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Page 8-The Michigan Daily- Thursday, October 17,1991

who what where when FRANKIE
Continued from page 5

The University of Michigan
Theater Department will be cleaning
out its costume closets and selling
its hand-me-downs at their first an-
nual Halloween Costume Sale.
The sale will take place in the cos-
tume shop, Rm 1528 in the Base-
ment of the Frieze Building, Friday,
October 18th from 3 to 7:30 p.m.,
and Saturday, October 19th from
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Downstairs at Rick's on Saturday
night, catch Texas Heat, a band
with a lotta experience. Two of the
guys are former members of Ronnie
Earl's Broadcasters (Darrell Nulisch
and Steve Gomes). The band also
includes an ex-member of Robert

Cray's band (David Olson), and a
relative newcomer (Jon Moeller).
Call 996-2747 for more info.
Kerrytown Concert House's con-
tinuing Jazz Artists Series features a
celebration of Jelly Roll Morton's
101st birthday with a performance
by James Dapogny's Chica-
goans. The jazz trio, which features
University professor Dapogny on
piano, Kim Cusack on clarinet,
saxophone and vocals, and Wayne
Jones on drums, was the favored
combination of Morton. They per-
form Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.,
and admission is $10, $15 for
assigned seats. For reservations,
which are suggested, call 769-2999.

that weepy, cute episodes of thir-
tysomething are made of.
But there's something real in
these characters who are reaching
out desperately for what Johnny
calls "a kindred spirit." And it
doesn't become all better when the
couple giggles together over pre-
paration of a tuna fish sandwich.
Frankie and Johnny is one of the
few romances that recognizes that.
The cramped setting of Fran-
kie's apartment, from which she
gazes wistfully into the windows
of the people in the next tenement,
lends itself well to the trap of
Frankie's unhappy self-exile. It is
here that the symbolic elements
remind us that the film is adapted
from an award-winning Broadway
play (Terence McNally's Frankie
and Johnny in the Clair de Lune).
From Frankie's good-luck elephant
collection to the VCR/boyfriend
substitute that Frankie can't get to
work, the characters' material
surroundings are extremely telling.
Such quality is becoming in-
creasingly rare in the solve-my-life-
in-100-minutes genre of Hollywood
movies.
Frankie and Johnny is a re-
freshing turn for director Garry
Marshall, the man who brought us
the fairy tale confection of Pretty
Woman. Although he may have
overdone the aren't-we-all-toget-
her-in-the-shit-world-of-the-mid-
dle-class theme, he puts this
romance in realistic terms. Mar-

shall never lets us forget that
Frankie and Johnny have known
decades of hurt.
Pacino plays Johnny like an open
book - a man who eloquently
quotes Shakespeare and then
displays the paperback Romeo and
Juliet that he held in his back pocket.
The secrets that the audience sees
(Johnny was in the joint and is
separated from a wife and kids) are
divulged to Frankie with candor as
soon as she asks. Frankie's
intricacies are not so easily derived
by us or Johnny.
A certain movie magazine has
commented that Michelle Pfeif-fer
has joined the ranks of "se-rious"
actresses who are willing to make
themselves look ugly for a role. If
you ask me, Pfeiffer was glammed
up for her beautiful and serene parts
in films such as Dangerous Liasons
and Tequila Sunrise. Here, we see an
inspiring and dignified portrayal of
a woman with bags under her eyes
and mousy hair, even when she runs
around her apartment retching like a
goose when she chokes on a
mouthful of peanut butter.
As she sobs to Johnny that she is
"afraid to be alone, and afraid to not
be alone," we're seeing the real
Pfeiffer for the first time, one who
shows more expression when she's
brushing her teeth in wool socks
than in any soulful gaze into a
telephoto lens. This is her movie,
and it's her performance that makes
this meat loaf-and-milk romance
eminently classy.

Dede Tate (Jodie Foster) gazes with adoration at her brilliant son, Fred
(Adam Hann-Byrd). If only she could read his thoughts like we can.
"What if she finds out? Has anybody else ever cheated on the IQ test?,
Oh God, what if she finds out?"

$ MONEY! MONEY! $
LSA-Student Government is
currently accepting applications for
STUDENT GROUP Funding.
If your group has an event,
activity or any need for funding then
come to 4003 Michigan Union and
pick up a request form.
$ LSA-SG SERVES YOU! $

TATE
Continued from page 7
young math genius, Michael Shul-
man's sarcastic humor hides his cha-
racter's inner torment. But the real
find is newcomer Hann-Byrd, who
gives a natural, winning perfor-
mance as the anguished prodigy.

Overall, Little Man Tate is an en-
grossing, intelligent and original
look at the emotional turmoil that;
often accompanies great genius. But
like a biography of Vincent Van
Gogh with a blissful conclusion, the
ending just doesn't make sense.
LITTLE MAN TATE starts Friday
at Showcase and Briarwood.

HANDS
Continued from page 5
Bubble Capsule is her favorite ex-
hibit because "it's fun making bub-
bles grow as high as they can before
they pop." She describes the proce-
dure with the enthusiasm of a young

FRANKIE AND JOHNNY is play- scientist. "You climb inside the
ing at Showcase and Briarwood. tire. Make sure the hula hoop is tou-
ching the [soapy] water. Then you
Save pull down on the chain [above your
head] and watch the hula hoop rise
the with a [cylindrical] bubble cage
around you." o
LP Volunteer coordinator Melissa

Pletcher says that Kidsplace has
been extremely successful in the
two short weeks it has been in Ann
Arbor. So, if you're wondering what
to do with your little brother or
sister in Project Outreach, call ahead
to see if any special activities or
programs are being held along with
Kidsplace, and make an afternoon of
it. Or if you have some free pla
time and a little curiosity, grab
friend and explore it for yourself
"I had great fun," says University
graduate student, Bruce Goldnert..
"It brought me back to my pre-
school days when the simples
things in life were an adventure."
KIDSPLACE will be at The Ann"
Arbor Hand's On Museum at 210
East Huron Street until December
31. The exhibit is free with museum,
admission at $3 for adults and $2 for
children and students. Call 995
5439 for more info.
COMPANY
Continued from page 5
The protagonist's search for the,
elusive woman turns out to be more,
of a dream of social integration onla
macrocosmic scale and less of a
comment on one man's trials to.
combat loneliness. ,
Company is a challenging show,
owing to its plot structure, which*iUs
comprised of separate vignettes that
thread the characters together. Witha -
deft hand and a new coat of poli#i
Nessen may be able to achieve~A
stripping-down of the original text,
getting to the bare bones of the stoy
and letting the message of humanity
shine through.
COMPANY plays at the Lyd'i
Mendelssohn Theatre, tonight
through Saturday at 8 p.m. and
Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $12, $@
and $6 for students, available at tiw
League Ticket Office. For more i'0
formation, call 764-0450.

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University of Michigan
College of Literature, Science and the Arts
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Tuesday, November 12, 1991
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Students with a strong math, science, or engineering
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