The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, July 24, 1997, Summer Edition, Page 8, Image 8

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A guide to entertainment
in Lincoln Inly 24-July 31
Karaoke with Shithook (Duffy’s, 10:30 p.m.)
Tom Holcomb and the Union Cowboys Band
(Guitars and Cadillacs, 9 p.m.)
Carolyn Wonderland and the Imperials Monkeys
(Zoo Bar, 9:30 p.m.)
Doug Lynn (Zoo Bar, 5 p.m.)
Kansas City Street Band (Zoo Bar, 9:30 p.m.)
July Jamm (12th and 0 Street, 7/25-7/27, Fri. 11
a.m.-Midnight, Sat. 9 a.m.-midnight, Sun. 10 a.m.
5 p.m.)
Josh Smith and the Frost (Zoo Bar, 9 p.m.)
Mercy Rule and Sideshow (Knickerbockers, 10:30
Ripple Effect (Zoo Bar, 9:30 p.m.)
13 (Zoo Bar, 9:30 p.m.)
Alias Jane (Zoo Bar, 9:30 p.m.)
“Good Burger”
"Air Force One"
Returning Movie
“The Fifth Elemenf
untie Mary Riepma Ross Him
The Great Plains Film Festival continues
through Sunday.
(Tuesdays an new nlease
days for ncord companies)
Alice Cooper
Teenage Fan Club
(Tuesdays are new release days
for videos)
“Albino Alligator”
“Jungle 2 Jungle”
‘The Foreigner’ slated
to close out Rep season
By Sean McCarthy
Staff Reporter
The Nebraska Repertory Theatre company
closes their summer season on an high spirited
note this week with the opening of Larry
Shue’s comedy, “The Foreigner.”
The Nebraska Rep turned 30 this year.
The Rep is Lincoln’s only locally-produced
professional theatre company that is operating
under a contract with the Actors’s Equity
Association and the professional stage actors
union. In its 30 years, the Rep has become a
gathering place for both students and profes
sionals since 1968. Kevin Paul Hofeditz,
executive director and producing artistic
director for the Nebraska Rep, said the com
pany provides a great opportunity for UNL
students to work with professionals from
across the country.
Hofeditz started his career with the Rep in
1983. He became Managing Director in 1995
and currently chairs the Theatre of Arts and
Dance department at UNL. He also plays
Charlie Baker, one of the main characters in
“The Foreigner”.
“The Foreigner”, written by Larry Shue,
tells the story of Charlie, an intensely shy
young man. Charlie’s troubles begin when his
friend “Froggy” LeSueur, played by David
Landis, takes him on a retreat to a fishing
To take the pressure off of Charlie,
“Froggy” tells the cabin’s inhabitants that his
friend can’t speak English because he’s from
an exotic country. This leads to hilarious con
sequences as a variety of characters spill some
pretty twisted tales, oblivious to the fact that
Charlie can understand every word they say.
Terence Lamunde was brought in by the
Rep to direct “The Foreigner”. Lamude has
won acclaim in New York where he directed
the play “Remembrance.” This will be
Lamunde’s fourth production for the Rep.
Hofeditz said Lamude has prepared the cast
well for the play’s run.
“He expects a lot and gets a lot from the
actors,” he said.
Hofeditz had a couple of things working in
his favor while rehearsing for the part of
Charlie. It was a role he played ten years ago
for the Rep. Despite playing the role before,
Hofeditz said he he looked at the role with
fresh eyes for this go around.
“I have to bring who I am and the charac
ter and put them into one character,” he said.
Aside for the acting demands, the making
of a fishing lodge proved to be an equally
demanding challenge to face.
Juliana Hagemeier, managing director of
the Rep, said the prop crew wound up renting
a moose head to create an authentic lodge feel.
Sound designer Tom Gould and lighting
designer Steve Shelley had their talents tested
early in the play when they had to create an
authentic thunderstorm, complete with thun
der claps and flickering lights.
Set designer Richard Durst had to come up
with a design for a table in the prop storage
area that could be both stood on and have
knives thrust into it repeatedly. He did this by
taking a section out of an oak table and insert
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“It’s the little differences that the audience
isn’t supposed to see that are so important and
vital,” Hofeditz said.
Hofeditz said he was looking forward to
playing in front of an audience. Aside from the
physical humor, Hofeditz said audience mem
bers should appreciate the characters, clever
word play and plot twists in the play.
Hagemeier agreed:
“It offers a lot of moments of reflection. It
makes you think as well as laugh,” she said,
“Its a nice, light-hearted way to end the sea
Hagemeier said a full house has always
been an obvious goal for the Rep. For this year
as director, she said things have run smoothly.
“We have a talented and focused bunch of
people, which makes things run very smooth
“The Foreigner” will run from July 24-27,
29-31 and August 1-2. Shows start at 8 p.m.,
except for the July 27 show, which will start at
3 p.m.. Tickets are $18 for regular attendees,
$16 for faculty and $5 for students.
Lawrence, Robbins team up in
audience-friendly buddy film
By Cliff Hicks
Film. Critic
Buddy films almost never work. “Nothing
To Lose” does.
The premise is simple. Nick Beam, played
by Tim Robbins (“The Shawshank
Redemption,” “IQ”) comes home from work
and finds his wife in bed with his boss. So he
gets in his truck and starts to drive. At one
point, he stops for a light in the wrong part of
town. Enter T Paul, portrayed by Martin
Lawrence (“Bad Boys,” “A Thin Line Between
Love and Hate.”)
T is a dealer in future used goods. A car
“Money, keys, wallet... now,” he tells
Beam. Beam offers a wild-eyed laugh and pulls
off with T in the truck. Suddenly, the caijacker
is turned hostage, even though he has the gun.
Part road-trip film, part heist film, all comedy,
“Nothing to Lose” wins on almost all counts.
One of the things that usually kills buddy
films is that the actors don’t make that rare
connection that is needed to make the dialogue
funny. Lawrence and Robbins have that magic,
though. At the beginning of the film, it’s all
Robbins’ show, with him going from calm,
controlled anger to lashing out like a madman
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