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Rude Mechanicals offer 'Macbeth' as fall production
Holiday movies filled with all things naughty and nice
By AwNa Herzog Center and the Rude Mechanicals
For thelaiy will present William Shakespeare's
Witches will still be brewing "Macbeth" this weekend.
something wicked in their caldrons This production of Shakespeare's
one week after Halloween. To keep classic tragedy isn't a cultural event
the University in a spooky, evil that people feel they must attend for
mood, the University Activities cultural enlightenment, but rather,
TIinking of Graduate School?
Come see what we have to offer
provides the audience with entertain-
ment. "Shakespeare should not be a
cultural meat that you eat because it's
good for you - you've got to enjoy
yourself," said Engineering junior
Michael Newberry, the play's direc-
Rude Mechanicals will be display-
ing a traditional perspective in this
version of "Macbeth." As Newberry
said, "With 'Lear,' we found an inter-
esting angle with modernizing it. I
don't believe in taking my poetic
license just because; I change some-
thing to make it better for the audi-
In this classic account of vile
ambition, different character traits
will be emphasized. Macbeth and
U. . . . . .
Lady Macbeth wii
need to show thei
thing that we can
like their marriag
and that they'r
To enhance the
coed a cappella si:
pipe music, a dan
effects and sword
tumes, which inci
rowed from the
Festival, as is
sound and music.
production was co
ally known com-
the score for a
tion at Stratford,
As for the tra-
ditional curse tha
pened thus far. Is
Iles. the word "'M
den within the co
mance space; su
assert that it gives
I not be made into BRYAN MCLELLAt
us villains. "They Kristopher Chung, director Michael Newberry and Matthew Toronto rehearse a
r humanity, some- fight scene in "Macbeth."
find in ourselves, Newberry explained that last year
e/love relationship during the Rude Mechanicals' pro- "I would ke to
e goal-oriented," duction of "King Lear," someone
suggested that they produce see as many
show, "Macbeth" "lacbeth," and the set broke in the
zin' Blue (UAC's middle of a performance. "I've been people involved
nging group), bag- knocking on wood since last year. I .. . ,,
ice number, visual don't take any chances," Newberry as p fSj~ ie.
fights. Some cos- added. But on a more rational note. - Leslie Sora
ude kilts, are bor- he said that accidents in past perfor- Producer of Macba
Stratford Theater mances of "the Scottish play" can
some background probably be attributed to a show that said.
The music in this calls fora darkly lit set. which makes As well as building an audi
imposed by nation- it hard for the actors to see. followig, Rude Mechanical
"Macbeth" also working on getting students iM
exemplifies the by using this philosophy. "We1
._ P RE V I E W philosophy of the to give all university students
newly reinvented opportunity to perform in a v
Macbeth RudeMechanicals. like this," explained Leslie Sora
SMendessohn Theater The group's new "'Macbeth"'s producer..
thurs Sat. at 8 p.m.; sun. at 2 pm. agenda includes "I would like to see as many
Tickets $ nssfor students one show per pie involved as possible. I wat
semester - a clas- share it with the entire Ann
it seems to follow sical Shakespearean piece in the fall, cormunity eventually," Sor
ig unusual has hap- and a rmodern/contemporary play in said. "We want to provide avenu
n most theatre cir- the w5inter. "We want to be known for creative expression for everyone
Macbeth" is forbid- putting on high-quality non-musical This year's Shakespearean off
)nfines of a perfor- theater, and also seen as a group that seems to be just that - a cre
sperstitious actors likes to take chances with shows and production by students that tl
them bad luck. are successful with them" Newberry chance, and succeeds.
By Matthew Barrett
Daily Arts Writer
So maybe movies aren't the first thing that comes
to our minds when we think of the holiday season.
But if we look past the turkey, Christmas trees and
presents, it's clear that the next two months are jam-
packed with great movies. From Tarantino to
"Titanic," the holiday movie season has something
Those who crave action movies will get their
fill. "The Jackal," starring Bruce Willis and
Richard Gere, is a remake of the 1973 classic "The
Day of the Jackal." Willis plays the villain and
Gere an imprisoned IRA terrorist who is set free to
Pierce Brosnan, along with some help from Teri
Hatcher and Michelle Yeoh, reprises his role of
James Bond in "Tomorrow Never Dies." Hopes for
the movie are very high, after Brosnan's success in
Paul Verhoeven's highly anticipated follow-up to
"Showgirls" is the big-budget "Starship Troopers,"
in which the world goes to war with big, nasty
"Alien Resurrection" is one of many sequels
scheduled to come out between now and
Christmas Day. Sigourney Weaver teams with
Winona Ryder to battle aliens in director Jean-
Pierre Jeunet's take on the popular series.
