8 - 14 July 1999
Issue No. 437
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The rowdy summer stageWith the close of spring begins the commercial theatre season. Audiences who prefer the high-brow and experimental works which occupy the stages of government and cultural centre theatres throughout the winter will now have to reckon with, not only the latest developments of the rowdy farce tradition, but also the ever steeper ticket prices that go with it. Comedian Ahmed Bedeir and actress Poussi are currently collaborating on yet another adaptation of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, to be directed by Essam El-Sayed on the Houssaper Theatre stage downtown. Meanwhile, the budding director Rami Adel Imam, son of megastar Adel Imam, conducts the rehearsals for Body Guard, his father's latest play, to be performed on Al-Za'im (Adel Imam's) Theatre on the Pyramids Road. Playing opposite Adel Imam will be actress Raghda. Elsewhere actress Layla Elwi will return to the stage, starring with comedian Hala Fakher, in a new farce, Min taht li taht (Surreptitious Moves) on the Zamalek Theatre stage, while comedy sensation Mohamed Hineidi collaborates with Ahmed El-Saqqa, Mona Zaki and Hassan Hosni on Afareetou (Devil) on the same stage. Star comedian Samir Ghanem, on the other hand, has finally wrapped up his last play, Bahloul fi Istambul (Bahloul in Istanbul) , and is currently preparing for a new one, Ana wil Bint Monica (Myself and the girl Monica), in which the rising star Nermin El-Fiqqi will play the lead.
I Still Know What You Did
Last Summer (Danny Cannon, 1998)
Four teenagers run someone over by accident and stealthily conceal the body, thinking they will be out of trouble. A year later, however, they are pursued by a threatening fisherman with a hook who seems to know more about the incident than they would like anyone to. This was the story of I Know What You Did Last Summer (directed by Gim Gillespie, 1997), for which Kevin Williamson had provided the screeplay, as he did for the other slasher/horror of the season Scream and its sequel Scream II. In I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, both the director and the scriptwriter of the original are replaced as Danny Cannon directs Trey Calloway's script.
The storyline, however, is almost identical: while on holiday on a tropical island, Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt) and her friends Ray Bronson (Freddie Prinze Jr) Will Benson (Matthew Settle) and Karla Wilson (Brandy Norwood) discover that they were wrong to assume that the fisherman was dead by the end of the original and find themselves facing his hook one more time in the sequel.
ApologyDUE TO a technical error, a photo of Diaaeddin Dawoud's pottery exhibit in the Gezira Arts Centre group show "Visions from the 1990s", published alongside last week's article, entitled "Basement mutations", was replaced by another work of art. Dawoud's work pursues psychic dislocation. "His sculptures intimate contorted limbs, gigantic gaping jaws, unearthly horns. Body parts deprived of bodies hang threateningly in mid-air... But what is original about Dawoud's display of physical agony is the medium in which it is executed, which gives the sculptures an uncanny texture and shine."