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The Akron Beacon Journal from Akron, Ohio · Page 11

Akron, Ohio
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Wednesday, March 27, 1985
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Akron Beacon Journal D3 11 pro Human condition Continued from page HI dition."' The title taken, he says, from a saying common anions a tribe of bushmen reflects his belief that each member of the audience will carry away a different view of what There is a Dream Dreaming Us is all about. Varied interpretation, he says, "is, if anything, the ongoing perspective. You can get partway into that (title) and then you're partly mystified." The Cleveland Play House is a special place for Keating that's where he made his professional acting debut in 1963, playing Benedick in a production of Much Ado About Nothing. "The world looked different then," he said. He speaks sadly of the demise of the "somewhat mai.-al pet il of the T.iis when ue believed i he system could change." He mourns the appeai-aneo of the New Conservatism, partieularly on campuses, and hopes productions like his will remind people of the value of probing below the surface. Keating had been in Cleveland for one week, but said he felt like he had been there three months. A son of one of the members of the production died during the week, and the atmosphere has been less than merry. "Ironically, a great deal of the material relates to our coming and going, all of us," said Keating. The actor seems to maintain a pretty good perspective. Asked to name the production of which he is most proud, one that particu- Liny st.itiiis (nit. he ti'plnHl. "I ilnn't think the! 's anvthm. Hut. by the same token, there's n 'thins that I'm ashamed of." Asked whether a one-man pie-sentation such as his is pail it u-larly grueling, he said. "Yes. Hut net as grueling as working third shift in a factorv." li s ii"t that Keating is afraid to say what he thinks. Commenting on a poem in the show written specifically for him. Imxvence. he quipped, "Probably there will tie some little old ladies with blue hair from Shaker Heights who will he appalled, hut that's what it's all about, isn't it'.'" HOME FURNISHINGS AT N. CAROLINA PRICES TERMS: CASH, MAJOR CREDIT CARDS & FINANCING AVAILABLE AKRON 1435 South Hawkins 2 Block North of Wootter A ye. OPEN MON.-SAT. 10-8 P.M. NORTH CANTON 828S Cleveland Ave. N 1 ml. N. of K-Mart 499-1780 !98t; ' . a ... :r ' . v" . : Julius J. Carry III plays Sho'Nuff in The Last Dragon i ne Last uragon plots go nowhere By Tony Mastroianni Special to the Beacon Journal The Last Dragon is a black karate movie with Motown sounds and music videos. It isn't art, but it certainly knows how to touch all the commercial bases. It is described in its own publicity as "a contemporary, urban fairy tale set in New York City." What it really is is a soundtrack album with pictures and a few interruptions. The interruptions are the martial-arts sequences. The movie is a Motown Pictures Production, and the album is on the Motown label. It figures. Central character of this fairy tale is a black youth named Le-roy Green, played by an actor with the single name of Taimak. The moviemakers point out that Taimak has never acted before, an explanation that is unnecessary. Leroy is a gentle fellow whose hero is Bruce Lee. The spirit of his heavenly mentor is invoked from time to time with film clips from old Bruce Lee movies. Leroy, an excellent fighter, is both physically and spiritually dedicated. This young Sir Galahad meets with several temptations while searching through Harlem for his particular grail, a Kung Fu master who will reveal the ultimate secret. One temptation is a roaring giant who dresses like an Oriental warrior, goes by the name of Sho'Nuff and calls himself the Shogun of Harlem. He keeps trying to goad Leroy into a fight so there will be no doubt about his supremacy. He and his followers invade a movie house where a Bruce Lee movie is being shown. Sho'Nuff waves his fist in Leroy's face as the youth, eating his popcorn with chop sticks, remains unperturbed. The other temptation is Laura Charles, hostess and performer at a video-disco club known as the Seventh Heaven Club. She is por- REVIEW Movie: The Last Dragon Stars: Taimak, Vanity Director: Michael Schultz Studio: Tri Star Running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes Theaters: Akron Square, Rolling Acres Rating: PG-13 trayed by a sensuous looking young lady who also goes by a single name, Vanity. She, too, has never acted before. In her case, it doesn't matter. Leroy rescues her several times from thugs who try to kidnap her. They were sent to do the job by a hood who wants her to use a music video tape starring his no-talent girlfriend. But that's another story in a movie filled with too many plots, none of which goes anywhere. As in all martial-arts movies, this one climaxes with the hero taking on a small army. The difference in The Last Dragon is that the big fight takes place in the Seventh Heaven Club on a floor illuminated from below and all around by flashing lights as video screens in the background are filled with images and sounds. This may be state-of-the-art moviemaking, but it can't hold a candle to those quick chea-pies turned out in Hong Kong that stated the fashion in martial-arts films. Those early martial-arts movies with their gross exaggerations were unintentionally funny while being exciting as well. The Last Dragon is intended as a comedy, trying to exaggerate something that was an exaggeration to begin with. There's not much laughter, even less excitement. All that's left are large-screen music videos done without the imagination that marks the small-screen type. The Last Dragon tries to do a great many things and does none of them well. 14 piece portrait collection 2-8x10. 2-5x7. 10 wallet the $195 includat 95C deposit Sears Portrait Studio No appointment necessary. 95i for each additional su5ect Adults and groups welcome. POSES OUR SELECTION. Also available at regular prices: White Bdckqround, Black Background, Double Feature Poriu'ts. OFFER GOOD FOR PORTRAITS TAKEN THRU APRIL 6 Stu lociwd molt tod" S ftixw. StuOO hogrt: Sony. Store WHO ltwe llor. opwl; Mon.-Stt.: Studw ooninfl onM or prior to Itort closing. Ut9 your SeartChargel HAPPENINGS MISCELLANEOUS Mensa, the high IQ society, will have a dinner and program at 6.30 p.m. Friday at Holiday Inn Akron, Arlington Road at Interstate 77. For details, call 724-4650. Akron Astrological Society meets at 7:30 p.m. the tirst Monday of each month at First Federal Savings and Loan. 2770 W. Market St. Call 633-2347 tor information. Landlord Council of Ohio will have a program and speaker at 7 p.m. April 4 at State Road Inn, 1709 State Road. Cuyahoga Falls. For details, call 929-2998. St. Hilary's Parents' Association will have a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the school gym, 645 Moorfield Road. SINGLES, SENIORS Chapter 360, Parents Without Partners, a family-oriented, self-help organization for single parents, invites interested persons to join in its many daily activities. An orientation for newcomers will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at Copley Com munity Center, 1278 Sunset Drive For information, call the PWP office at 784-5350. Divorced, Separated and Widowed Catholics ot Summit County meet at 7:30 p.m the first Tuesday of every month at St. Bernard's Parish Education Center, 47 E. State St. For details, call 336-4319. Krumroy Senior Citizens Center will have its regular schedule of events next week: Bingo at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, a dance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, card games at 1 p.m. Thursday and a dance at 8 p.m. Saturday at the center, 414 Pine St. For details, call 253-2443 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Chapter 2473, American Association ot Retired Persons, will have a covered-dish luncheon at noon Tuesday at Wedgewood United Methodist Church, 2350 Wedgewood Drive. Senior Travel Club ol Cuyahoga Falls will meet at 1 p.m. April 4 at Lions Park Lodge, 641 Silver Lake Ave. IN YOUR OWN HOME staff builders HOME HEALTH CARE SERVICES FREE In-Home Consultations by an RN 867-1956 AKRON . 492-7830 CANTON When it comes to health care for a loved one, there's no place like home. Staff Builders provides RN's, LPN's, Home Health Aides, Nursing Assistants and Live-in Companions. Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy Services Available. 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