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The Michigan Daily-Friday, October 14, 1977-Page 5


events and entertainment
for the week of oct. 14-20


all week
Murder by Death and Fun with Dick
and Jean (Campus) Murder by Death is
Neil Simon's embarrassing hodge-
podge rip off of detective flicks. Fea-
turing Peter Falk as Sam Spade and
Peter Sellers as Charlie Chan, the film
never rises above Simon's usual non-
comedic drivel. Suffice it to say that
appearances by Truman Capote and
Nancy Walker are quite in keeping with
the film's tenor. Miss this. Dick and
Jane, on the other hand, has a hefty
handful of redeeming moments be-
tween George Segal and Jane Fonda as
a couple of broke suburbanites. Even
Ed McMahon is livable, but there are
better films around. **
One on One (State) Syrup on molas-
ses with a touch of honey. A few touches
rof 'stark' realism only make this film
seem more insipid, watery and so on.
.Also, Robby Benson possesses what
must be the most irritating voice on this
planet. *
Valentino (Fifth Forum) Ken lRussell
at his most usual. This film looks great,
but has nothing to say. *% '
MacArthur (Fox Village) Avoid at all
costs; a four-star bore. *
Star Wars (Briarwood) Don't miss
this just to be different. The zippy,
zaney, wacky, wild, wonderful, corny,
madcap, adventures of Luke Skywalker
and his cohorts. With Alec Guiness. ****
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
(Briarwood) Not as bad as you've
heard, this movie has moments of in-

ni teries


Second Chance - Mugsy, "the origin-
ators of Hammer-Lock Rock," kick out
the hard rock jams through Sunday.
Jay Ferguson, former frontman for Jo
Jo Gunne and Spirit and now a solo ar-
tist with two albums to his credit, is the
special guest star on Sunday. General
admission tickets are $3.50 in advance
and $4.50 the night of the show. The rest
of next week features new bands. Mon-
day, No Dice, a group similar in style to
Manhattan Transfer, plays dance and
big band. influenced music. New
Legion, a band out of Chicago, re-does
Top 40 material for your dancing pleas-
ure Tuesday through Sunday. The
cover charge varies.
Abigail's - Detroit's own The Rock-
ets play blues, rock and Rolling Stones
on Friday and Saturday. This combina-
tion of players from Mitch Ryder's
band Detroit, Ted Nugent and Cactus
(to name only a few) are now RCA
recording artists. Their soon-to-be
released album, "Love Transfusion,"

was produced by Don Davies, who also
did Robin Trower's latest as well as
countless other Motown discs. Cover
charge is $2.00.
The Roadhouse - Struttin' finishes
up their engagement on Saturday by
playing the finest in dancing music.
Latin flavored jazz and sombas by
Melodioso on Wednesday and Thur-
sday. Cover charge is $2.00.
Blind Pig - The Silvertones will fill
the basement at the Pig with their blues
and R&B orientated material this week-
end. The band has recorded several al-
bums on the Blind Pig label, which have
received considerable exposure on
WCBN. Monday, club regular Boogie
Woogie Red plays his natural blues.
Admission is $1.00.
Underground - rock as retold by the
Fourth Chapter. A regular band around
the west-side Detroit area, they'll play
Ypsi through the next weekend. Cover
charge of $1.00 on weekends.
Mr. Flood's Party - The Tillson-

Pearson Band plays C&W Friday and
Saturday. The management says
they're "very good."Sunday, harmoni-
ca whiz Madcat Ruth will blow a few
tunes for you for free. Monday and
Tuesday features solo country per-
formers Dave Hardesty and J. Mark
Wolfe, respectively. The Tucker Blues
Band returns on Wednesday and Coun-
try Folk plays on Thursday. Cover
charge is $1.50 on weekends and $1.00
during the week. Solo artists are gen-
erally free.
Blue Frogge - Disco down and check
out the show every night except Sun-
day. The cover charge Monday through
Wednesday is $1.00. Thursday thru Sat-
urday admission is $1.00 for students,
$1.00 for everyone else.
Zelda's - Top 40 dancing to Celebra-
tion In Song this weekend. The second
set at 11:30 p.m. each night will be an
Elvis show! Yes, Dave "Elvis" will be
presenting a tribute in song to the late,
great King by doing his material.

