Chicago Tribune from Chicago, Illinois on October 22, 1973 · 32
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Monday, October 22, 1973
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Tempo 2 Chicago Tribune, Monday. Octet er 22. 1973 Theater Two troupes troop thru with art and politics By Linda Winer BRITAIN'S oldest experimental theater troupe and the world's oldest opera style passed thru the city this politically hysterical weekend, each with a frenzied little message of its own. At the Auditorium Theater, the National Chinese Opera Theater tried reminding the West that Taiwan will preserve Peking opera even of Peking won't. At the Museum of Contemporary Art, The People Show warpathed an Indian to remind us, I guess, that England somehow heard what we did to the American locals and doesn't like it a bit. Those who spent Friday wtih the National Chinese, Saturday with the English People, and caught the hiring-firing-pyring news in between can now know how Ping-Pong balls must feel about the art in politics and the politics in art. Similarities between the two visitors stop there. The Chinese, on a three-month American debut tour, seem to be a well subsidized group of gloriously costumed singing actors who use minimal props to transmit an eclectic Movies style that took 5,000 years to develop into a set of ingrown expectations as com--plex as a chess game. The People Show is none of the above. ALTHO THE Nationalist Chinese government chose the 80-member troups from five existing companies expressly for this American tour, the ensemble appears to be working as a whole. Such things, however, are difficult to tell when six short excerpts take the place of one entire coherent opera. Friday's program its subtleties fighting an oversized stage and undersized audienceincluded a sampling of myths, the Chinese varieties of forced-tone singing, a 10-man string and percussion orchestra, much baton twirling, some somersaults, and a love of silky, rippling fabrics. With the necessary aid of a woman announcer and a superb program book, the western novice can learn the basics of the opera vocabu-lary-about the 18 different kinds of spaghetti beards, the dignity of red painted faces, the villainy of white ones, the importance of gen- vv , V VH V Vj-yl? jr S t ,, - wmL J AMUSEMENTS. AMUSEMENTS AMUSEMENTS The National Chinese Opera Theater's Monkey King takes a playful yank on the beard of his opponent, the Turtle General. erals' chunky wedgies, the super-siraian Monkey King, and the different walks for different womanly statues. The Chinese in the audience shouted a word sounding like "how" whenever they approved, suggesting someone was doing something right. The experience lacked the irresistibility of East Indian theater and offered instead the faraway static fascination of watching embroidery sing. WHILE THE Chinese follow gestures established centuries ago, The People Show makes it as it needs' them. This weekend, it was 'The Outfit' and 'Charley Varrick' By Gene Siskel I AM SEEING double. Or, more precisely, I have seen double. "The Outfit" and "Charley Varrick," both of which opened here Friday, are virtually the same movie. Both stories are triggered by the very same incident: A small-time bank-robber unknowingly holds up a Mafia-controled bank and TRIBUNE MINIREVIEW Nicely nasty "THE OUTFIT" Directed by John Flynn, screenplay by Flynn based on tho Richard Stark novel, photographed by Bruce Suttees, music by Jerry Fielding, produced by Carter DeHaven, an M-G-M release at neighborhood theaters. Rater R. w - j THE CAST Macklin Belt Cody Mailer Menner Chemey Buck's Wife Robert Duvall Karen Black Joe Don Baker Robert Ryan Timothy Carey Richard Jaecket Sheree North Love and the Syndicate: Robert Duvall and Karen Black in "The Outfit." spends his screen life combatting the syndicate's lethal anger. "The Outfit" opens with the machine gun death of Robert Duvall's older brother. The Wichita bank that the brothers have robbed is mob-run, and the outfit is upset. After an attempt on his life fails, Duvall sets out together with small-time criminal Joe Don Baker to avenge his brother's death and teach the Cosa Nostra a thing or two about "cosas." Their plan is to fight a guerrilla small talk r Math is difficult for Andy. Checking his test, the teacher found it to be perfect and wanting t praise him she said, "Wonderful, Andy, how did you do it?" With a joyous smile, he explained Mi (guessed.1 JXVJj M. A. Joton, Rock l.lond, III.. ' receive $5 one) Ihil licjned original drawing lor Ine obove. Send in It wyingi ol Y OToll hy to Small Talk In tore of tWi ntwipoper. action against the syndicate's gambling operation, offering to quit only upon payment of $250,000. The Mafia family headed by the late Robert