The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, June 18, 1991, Image 3

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As the lives of those involved in the chess tournament become intertwined, the game of chess becomes a metaphor for the game of life )litics, and le our heads. 'Chess/' the musical by Tim Rice (who also wrote "Evita"), is a stunning theater-in-round production with a talented cast and wonderful staging. The Casa Manana theater, located in Fort Worth, kicked off its summer season with the musical on June 11, and it will run until Sunday. The story centers around three main charac ters: the American champion Freddie (Romain Fruge), Florence (Jodi Benson), Freddie's sec ond, and the Soviet champion, Anatoly (Keith Rice). Soon after the tournament begins, Florence falls in love with Anatoly, and at tne conclusion of the first half of the series, Anatoly decides to defect to America. Eight weeks later the match resumes in Budapest, Hungary, now with the two leading "Americans" going against each other—Anatoly has the lead, but Freddie is catching up, eventu ally coming to a 5-5 tie. Meanwhile, Anatoly receives pressure from his wife and the KGB to return to the Soviet Union. As the final game approaches, Anatoly must decide whether to return to the Soviet Union or stay with the woman he really loves. This version of "Chess” was interesting being a theater-in-the-round production, which has a tendency to make the audience feel like they are a part of the play. Cast members can be as close as a few feet away, and the props and sets are brought in and out on runways that run along the aisles. The music and singing quality was marvelous — you might remember the 1984 hit, "One Night in Bangkok," which is from this musical. Other standouts are "Arbiter's Song," "Anthem," the duet "You and I," and the climax song "Endgame." On an interesting note, the lead actress, Jodi Benson, was the voice of Ariel in Walt Disney's "The LittleMermaid."Hervoice wonderfully shines on "Nobody's on Nobody's Side" and "Heaven Help My Heart." The costuming and stage design were almost as marvelous as the singing, with stage manager Ri chard Faster keeping the scenes flowing smoothly, despite 19 scenes during the play. Tne only real flaw I saw with the production was an occasional bad amplification of the voices, but that is to be expected with theater-in-the-round productions, where it is not as easy to control all the technical elements as a regular theater. This production, which is a premiere for this region, is one that should not be missed. I had some reservations about it because it is a local produc tion (as opposed to a Broadway tour), but the performances were all of great quality with no exception. The Casa Manana theater is a little over a three- hour trip from A&M, and with showtimes at 8 p.m., make sure you have plenty of time to get there. There is also a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20, but students get a 10 percent discount. Phone Casa Manana for more details at 817-332-6221. Casa Manana begins summer season of musical productions Casa Manana is one of the leaders of theater in the Dallas - Fort Worth area, and has a strong summer program to support it. For more informa tion on any of the productions, call the box office at 817-332- 6221. "On the Town," July 9-21 — This became a Broad way hit in 1944 and tells the story of three American sailors looking for the perfect woman. The pro duction will featureeight danc ers from the Fort Worth Ballet. Among the songs in the musi cal are "New York, New York" and "Some Other Time." "Les Miserables," July 23-28 — A few years ago this became an international nit based on Vic tor Hugo's novel of the same name. This is the Broadway tour of Les Mis and as such is sure to be wonderful. "Les Miserables" tells the story of a man who faces a number of disappointments and trials in his life and somehow manages to keep going. The second half of the musical revolves prima rily around an attempted French revolution in the mid 1800s by a handful of college students. I am a big fan of this musical and believe it contains some of the best music to ever reach the stage. This one should not be missed. "Best Little Whorehouse," Au gust 6-18— A local production of the story of the Chicken Ranch, probably Texas' most famous brothel. "A Little Night Music," Au- gu st 20-Sept. 1 —Featuring the song, "Send in the Clowns," this Stephen Sondheim musical deals with four couples and how their loves $nd illusions affect their lives. -T.D. r JOCK ITCH AND RINGWORM STUDY Individuals 12 years of age and older with "jock itch” or "ringworm" are being recruited for a research study of an antifungal medication.$125.00 will be paid to volunteers who complete this study. CALL VOLUNTEERS IN PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH®, INC. 776-1417 Costner misses target with 'Robin Hood' By Julia E.S. Spencer "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" is an unwitting time travel fantasy. This is the unlikely scenario: Somehow a 20th Century American movie star complete with '90s sensibilities and vocabu lary, a midwestern accent, and a taste for buddy-movie wisecracks has been kidnapped by alien pro ducers and plopped down in 12th century England. He is being forced to pretend he's a local nobleman'sson justretumed from a 6-year stint in a Turkish prison, with a Moorish escapee whose life he saved. Due to a spell cast by these same aliens, none of the other characters seem to notice that he's an impostor. Despite the gross dis crepancies in