Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York on January 31, 1975 · Page 19
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Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page 19

Rochester, New York
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Friday, January 31, 1975
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r 'Man By ALLAN WALLACH D&C, Newsday NEW YORK - I spent several of the longest years of my life between 7:30 and 9 o'clock Wednesday night, when "Man on the Moon" had its official opening at the Little Theater. This is the outer-space musical that merges the West Coast pop music scene, as represented by John Phillips, with East Coast chic, as represented by Andy Warhol and his favorite director, Paul Morrissey. What they've come up with isn't a show, it's a conspiracy against the audience. Normally, I feel sorry for the performers in a disaster like this, but I think they're part of the conspiracy. "Man on the Moon" is the kind of show that ought to be reviewed on the obit page. It simply hurls its dumbness at the audience in kamikaze waves for an hour and a half, as though it has a built-in death wish. Phillips, the onetime head Papa of the Mamas and Papas, wrote the book, music and lyrics and qualifies as the main culprit. To , spread the blame around a little, there's also pop-art guru Warhol, who is making his Broadway producing debut with this show. He seems to regard the stage as a kind of oversized Campbell's Soup can designed to bore the viewer interminably. Then there's Morrissey, who is directing his first stage show after all those Warhol movies with names like "Heat" and "Trash." He directs like a man who's never seen a stage show and is learning as he goes along. Phillips has apparently written "Man on the Moon" . as a showcase for the talents of his wife, Genevieve Waite. He may have meant well, but it seems like a cruel sort of punishment to inflict on a wife. He has burdened her with the impossible role of a forlorn space waif who wanders around looking wispy and singing bad songs. As for Miss Waite, she has a piping little voice and a timid manner, attributes that don't usually augur well for a stage career. "Man on the Moon" has a 'Red Desert' at Museum Antonioni's "Red Desert" will be shown tomorrow night at 7 and 9 : 30 p.m. in the Eisenhart Auditorium of the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Antonioni's "Desert" is the modern industrial world. His heroine Giuliana wanders amidst the factories and barren streets, searching for a more meaningful life. Antonioni reveals Giu-liana's psychological state through the colors and shapes of her environment. Admission is $2 for adults, $1.75 for students and senior citizens. To place a Classified ad call 454-4200 To cancel an ad, to correct an ad, for adjustments, call 546-8150 Service Desk I T1IF TTURO I ; iiicicnno miiiiiisAir MASSACRE" ! i C010R WTANS10N MCTURfS MlUSt SJ-Ur 5 i DAILY 7:30-9:30 J I SAT. & SUN. 6, e ana iu 1 E. Roch. VJMoH 3BM22 CARL t JOE ABBA of BURGUNDY CATERING BOOKING ALL PARTIES at the 111 EAST AVE. HOTEL Data Available 232-1700 on Moon' theatrical disaster Andy Warhol book of the sort that might have been acceptable for children's theater in bygone days. It begins with a mad scientist named Herman Von Bomb, who speaks in a bur- Now Appearing Tommy Finnan's Live Extravaganza LAS VEGAS FOLLIES Reservationi EAST I0CHESTER SCoMerk ;;-;;- js ptp Rocnester $ 1 7:30 & 0 ' $ 5:30, 8, & 10:00 raws "A marvelously intricate whodunit! A joyous experience! A feast- in any season! Judith Crist, New ALBERT FINNEY LAUREN BACALL MARTIN BALSAM INGRID BERGMAN JACQUELINE BISSET JEAN PIERRE CASSEL SEAN CONNERY JOHN GIELGUD WENDY HILLER ANTHONY PERKINS VANESSA REDGRAVE RACHEL ROBERTS RICHARD WIDMARK MICHAEL YORK PG FAllNTMCUlOiWIUKrWWtO ii i ii uiinuiiLii uiuiiul iiiiiiilui tSgjjgpjcrggy; Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Friday. In Review lesque German accent. Before things have gotten very far, he boasts of having built the bomb of his life. Those of us who remained after that can't complain that we weren't warned. The bomb turns out to be a dwarf named Leroy (Mark Lawhead), who's being rocketed into space along with a cornpone astronaut (Eric Lang) to explode and ruin things on a star where the mad scientist's brother (Dennis Doherty, another ex-Papa) lives with his wife (Monique Van Vooren) and daughter (Miss Waite). This has got to be one of the meanest-spirited stories ever told. It would seem difficult to write music that matches a conception like this one, but Phillips has managed the trick. The score, very different from the rock with 3 Information 385-3320 586-1224 8 i LATE SHOW T0NITE 11 P.M. Admission $6.00 IRONDEQUOIT J York Magazine V.I I-Va1 I .1 .. a "V '! - .k 'M 1 Tiiniir'irnTnniir 1 1 bi n if nun :' : ' . NO BARGAIN MATINEE NO which he has been associated, sounds like warmed-up leftovers from the 1940s. The lyrics are the kind that keep rhyming "star" with "ajar," and when these simple words are exhausted, fall back on rhyming "tremble" with "nimble." Worse still are Phillips' attempts at WILL BREAK YOUR ARM FOR $1000 ... WILL BREAK YOUR LEGS FOR 0,000 . . . JAMES CAAN OWES $44,000? HE'S BEEN BRUISED, SLAMMED AND SLICED-NOTHING CAN STOP HIM! r-2 rn &2 An Afternoon Adventure in Travel SUNDAY FEB. 2 3 P.M. ISRAEL With CLAY BRIGHTON HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM Winton Road South Presented by Brighton Professional Firefighters Benevolent Association Tickets At Door ALL SEATS $2.50 Free Parking .:. CONTINUOUS -' FROM TT HTFl ffliTl inyfTTtiTflfTTTTrWin "An old-fashioned movie-movie in the best tradition of high-class mystery escapist entertainment!" I I ABC-TV T.V 'AM d I lilIil T ITI ML 1 12th BIG WEEK PASSES 2:00 4:45 7:10 9:35 JPG 1 January 31. 1975 Page SC humor, as when Miss Van Vooren, coaching Miss Waite to be sexy, advises, "Light some incest." 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