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Tuesday, October 11,1994 Page 9
light Italian comedy’s acting precise, well-timed
By Paula Uvlgiw
In a “romantic” Italian water
front cafe, “Scapino!” burst open
last weekend with oddball comedy,
silly stunts, swinging meat and fly
ing pasta at the Howell Theatre.
The play broke the barriers be
tween the actors and the audience
and made the performance a hilari
During “Scapino!” the audience
members did more than laugh —
they were part of the action. Actors
spoke directly to them and con
fided in the audience their conniv
ing plans. Actors walked up to and
into the audience, not once break
These eccentric relationships
between the characters and the au
dience and the roguish contempo
rary humor called to mind two words
— Monty Python.
A young Italian lad named
Ottavio (Dean Houser) turned to
his true love Giacinta (Michelle
Eckley) — a lovestruck girl en
gulfed in ribbons and lace — and
said, “Surely, you don’t doubt my
love for youT’
She replied, sighing, “Yes my
Ottavio, butdon'tcall me Shirley.”
OK, so it’s one of the oldest
jokes in the world, but it fell into the
pattern of characters caught in “se
rious” dilemmas, only to mock
themselves with their own foolery.
The physical comic bits—lazzi,
in Italian—added to the fast-paced
chaos and “laugh and run” style.
Although the comedy was light
and off-the-wall, the acting had to
be intense and precise so that the
jokes and the stunts fell into place.
Much of this precision rested in
the clever hands of Scapino him
self. Scapino, played by UNL the
atre professor Paul Steger, was a
common servant with a cunning
Scapino is the catalyst for con
flict when he tries to help two
pseudo-preppy Italian boys secure
their two loves. The boys know
their fathers won’t approve of the
marriages, so they enlist Scapino
and his trusty steed — Sylvcstro
(Tony Heffner) to help them. Of
course, it's not this simple.
Everyone adds their little bit of
fun. Stegcr executed his stunts with
accuracy. His eyebrows punctuated
every word, and he’s a pretty good
guitar player, too.
Geronte, Ottavio’s father, was
played by the always superb Jonas
Cohen. Cohen, walking straight off
the 18th hole in his plaid pants and
red sweater, gave an excellent por
trayal of a money-hungry grump
with a bad attitude.
Ashley Hassler proved that even
a bit part can add a lot of laughs.
Her excellent portrayal of
Zerbinette, a boisterous gypsy girl,
added to the already quirky situa
The University Theatre has a
reputation of professional acting
and excellent performances, and
“Scapino!” only added to it.
Add a dose of irony, a cup of
confusion and a bowl of men in
scuba gear and bake in the fires of
“amore” and you have “Scapino!”
— serves a sell-out crowd.
‘Only you’ can tell
if this film has hope
By Chad Johnaon __
Atagc 11, Faith askeda Ouija
board the name of her soul mate.
It spelled out Damon Bradley.
Later, a Gypsy woman reveals
the same name as Faith's des
Fourteen years later — and
nine days before her wedding—
she gets a call from none other
than (you guessed it) Damon
So, Faith (MarisaTomei)and
sister-in-law Kate (Bonnie Hunt)
jet off to Italy to find Faith's
man of destiny.
In Italy, they pursue the mys
tery man from Venice to Rome
where, in a moment of destinies
colliding. Faith finally meets
Damon Bradley (Robert
Downey Jr.). In a less-than-in
Movie: “Only You”
Stan: Marisa Tomei,
Robert Downey Jr.,
Bonnie Hunt, Joaquim
De Almeida, Fisher
Stevens, Billy Zane
Director: Norman Jewison
Five Words: Weak late
year date movie
tcrcsting plot twist, we find that
he isn’t really Damon Bradley.
He’s shoe salesman Peter
Wright, but he’s smitten and
won’t leave Faith alone.
The plot basically devolves
from there as Peter tries to win
Faith’s heart through an intri
cate scheme aimed to deceive
her into believing that her dream
man is a burned-out surfer dude
This plot also fails, and Faith
is left alone again. Not to worry,
romance fans; everything works
out in the end, as it always does.
