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Uruversity of Michigan

Unwversit y of Michigan
School of Music Presents:
University
Dance
Company

AyrTS
Wedsday Mrh1,98

Page 6

The Michigan Daily

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Power Center
Thursday Friday and
Saturday March 15, 16
and 17 at 8:00 p m.
Guest soloist:
John Parks, former
principal of The Alvin
Alley Company

Choreography by:
Alana Barter
Gay Delanghe
Vera Embree
Christopher Flynn
John Parks
Original music by
Lucmnda Lawrence

Tickets: $6.5,4 Avaiable
at Michigan Union
Ticket Office and CTC
outlets

By David Novak

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0 NCE UPON A TIME, four very good
friends escaped to Rio for rest,
relaxation and sunshine. There were
two dadies and two daughters. Both
daddies were having marital dif-
ficulties; both daughters were single
and promiscuous. All four dreamed of
a month of frivolous sexual adventure
for which Rio has become infamous.
Their expectations proved accurate, if
not understated. Unexpected, however,
were the players involved in their
sexual extravaganza; one of the
daughters fell in love with one of the
daddies.
Micael Caine plays daddy Matthew
Hollis, a man whose personality has
aged more rapidly than his body. Con-
sequently, his wife Karen (Valerie
Harper) spends her month vacation at
the Bahia Club Med, leaving Matthew
with their attractive daughter Nicole.
Accompanying Matthew and Nicole is
Matthew's best friend Victor (played
by Joseph Bologna) and his daughter
Jennifer, played by dizzy newcomer
Michelle Johnson.
Followirfg their arrival in Rio,
Michelle quickly seduces Matthew.
Subsequently, we must endure ninety
minutes of amorous misadventure,
cliche dialogue, and stilted acting. In

fact, if Caine didn't bless this failure
with his convincing screen presence,
Blame it on Rio could have been a
disastrous waste of film and money.
Caine, however, successfully convinces
us to remain seated until the end.
While Caine's superb acting holds the
film together, his floundering co-stars
try to rip it apart. Michelle Johnson's
debut performance as his seductress
mars his finesse. It seems that she in-
tentionally forces out each syllable in a
high-pitched breath, blending her
giggles with her speech. At one point,
as Jennifer expresses her love for Mat-
thew, I glanced around the theater
discovering most of the audience
slouching in their seats or partially
covering their faces in embarrassment
at the vacuous twit's attempt at
emotion.
Unfortunately, her inability to ex-
press anything but lust is transparent
throughout the entire film. In addition
to falling in love with and seducing her
father's best friend, she must also por-
tray anger, confusion and severe
depression. As these attempts fail,
director Stanley Donen apparently
decided to remedy her conspicuous lack
of talent by conspicuously exploiting
her breasts in over half of her scenes.
Predictably, however, even these fail,
serving only to sell tickets and convince
us that Miss Johnson should have stuck
to modelling.

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Jennifer's father, Victor, acts in two
capacities. First, it is his duty to com-
plain about the lawyers navigating his'
divorce. Second, he plays the volatile,
irrational, and jealous father. In both
these roles he is cliche and overacted.
Instead of the prototypical jealous
father, Bologna develops Victor as
a loud, insecure, and stilted bore. In-
stead of controlling his scenes as Caine
does, Bologna degenerates into an
eyesore. For example, when he
seduces his first woman of the month,
the woman succeeds in stealing the
scene on the simple merit of her flir-
tatious giggle. Perhaps this explains
Bologna's need to shout and gesticulate
wildly at the camera.
On the other hand, Rio does have its
moments. Demi Moore offers a
capable performance in the minor role
of Matthew's daughter Nicole. And
Valerie Harper, as Matthew's wife,
maintains command of her scenes. The
script has potential but is butchered by
weak delivery. Its promise is demon-
strated by Caine, whose witticism and
sarcasm succeed even in the midst of
his cohort's failure. Consequently, the
movie does have its amusing - even
hilarious - scenes.
The development of the plot, an of-
fensive display of poor acting, un-
developed characters, and several ab-
solutely ridiculous scenes plunge
Blame it on Rio to the depths of enter-
tainment - tantamount to a soap opera. If
you are willing to pay $4.00 to watch
"All My Children," then enjoy Rio!

iRio

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A music war

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By Joe Hoppe
B ATTLES OF BANDS, admittedly,
can be very strange things. If you
look at them from a competition angle,
they're even stranger. The best thing
about a battle of the bands is that you
get to see a lot of different bands.
Hopefully a lot of different kinds of
bands.
There were a lot of different kinds of
bands for Saturday's final night of band
battling at the U-Club. But as far as
competition went, it was like the old
apples and oranges platitude. Or, in the
Michigras Battle of the Bands, more
like comparing an apple, a pear, a
peach, and a banana.
The peach band won. They were
called Next Window Please, and they'll
get studio time and a big gig at the
Second Chance (I think) as well as the
lion's share of the plethora of other
band battle prizes. Next Window
Please won mainly on their audience
involvement skills. The U-Club sure
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was hoppin' and boppin' with lots of
fans. Since they played all originals,
they were right up there in originality,
too.
The band has four members playing
drums, guitar, keyboards, and bass.
The bass player . is also the singer.
Their music fits into the poppy/dan-
ceable pigeonhole. Somebody said they
sounded like The Three O'Clock,
mainly because of the keyboards,
which werereally fine and probably the
best part. None of their many original
compositions, however, were really
memorable, and in their wierd, serious-
fun attitude, they took themselves too
seriously.
The pear band came in second. They
were-called Disband, and they'll play
before Next Window Please at the big
gig and they get less studio time. I like
pears, and I really like Disband. "Dogs
and Kids, and Older People" and "I'm
a Survivalist" still stand out. Disband
doesn't take itself so seriously either.
Big psychedelic papier mache African
masks, guys in big hats to come up and
rant, and funny songs.
Another four piece - switch
saxophone (rockin') - for keyboards.
The guitarist does most of the singing.
They were more rock and rollish from
Next Window Please's pop, but still in
the danceable vein.
The apple band was the third place
finisher. They were called The Affect,
and for what they did, which was top 40,
they did it well. They threw in a couple
of surprises though; their original
"Distant Cries" was a lot different
from the rest of the stuff they played,
and they did a nice R.E.M. cover.
The Affect has five members, bass,
guitar (hero), keyboards and an excep-
tional singer. He managed to stay this
side of annoying all night, and had some
polished top 40 band moves.
The banana band came in fourth.
They were called the Lunar Glee Club
and they were real slick bananas in-
deed. Nine of them: drum set, two
various percussioneers, two basses,
two saxes, guitar, and trumpet.

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