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Former Village People frontman
arrested on drug, robbery charges
RENO, Nev. (AP)—The original
lead singer of the Village People, the
1970s disco group that made fun of
macho men, was jailed Saturday on
robbery and drug charges.
Victor Edward Willis, 45, of San
Francisco, was arrested in his Flamingo
Hilton room, where officers said they
found about 45 grams of rock cocaine.
Officers went to the hotel-casino
after a woman reported that a man
struck her and robbed her of an undis
closed amount of money and a brace
let. Police went to Willis’ room and
found the woman’s belongings. The
woman, who wasn’t identified, told
police she had met and socialized with
Willis, who lists his current occu
pation as a writer, was in the Washoe
County Jail Saturday afternoon, unable
to post $16,500 bail. He was arrested
for investigation of robbery, possession
of a controlled substance and traffick
ing in a controlled substance.
Willis was with die Village People
from 1977 to 1979, when it recorded
such hits as “Macho Man,” “Y.M.C.A.”
and “In the Navy.” He played the cop
in the six-member group, designed to
attract gay audiences with its parodies
of male stereotypes.
The group broke up in the 1980s,
but made a comeback at nostalgia
shows in the 1990s, and still tours with
four original members.
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Season opener connects cast
THEATRIX from page 9
nicely matched the nai vete of Amy,
played by Heather Reichenbach.
Dillon's transformation from an
average, 20-something in “Sure
Thing” to a tough, no-nonsense gal
named Annie in “Foreplay” was
excellent. Mario Bravo perfectly
offset Dillon as her golfing partner,
Chuck II, with his blunt comedic
Finally, Julie Abrahamson in the
role of Alma turned the tables on
Mike Semrad's Chuck in with her
abrasive, quirky delivery. However,
it was unsure whether Semrad’s cau
tion in his role was meant to depict
the confusion of his character, or the
confusion over the difficult cue
The last selection, “Speed the
Play,” was an excellent farce on the
works of David Mamet. The com
edy just seemed to roll off Bravo in
his various roles and showcased his
nonchalance. Though the cast main
tained the fast pace that climaxed
the show as a whole, lines were sac
rificed to mumbling and stumbling.
The second feature was “Patient
A,” a poorly written play by Lee
Blessing about Kimberly Bergalis,
a young woman who is infected with
HIV through contact with her den
tist. Blessing seems to have a knack
for inserting comedy at the most
inappropriate times, and thus, im
peding the tempo and plot of the
However, the play was re
deemed by Courtney Shaw’s perfor
mance as Kimberly. Her relaxed,
conversational, energetic portrayal
reflected a true affinity for her char
acter, while her illuminating stage
presence helped to move the play
Shaw’s support in the show was
average. Michael Bergstrom, as the
playwright Blessing, seemed to
struggle with Blessing’s swings be
tween comedy and tragedy, but ad
equately portrayed the concern and
confusion Blessing felt toward his
subject matter. TJ. Nuckolls, in the
part of Matthew, at times seemed
awkward in the various roles his
character had to serve keep the play
moving. His gestures and blocking
also seemed forced.
The cast was able to communi
cate the play’s message on the com
passion all AIDS victims deserve,
despite Blessing’s paltry script.
The Buzz develops style
of blues with alternative
BUZZ from page 9_
degrees from Columbia College and
from the Berklee School of Music.
They’ve played with the likes of
JeffHealey, Liquid Soul, The Paladins,
The Flaming Lips, Matt “Guitar”
Murphy, Storyville, Buddy Guy,
Roomful of Blues and even rapper
That lineup alone shows that The
Buzz really know how to run the gamut
of musical styles—they have a power
to appeal to all types of audiences.
“We did a Friday night at Legends
with Buddy Guy, then got up the next
morning and drove to Iowa to open for
The Flaming Lips the next night,” he
The Buzz recently played the open
ing month at Chicago’s House of Blues.
Contrary to the venue’s name, several
rock shows play there, too.
“Since we did the House of Blues,
the alternative clubs have been paying
more attention to us.” Blinkal said.
We did a Friday
night at Legends
with Buddy Guy,
then got up the
next morning and
drove to Iowa to
open for the
Flaming Lips the
The Buzz will start playing around
9:30 pjn. There’s a $3 cover charge.
on zany gamble
VEGAS from page 11
of the spark in “Christmas Vaca
tion,” and in a hilarious episode of
the original “Vacation.” However,
the PG-rated script and rather stale
dialogue seriously dilute his usually
gregarious white-trash perfor
“Vegas Vacation” will cause you
to laugh out loud more than once,
partially because of the apt perfor
mances of the Griswold clan, par
ticularly the equally wide-eyed and
innocent Rusty and Audrey.
But the PG rating hampers the
script a bit. While this rating guar
antees this film to be a family “Va
cation” that the entire family can
actually see, it detracts from the
mildly raunchy and successful hu
mor of the past Lampoons.
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