The Michigan Daily'
Wednesday, May 19, 1982
Not much flash,
but lots of wit
in 'My Dinner'
By Richard Campbell The contradictions between the
intelligent men present the crux
-U ANDIDATE FOR art film of the film. Gregory decries the banal lil
C year, which means low budget and is filled up with nothing more
small audiences, My Dinner with Andre habits. Shawn agrees, to an extent
lets us listen to two hours of intriguing that viewpoint, but nevertheless
dinner conversation. tohis world.
That's it, as far as the plot goes. Shawn, attempting to explai
Wallace Shawn, playing a character ways, says that life is hard eno
based very much on himself, finds him- when he gets home he likes to
Iself roped in to having dinner with a sleep with his electric blanket. It's
friend of his, Andre Gregory, who he But when you don't use the el
has not seen for-a very long time. As blanket, Gregory rebuts, you fe
Shawn walks to the restaurant, we hear cold. And that puts you in touch
his anxious comments and trepidation others that feel cold. The el
on the meeting. blanket is an anesthetic for them
Once Shawn and Gregory are at the world, putting us to sleep inst
table they naturally begin catching up making us more aware of the
on each other's lives. Gregory was once around us.
a sucessful director, but grew disen- .To be truthful, My Dinner With
t chanted with the established theater. is not much of a movie. One
.camera gets inside the restauranl
Aileen Quinn, star of 'Annie', Nancy Reagan, and Sandy the dog attend the He began seeing various things:
premiere of 'Annie. during a church service he saw a blue See CONVERSATION, Page S
monster with violets sprouting from its
First Lady and Annie' skin.
band of people who talk to the bugs that INDIVIDUAL THEATRES
infest their gardens and convince the , Ave a lbery 761-0700
insects to stop. s
atten - m_ ovepre iere Shawn, on the other hband, has led a= -
attend movie premiere na a e
quieter life. Between writing plays, he WEasATeSUN
NEW YORK (UPI) - The world's to pass Oklahoma and become the has started acting professionally. His before
most famous orphan, accompanied by seventh longest running Broadway life is basically unexciting, but comfor-
Sandy the dog, met the first lady to musical. table
watch the premier of the $40 million
movie, Annie. 737 N. Huron, Ypsilenti "THE BEST OF
Both Nancy Reagan and Aileen TRUFFAUT'S
Quinn, 10, wore red as they embraced HOTLINE OBSESSION
Monday on the red carpet outside Radio 485-0240 WITH WOMAN
City Music Hall. For Bands and AND LOVE"
Columbia Pictures arranged antique Drink Specials -VILLAGEVOICE
cars and wine parties and gave more DANCEBLE MUSIC OF THE EIGHTIES
than 1,000 guests silver balloons toDAC BLMUIOFTEIG IS/
celebrate the movie starring Quinn, a
fifth grader from Yardley, Pa., ar Lit-
tle Orphan Annie. Every French Connection
W d edyMALE DANCERS TuES-5:00 7:00, 9:00
With Sandy at her side, Quinn told ednes Showtime 9:30 p.m. $2.50 cover. Men welcome WED-12:50,2:50 50 700 9:00
emcee Dick Cavett outside the theater at 11:30 for the wet t-shirt contest. A cash prize!
she "started giggling" when she saw LOUIS MALLES
herself on the silver screen for the first
time "because I was so big." MY DINNER
time "beauswssbi.Female and Male WITH ANDRE
Director John Huston told the crowd, Every Hot Legs Contest
"I'm as dazzled and bewildered as
anyone could hope to be." $25 to each winner T IS A FASCINATING
Mrs.- Reagan was escorted by Stark Brn y r FhtIN
and did not address the crowd, but she ANNARBOR N
and a host of other celebrities attended
a post-premiere party atop Rockefeller
Plaza in the famous Rainbow Room. Every Ladies Night
Premieres are also schedules in Los Reduced cover & drink Specials for the ladies all
Angeles tomorrow and Dallas on Thur- Saturday night.
sday. Detroit's premiere is scheduled tg
for June 17 at the Amercana Theater.
On the stage, the musical with its
hallmark song, "Tomorrow," has won Every Funk and Disco
seven Tony awards, seven Drama Desk Funk-and0Dso(R
awards and the New York City Drama Sunday Party Night WED-12 5 :1 7:20, 9:2
Critics Circle Award.
By summer's end the play is expected
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