hairstyle, diction, comportment, vocabulary and politics, they never bat so much as an eyelash. /, on the other hand, was batting at around .300. the poor, and vowing spectacular revenge on the Sheriff and his henchmen. Costner, who has made a highly successful career out of playing average American guys, makes a pitiful attempt at a British accent, out never comes near it - and fi nally just abandons the effort. Costner and his dialogue coach get an F. Funny for a guy so adamant about his actors learning to speak Lakota Sioux for "Dances With Wolves," and insisting on using subtitles to increase authenticity. He has no such scruple here. He lacks the presence and bearing to play a larger-than-life legend, and fails to be a believable leader of his men, cajoling them instead of com manding them. He mumbles dia logue Brando-style, instead of speaking with the dignity and grav ity befitting a greatly wronged nobleman. His manner and deport- This isn't to say that this re visionist retell ing of the Robin Hood legend isn't entertain ing. It is, very much so. There are enough stunts, tricks, catapults, zing ing and flaming arrows, ex- plosions, quarterstaff fights, sword fights and one-man- against-10 fights topleaseany arm chair swashbuckler. As long as you don't think too hard or examine the script too carefully, you'll have a good time, but this is definitely not a film for purists. Kevin Costner plays Robin of Locksley, a young nobleman who returns from the Crusades, and finds his castle in ruins and his father dead, executed for alleged devil-worshipping. The evil, mega- lomaniacal Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) has seized his property as well as that of many poor people. Feisty Marian Du Bois (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), a childhood play mate of Robin's, who happens to be King Richard's cousin, has so far escaped a similar fate, but she may be next... Outlawed for de fending a young poacher, Robin joins a band of robbers in Sherwood Forest, becoming the ringleader as they steal from the rich and give to Costner makes a pitiful attempt at a British accent, but never comes near it - and finally just abandons the effort. Costner and his dialogue coach get an F. ment are just much too American, and his comic exchanges with Muslim sidekick Azeem (Morgan Freeman) while amusing, are straight out of modern-day mis- matened-buddy movies. Speaking of anachronisms, this Robin Hood is rife with them. The licentious Sheriff makes dates at 10:30 and 10:45, and Azeem has brought a telescope and gunpow der with him, although centuries would pass before clocks, tele scopes or gunpowder were in vented. Shakespeare did it in "Julius Caesar" you say? Well, to paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen, this ain't no Shakespeare. Thankfully there are no "Yo!"s or Arsenio- type woofing in this film the way there were in "Harlem Nights," but Americans are not likely to get a very accurate picture or Medi eval attitudes or culture in this re visionist, pseudo- "politically cor rect" film. I felt that if 20th century-style nonsense and banter and was go ing to be included, why not hire Mel Brooks, "Airplane!'"s ZAZ team or better yet, Monty Python, to make it an all-out action comedy gag-fest, and get Bruce Willis to reprise his wisecracking Petruchio role from Moonlighting's delight fully silly "Taming of the Shrew" episode. Or maybe sign on the comicbrilliance of that otner Kevin, Oscar-winner Kevin Kline. In stead, we have an uncomfortable hybrid that can't decide whether to be serious or silly, and ends up being neither fish nor fowl. Apart from Costner, the support- ing players are pretty good. Freeman's quiet, imposing pres ence as straight man to Costner's smart aleck is everything Robin should have been. Mastrantonio plays a feminist Marian, display ing the considerable talent for com edy hinted at in "The Abyss." Christian Slater is an exception to the above; as Will Scarlett he overacts and fares only slightly better with his accent than Costner. Alan Rickman's Sheriff, how ever, is won derfully over the top. He plays his well- f jracticed vil- ain ("Die Hard") to the hilt, stopping his scen ery-chewing progress only to wax Freudian on tne parental origins of his problems. This movie is already shaping up to be a summer blockbuster; the lines were as long as those for "Batman" two years ago, and people seem to love it, despite its cartoonishness. It could have been a really all-round splendid picture, but unfortunately the dollar signs in the producers' eyes prevented them from going the route of a more serious, credible drama and hiring a classically trained actor likeTimothy Dalton. The result is a shamelessly commercial film which has the audacity and imper tinence to claim Robin Hood as an American, weakening the legend in the process. Robin Hood is rated PG-13 for frequent violence and for yet an other shot of Costner's now-fa- mous derrierre. ATHLETE’S FOOT STUDY J % Individuals 12 years of age and older with "athletes foot" are being recruited for a research study of an antifungal medication. $150.00 will be paid to volunteers who complete this study. CALL VOLUNTEERS IN PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH®, INC. 776-1417 tudy DEPRESSION STUDY J Individuals are being recruited for a research study on depression. If you have been diagnosed with depression or would like to find out more about this study, call VIP Research. $125.00 will be paid to qualified volunteers who enroll and complete this study. 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