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Free fun at its finest!
CheckoGut The Red Etvises (Tues. at 7.30
pmi) and the Teen Band Showcase (Thurs
at 7) at Top of the Park, 121 Fletcher.
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Grade: D intersettot itli zi
the Brttish oset te
AtQat 5S5as fate of titeme
a veteran of the
* French and Indian Instead of seeing this movie, rent Braveheart' and the 'Mad Max' trilogy. Trust me.
War and has Ledger),att ardet tbeltevcr tts the cause of unavoidahle for Marttn. Aff r abattle that
renounced vin- freedom, enlists in theC(otisnental Army takes place in Martin's front yard.
lence because of agatnst the wishes of his father, it Colonel Tavington orlder$ 'all of the
his fear that his heroines hatd for the lethal weapon to wounded members of ttj Con inental
previous sitns will revisit him at att maintatn Iis non-intertvcnttontst mentals- Army so he killed and that Oahrieartist
unbearahle cost. He wishes to raise his sy. he hasnged. One of Martin's other-children
family in peace and avoid the types of Is is British Colonel Tavisngton (Jason tries so save his brother and is shot hy the
atrocities thts accompany war Of course, Isaacs), the quitssnscisal character Colonel. Is is at this point that Mel
when Martin's eldest son, Gabriel ([leash sketch of evil, that tsakes she was Gibson swears revenge and tursns this
1Skts Hapes t ecndCity

soiliet's andIrsliit _isc i iilCiIii
techiqcues of'i i as 'c itic ini tsar.
there are plenty ol icclaesti of iicotis ci-
tonal I18th centutry mat I teicniiwhich she
two 4Lrtsine isuptisascltowitsard otie
another, atnd lirc 'Anton at point hlank
ransge. This. the audiensce is costsansly
reminded is thcesway genttlenmen fight a
war. These scenes are especially poignant
in that they remind us howv atrocious war
was and can he. This technique seems to
be a favorite of screenwriter Robert
Rodat ("Saving Private Ryan").
Usnfortunately for Rodat, this is the only
similarity so his previous success.
While is is hard so avoid making com-

parisi is hetwseeinvsaisepics. Ikhe
P tiot"is truly a cutii iii Psic hocdge-
01il~' i lii 'r i .l w<siccc, .fill filmis.
iic 5 55~ i e ii ,k.bet's
is 5 :I i ~'s1 't is 1 \.!l sintal- si
ity ini its atiemipt ii appeal to0sill types f
audiensces.ITiere is the cisnsenientlUW
stury hetiseen G(istel atndl Iis childhood
frentd (Lisa Brenner). there is she racist
turned reformed shisnker elemsens that
illustrates so Matitn's stes that slaves are
/p pple, too, and of course there are many
examples of sow terrihle war is on family
life. Is is she conmhination of these cliched
themes and poorly written dialogue -
intermittent clips taken directly from our
historyl wks or she Constitution ("no 0
ain k us representation" or "all men
are created equal") -- that nmake "The
Patriot" an overall miss.

By Jaimie Winkler
Dathy Ars 'Writer
An cx reveals a longing to get hack
togetiet ottly to determine if you're still
itteressed.s'A niuhber of comsplex guts safe-
ty msechtissss fail to preveint she accident-
tal sltoititig of the gun vendor. After all te
clocks tad heen set hack, one wristsatch
fioils a super planito sumn hack time to please
ademsantdintg antdswatchsful wife.
Is'tnt cool, you don't get your was..
lie ci i)f Detroit's Second City Theater
sliig it cisol a capella harmnty-"aratiost
II ppciis"escryday In i's I14th revue titled
"itrasot Ilpes. Secontd City sw ins
sisie Ii eli ltzhis atid souse loss lows.
I lie sig.-iseither vetersin cast works sir
' iIhas ass stiscoshle, it's a shtamse t heck
theistapirtceserrfor a few seconsds. Withisist
egos they presenit this shsow's highs-entergy,