This film contains a rather
disturbing subtext. The women
are constantly deceived, lied to,
harassed, abandoned and ma
nipulated. But as long as the guy
says “I love you,” everything is
This subtext is not quite cov
ered by the misandrous lines de
livered by Kate. One line that
actually drew hisses from the
audience was, “I think all men
should be issued team ierscys,
with the word ‘liar’ on the front
and their names on the back.”
However, it is this same Kate
who returns to her jerk husband
after he uses the magic words.
Marisa Tomei plays the over
idealistic Faith. On her quest to
find her destiny in Italy, she falls
for the same con more than once.
Tomei is just “cute.” She does
not show either the depth or the
See ONLY YOU on 10
Courtesy of Gramercy Pictures
Jason (Alton Payno, loft) trios to roason with Ns angry youngor brothsr Joshua (Bokoom
WoodMno) In "Jason’s Lyric."
Urban drama sings off key
By ttwry leltz_
While the Nebraska
Cornhuskers are on their third
string quarterback, urban dra
mas are now on their second
The high-quality urban dra
mas (“New Jack City,” “Boyz N
The Hood.” “Menace II Soci
ety”) opened the floodgates, and
now that this section of the movie
market has been seen as profit
able, producers are willing to
finance the release of lesser-qual
ity films, such as “Jason’s Lyric.”
The main problem with
“Jason’s Lyric” is its heavy
handedness: so many underde
veloped characters with so many
interrelated themes with so little
Jason (Allen Payne) is the
focal point ofthc film from which
all themes launch (and burn).
This begins with Jason’s fa
ther Mad dog (Forest Whitaker)
being gun nod down in front of
the entire family. Since then,
Jason has always had nightmares
about that fateful night.
See JASON on 10
Movie: “Jason’s Lyric”
Stars: Allen Payne. Jada
Pinkett, Forest Whitaker,
Director: Doug McHenry
Five Words: Yet another
urban drama, romance
Films reveal lives, art of contemporary architects
sponsors film series
to inform students
ly John Fulwldf
A series of films now showing at
the Mary Ricpma Ross Film The
ater will show the art of architec
The film scries, entitled “The
Art of Architecture: Filmsand Vid
eos by Michael Blackwood,” is
cosponsored by the College of Ar
chitecture and the Sheldon Memo
rial Art Gallery.
“Michael Blackwood is ... the
prominent filmmaker who focuses
on filming of contemporary archi
tects during their lifetimes. So these
are all live interviews and topical
films, not only on the person, but
their work and their history and
backgrounds,” Cecil Steward said.
Steward, dean of the College of
Architecture, said the college's
objective in sponsoring the series
was to “bring as much new infor
mationon national and international
architects... for the students.”
The seventh film in the 14-film
series, “Kisho Kurokawa. From
Metabolism to Symbiosis,” which
showed last week, was a retrospec
tive of Kurokawa’s past work and a
discussion of his current architec
tural theory of symbiosis.
In symbiosis, Kurokawa's pn
mary concern is fitting his architec
ture in with the existing environ
ment, rather than destroying the
environment to make room.
“Kurokawa's objective is that
there has to be a symbiotic relat ion
ship between his buildings, the cul
ture, and nature," Steward said.
“One piece of architecture could
not be created, let's say for Tokyo,
and then be transplanted to New
York and be successful — it has to
be a part of its local culture as well
as its local environment."
Kurokawa will be coining to Lin
coln Thursday to give a 4 p hi.
lecture at the Riepma Ross Theater
as part of the Hyde Lecture Series,
“Mr. Kurokawa has been invited
explicitly because of his interna
tional reputation," Steward said.
“The College of Architecture ...
strives in several ways to bring an
international dimension to the stu
The College of Architecture does
not require its students to attend the
films, Steward said, but some fac
ulty may ask their students to attend
as part of class.
The eighth film in the series.
“Richard Meier,” is a tour by the
architect of his major buildings and
of the architecture which has most
inspired him. It is showing at 12
p.m. Thursday. 3 p.m. Friday, and
11 a.m. Saturday. Admission is free
to all films in the scries.
Kurokawa also will be giving
the keynote address at the Central
States Regional Meeting of the
American Institute of Architects,
held in the Comhusker Ballroom at
Steward said the scries wasn't
just for architecture majors.
“Architecture ... is one of the
humanities.'' he said, “so the typi
cal university student should be in
terested in architecture because it's
part of our culture and our history
as any other work of art or any piece
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