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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, July 19, 1990
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B4 The Pittsburgh Press Thursday, July 19.1990 ioutfi Park stages 'Mastergaie' Adrian McCoy For The Pittsburgh Press 'eople who feci some nostalgia the lighter moments of the Iran- ntra hearings may want to see the Stsburgh premiere of "Master-e," which opens tomorrow at nth Park Conservatorv Theatre. Tlfe play is Larry Gelbart's satiric seid-up of the Contra-gate hearings. Most summer theaters are content to trot out the tried-and-true war horses. "Mastergate," on the ot Jer hand, is barely out of the shrink wnap. It opened only last October at Criterion Center in New York, and before that at Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Mass. Pittsburgh is one of only a few places around the country where' the play is being produced. belbart is best known for his play "AJ Funny Thing Happened on the Wy to the Forum" and as producer of the TV series "MASH." In "Mastergate," he creates a cast of thitily disguised characters who lam-poen some very Teal government figures and turn televised hearings into a mockery. Does this sound familiar? There's Maj. Manley Battle, a patriot patterned after Oliver North, To(al News Network anchorwoman "Mastergate" Principal players: Frank Caffino, Claire Fraley, Tom Cervone. Director Nick Baich. Where: South Park Conservatory Theatre, Brownsville and Corrigan roads.. When: Thursdays through Sundays, 8:30 p.m. through Aug. 5. Tickets: J6; $5 for senior citizens and students; 831-8552. , Merry Chase and CIA head Wylie Slaughter. While the hearings were probably their own best satire, Gelbart recaptures the obfuscation and mutilation of the language, enriching his lexicon with words like "engobblement" and "emphatisize." "No one else was in a position not to know as much as the President didn't," one character says. Gelbart's mastery of verbal somersaults makes the play fun for actors. "They enjoy the lanpage and government-speak. They love the bantering," says director Nick Baich. Baich, of New Eagle, also is a sound designer and playwright. He directed two one-acts at South Park last season. He was drawn to "Mastergate" after reading the reviews. He got the script and that decided it. "It was great - rich in word play," he says. "I thought to myself, 'I could do some really outrageous things with this.' "I wanted to bring out what I saw in the hearings themselves, as more or less of a media circus Oliver ! North being made a hero, Poindexter being made a sacrificial lamb. .."The play definitely does make a political statement. Gelbart was straight and to the point." Baich feels the Iran-Contra scandal is still fresh enough in people's minds to, give the satire sting. Oiie challenge for actor and director in delivering successful satire is in working with largely one-dimensional characters. But their lack of dimension is what makes the play funny, Baich says. "There's no depth to them. I cartoon them and try to make them more visual with some sight gags." The New York production uses TV monitors to make the action look like it's unfolding on network news. Partly because of budget constraints, but also because he's not impressed by techno theater, Baich took a different route. "It's not really necessary," he says. "It