Had enough of big-budget action movies?
Plenty of comedies are coming out as well. Robin
Williams tries to rebound from his "Father's Day"
fiasco in "Flubber," a remake of the Jerry Lewis
movie "The Absent-Minded Professor."
Williams also appears in Woody Allen's
"Deconstructing Harry" alongside Elisabeth Shue,
Miariel Hemingway, Demi Moore and Julia Louis-
Dreyfus. The move is set in New York and stars
Allen as a writer who is struggling with his rela-
TV stars Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley team up in
"For Richer or Poorer." They play a married couple
who pretend to be Amish in order to avoid the IRS.
The popular "Home Alone" series returns to the
big screen with a new director and a new star.
Director Raja Gosnell replaces Chris Columbus,
and Alex D. Linz ("One Fine Day") steps into the
lead role in "Home Alone 3." His character is home
with the chicken pox and in possession of a highly
sought-after computer chip. Trouble, of course,
If viewers are sick of the "Home Alone" series
(and, really, who isn't?), they can give
"Bean" a try. It stars Rowan Atkinson in
the movie version of
the popular British "
m ov i e s
ed for a very
in the year,
and probably will not screen
in Ann Arbor until early next year.
Perhaps the most anticipated drama of the season
is Steven Spielberg's latest film,"Amistad,"starring
Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Hopkins and
Morgan Freenan. Based on a true story "Amistad"
is about slaves who take over the ship, try to go back
to Africa, end up in America and are put on trial.
If audiences havent had their fill of the Dalai
I ama they should be sure to see Martin Scorsese's
"Kundun." Scorsese uses Tibetan refugees as
actors in the story of the Dalai Lama's escape to
Those who can't get enough of movies based on
John Grisham's work will be pleased to know that
he has two movies set to open. "The Gingerbread
Man" is his first original screenplay, and is directed
by Robert Altman. It stars Kenneth
Branagh and a rehabbed Robert
Downey Jr. "The Rainmaker,"
based on Grisham's suc-
cessful book, is directed
by Francis Ford Coppola
and stars Matt Damon
" Fire"), Claire Danes
and Danny DeVito.
Damon also gets in
on the screenwriting
act in "Good Will
Hunting." He wrote
the screenplay with
costar Ben Affleck,
about a janitor at MIT
who turns out to be a
math genius. Robin
as a psychologist
who helps to set
in this film,
the latest from
director Gus Van Sant.
Ang Lee's "The lee
Storm" has been playing
in New York and Los
Angeles to rave reviews. Set in the early '70s, it
stars Joan Allen, Kevin Kline and Sigourney
Weaver, and is the story of what happens when
fanilies get snowed in during Thanksgiving week-
Jack Nicholson stars as an obsessive-compul-
sive writer in James L. Brooks' "As Good As It
Gets." Costarring are Helen Hunt as a waitress,
Greg Kinnear as a gay artist and Cuba Gooding Jr.
as an art dealer.
Other movies scheduled to come out soon are
Kevin Costner's "The Postman" (pictured) a mod-
ernized version of "Great Expectations," starring
Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert DeNiro and Ethan
Hawke; and Clint Eastwood's take on the popular
book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
Toward the end of December three highly antic-
ipated films, "Scream 2," "Jackie Brown" and
"Titanic," will open. They all involve big riskand
their makers have a lot at stake when they hit the
"Scream 2" is being released less than a year
after the original. Wes Craven returns to direct
Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and everyone else
who survived the original. In the movie, Campbell
is off at college when a new killer starts to torment
her and her friends. Audiences are eager to see if
the "Scream" series can avoid falling into the typ-
ical horror-movie-sequel rut.
"Jackie Brown" marks Quentin Tarantino's return
to the director's chair after a three-year hiatus. It is
based on Elmore Leonard's novel "Rum Punch,"
and stars Pam Grier, Robert DeNiro, Samue,..
Jackson and Bridget Fonda. Expectations are sky-
high forTarantino's long-awaited follow-upto "Pulp
Fiction," and it will be interesting to see if he can
pull it off as successfully.
And finally, there's "Titanic." After a five-
month delay, the most costly movie ever made is
ready for audiences' viewing pleasure. James
Cameron directs the story of the unsinkable ship
that somehow sinks, and Kate Winslet and
Leonardo DiCaprio star as fictional lovers on the
boat. The early word on "Titanic" has been posi-
tive, but it will have to do great business to make
up for the budget, which is reported to have
exceeded S200 million.
So make a list and check it twice, to avoid miss-
ing all the good movies that are coming soon to a
theater near you.
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