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The Michigan Daily -Friday, September 24, 1993 -9

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Screen Gems
Two gems of the silver screen,
one more famous than the other, are
coming to campus this weekend. The
first is John Huston's "The Maltese
Falcon."This rare cinematic epiphany
based on Dashiell Hammett's novel,
marks Huston's directorial debut and
Humphrey Bogart's second most
memorable role. The seminal 1941
drama provided perhaps the single
most influential catalyst in the then-
burgeoning film noir genre. Bogart
stars as Sam Spade, the understated,
cynical super-detective investigating
the mysterious murder of his partner.
His findings lead him into the eccen-
tric underworld of urban America
where he confronts every two-bit
miser trying to get a piece of a price-
less Maltese falcon statue. Co-star-
ring the ever-venerable Peter Lorre,
the film is expertly crafted and per-
formed. Actually, Huston's was al-
ready the third film version of
Hammett's novel. In the wake of this
masterpiece, however, a fourth
doesn't seem likely. "The Maltese
Falcon" will be shown tonight at 7:00
in the Natural Science Auditorium.

Also this weekend, the film co-op
is .sponsoring the Ann Arbor pre
miere of Jackie Chan's "Armour of
God." Released in 1986, this fast-
paced import from Hong Kong coula
achieve cult status in the States if it
ever finds the right audience. In ad-
dition to directing and performing.
all his own stunts, Chan stars as an
intrepid buccaneer hired to collect
pieces of an ancient religious arti-
fact. This Indiana Jones-style thriller
is bound to woo every action-loving
film buff in Michigan. "Armour of
God" will be shown tonight and to-
morrow at 7:30 & 9:15 in Angell'
Hall A.
Back Again
Paul Westerberg, formerly of thy
Replacements, will be performing at
the Michigan Theater at 8p.m. Octo;
ber 21. He is returning after his sold-,
out concert at St. Andrew's Hall last,
August. Concert will include old Re-
placement songs, plus new materia
from his solo album. Tickets for the
show go on sale TODAY at all
TicketMaster locations or by phony,
at 645-6666.

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For four years now, the residents of Ann Arbor have taken the twisted psycho industrial-punk roar of Wig for granted but now they will have to share their demented glories with
the rest of the world. Polygram Records has signed the band and they will begin recording their major-label debut, set for release early next year, later this fall. Since the band
will be holed up in the studio, the last chance you will be able to experience their wonderful, full-throttle weirdness is this Saturday at the Blind Pig.
Being the altogether swell guys that they are, Wig has brought in two very special and very cool bands to open for them - Roundhead and Phleg Camp. Phleg Camp's spirited,
low-fidelity combination of roots and punk (much like if Neil Young was a hard-core punk DC) is fiery on their Steve Albini-produced debut on Cargo Records' debut, "Ya'Red Fair
Scratch," and should be overwhelming ir concert. If you like genuine alternative music, you'll go ape over Saturday's show because it doesn't come much more challenging or
invigorating than this. Call 996-8555 for more information.

Monday, October 4
at the Michigan Union
5:00 - 9:00 pm
For more information or to preregister,
stop by Career Planning & Placement
at j200 SAB or call 764-7460.
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'Dawg' questions stereotypes

By ADAM EISENSTEIN
"Are you selling out?" is a question minority actors
have often been faced with in the movie business. This is
precisely what Bradley Yamashita challenges Vincent
Chang with in the Philip Kan Gotanda play "Yankee
Dawg You Die," which returns to Ann Arbor after running
here through May 22nd earlier this year.
Vincent Chang (played by Steve Sumida, a University
English Professor) is an aged Hollywood actor who was
forced to play stereotypical roles in the World War Il era
propaganda flicks to make a living. He has paved the way
for future Asian-American actors like Yamashita (Tim
Chang) who, in his era, no longer needs to stoop tp
stereotypical roles to make money. His questioning of
Chang's integrity forces both actors to consider the other's
perspective.
"There are many different strands, different perspec-
tives in this play on how the actors should portray their
characters," says director Simon Ha, a runner up for the
1992 Best Director Award from the Ann Arbor News. Ha
did not want to push one of these perspectives over
another, though, stating that "the question is more impor-
tant than specific answers ... it's very much a multi-
angled question - I don't think any single argument has

the answer."
"Yankee Dawg You Die" is structurally different than
most plays, described by Ha as "a series of scenes, with
interludes; the scenes are not in a lineal structure, but it
thematically connects. There's so many facets, and all are
very skillfully put together by the author. It's one of the
best, if not the best piece by Philip Kan Gotanda."
Although the play focuses on the dilemma of Asian-
Americans, this does not mean that the questions raised
are restricted in relevancy to solely them. Ha says, "a lot
of racial groups who are fighting against the stereotypes
have the same struggle [as the characters in the play]."
Ha brushed aside the notion that he chose to direct
"Yankee Dawg" to make a specific statement, declaring,
"my guiding principle for choosing a play is if it is a good
piece of writing, of art for the theatre ... of course, being
Asian-American myself there is a closeness to the subject,
but my primary concern is not sociological, it is to do a
good piece of theater that has a capacity to enlighten."

YANKEE DAWG YOU DIE will be playing September
24-26 and Octoberl-3 at the RCAuditorium in East
Quad. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 general
admission and $7 for students and seniors.

Weekend
needs a
cartoonist.
Call
Melissa
or Darcy
at

HEIDI BERRY to Ann Arbor! See her
at the Blind Pig on Friday, Sept. 24
and catch a free preview of her show
this afternoon, 4 pm, here at Schoolkids'.

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