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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, May 26, 1983 - Page 9
When Yoda talks, crowds listen
By RobFrank"We've been waiting yeara
By Rob Frank (since Star Wars) to find out some of times, too,"he said.
the answers," said Noel Albertson, a The Albertsons and many of the fans
HOUGH THE day was rainy, the student at Ann Arbor's Community gathered outside the theater said that
line long and the weather cold "t High School. Albertson and his brother, they had tried to steer clear of recent
force" was enough to attract over 100 Ross, spent the night outside the articles and reviews which have
diehard Star Wars fans to the Campus t revealed the movie's plot. I wanted to
Theater for the Ann Arbor premier of theater door, see it before anyone told me about it,"
the newest George Lucas film, Return said Pat Birdsil a recent University
of the Jedi. MORE ARTS ON PAGE 12 graduate, who arrived at 7:30 a.m. to
The movie, which opened yesterday, assure himself a seat. Birdsall said he
has been two years in the making and couldn't see spending the night outside
talk from the crowd gathered in the Seventeen-year-old Ross claimed to the theater. "I think they're crazy," he
rain along South University suggested have seen Star Wars 20 times, and the said,'but, you know, I feel kid of silly
that many had been counting the Empire Strikes Back at least ten times. myself.
minutes since George Lucas' last film, "I'll probably see this one a couple
The Empire Strikes Back.
Return of the Jedi
Starring Mark Hammil and Harrison Ford
Directed by George Lucas
J Now playing at the Campus Theater on
South University
Craig Henry, a graduate student in
Biology, and a self confessed sci-fi fan
said he was not impressed by the size of
the line. "I heard they waited for six
dasin California for tickets,"h ad
In the crowd awaiting tickets were
both young and old alike. Matt Webster,
a student at Tappen Junior High, said
waiting for tickets had afforded him an
excellent opportunity to miss school. "I
had to beg my mom to let me come," he
admitted.
Some younger Jedi fans weren't
totally contented with the wait. 4-year-
old Shaun Mack, who's mother insisted
he had seen Star Wars stood in the rain
looking rather displeased with the
situation. How long had he been
waiting? "Not long," said mom. "A
long time," said a shivering Shaun.
We will run a review of the film
Return of the Jedi in next Thur-
~~~~Daily Photo by ELIZABETH SCOTT dy per
Fans voune and old turned out to stand in line for the premier of 'Return of the Jedi Wednesday at Campus Theater. of hed

No enemies are made
fTS NOT TOO LATE
for 'Just Friends' TO PREPARE FOR THE JUNE

By Ellen Lindquist
JUST FRIENDS, a new comedy play-
ing this weekend at the Performance
Network examines the lives of four
typical New Yorkers in an unoriginal
yet successfully humorous way.
The setting is a typical run-down
apartment in the Soho section of the
city. The New York flavor is em-
phasized in the characters' incessant
discussion of topical issues.
The central character, Maura, a
painter characterized as "a tough nut
to crack"-by her friends, goes to pieces
when she reaches fame, tearing her
paintings to shreds. She does not tear
herself to pieces but she considers it,
razor blade in hand, having painted red
circles on her cheeks and rouging her
lips, wearing a white cap as if she were
a sad clown.
Everyone has an excuse for Maura's
problems. "She cannot handle suc-
cess," her down-the-hall neighbor and
devoted friend Paul concludes. "It is
my fault," her best-friend-kissing-

cousin Judi surmizes, "because she is
afraid of being more successful thanI."
She is bereaved over the sudden loss of
her non-committal-last-seen-two-
months-ago-lover Kenny who was killed
in a car crash, Maura herself reasons.
The four man characters - Maura,
played by Connie Baron; Paul, by Ron
Miller; Shelly, by Shelley MacMillan;
and Judi, by Anne Whitney - were
convincing in their roles as real
everyday people.
The interchanges between Maura and
Paul, her apartment neighbor, were the
funniest scenes of all. Ron Miller
(Paul) delivers his lines with an un-
changing quiet seriousness which
makes them funny. He tells Maura that
friendship means devotion. "You
should thank me for stealing your food
because it shows my devotion," he says
as Maura chases him out of her apar-
tment.
Ron Miller plays the role of Paul as
though he were an aid friend of the
character. The persona he creates is
one of a sincere, comforting brother,
See'JUST FRIENDS', Page 12

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