Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on October 17, 1971 · Page 122
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K O BEST BETS * * 'SUMMER OF '42 Three teen-aged boys eagerly but clumsily work toward their first experiences with girls during a summer at a beach resort,.in Robert Mulligan's comedy layered with romantic nostalgia. Gary Grimes is the most sensitive of the trio, and Jennifer O'Neill is the girl of his dreams. (Festival in Walnut Creek) * 'CARNAL KNOWLEDGE' Not just the comedy you might be expecting from playwright-cartoonist Jules Feiffer and director Mike Nichols, but a grimly purposeful satire about depersonalization and how we use each other as sexual objects. Jack Nicholson and Arthur Garfunkle are the college room-" mates whose sexual attitudes and activities are followed through to their middle age. With Ann-Margret, Candice Bergen, Rita Moreno, Cynthia O'Neal. (Century 21, Oakla'nd and Pleasant Hill) * 'ON ANY SUNDAY' Filmmaker Bruce Brown ("Endless Summer") spent two years filming the many different kinds of motorcycle competition (they even race on ice) that happen across the nation every weekend, Motorcycle buffs will go nuts over this one, but even people who don't know a Honda from a Harley usually are impressed by the action, color and humor of Brown's footage. (Hilltop, Concord and Union City drive-ins) 'THE DEVILS' D i r e c t o r Ken Russell "Women in Love f " "Music Lovers" presents a lurid film based on political and religious hysteria in France in the 1620s. Naked nuns, lewd fantasies, etc. With Oliver Reed as the persecuted priest, and Vanessa Redgrave as the evil nun. Exorcism, torture and other games. (Elmwood) 'WALKABOUT' An Australian film tells a story about two children lost in the outback desert. They are befriended by a young aborigine on his "walkabout," his initiation journey in the desert. (Act Two, Berkeley; Festival, Walnut Creek.) 'TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER' .This project which the Disney Studios coveted for years comes off beautifully and stylishly, with Miss Potter's Peter Rabbit,- Mrs. T i 111 e fn o u s e, Tabitha Twitchit and other characters impersonated by masked and animal-costumed members of England's Royal Ballet. (Grand Lake,) 'LET'S"SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH' There's no evidence that anyone is trying to push this British wife, played by Zohra Lampert, over the brink'into insanity or suicide in this flawed suspense picture. .But it does have a ghostly old gingerbread house as one attribute. (Eastmont 4) ·DRIVE, HE SAID' College is all sex, basketball and revolution in Jack Nicholson's uneven debut as a director. Photographed in a very ."now" style, with Karen Black, William Tepper and Michael Margotta alternately mumbling and screaming at each other. (Act One) 'SEE NO EVIL' ,.,, A sloppy,but sometimes scary "Wait . Until Dark," with Mia Farrow as Audrey LABOR CAMP PRISIONERS IN 'IVAN DENISOVICH' Hepburn, in which a blind girl clatters around an English manor house unaware that there are corpses every few steps and a murderer outside the-door. (Oaks, El Rey in Walnut Creek, Campanil Cinema in Antioch) 'ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH' A sincere, austere production based on Alexander Solzhenitsyn's novel covering a day in the eighth year of a prisoner's sentence at a Siberian labor camp. Tom Courtenay is Denisovich who succeeds in small victories over the system, but the film as a whole is oddly unmoving. (Showcase Oakland) · 'OUTBACK' John Grant stars in this grim Australian adventure about a young schoolteacher who sets out on a trip to Sydney but ends up stranded in a small mining town after drinking and gambling -have shot his bankroll. (Berkeley, Eastmont, Island drive-in) 'THE MARRIAGE OF A YOUNG STOCKBROKER' A dreary attempt at a comedy starring Richard Benjamin as a boring, childish young husband who is a peeping torn. With Joanna Shimkus as his alienated wife, and more stupidity than you'd ex- ·pect from Lawrence Tumi an (the "Graduate" producer directing for the first time) and novelist Charles Webb. (Theater 70, Southland Cinema). 'BLACK JESUS' Woody Strode, the "unknown" co-star of such pictures as "the Professionals," "The Last- Rebel" and "Sergeant Rutledge," stars in this film made in Italy, patterned after the life of slain Congolese Patrice Lumumba. (Lux, Eastmont; Coliseum and Rancho drive-ins). Revivals .. . CONTRA COSTA COLLEGE--"The Battle of Algiers," .8 p.m., Thursday, Room LA-100, San Pablo Campu$ " UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO--"Compulsion," 8 p.m., Thursday, Phelan Hall, San Francico campus. NEWMAN HALL--"La None," 8 p.m. and 10:15 p m Wednesday, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley. COLLEGE OF ALAMEDA--"Victim," 7 p.m., Tuesday, Alameda High" School Little Theater, 2200 Central Ave., Alameda. DIABLO VALLEY COLLEGE--"Interviews with My Lai Veterans," 7 p.m.. Library Forum, Pleasant Hill Campus. INTERPLAYERS--"Bombshell" and "Hollywood Review of 1929," today; "The Clock" and "The Crowd," Monday through Wednesday; "How Green Was My Valley" and "The Citadel," Thursday through Sunday, Beach and Hyde, San Francisco. LANEY COLLEGE---"Seven Chances" and "The Frozen North," 8 p.m. Thursday, college forum, 10th and Fallen Sts., Oakland. through Saturday, 215 Jackson at Battery, San Francisco. .. . . MERRITT COLLEGE--"No Man's Land" and "The Threepenny Opera," 7 p.m., Friday, Merritt Cafeteria,. 