cheats the audience. They're enthralled with what the technicians are able to do, instead of what the actors are able to do." Irish band films music video here Energy Orchard, a band from Belfast, Ireland, shot a video in several locations around Pittsburgh Monday and Tuesday. The video is for a song called "Sailortown." In keeping with the theme, director Neil Abramson shot footage Tuesday on the Braddock waterfront and at the abandoned Old Main Hotel on Braddock Avenue. The band flew to Pittsburgh from London, where they're now based, while the crew of Satellite Film came in from Los Angeles. "They flew into Pittsburgh just because of the scenery," said Carol Boothby of Satellite. "They wanted to take advantage of the Three Rivers." "It's kind of out of the ordinary, because so many videos are shot in New York and LA," said Tom Cording, MCA director of publicity. "But apparently Abramson was familiar with the terrain and said, 'I really believe the script calls for this, let's do it here.' " Monday, band and film crew took over the Electric Banana, the Oakland punk and metal club owned by Johnny and Judy Zarra, for performance shots. Filming started at 6:30 a.m. and didn't end till 1 1 p.m., Zarra added. "Thank God they were done. They ran out of film." The band, which reportedly plays melodic, Celtic-influenced rock, will be touring Canada and the United States starting in September as an opening HAPPENINGS act for country-rocker Steve Earle. Earle brought the band to MCA's attention. Zarra said Energy Orchard told him they will try to squeeze in a club date at the Banana (minus Earle). Courtyard concert series T.C. Rogers and His Swing Band will perform from noon until 1 p.m. tomorrow in the courtyard of the Allegheny County Courthouse, Downtown. The 12-piece band will feature a vocalist and perform pieces from the big band era. It's free. Summer fest A summer fest, featuring musician Jay Smar, is scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Meadow-croft Village, Avella. Activities for children throughout the afternoon will include magic and face painting with Rainbow the Clown. Visitors can also tour the 18 buildings containing antiques from America's rural past. Home-cooked, family priced meals are available. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for senior citizens, and $2.50 for children ages 6 to 16. n BIRD ON A I WIRE Kffl 45. 3:00. 5:05. 7:10. 9:20 MHO OTIS ffl 1:00,2:30 I SPACED I INVADERS IPfflT I 1:30,3:30 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ES f:10. 3:10. 5:10. 7:00, 9:00 DRIVING MISS DAISY fTO 30. 3 30, 5 30 7 30 ,9Tff BACK TO THE FUTURE III WS. 12:45.2:55.5:05.7:15.9:35 CADILLAC MAN IE 4:00,5:45,7:40,9:40 HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER TSH 1:15.4:00,7:00,9:25 ERNEST GOES TO JAIL EL 1:20.3:20.5:20.7:20.9:15 HARD TO 5:45, TIMES) SHOWN n TOR TODAY ONLY SHOWCASE m CINEMAS J AROAIN MATINEE DAILY UNTIL tMt LATE SHOWS FRIDAY ft SATURDAY CONTINUOUS PERFORMANCES DAILY TIMES SHOWN ARE FOR TODAY ONLY kauiCK 'CHANGE J jit J. 7:25. MS ; .JETSONS jfi .DIE HARD21B 'ijm.tTi. 4:50, 7:30. 10:00 (HOST DAD (EE . 1210.2 345 ,' 5 35 8 30 10 10 ..ANOTHER HRS. 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(M DICK TRACY E2 12:20. 2.35,4:50. 