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to explore sex, love
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
irector to add In the first act, newlyweds,
Malcolm (Brown) and Kate host
iginal humor to a housewarming party in an
attempt to prove how great their
ckbourn's work new life is to their friends. Unfor-
tunately, things start to go awry
By LENA FINKEL when couple Susannah (Logue)
Daily Arts Writer and Trevor begin fighting. The
situation quickly escalates as the
ien LSA junior Molly sexual tension amplifies between
e walked into the audi- past lovers Trevor and Jan.
for "Bedroom Farce," the Needless to say, the whole play
erson she soon turns into chaos.
ted to see Bednom "At its heart, it's really a com-
Assistant edy about sex, which any stu-
ematics Farce dent would find humor in," said
ssor Mor- Thursday, Logue.
Brown. Fridayand "The first time the cast read
e had Saturdayat it out loud, they couldn't stop
a grader 8 p.m.and laughing," Brown added.
Professor Sundaat This was the first stage play
n's Hon-2p Brown has done since high
Calculus school and, after reigniting his
ss during AnnArborCivic passion for acting in graduate
semester Theatre school at Berkeley, he wanted to
Brown's continue acting in Ann Arbor.
semester From$11 Logue, on the other hand,
e univer- has been acting since she was
young. As a child, she participat-
w, Logue and Brown will ed in plays produced by Young
rm side by side in A2CT's People's Theater in Ann Arbor
roduction of 2013, the com- and also performed with The
Bedroom Farce." The play, Heron Players, a regional group
takes place in the '70s, of actors who write and produce
vs four couples in three their own plays.
noms as they try to sort out When Logue got the part of
marital woes. According to Susannah - whom Logue calls
n, "Bedroom Farce" brings "an emotional and dramatic girl
r by taking "serious situa- with a horrible marriage"- she
and making them absurd." knew the role would be difficult.
"It's been challenging for
me because (Susannah) can be
so dramatic and needy," said
Logue. "It's a challenge to find a
sympathetic side to her."
However, Logue later admit-
ted that it was fun to play a char-
acter so different from herself.
Director Paul Bianchi really
helped Logue in understanding
"His vision for the charac-
ter was the right vision. He was
a huge help in guiding me to
where she needed to be," Logue
explained. "Susannah is my
character, but it's definitely been
a collaboration between me and
Bianchi, who's been acting
with A2CT for 10 years, is com-
mitted to keeping the play and
the characters authentic to how
the playwright Alan Ayckbourn
originally wanted it.
"As a director, my job is first
and foremost to tell a story that
the playwright intended," he
But that didn't stop Bianchi
from adding his own personal
touch onto the play. He added
a few "funny bits" into the play
that he felt would fit in line with
Pleased with how the actors
had worked with his vision over-
all, Bianchi said, "I couldn't have
asked for a better cast; they've
really brought it alive."
"These pics will look great in the re-election posters'
Schwarzenegger is back
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"The Last Stand" is American.
Sure, its director is the South
Korean Jee-woon Kim, and its
hero the Aus-
ger - but you'd The Last
be challenged $tand
to find a movie
more red, white At Qualityl6
and blue (at and Rave
least until "A
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Die Hard" is
released). "The Last Stand" pos-
sesses all the necessary elements:
ridiculously fast cars (a Corvette,
of course - this ain't "Skyfall"),
liberal interpretations of 2nd-
Amendment rights, high-cho-
lesterol diners and that weirdly
stirring spirit of defending what's
"The Last Stand" is American,
whether we like it or not.
The plot, while seemingly con-
trived, is actually original and
inherently exciting: An escaped
drug cartel leader is racingrtoward
the U.S.-Mexican border from
Arizona, with the intent of escap-
ing the FBI, in a hyper-fast car
(and the sense of speed is palpa-
ble). The final obstacle in his path
is Schwarzenegger and a band of
inept-ish deputies. Director Jee-
woon Kim ("The Good, the Bad,
the Weird") paces the story well,
and there's a sense of franticness
even if the film occasionally drags
toward the ultimate showdown.
Expendables 2"), as Ray Owens
(which is as ridiculous a name
one could ever give someone who
looks and sounds like Schwar-
zenegger), is a sort of patriarch
in the film. The town he protects
treats him as such, and his depu-
ties confide in him and admit
intimate fears. Schwarzeneg-
ger is no longer just a hero; he's
a father. This gives legitimacy
toward his actions, and while his
motivations warp later in the film
toward slightly more mundane
"revenge" and "justice" arche-
types, he still radiates an oddly
comforting protective aura.
The rest of the cast is some-
what overloaded (there seem to
be about 15 supplementary char-
acters), but never stifling. Each
personality, from Forest Whitak-
er's ("The Last King of Scotland")
stressed-out FBI agent to Jaimie
Alexander's ("Thor") hardy dep-
uty, is predictable but still pos-
sesses certain tidbits that elicit
some emotional connection. In a
perfect world, action films would
exchange their pacirig and excite-
ment for fulfilling characters, but
"The Last Stand" does a decent
As for the action, it follows the
ubiquitous action-comedy formu-
la seen in "The Expendables" or
"The Avengers." Sadly, "The Last
Stand" doesn't really ever live up
to those standards. Yeah, it's fun
to see ol' man Schwarzenegger
creakily wrestle, poking fun at,
while also reviving, old-school
action standards, but the "joke"
is getting a bit ... antiquated. Still
though, "The Last Stand" is pun-
filled in all the right ways, and
it's hard not to laugh. Also, some
scenes have a little spark of genius
hidden within (a slow-chase in
a corn field, a magnetic escape
from the police), and Jee-woon
smoothly and confidently works
his way through the flurry of bul-
lets and cars.
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to talk about? Normally nothing,
but if you follow Piers Morgan on
Twitter or watch the news ever,
you're aware of a gun-control
debate in this country. In the
movie, agrandmapulls outashot-
gun and shoots a bad guy in the
back; Schwarzenegger, looking
for firepower, must go to a civil-
ian to acquire stronger weapons.
These are things that seem plau-
sible, and that also in some sense
excite and repel.
The plot excites because these
are wholly American sequences,
and there is something powerful
about defending your home, your-
self. On the other hand, it repels
because of the destruction and
death weapons like these create -
even Schwarzenegger says in the
film he's seen enough death and -
bloodshed to last him a lifetime.
Is "The Last Stand" truly add-
ing something to the gun-control
debate? Probably not. But it still is
difficult not to question our reac-
tions to the content.
This is self-aware filmmaking,
and the title of "The Last Stand"
tells plenty about the film. It's an
ironic returnfor Schwarzenegger,
an old com'eback guised as a final
hurrah. It's a literal description of
the central conflict in the film; it
couldbe the end of "Expendable"-
type filmmaking (though hope-
fully the joke still has some kick
to it). But really, "The Last Stand"
isn't any sort of ultimate destina-
tion. Instead, it's probably just
another bump on the road.
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