Equus, the Professional Theatre Pro-
gram production of the Tony Award
winning drama runs through Sunday at
the Power center. William Leach and
Nafe Katter star.
Waltz of The Toreadors, a Jean
Anouilh comedy performed by the Ann
Arbor Civic Theatre concludes today
and tomorrow at Mendelssohn Theatre.
The Soviet Georgian Dancers and
Choir take to the stage at Hill Auditori-
Tuesday through Thursday, Caravan
plays jazz. Weekend cover charge is
$2.00. No cover during the week.
The Ark - Lou Killen, acclaimed as
one of the best British folk balladeers,
performs Friday and Saturday. An Ark
benefit Sunday features Tracy and
Eloise Schwarz, who play traditional.
American folk songs. The admission is



um tonight at 8:30.
The University Musical Society pre-
sents the Murray Louis Dance Com-
pany Sunday through Tuesday at
Power Center. On Wednesday the re-
nowned George Shearing Quintet;
brings jazz to the same stage.
The University Concert Band pre-
sents its first performance of the year
at Hill Auditorium Thursday at 8:00
This week's Happenings were
written by Owen Gleiberman and
Andy Kurtzman (film), Keith Tosolt
(Niteries), Jeffrey Selbst (Fine Arts)
and compiled by Lani Jordan.


sight and originality outside Kathleen
Quinlan's excellent performance. **%
Oh, God! (Briarwood) Unseen by
these reviewers, but any film starring
John Denver goes to bat with a couple
of strikes against it. George Burns as
well, but be cautious. ?
* * *

October 1


The Omen (Nat Sci Aud, 7:30 and
9:30) Gregory Peck stars in what must
be one of the most improbable films of
the decade, but there are still a few
moments of superb horror in this tale of
the advent of the anti-christ. **
Great Expectations (Angell Aud A,
7:00 and 9:00) David Lean's marvelous
spinning of Dicken's yard. John Mills,
Valerie Hobson, Gene Simmons /and
Alec Guiness (this is one of his best)
slip perfectly into the quaint world. A
barrel of fun, recommended for
all. ****

The Professional Theatre Program presents IF
liam Leach in the Tony Award winning (Best PI
1975) drama Equus. Performances are at 8:
p.m. tonight and tomorrow at the Power Cen
with a matinee Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Contactt
PTP Ticket Offke (764-0450) for ticket inf

Jules et Jim (Old A&D, 7:00 and 9:05)
A work of wonderful lyricism and dep-
th, this is one of Francois Truffaut's
earliest and greatest achievements.
The title characters are good-natured
Bohemian types whose lives are trans-
formed when they encounter Catherine
(Jean Moreau), a free spirit who capti-
vates them with her passion for life and
not quite rational dedication to uncom-
promised independence. Within the,
thin, literary story-line, in which the
three of them eventually end up acting:
out a bizarre menage-a-trois living ar-
rangement. Truffaut gives extraordi-
nary life to the themes of the impossib-
ility of freedom and loss of innocence in
a manner so gentle and reflective, it
makes most other "serious films" seem
downright dogmatic.
Young Frankenstein (MLB 3, 7:00
and 9:00) While this Mel Brooks effort
may not be as insane as some of his,
others, it's all the better for having a
smidgen of control. Brooks parodied
the Frankenstein horror movies of
nil. yesteryear by tossing in and ex-
agerating every device and stock char-
fay acter he could think of. Gene Wilder's
00 excessively "mad" Dr. Frankenstein
("that's Fronk-en-steen! "), Marty
ter Feldman's Igor (Eye-gor) and a host of
he fine supporting performances add up to
perfect parody and a fine film. Possibly
tr- Brooks' best, and certainly a cut above
Blazing Saddles or Silent Movie. ***%/2
* * *
es him suicide, as she carefully folded her
n this suicide note then twice failed to get
nt of her gun to go off. William J. Cross
t. Pe made a graceful Dr. Bonfant, the
place anchor character of the play. Bon-
xed-in fant is the only one with common
ner of sense and Cross's low-keyed portray-
e. The al added a certain elegance to the
k, and doctor.
est of Overall, the production was well
droom cast and the action ran smoothly.
1. The Hilary Cohen envisioned the play
iform, effectively and made her set work
effec- with the performers to further the
mfaning of the plot. It's not the type
ell to- of play that sends you from the
Stall- theatre soaring, but using simple
ing as language and comedic business, it
at, but does set you thinking. The, perform-
jading ances run through Saturday. Make
e gave plans to go, "At once!"

October 15
Fantastic Planet (Angell Aud A, 7:00,
8:15 and 9:30) Landmark animation
and all sorts of mind-bending creatures
make for an evening of fun, even for
those not under the influence. Inter-
planetary war between the Ohms and
the Draggs. Worth a peek. ***%12
The Last Tycoon (Old A&D, 7:00 and
9:00) Last year's adaptation of the un-
finished F. Scott Fitzgerald novel stars
Robert DeNiro, and an exceptional sup-
porting cast. Unfortunately, the players
are its only asset, despite a gifted direc-
tor, Elia Kazan. Never rises above
bland mediocrity. **
Dr. Strangelove (MLB 4, 7:00 and
10:15) Stanley Kubrick's masterful
black comedy about nuclear war.
George C. Scott and Peter Sellers
quickly dispell the myth that Kubrick is
not an actor's director. Brilliant, knife-
edged satire, and superb styling.****
The Killing (MLB 4, 8:40 only.) And
early effort of Kubrick's, this film deals
with the suspense-action genre, and
contains the beginnings of many of Ku-
brick's stylistic tricks. Interesting, of-
ten arresting, and worth your time. ***
** *
October 16
Now Voyager and Rain (Angell Aud
A, 7:00 and 9:00 respectively) Two
classic flicks, starring Betty Davis and
Joan Crawford respectively, if not re-
spectfully. Buffsmay bicker, but each
of these films is obviously a gem in its
genre. Take the kids. **7 d
Holiday (Old A&D, 7:00 and 9:00)
George Cukor's predecessor to Phila-
delphia Story rings with his usual wit
and wackiness. Hepburn was never
more appealing, and Grant is at his un-
deniable best. Lovely! ****
* * *
October 18
The Harder they Come (Angell Aud
A, 7:00 and 9:00) Reggae music and an
involving plot overcome this film's
technical shortc6mings. Music by
Jimmy Cliff and Toots and the Maytals.
Oddly appealing. ***