7:10, 9: DAYS OF THUNDER E31 12 15,2 35,4 50.7 20 9 40 BETSY'S WEDDING rj 1:15.3:20.5:30,7:45.9:56 PRETTY WOMAN 1:45.4:15,7:15,9:35 "QUICK ZLhange e Ji4S 5 10 7 25,98 4UHE JUNGLE book (a '45.3:30,5:15,7 00 fHTSDVENTUBES OFI TOTO FAIRLANE 2750 5:05.7 25.9 30 JfJETSONS 2L JTf?!-15.4 00 6 00 WCK TRACV EE f - JM9.M5.4-S0. 710.945 JNOTHER li48 HOURS ?a-.3010IS ARACHNOPHOIIAl EE21 12 30 2 50. 5 00 7:15. 9:25 GHOST EEEFJ 1:30. 4:15,7 1040 DIE HARD 2 Hi 12 00.2:25.4:50.7:30.10 00 PRETTY WOMAN 1210 225 4 50.7 15.9 35 no fasus tectum n rats imtautm I I I I I I II BETSY'S 1 1 WEDDING LHj I 7:45.9-55 I GHOST DADES 1 120,2 345,S3S,I30 100 riAVS OF THUNDER ECU I 12:15.2:35.4:50.7:20.9:40 ..PLUS... f ft"-CONTINUOUS ALLDAY IWaihinglon Rod Route 19 South) 531-5551 GhLLERIh lAMAIN MAT. TH t P.M. $3.00 ADVANCE TKMET SALES JUKGLE BOOK G) 1:00, 3:00. 500. 7.00 PRETTY WOMAN (R)VOO. 310. m no THX thx THE JETSONS (G) 1:15. 3:15.5:15 CINEMA PARADISO (R) 9:15 ONLY BETSY'S WEDDING (R) 1 40. 3 40 5.40. 7-10. 9 40 QUICK CHANGE (R) 1 20. 3 20. 5 20, 7?fl1?(lTHX THX FORD FAIRLANE (R) 1:30. 3 30, 5:30, 7 30. 9 30 LONGTIME COMPANION (R) 8 00. 9 50 fCHESWICK QUAD 3oIt.775S no passes7 ARACHNOPHOBIA (PG-13) 1:35,4:15, 7:35, 9: 50 DIE HARDER R 1 :40, 4:30, 7:20, 9:50 THE JETSONS (G) 1 :30, 3:30, 5:30 DICK TRACY PG) 1 :45, 4:40, 7:25, 9:50 PRETTY WOMAN (HI 7 30, 9:55 j HARMAR CINEMAS 826-1960 impasses- GHOST (PG-13) 1:40,4:30,7:20,9:50 QUICK fHANftE to i-is Tin c-io 7 -tn o-jk JUNGLE BOOK (G 1:00,3:00,5:00, 7:15 DAIS Ur IMUNUtK" (PO-1 3 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:55 GHOST DAD IPG) 1 :30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:35, 9:50 RFTSY'i; MFDhlNrV ivn in r?n -in T-i m-nn TOTAL RECALL () 10-OQOniy nCf) BACK TO THE FUTURE III (PG) I 30. 4 30, 7:15, 9:30 JV ERNEST GOPS 10 I BIRDONAWIRE PG 13)345 5 45 7 45 945 ?50 BACK TO THk FUTURE III (PG)7 30,9 40 TIE ME UP, TIE ME DOWN 7 00, 9 00 (No Ont Under 1 8 Parmittod) TOO BEAUTIFUL FOR YOU 7 00. 9 00 8't 7:30Only Gr0rd P'P"" S075 TOTAL RECALL (R 7:30,9:30 ?UM.MI?Hj?U.'.m hiiiji.'H.'T-nnT-i 52.50 BACK TO THE FUTURE III (PG) 5:20, 7:30, 9:40 NINJA TURTLES (P-G) 5:30 BIRD ON A WIRE (PG 131 7:40, 9 40 S3.00 till 6 P.M.! UrW:llg.UEiH:n Disney's JUNGLE BOOK G f2:30, 2: 10, 3:45, 5: 1 5, 7:30, 9:00 TOTAL RECALL R) 2 00, 4:30, 7-40, 9:40 ii.j;i;im. m BACK TO THE FUTURE III (PG) 7:30, 9:40 Disney's JUNGLE BOOK (G 12:30,2:10,3:45,5:15,7:30, PRETTY WOMAN (R) 2:00, 4:30, O, 9:30 2.50 TOTAL RECALLlRI 9 00 i:i.iuv.';.M.i.M).'.i.i'iS.MR):lvn s 1 rn ADVENTURES OF Ml L0& OTIS JJ (G) 1:00,3:00,5:00 GONE WITH THE WIND 7:30 ONLY CACO ADVENTURES OF MILO & OTIS f MJM G) 2:00, 4:30, 6:00 TOTAL RECALL PI 7 70 O-IO I Thuridoy, July 19,1 990 1 S 1 1.KKII MH M l,AM ll1l, IIIMII: EXPOSURE OF MOLLY (X) BARBARA BROADCAST (R) SIKlftTSI l!IK I S HAHIiAINMTK! ROBOCOP 2 (R) MIAMI BLUES (R) ndrrw nw ( la, FORD FAIRLANE (R YOUNG SUNS (R) FORD FAIRUNr! WAR OF THE ROSES (R) BACK TO THE FUTURE III (PG) ALWAYS (PG) BIRD ON A WIRE (PG-13) OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS (PG-13) TOTAL RECALL (R) BLIND FURY (R) PRETTY WOMAN (R) BLAZE (R) ARACHNOPHOBIA (PG-13) FIREBIRD (PG-1 3) PRETTY WOMAN (R) WE'RE NO ANGELS (PG-13) I; 'lil4iiiLlil ' p m M3MFTHING NFW FOB FVFtYONE -fh?f rV if rvn .V-LASaiL- CLASJ fimgle CRANBERRY MALL.,.,,...,..... Rf. 19 N. SOUTHLAND 9 Rt. 51 So. GALLERIA CINEMA Mr. Lebanon SHOWCASE EAST Monroeville HARMAR CINEMA., Harmarville SHOWCASE NORTH McKnight Rd. PLAZA......... Bloomfield SHOWCASE