical value on its
Teng begins
U.S. tour,
will inspect,
(Continued from Page 1)
Teng Hsiao-ping's stay."
"BUT THESE WORDS do not in-
dicated the attitude of the U.S. ad-
ministration to the incendiary
statements ;by the Chinese guest of the
White-House,". it said. "All this calls for
There was -no immediate comment
from the White House. At about the,
same time stories- about the Tass
dispatch were moving on news wires,
however, White House Press Secretary
Jody Powell said the Soviet Union
probably~will be among the nations. that
receive a briefing about Teng's visit.
But the officials, who asked not to be,
named, pointed to the sentences in a
joint press communique, issued yester-
day 'morning which said that- the two
sides had differing perspectives and
were opposed to hegemony by "any
country or group of countries."
ABOUT 60 demonstrators stood in 23-'
degree cold outside the hotel when Teng
and his party arrived. The demon-
strators, who identified themselves as
members of the John Birch Society,"the
American Party and various church:
groups, waved banners reading: "Bet-
ter Dead than Red," "Teng Go Home
and Free Your People" and "Keep
Taiwan, Dump Jimmy."
En route to the hotel, Teng passed the
world headquarters of the Coca-Cola
company which became one of the first
American industrial firms to get
agreement to enter the Chinese market
after the normalization of relations was
announced Dec. 15.
Shortly before Teng's arrival a small
-group called for a boycott of Coca-Cola
products because of the company's
agreement with China.



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