Night Drum (Old A&D, 8:00 only, free
showing) Subtitled. Infidelity in a Japa-
nese setting, explored by director
Tadashi Tchowmein with some grace.
Bring your pet bonsai. ***
Poetry - Poet Mona Van Duyn will
present a reading at 4:10 p.m. in the
Pendelton Room of the Union. Spon-
sored by the English Department. Van
Duyn received the National Book
Award in 1971 for her collection, To See,
To Take. Free.
* * *
October 19

High Noon (Old A&D, 7:00 and 9:00)
Much has been made of this film Is a
great work of art, as an ingenious ex-
ploration of time (the film is exactly as
long as the time portrayed within it) or
as a masterful psychological study, but
the fact remains it is simply a fabulous
western. Intelligent, tense, compelling
and often artful, this film rightly takes
its place among the classics as one
helluva flick, Gary Cooper, Grace
Kelly, Lloyd Bridges (no fins) and so
on. Be there. ****
Horsefeathers (MLB 3:00, 7:00 and
10:15) and Monkey Business (MBL 3,
8:40 only) The Marx Bros. at college
and ship board. Two incomperable clas-
sics by those kings, nay, gods of come-
dy. ****, with feeling.
* * *
October 20
The Discreet Charm of the Bour-
geoise (Old A&D, 7:00 and 9:00) One of
the recent Luis Bunuel films in which
the great Spanish director has opted to
view his middle-class enemies with be-
mused joviality, The Discreet Charm
concerns four couples who find it nearly
impossible to carry on their existence,
dinner parties and all, and keep from
driving each other crazy. Bunuel,
discarding his acidity, turns their lives
into a lighthearted romp, capping the
whole thing off with a series df dreams
within dreams that will leave you
reeling. One of Bunuel's best, and cer-


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tainly his funniest. ****
Panic in the Streets and A Face in the
Crowd (Angell Aud A, 7:00 and 9:00, re-
spectively) Two little seen but excelleint
Elia Kazan films, Panic in the Streetsis
a gripping suspense drama and A Face
in the Crowd, a bold look at the power
and potential danger of television. A
Face marked the screen debut of Andy
"Gooooood Cracker" Griffith. \***%
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(Continued from Page?7)
Director Hilary Cohen captures1
spirit of this theme in her staging
the play. The set, which ne
changes, in accordance with1
action that never goes anywhere
built on two levels. The entrancew
and the invalid wife's bedroom
upstage on a level higher than1
downstage area comprising the G
eral's study. The players make use
these levels to further the futility
the action of the plot. General St.
constantly paces back and for
moves up and down the stairs,
walks around his desk as he c
verses with his good friend,I
Bonfant. In contrast, the sagaci
doctor usually calmly sits in a cha
The General's movements seem
chafe against the blue drap
hanging over the entire set, incre
ing his caricature of frustrati
The most impressively stag
scene occurs at the end of the seco
act. In this key scene Madame St.
confronts the General with the tr
about her feigned paralysis of
many years, and about the ma
lovers she had in the early years
their marriage. She explains whys

's 'Waltz'
the will never let him go. She make
g of see what a? total fool he is. I
ver scene we realize the exte
the Madame's control over the S
, is household. The scene takes
vay within the confines of her' bo
are bedroom in the upper left cor
the the stage. The lighting is ros
en- room is decorated in red, piny
e of white. Her robe is white. The r
of the stage is dark. Her be(
Pe appears as the heart of contro
rth, * General, in his dark blue un
or clearly doesn't belong. Very
on- tive.
Dr. The performers worked w
ous gether as an ensemble. Charles
air. man was particularly convinci
to the General. He started a bit fl
ery as the play got going, his 1e
as- performance warmed up and h(
on. St. Pe just the right air of ini
ged tion, lechery, and despair.r
and Morris in the role of the aging v
Pe Mlle. de Ste-Euverte, gave he
uth an appropriate amount of del
so but I would have preferred
ny power behind her voice. How
of she proved adroit in comic t
she during the scene of her attez

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