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The Original Trilogy / Off Broadway 1 man show of Orginial Trilogy
« on: August 9, 2005, 12:35 PM »
Review: 'Star Wars' Goes Low-Tech Onstage
August 8th, 2005 @ 6:29pm
Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - When George Lucas released the first of his three "Star Wars" prequel movies six years ago, some fans grumbled that the special effects masked a lack of character development and plot that took away from the heart of his original intergalactic fairy tale from the 1970s.

"Star Wars" purists will truly appreciate Charles Ross. The Canadian actor, starring in the "One-man Star Wars Trilogy" at the Lamb's Theatre off-Broadway, brings Lucas' three original films back to life in about as low-tech a way as possible. Ross embodies all the characters himself and provides his own sound effects for the lightsabers, space ships and lasers _ cramming all three films into an hour's worth of high-energy, often immensely comical entertainment.

Ross is a self-described "Star Wars" geek who has acknowledged seeing the first film in the series some 400 times (it seems likely it was even more). His impersonations, therefore, are dead-on, particularly his chirpy, robotic C-3PO, his whistling R2-D2 and his very James Earl Jonesian Darth Vader. Even casual fans of the movies will recognize some of the more obscure references, such as his take on the long-legged AT-AT Walkers that attack the Rebels on the planet of Hoth in "The Empire Strikes Back."

However, for those who haven't seen the movies, beware. You will be lost.

Ross provides little in the way of narration to accompany his lightning-paced re-creations of the movies, so plot lines sometimes blur and characters seem to morph into one another. Also, in his zeal to make the action scenes lifelike, he occasionally comes off as a tiresome, "look-at-me-watch-me-now!" child, with exploding bombs and whizzing lasers combining to create an awful cacophony.

This is really a minor complaint, though. For all the screeching and diving on the floor, there are equal measures of cutting satire that only a self-professed "Star Wars" geek could write. Ross is especially brutal in his impersonation of Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker, turning him into an overly earnest, slightly prissy anti-hero. Princess Leia is a clueless shrew. And Han Solo is clearly oversexed, grabbing his crotch and saying "Schwing!" (one of Mike Myers' famous lines from "Wayne's World") when he kisses the princess.

Ross plays up the sometimes corny dialogue from the movies. He throws in his own lines at times, including the observation Luke makes when Darth Vader (whose voice was provided by black actor James Earl Jones in the films) finally takes off his helmet and reveals himself to his son: "I thought you were black," Luke says deadpan.

Were it not for moments such as these, the "One-man Star Wars Trilogy" would probably have difficulty rising beyond being a novelty piece. If anything, a retrospective look at such a pop culture phenomenon almost demands more satire to maintain its interest.

After all, it reinforces that film characters that have reached iconic status are also fallible _ sometimes badly written and overacted.

Got this from a local news site:

I would love to see this!

Modern Trading / Want R4-G9 List Haves
« on: August 9, 2005, 11:54 AM »
I am looking for a R4-G9 astromech, and I'm an opener so packaging is not a big deal. I will know by Friday if I have extras of AT RT, Shock Trooper (I have 2, just want to make sure I want to trade one), Black Clone Pilot. I also have a extra Green Clone commander and Obi Wan Pilot. If your looking for POTJ, Saga, Ep. I figure or even some POTF2 figures I may have them if you inquire.

I have been discussing with DeanPaul and others about this collecting mind frame most of us have. I am 40, and watching my kids grow into adolescents and am moving into what I consider to be the prime of my life now (YES, I have finally started to mature and grow up! It started in my 30's, and I am really serious that I think that most men do not really begin to mature until their mid 30's). Anyway, over the last 2 years, I have really began to re-think how I feel about collecting. For example, to be honest, I have been married for 17 years, and for the first  9 years, I was going to collect regardless of how my wife felt about it. That began to change around 32 and I realized that hiding my collecting, or being deceptive about it, just so I could do it, was just as unhealthy as friends who have to be part of several softball leagues regardless of what the time commitment, money etc does to their relationship. So I changed. I was open, upfront, and found other avenues (plasma donations, or used certain % of my bonuses) to raise money for my collecting outside of taking money out of our family budget and savings/investing.  Now I find that even with my wife's support, great communications, that if I really miss something, even a figure or something I really wanted, it is not the end of life, and I can move on without it. That is what I mean from being able to be a non-completist and loose collector; for me it brings real freedom.
 So here goes my questions.
1) Why do you collect?
2) Has your collecting ever done damage to those you love?
3) Is collecting somethiing you could stop today if you had to in order to save a relationship?
4) Have you changed how you collect and in what way?
5) How do you fund your collecting?
6) What or for whom would you stop collecting for and why?

Feel free to not answer, answer only a few, or answer all the questions.

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