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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 17, 1975)
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Classic films to be shown Author breaks game rules
in new mystery 'Willard'
Two classic films will be screened this
week on campus Stavisky (Foreign Film
Series) and Richard III (Shakespeare
Stavisky, a French film produced in
1973, features Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anny
Duperey and Charles Boyer. The movie
revolves around the scandalous affairs of
the thirties and its prelude to France's
Responsible for the disaster is
Alexandre Stavisky, who introduces forged
and worthless bonds into the French
market. The film not only discusses
France's momentous default, but develops
Stavisky's intriguing and complex life.
Stavisky will be shown in the Nebraska
Union on Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 7 and 9 p jn.
Sir Laurence Olivier produced and
directed Richard III and also played the
title role of the power-driven, courageous
monarch. Olivier's portrayal of Richard III
is considered one of the greatest of his
Richard III will be shown at Sheldon
Film Theater on Friday and Saturday at
3, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tango' eyes logic's Illogic
The Studio Theatre will present Tango,
a three-act play by Slawomir Mrozek,
Tuesday through Sunday.
Mrozek, who wages a continuing war
against power's parody of logic, is one of
Europe's leading playwrights.
In Tango, as in the Polish author's
earlier plays, perfect logic is applied to
illogical ends. Arthur, portrayed by Jeff
Otte, returns from school to find his family
in appalling disorder. His mother sleeps
with a vulgar hoodlum, his father looks the
other way while writing avant-garde plays
and his grandmother plays cards
incessantly, losing the family's grocery
Arthur's elaborate coup d'etat, which he
uses to establish order in the house at the
point of a gun, leads to his total defeat and
ends in one of the most chilling moments
of modern theater.
Featured in Tango are Becci Dawson
as Ala, Paul W. Baker as Stomil, Charly
D. Miller as Eleanor, J.W. Sudik as Eugene,
Susan Guthrie as Eugenia, and V. Eric
Sorensen as Eddie.
The play is directed by Glenn A. Cox.
Costumes are by Paula Redinger, scenery
by Karen McDuffee and lighting by Gary
Book Review by Bill Roberts
Willard and His Bowling Trophies: A Per
verse Mystery, by Richard Brautigan
Simon and Schuster, New York$5.95
Richard Brautigan plays games with the
reader in his new novel, Willard and His
Bowling Trophies. Subtitled A Perverse
Mystery, the book can be fun for people
who know the rules of the mystery novel
game and who don't mind seeing Brautigan
deviate from them.
It seems three brothers named Logan
had their bowling trophies stolen three
years ago. Before the theft, the brothers
"devoted themselves like monks to bowling
and like bankers to the gathering of tro
phies," Brautigan writes.
But the search for the trophies makes
them desperate. Wa are told, in a mock
heroic style, how they become robbers,
murderers, beer-drinkers and comic-book-.
up & ccmffta
Sheldon Memorial ArtGaJiery- 12th and R- Draw
ings by Doug Roti through Dec. 1 ; Watercolort
by W.M. Dickarton through Dc. 8; Christ
mas Fair through Dac. 25.
Kimball Recital Hall- 11th and R- Student Com-posarlmprovisatlan-
Mon.- 8 pjn,; Concert
Band- Tuts.- 8 p.m.; Paratore Brothers duo-piano-
Thurs.- 8 pxn.; Nebraska Chamber
Orchestra- Sat. 8 p.m.; Percussion Ensemble-Sun-4p.m.
Howell Studio Theater-1 2th and R- Tango- Tues.
through Sun. 8 p.m.
Haymarfcet Art Gallery-119 S. 9th- Paintings by
Chauncey Nelson; Jewelry by Brand Glngles
and Judith Kunlc-Golke through Nov. 24.
Stuart Theater- 9th and Chinatown- Frl.
Pershing Auditorium- 15th and N- Nitty Gritty
Dirt Band- Fri.- 8 pm.
UntonCollege Auditorium- 49th and Prescott
Littia Mary Sunthitw- Sat.- 8 p.m.; Wee
leynn Miller Theater- 61st 'and Baldwin- Our
Town- Frl. and Sat.- 8 pxn.
readers in their cross-country search for
their purloined prizes.
Meanwhile, in San Francisco, two young
couples live in an apartment house. Up
stairs are Bob and Constance, who engage
in what Brautigan calls "bondage and
minor-league sadism," inspired by .The
Story of 0. Their awkward, half-hearted
love-making is the funniest part of the
Downstairs live healthy, normal Pat and
John. Willard (remember Willard?) and his
bowling trophies are in the downstairs
apartment. Willard is a papier-mache bird,
who sits in the living room surrounded by
the Logans' trophies, which Pat and John
found in an abandoned car.
The connections between the brothers,
the couples, Willard and the trophies are
. slim, but that's part of the author's game.
Where Agatha Christie draws shadowy but
plausible cause-effect relationships, Brau
tigan plays by the rule of deus ex machina.
The game works well enough when he
makes fun of mystery novels. But when
Brautigan, as he always does, throws in a
serious theme, the lack of connections
works against him.
The ghost of Matthew Brady, civil war
photographer, steps into the action and
takes a picture of Willard and his trophies,
as if they were President Lincoln and his
generals. Why? "Because it is very impor
tant for Willard and his bowling trophies
to be part of everything that has even
happened to this land of America," the
author says, by way of nonexplanation.
Brautigan 's latest book will be enjoyed
more by those who've never read anything
by him than by established fans. " ' "
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