The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, January 27, 1975, Page page 9, Image 9

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    Simon 'no go'
TV funnier than 'Plaza Suite'
Review by Susan Edwards
Neil Simon has such a hot reputation that I
tried to believe I was enjoying Plaza Suite. Other
people were laughing. But it was no go. Except
for bright moments in the second act, 1 have seen
funnier bits at Camp Kiwanis skit night.
Plaza Suite, a trio of short comedydramas
which take place in the New York Plaza Hotel
Suite 719, is being produced by the Lincoln
Community Playhouse. The last shows are Feb. 1
and 2 at 8 p.m.
An art show done by the Lincoln Artists'
Guild is also being featured in the Gallery room
of the Playhouse.
In Plaza Suite the smoothest act, "Visitor
from Hollywood," was a classic seduction scene.
Phil Heckman, the Hollywood producer, and
Andrea Visuthipol as his, old high school
sweetheart, had excellent comic timing.
However, the dialogue and plot (?) were
uncannily similar to a poor Carol Burnett skit
(where Carol and Harvey Korman scream at each
other for ten minutes.)
Act one is the story of a couple celebrating its
24th wedding anniversary in the honeymoon
suite despite their crumbling marriage. Karen
Nash was simultaneously flat and overbearing,
and her unfaithful husband was such a dull stick,
who cares what happens to them?
There might be an age gap, however, since
the gentlemen on either side of me could barely
contain their laughter. Their wives noticed the
talk about affairs in act one was making the
husbands nervous-they twisted and folded their
Dull, dull act three involves a bride who locks
herself into the bathroom just before her
wedding. Her parents, played by Sam and Patsy
Davidson, have mental hernias trying to get her
out. That family deserves the goon groom who
springs the bride with his one line, "Cool it."
So, despite some fast-paced dialogue and some
good acting, especially from Phil Heckman, the
stale material never clicked. For snappy,
irreverent and funny talk, give me Rhoda or CBS
Saturday night TV anytime.
'Fire Within-French soul aflame
This week the Nebraska Union Foreign Films
Sereis returns to France with a presentation of
Louis Malle's 1963 film, Le Feu Follet (The Fire
During the past few years Malle has been one
of the premier post-New Wave French directors.
His recent successes include Murmer of the Heart
and last year's much talked about Lacombe,
Malle began his film making in the late 50s.
The Fire Within has been acclaimed as one of his
first great movies. It stars Maurice Ronet as a
lonely, desperate 30-year-old alcoholic, who has
just been released from a treatment clinic. The
movie presents the last 24 hours in this mans life,
as he attempts to pick up the pieces. Instead of
finding a reason for living, he finds himself being
sucked further into a state of disgust and despair
that leads eventually to suicide.
The Fire Within will be shown this Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 7 and 9:15 p.m. in
the Sheldon Gallery Auditorium. Admission is by
Foreign Film Series ticket only.
to feature
Internationally known mezzo-soprano Marilyn Home will be
greeted by a sold-out auditorium for her first Lincoln appearance
Guest soloist for the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra concert at
O'Donnell Auditorium, Home will sing six arias, including some
Rossini and Sait-Saens. -
Home, who sings with the Metropolitan Opera, is best known
for her title role in Bizet's Carmen. She has starred at La Scala, the
Royal Opera House and Covent Gardens.
The New York Times has called her "a spectacular singer"
whose "voice is one of the contemporary wonders." Her range,
from contralto to soprano, enables her to sing a diverse repertoire.
Cancellations may make last minute tickets available. Bus
services for $1 round trip, are available to O'Donnell on the
Nebraska Wesleyan University campus. The bus leaves the
Cornhusker Hotel at 7:15 p.m. and the University Club at 7:25
Coming, h Person January 24 through February 1 .
Tho Rcmscy Lewis Tries
Winner of the Grammy Award tor in
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Records including "Hang On Sloopy," "Wade
in the Water," "Choice" and "Sounds of
Shows at 8:30 end 10:30 p.m. jT t 1 l
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The One and Only Ramsey Lewis Show
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