Ryan this is his next-to-last film at first takes Duvall's threat lightly. However, after a couple of Duvall's raids succeed, Ryan takes a more personal interest. Despite the film's hackneyed plot one man against the Mob has been a constant theme in black movies since "The Godfather" was released years ago-"The Outfit" is entertaining because of John Flynn's acid-tongued script. Says Duvall, pushing away a hood he has just crowned with a whisky bottle, "Go die someplace else." Says a hood that Duvall is about to club on the side of the head with a revolver butt, "Make it on the left side. I've got a bad left ear." Duvall, one of our finest actors, and best known for his Oscar-nominated performance as the counselor Tom Hagen in "The Godfather" is always a pleasure to watch. His attention to detail is most special. After wiping out a room full of thugs, he remembers to sigh . . . with relief. RELIEF WILL come to Walter Matthau only if he can figure out a way to return the $765,118 he and his partner earned from breaking the bank at Tres Cruces, New Mexico. When Matthau hears over the radio "We interrupt this program . . ." that the bank has reported only a $2,000 loss, Matthau puts 2 and 765 together and gets scared. "It must be Mafia money," he tells partner Andy Robinson the wild-eyed sniper in "Dirty Harry", "and they won't stop tracking us until they think we're dead." "Charley Varrick." at the United Artists Theater, retains one's interest principally because ofthethoroly sordid world in which its story takes place. The American Southwest, according to director Don Siegel also of "Dirty Harry" fame, is just one big trailer park; it's inhabitants are motivated only by $50 bills. The villain in "Charley Varrick," the mob-hired gunman out to recover the stolen money and Matthau's body, is none other than Joe Don Baker, who you may remember from a couple of paragraphs ago in "The Out-' fit." Another cause for deja vu is cameo appearances in both films by Sheree North. One final thought that may double your displeasure: It's a sign of our cynical times that the "good guys" in both "The Outfit" and "Charley Varrick" are good only because they are less evil than their enemies. It is disconcerting after one has rooted enthusiastically for Duvall and Matthau to realize that their chosen profession is armed robbery. Rating for "Charley Varrick": Two and one-half stars. T0DRV 5 BUTTOn EO MOORE tllfl h IfcM Mm People Show No. 53 also called the Indian Show that the experimental group let grow and change according to Chicago trash-turned-props and the environs of the museum. In ways not as consistently striking as Meredith's Monk's House, The People Show phys on our collective unconscious with the super-imposition of inappropriate images that magically often fit together. Mark Long ' company veteran from the 1966 start plays a Cockney Nathan Detroit who comes to the surreal Oklahoman river valley to bring electric light "POW'R" and other modern evils to the ridiculous lives of plain Laura Gilbert, crackers Michael Figgis, "judge" Derek Wilson, and Jose Nava, the Indian cliche. Something happened then, but not enough. 71 NANTUCKET CLAMBAKE $5.75 A specially prepared clambake for one guest is the Nantucket Clambake which includes: clam chowder, steamed clams, a whole Maine lobster, corn-on-the-cob and corn bread. Nantucket Clambakes ordered before 6:30 include all of our specially selected Califonia Chablis white wine you can drink wth dinner at no extra charge! Reservations suggested Present this ad for priority seating CM , I0C0 Lakeshore Dr.Daily after 5943-1600 Mid-America's finest fresh seafood restaurants ST. LOUIS CHICAGO KANSAS CITY CRITICSRAVB "A HILARIOUS MUSICAL!" -WM. If ONMD. TtltUNI TONIGHT 8 P.M. Tu.i..Thuri. S:00 Frl. Sat. 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Box Seats $10.00 at Box Office and at) SEARS Stores and by mail Matinees 2:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 Saturday, Dec. 22 Sunday, Dec. 23 Monday, Dec. 24 Wednesday, Dec. 26 Thursday, Dec. 27 Friday, Dec. 28 Saturday, Dec. 29 Sunday, Dec. 30 Monday, Dec. 31 Wednesday, Jan. 2 Evenings 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 Friday, Dec. 21 Saturday, Dec. 22 Sunday, Dec. 23 Wednesday, Dec. 26 Thursday, Dec. 27 Friday, Dec. 28 Saturday, Dec. 29 Sunday, Dec. 30 Date of Time of No. of Price Do not Perf. Perf. Seats. write here i.i nil r i ii, il n i Make check payable to: The Nutcracker Mail coupon to: Nutcracker1 Box Office, Arie Crown Theater, McCormick Place, Chicago,- III. 60616 My check for $ is enclosed to cover the cost of tickets indicated; (Please give at least one alternate date and include 50c per order for handling.) 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