audience-pleasittg litcal humisor. "Gratiot
(prontountced, for all te ouit-of-staters, Gra-
SIlT) Happeits" fully utilizes lie east's
phtysical comsedly. imipeccable tinstng sand
quirky chsaracters. sucs as Maribests
Mnrcoe's Grasnsny DAGf'T -- I a
GIresfield Village volunteer.
Bitte loss lowns are oftess solos.Thse
shlarcks she traditisinal iuientce interac-
tioni, wdis ith e past has heets creatively
sin citsoeach skit.Inthsits show is ire-
qietitly aippeairs ionly whleis the stage goes
idirk atid i lontely cast msetiser kbisically
says. tntu it's site'sir interactiosns" Tie
aittempilt at idhierisig toticheriupe's callinsg
crd is geniuisnehbit the 11i1i1101' isin't there.
ITle cliange dioesist detac.t fothsle Showss
snase lis issisi ri li te sI ghtcst arid gis es
moirc kuaitim, rooisos r lreheckle-prioof
cistmedy. Grtiost is quick sinkAiisilkthestily
211 Skits liat prevenst lie cas:t Cusrdo m ei

out ired or uitfunsiy skits -- whsichs Ias
beets a hugger its she troop's pass. First if
sonsestsing isn't audiestce pleasing, is's over
hefore we have time so realize is.
Thte hulk of the show's nsaterial mirrors
ste title. somseititig ness for Secosnd City.
Bus ceven swhen tsi doesnt', thsere arc some
great ideats ansd evessats opportunity for a
rouintg rountd of "Hail so te Victors"
Most skits hav e a puchslitte quality to thens
-slut liappeinssto ite characters. 'The samtse
sIt liiitiappens t all of us civcry dai.
Ali Applehee's swaitress-ini-trainingt
(Mtonroe) spills iaglass uofuwatet ott set cuis-
toisesstrs. B tsrtogiv e tetisshap a Secisnd
City tis st, rtse cast5 replays the sceie takrsrg)
ott nters lictictiosU.S. presidlent cici
tisse. 'N Sync,.tilistn iio, O JSimtpsoni.
Optrit aissfcL sri cithre current caindidaicr
ill Irise irs cpportunsisty to liiie their lire
secoitds of1scprlessietialsry ishere the caist

Be There Al Football Season
WXolveriine Tours is currently ctlf'lc'i 1toIcur packages ki ilsI ss
class accommnodations to all CUi M fisohnill assay' gamescs.
Price inckides 'I'rarlscp3it3,liu. otel an tclickels.
'Septembcr 21r. a
October '7it, atI i i 's )it

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Caartru;ofTher Susd C?
"Gratiot Happens" east members step in a big pile oflk't at Detroit's Second City Theater.
taikes oin their presicdestial cha~racteristics. 1 Tsese larger-tats-ltfe cltaracters use Itfr
sirs weightlif'ters. plaryed by IKeegian- space ssonsderfully.Tsso chairs kecomue
Michael Key asid M'st ats nrzechni try to escry isisgisiable piece iof weight roons
sIrCLI caechitie ott tnlscir body size ansd equipment.1Their physical consedy cats pro-
Iiftite ability.ITicy curt up cesstroyig ste stoke giit-hbistiing kelly laiighis.swkile their
gyis. bit icy slut hanppes. Seciondl operatic sotig lyrics aippeailst trite-wt
City's posteittial teally shinses ini this skit, seekinrgusitids.Else cast highslighits farce itn
a skit whkere a [Holidaty itisetmployee,
played by Anitoiite McKay. tries to please
his racist, ageiss hots by keepinsg detmattd-
ittg guests as thansc
But, ste most bizarre antd feisny
Canoe, Kayak and msomseists ots stage helong to futsg scl
Paddleboat hrotrght to life by Marc Eyatt Jackson antd
Rentls A aila letis jazzy vocalist Nyissa Aisise Woods.
RetlC viaI Jacksoit is a super Itero whto defeats Itis il
A ril t1 o October laity ky usitig the ancteint Asiats art ofcalmn
IncthtIrosighs lars1isottus cissironsiseist. II
cn rearraise futisrsisre to lie 1mos. t sisoth
isrstiitispssietauikrlt

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