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Monday, January 12, 1987

The Michigan Daily

'Assassination' plot fizzles out

By Benita Jo Green
In Assassination, an action-
packed movie set in the very near
future, Charles Bronson stars as
chief of security for the new First
Lady of the United States. Played
by Jill Ireland (Mrs. Bronson in real
life), the First Lady starts off as an
air-headed, stiletto-tempered brat
with a snobby British accent that
comes and goes like the many
attempts on her life. When
Bronson asks an associate about her
disposition, he is told: "Let's just
say that you're going to miss the
hell out of Nancy Reagan."
It seems that director Peter Hunt
will miss Nancy the most. He
makes a regular Fourth of July out

of the movie, using plenty of
stuntmen and a nice array of glass-
shattering, flame-rolling explosives
for the assassination attempts.
After three or four of these beauties,
the First Lady still doesn't think
anyone is trying to kill her.
Doesn't she hear the scary music?
Didn't she see that classic moment
when Bronson's double soars
through the air on a motorcycle, an
M-22 casually slung over one
shoulder, and chases the bad assas -
sin? At last, after many innocent
people have been blown up and the
lead actors have been spared from so
much as a scratch, Ireland decides to
go incognito for a spell, which to
her means putting on designer
stone-washed jeans. Bronson soon

catches up with her, and together
they wait out the rest of the
plotless story.
The lack of acting in this film is
amazing. How do they do it? Jan
Gan Boyd, who plays Charlotte
"Charlie" Chang, Bronson's co-
worker and love interest, has one
voice for every mood and a smile or
frown to go with it. Even Bronson
himself seems to have lost some -
thing vital in his deliveries. He
consistently looks puffy and acts
Perhaps much of this is due to
the embarrassing screenplay by
Richard Sale. Sale spells out
everything for the audience at least
twice, while tossing in dead one-
liners to keep them smirking. His

characters are stuck in the embry -
onic stage of development; their
relationships consist of setting each
other up for punchlines. More
pathetic than anything else, Sale
tries to inject a profound political
statement into the drama by
indicating that no one likes the
new, Post-Reagan president and that
his spokesmen lie to cover up
messy situations.
All in all, Assassination is a fun
film if you're not expecting much.
For those who enjoy seeing stunts
that would make the Duke boys of
Hazard blush, this movie is a sure
bet. But admirers of Bronson may
want to refrain from watching a
usually well-rounded actor deflate
into a mindless cartoon.

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Richard :II simply a success

By Noelle Brower the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, one audience to confront the text head-
was struck by the raised curtain and on. One never felt cheated by the
Last weekend's production of the people milling nonchalantly lack of stage business;
Shakespeare's The Tragedy of King about on stage before the action Shakespeare's beauty lies within
Richard the Second, was an exercise commenced. The backdrop consisted his language and this was aptly
in how to perform Shakespeare on a of two mobile clothes racks placed exposed.
shoe-string. Pared down for touring symmetrically on either side of the The acting was powerfully
reasons, the production by the stage forming an appropriate subtle and, for the most part,
National Theatre of Great Britain entrance in the middle. Chairs were consistent throughout. Though
waispaseotritsGraiatin set up on either side of the stage as Richard and Henry are definitely the
was sparse both i its manipulation well for the actors who were not two 'stars' of the play, the small,
of Shakespeare's text and its performing to sit in until their cues seven-member cast was an example
minimal use of setting. However, came - all in view of the audience. of fine ensemble acting. Because
this sparseness only served to Thus the characters were themelves the size of the cast was so small,
heighten the central conflict of the alternately spectators of and several members of the cast had to
drama-the usurpation of Richard participants in the action on stage. play dual, even triple, roles. This
II's throne by Henry Bolingbroke The costumes were equally tricky bit of staging was successful
-allowing the characters to emerge simple and modern in dress; only because of the tightness of the
like two lone adversaries on a field character deliniations were subtle as cast. They never missed a beat in
of battle. when Richard wore a stylish purple, switching from role to role, though
Jointly sponsored by the depart - (get it), short jacket when presiding the obviousness of this required a
ients of English and Theatre at over functions at court. This overall bit of imagination on the part of
this University, the production simplicity drew out the characters. the audience.
part of an educational program Nothing was on stage to distract
begun four years ago at the from the action at hand, forcing the Performances will continue
National Theatre in London.
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other worthwhile playwrights to
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was the American premiere of what
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tradition in Ann Arbor. John
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Department of Theatre and Drama SAVE
here and an Associate Director of*
the National Theatre, directed the * 0/O to A 0Q%
company that will be in residence*
in Ann Arbor until January 17. O W E O
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United States
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"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Unfinished Agenda"
Tuesday, January 13, 1987
8:00 p.m.
Hill Auditorium

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