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The Michigan Daily- Tuesday, November 12, 1991 -Page'?

This is journalism?
My experiences with a shifty, evil
S(and fun!) Disney press junket

Theater Review
AACT's Fool for Love sees below surface

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by Michael John Wilson
ORLANDO - I had.no idea what
professional movie reviewing was
really like until Walt Disney
Studios sent me on a press junket -
a four day,-all-expenses-paid trip to
Disney World to preview their
three new movies and interview
their makers. It was an incredibly
hedonistic weekend in a 70°F dream
world that 'had nothing to do-with
film criticism and everything to do
with sw.aying my opinion.
And hell yes, I loved every
minute of it =-I was completely
swayed. If I was a real journalist,
I'd probably keep this little secret
to myself and just continue to enjoy
these junkets. Then again...
I saw hundreds of people down
in Florida - a whole subculture of
men and women who make a living
by simply writing down what they
think of movies. And most of them
are greedy-consumers of every little
freebie the studio gives them.
It's as if they never buy anything.
They've got their Commitments T-
shirt, their Silence 'of the Lambs
shorts, their Plot Shots carry-on bag,
and now, after this trip, their
Beauty and the Beast hat. And CD.
And shirt. And the Father of the
Bride boxer shorts. And the hand
that Rocks the Cradle turtleneck.
But the me.rchandise is nothing.
It's how they treat you down hero,
which is simply unreal. Of course,
you pay for nothing. A S400 plane
ticket, a 8200 a night'double room
to yourself in the "Beach Club
Resort," a free pass to all the theme
parks. And if you charge. something

Then again, we saw it on the last
evening, after having savored plenty
.of fo.od, learned a lot about ,ini-
mation and been sufficiently
schmoozed. Of course I'm going to
enjoy it. But objectively - hell, I
have no idea what objective means
anymore. No, I won't be reviewing
the films for this publication.
And then there were the "round
See JUNKET, Page 8

Fool for Love
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre
November 8, 1991
le is a macho, rough speaking
rodeo performer. She is a dis-
traught young woman, torn by
conflicting emotions. Together,
they are Eddie and May, forming-a
bizarre relationship of passion
arid violence from which they
cannot escape.
Sam Shepard's Foolfor Love,

the story of one chapter in this
despar-ate relationship, played at
the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre this
weekend, bringing the emotional
prowess of Sam Shepard's charac-
ters to life on stage.
Shepard's characters proved
themselves with incredible inten-
sity. The tension silenced the au-
dience. Cassie Mann, as May, gave
an explosive performance, creat-
ing a microcosm of the entire
play's violently contrasting

moods. In periods of weakness,
she crashed to the floor or curled
up in a ball. When angry, however,
May became the dominating and
powerful force on stage. Mann
created an aura about her character
which assigned her a predominate
role in unraveling the mystery of
the couple's past.
John McGowan's Eddie was
more a product of Mann's charac-
trerization than of his own inner
emotions. For this reason, Eddie's

relationship to May seemei
obsessive. In his anger, Eddie
threatened to leave, but he always
stayed when May begged him. Thl
actors played off of each othor
convincingly, with the excepticr-
of a few awkward, silent m -
ments which did not correlate
with the previous interactions.
Their relationship intensificd
and came to its climax only akot
the introduction of Martin, tl4e:
See FOOL, Page 8

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