12500 Campus Drive (Off Redwood Road) Oakland. · - . . _ . OAKLAND MUSEUM--"Ride the High Country/' 8 p.m., Wednesday, 10th and Fallen, Oakland DIABLO VALLEY COLLGE--"King Rat," 7 p m , Monday, Library Forum, Pleasant Hill Campus. STA6E 'THESTEAGLE' Richard Benjamin again, as another creep, a college professor who goes mad during the Cuban missile crisis^ of 1962 and begins acting out his nostalgic fantasies about the 1940s..Texas bigots, airline stewardesses, prostitutes and Chill Wills are somehow involved. (Piedmont, U.C.) 'MEDICINE BALL CARAVAN' "Woodstock" on wheels, the filmed diary of 150 youngsters'on their trip ia.seven buses and 28 assorted cars and trucks from Sari Francisco to W a s h i n g t o n. Among them are Alice Cooper, B.B. King, the Yqungbloods and Delaney and Bonnie. (California, Ritz; Stadium and Fremont drive-ins). s ; , * 'COMPANY' Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's unusual musical, about five couples who try to convince a bachelor that marriage may not be great but it's better than nothing, runs through Oct. 23 at the Curran under the auspices of the Civic Light Opera. With Elaine Stritch, Charles Braswell. Teri Ralston, B.eth Rowland Pamela Myers and Donna McKechnie of the Broadway cast, and George Chakiris in the Dean Jones-Larry Kert part. * 'FOUR ON THE FLOOR' An entertaining little revue, a potpourri of our popular musical heritage from Irving Berlin, Noel Coward and movie musicals of the'SOs. At the Savoy-Trivoli, 1438 Grant Ave., San Francisco. Thursdays through Saturdays at 9 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30. J ILLEGITIMATE THEATER This improvisational comedy troupe " frora Palo Alto has opened, at GhirardeQi Square in San Francisco (the theater on the Beach-Polk corner) for performances Friday and Saturday at 9 and 11 p.m., and Sundays at"7:30. Philip Schultz, Shirley Coates, DeVera Marcus and Ray Barrett make up the cast. 'THE MOONLIGHT FILE' A new comedy by television writer Mick Daugherty about a black .welfare recipient and her affair with her social worker. Marge Eliot and Wendell Burton star. Nightly except Mondays, On Broadway Theater, San Francisco. ' 'THE COMMITTEE' A new show by the satirical troupe, the first directed by Larry Hankin. At antiestablishment headquarters on Broadway in San Francisco. * 'THE TRIAL OF THE CATONSVILLE NINE 1 This play, based on the trial of the Berrigan brothers and seven other persons on charges of destroying draft records is more moving than the local production which tends to preach to the audience. · Ray Reinhardt and Thomas McNally are affecting as Frs. Daniel and Philip Berrigan. (New Committee Theater, S.F.) . CIRCLE STAR THEATER Out of the past come the Mills Brothers, with Edgar Bergen (Candy's father) and Charlie McCarthy, Tuesday through next Sunday. Sonny and Cher close today. Long Runs . . . "ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST": A long winded unconvincing dramatization by Dale Wasserman ot Ken Kesey's celebrated novel about a free spirited con man versus an, il not quite the, establishment, a mental hospital he masters at its own oame of intimidation. Little Fox, Theatre in San Francisco, directed by Lee " Sankowich. LITTLE THIATERS EASTBAY ALTARENA PLAYHOUSE--"The Fanfasticks," 8-30 P.m., Fridays and Saturdays through October, 1409 High-St., Alameda. BERKELEY REPERTORY THEATER-"The Alchemist, 8 p.m,, Tuesdays through Fridays and 7 ond y:ju p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 13, 2980 College Ave., Berkeley. CHANTICLEERS--"What Did We Do Wrong?" by Henry Denker, 8:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturdays until Nov. 20, Palomares Playhouse, 4395 Polo Verde Road, Castro Valley C 9r llRA COSTA MUSIC THEATER--"Man of La Mancha, 8:30 p.m., Friday ond Saturday, Walnut Creek Civic Arts Theater. MASQUERS--"Everybody Loves Opal," 8:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 13, 105 Park Place, Point Richmond. THE WING--San Francisco Improvisafional Theater Compajny, 8 p.m. Sundays, Berkeley Repertory Theater, 298DTbllege Ave., Berkeley H W °£!TC E £ NS HOUSE-lmprovisation, 8 p.m. Sundays, 1505 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. COMPANY THEATER-"The Flies," by Jean-Paul .Sartre, Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 30, St. Marks parish hall, Bancroft and Ellsworth, Berke- CONTRA COSTA CIVIC THEATER-"P!aza Suite" by ihrn,, h' m °"'J :3 ° p ' m " Fr ' dav s ond Saturdays through Nov. 20, 951 Pomona Ave., El Cerrito. NEW RICHMOND PLAYERS--A Streetcar Named uesire, 8p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 13, Richmond High School Auditorium, Richmond, ^r,,,-^ SAN FRANCISCO FRIENDS AND RELATIONS HALL-"Tommv," ·p!Suin OI !f r t'«? : ^ p ' m - Tuesdavs through Saturdays, Playland at the Beach, San Francisco. AZUR--"Front Poge-See Back Page," 8 p.m. Fridays ond Saturdays through October, San Francisco Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin St., San Francisco. u,,. ,,. PENINSULA HILLBARN THEATER-"The Torchbearers," by bam Rolphe, Fridays ond Saturdays, 1285 E. Hills- dole Blvd., Foster City. MUSIC ^ Two eminent European organists play in Berkeley today. Friday brings a performance of Liszt's little - heard "Coronation Mass" in Kensington. The. details: TODAY WAGNER'S OPERA "DIE MEISTERSINGER," Is German, with new Paul Hager production for S.F. Opera. Medieval guilds, songfests and loves In Nuremberg. Theo Adarrv JamesvKins;. Arelene Saun-

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