WEST...... Robinson Twp. WHITEHALL Rrpnfwnnrf uSSS Walt Fjuneij lUortd , . -J-rt e ISNtTtf "RIOTOUSLY FUNNY!" ?P - Jxffrry Ltoni. SSt.Mi PKtMEWS ms. R ARNHI BIIOS MMf WkMK' i MlASt W) n CRANBERRY MALL Rt. 19 N. SOUTHLAND 9 Rt. 51 So. GALLERIA CINEMA Mt. Lebanon SHOWCASE EAST Monroeville HARMAR CINEMA Harmorville SHOWCASE NORTH McKnight Rd. . SHOWCASEWEST RobinsonTwp. LIT THE BEST HLM OF THE SUMMER: -Gen. Siskel, SI5KEL ft EBERT Color bv OeluKB" ddU" hopsse mmmm w.m mmmmm Mmm MONROEVILLE ROBINSONTWP. McKNIGHTBQ, CHESWICK Hiivmm mm mm nmnn CRANBERRY MALL ROUTE B1 SOUTH SQUIRREL HILL BO. HILLS VILLAGE "'DICKTRACy IS A TRIUMPH." KK, IW TOO! IHOm, GM SIUUT "TWO THUMBS UP FOR 'DICK TRACir: i ' lUlttllMt I I 'SOUTHLAND 9 CHESWICK SHOWCASE EAST ( SPECIAL ADDED ATTRACTION j Touetnton Bchw . v. and Steven Spielberg Present KW ffiwm ?r.v,'.H;.v.'ii?H SQUIRREL Hill. .Forward Ave. Rt.SISo. 'VIIUCE. .Cheswick SHOWCASE NORTH. Monroeville SHOWCASE WEST - .So. Hills Village rrUKnightRd. . Robinson Twp. 'Exclusive DICK TRACY Merchandise available at these participating theatres. CRANBERRY MALL .....Rt. 19 N. SOUTHLAND 9 Rt. 51 So. HARMAR CINEMA Harmarville SHOWCASE EAST Monroeville PLAZA Bloomfield SHOWCASE NORTH ....McKnight Rd. SHOWCASEWEST RobinsonTwp. v IN DOLBY STEREO AN0THFR 48 HOURS M 7:30, :30 Lou Ooyl ARACHNOPHOBIA (PG-13) 1:05, 3:20, 5:25, 7:35, 9:50 DIE HARD II (II) 1:45,4:20,7:30,9:55 DATS THUNDER (PG-13) 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50 JUHGLE BOOK (G) 1, 2:40, 4:20, 6:05, 7:40 BETSY'S WEDDING (R) 9:30 ONLY GHOST (PG-13) 1:30,4:15,7:10,9:40 GHOST DAD IPG! 7:40.9:25 ARACHNOPHOBIA (PG-13) 1, 3:05, 5:10, 7:20, 9:45 JETSONS(G) 1:10,2:50,4:30,6:05 DICK TRACY (PG) 1:30, 4:15, 7:30, 9:55 QUICK CHANGE(R) 1:20,3:20,5:20,7:25,9:20 GH0STJPG-I3) ' 1:15,4,7:05,9:35 FORD FAIRLAHE(H) 1,3:15, 5:20,7:30, 9:45 .'.iVM-grrMsirwunmi DAYS THUNDER (PG-13) 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:50 DIE HARD II IR) 1:15,4:30,7:15,9:40 1:20, 4:40, DICK TRACV (PG) BETSY'S WEDDING (R) DAYS THUNDER (PG-13) 1,3:10,5:20, DIE HARD II (R) JUNGLE B00K(G) GHOST (PG-13) GHOST 0AD (PG) JETSONS (G) 48 HOURS (R) QUICK CHANGE (R) FORD FAIRLANE (R) GHOST (PG-13) 2,4: 48 HOURS (R) GHOST DAD (PG) ROBOCOP II IRI 1:10,4: 1:30,4:20, 1:30, 1:45, 3:45, 5:45, 1:40,3:40, 5:30, 1,3:10,5:15, 7:10,9:45 9:50 ONLY 7:30,9:40 10,7,9:30 1,3,5,7 7:05, 9:40 7:35, 9:45 3:30,5:10 7:50,9:55 7:40,9:50 7:20, 9:40 30, 7,9:30 7:50,9:50 3:30, 5:30 7:?0, 9-40 $0 BIRD ON WIRE (PG-13) 4:45,7:10,9:30 BACK FUTURE III (PG) 4:30,7,9:20 ARACHNOPHOBIA (PG-13) 1, 3:10, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 GHOST (PG-13) 1:15,4,7,9:30 BETSY'S WEDDING (R) 1:30,3:30,7:40 TOTAL RECALL (R) 5:30,9:55 FORD FAIRLANE (R) 1, 3:05, 5:10, 7:20, 9:40 DAYS THUNDER (PG-13) 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40 DIE HARD II (R) 1:30,4:15,7:15,9:45 1:50,3:50,5:50, 1:30, JUNGLE BOOK (G) JETSONS (G) BIRD ON WIRE (PG-13 1 1 1 1. 3. 5. 7. 9 1:15,3:15,5:10 7:45.9:50 ARACHNOPHOBIA (PG-13) 1, 3:05, 5:15, 7:20, 9:25 DICK TRACY (PG) 1:30,4:15,7,9:30 DAYS THUNDER (PG-13) 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40 DIE HAR0 II (R) 1:45,4:30, 7:10,9:35 GREMLINS II (PG-13) 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50 $0 BIRD ON WIRE (PG-13) 4:45,7:10,9:30 L BACK FUTURE III (PG) 4:30,7,9:70 ill. 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