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THE RICE THRESHER ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2004
FOR EVENTS MOUND
NOV. 4, 2004.
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YOU CAN PLAY
The popular, hip band
Death Cab for Cutie
plays at Numbers
tonight with Pretty
Girls Make Graves.
Tonight. Doors open at
6 p.m., show starts at
7 p.m. $18. Numbers.
Looking for a cheap
thrill this Halloween?
Catch the classic zombie
flick The Return of the
Living Dead at the River
Oaks this week.
Tonight and tomorrow
The River Oaks.
2009 West Gray St.
for more information.
BRUSH UP YOUR
The screwball comedy
Leading Ladies makes
its world premiere at the
Alley. The play follows
actors forced to
play for the Amish.
Through Nov 6.
Fridays at 8 p.m.,
Saturdays at 2:30 and
8 p.m., Sundays at
2:30 and 7:30 p.m.,
at 7:30 p.m.
The Alley Theatre.
615 Texas Ave.
Call the box office
at (713) 228-8421.
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Lovett's 'Importance' a Wilde, witty success
Christina M. Frangos
THRESHER EDITORIAL STAFF
Lovett College's production of
Oscar Wilde's famous satire The
Importance of Being Earnest suc-
ceeds with consistent laughs, despite
'the importance of
Rating: ★★★1/2 (out
Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m.
and Sunday at 4 p.m.
A humorous parody of Victorian
England's upper class, Importance
tells the story of two friends caught
in a complex plot of lies and social
hurdles as they attempt to woo and
marry two beautiful, wealthy women.
Jack Worthing (Lovett College junior
Brian Doctrow), a self-admitted liar us-
ing the alias Ernest in London to hide
his questionable past, falls in love with
Gwendolen Fairfax (Lovett sophomore
Becky Shim), the cousin of his best
friend Algernon Moncrieff (Lovett
freshman Adam Williams). When
Gwendolen's mother, I^ady Bracknell
(Hanszen College sophomore Tatum
Clinton-Selin), refuses to allow Jack
to marry Gwendolen, he desperately
attempts to gain the mother's affection
and convince her of his worthiness.
When Algernon has the chance
to visit Jack's house in the English
countryside where Jack's beautiful
ward Cecily Cardew (Hanszen soph-
omore Nicola Lugosch) resides, Al-
gernon jumps at the opportunity for
romance. Everyone at the country
house believes Ernest is Jack's un-
seen brother. Obstructed by various
imaginary brothers, friends, aliases
and their own personal faults, Jack
and Algernon must extricate them-
selves from the mess in order to win
over I-ady Bracknell and the hearts
of Gwendolen and Cecily.
Williams steals the show with his
relaxed nonchalance and pompous
MOVIES of myself
Algernon (Lovett freshman Adam Williams) swoons for Cecily (Hanszen sophomore Nicola Lugosch) in Importance.
carriage. He seems perfectly com-
fortable on stage, and his natural
delivery contains just enough imma-
turity to display Algernon's complete
self-interest. Using sneaky glances
and body language to convey the "bad
boy" image, he succeeds in seducing
Cecily and the audience.
Lugosch convinces us of Cecily's
wild nature, batting her eyelashes
and providing just enough sexual
innuendo. She adeptly executes her
character's biting candor. At the same
time, Lugosch shows Cecily's child-
like tendencies through energetic-
excitability and enthusiasm.
Clinton-Selin is an absolute hoot
with her shrill voice and sarcastic
adaptation of a judgmental English
aristocrat, Lady Bracknell's obvi-
ous skepticism of Cecily's personal
qualities is quickly assuaged by Jack's
mention of Cecily's inheritance,
and Clinton-Selin's portrayal of this
drastic change in opinion is obvious
and comedic — a true expression
of Wilde's parody of the British
While these actors stand out,
several others lack their exagger-
ated expressions, voice inflections
and gestures. The play would have
benefited from better enunciation
and slower speech. Many of the ac-
tors appear nervous, and their voices
lose power as a result.
Lovett senior David de Give's set
is minimalist, consisting of revers-
ible panels, a set of French style
doors, an orange silk upholstered
chaise lounge, a wooden table,
chairs and bookcase. Despite such
simplicity, the set works well enough
to establish the setting. (
Costuming by Lovett sophomores
Rachel Green and Sarah Taylor cap-
tures the Victorian style with chiffon
and lace dresses, top hats, and dapper
suits and waistcoats. Period-appropri-
ate and unobstrusive piano selections
maintain the performance's refined
air during intermissions.
Importance provides lots of
laughs, and Lovett's production
grasps most of its elements of social
parody and humor through the per-
formances of a few strong actors.
'Tarnation' filmmaker revolutionizes the documentary
THRESHER EDITORIAL STAFF
On first impression, Jonathan
Caouette seems like any other
30-something. He is outgoing, per-
sonable and, in striped pants and a
collared shirt, disarmingly stylish.
But Caouette is no ordinary 30-some-
thing. Many critics think his first
feature film, the beautiful documen-
tary Tarnation, has revolutionized
I hope at the end of
the day this movie can
just inspire would-be
filmmakers to get out
and make a film.'
— Jonathan Caouette
In fact, to call Tarnation a
all seems some-
ate. As Caouette
mother, the film es-
tablishes a searing
level of intimacy
with the viewer.
over 160 hours of
home movie and
COURTESY WEllSPRING MEDIA
Jonathan Caouette and his mother Renee Leblanc In Tarnation, a new documentary. The film chronicles Caouette's
coming-of-age through vibrant use of home movies, montages and testimonials.
left the theater feeling as though
I were on a first-name basis with
the filmmaker. When 1 sat down
to talk with Caouette, a Houston
See DOCUMENTARY page 11
testimonial footage, and seems to
have chosen the most cathartic, and
at times uncomfortable, moments.
There is no faceless narrator, just
on-camera testimonials and a vi-
brant catalog of images that range
from brutal to melancholy to humor-
ous and ultimately hopeful.
Because the film's style and
subject matter are so personal, 1
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