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‘The Green Hornet’ is a swing in the dark

By Charmayne Knox cknox@valenciavoice.com

“The Green Hornet,” based on the 1966 television series of the same name, opened in theaters this weekend. The cast boasts some pretty big talent including Seth Ro- gen, Cameron Diaz, and Ed- ward James Olmos. Lenore Case (Diaz) works as Britt Re- id’s (Rogen) assistant at “The Daily Sentinel.” After the death of Britt’s father, Edward James Olmos, Britt becomes the edi- tor in charge of the newspaper. Seth Rogen was cast as the lead role of Britt Reid, the spoiled bachelor, turned masked prankster, turned heroic an- tihero. When comparing the movie with the television se- ries one has to ask if Rogen was

truly the ideal choice to play the role of a suave businessman. Van Williams, the former Green Hornet, seemed to fit the role quite well and played it with a seriousness. Consider- ing Seth’s usual roles, a suave and serious performance was not likely to appear. “The Green Hornet” also featured Taiwan- ese actor Jay Chou as Kato, a role previously held by Bruce Lee in the television series. A playboy who lives in his father’s pool house, Britt Reid makes headlines and mess- es up his father’s reputation for a living. After his father’s death, he inherits his father’s newspaper and has to deal with filling his father’s shoes. In a stupor, Britt fires all of his father’s staff including the me- chanic and maker of his morning coffee, Kato (Chou). After real-

izing that without Kato his cof- fee is terrible, Britt re-hires him. Back at the Reid mansion, Kato shows Britt his workshop, which contained cars that Kato had specifically designed for Britt’s father, with certain vigi- lante intentions in mind. During their first midnight heist, Britt witnesses a couple about to get jumped by a group of men, so he and Kato spring into action, with Kato doing most of the heavy lifting. Later that night, Britt gets the idea to stop the bad guys all over Los Angeles, under the guise of being one of them, and thus ensues the movie’s plot. Overall, “The Green Hornet” wasn’t exactly true to the original series; there was a lot of humor and action. Unfortunatel , there were a lot of loose ends which failed to make it a great movie.

Features

Cult classic ‘Chicago’ brings ‘All That Jazz’ to Theatre Downtown

c/o Rick Trux Chicago cast: Michelle Elise, Joel Warren , and Danielle Lang as “Roxie, Billy and Velma.”

By Elisanett Martinez emartinez@valenciavoice.com

Theatre

Downtown has

produced

yet another enter-

taining and energetic pro- duction. The famous musical ‘Chicago’ premiered this past Friday in downtown Orlando. For those of you who have been living under a rock, ‘Chi- cago’ is a story about a young woman named Roxie Hart, played by Michelle Elise, who dreams of becoming a starlet in the jazz infused city of Chi- cago. Roxie is married to Amos Hart, played by Eddy Coppens,

a quiet and gullible mechanic.

Roxie finds herself in a very stagnant love life with her hus- band and decides to have an af- fair with Fred Casely, played by Stephen Pugh, their furniture salesman.After a night of liquor, jazz, and fornication, Roxie re- alizes that Casely was only after one thing and shoots him dead.

Elise portrays Roxie with

completeness. Her dedication as an actor is apparent as she has even gone so far as to dye her hair platinum blonde for

the role. ‘Chicago’ is Elise’s first appearance in Theatre Down- town but she has been per- forming original music since 2008 at venues like The House of Blues, Club Firestone, and the Langerado Music festival.

“There is a lot of good tal- ent in there, a lot of good singers,” said Brad Powers,

a member of the audience. Elise is playful and entertain- ing, complemented by the ap- pearance of Joel Warren, whose personality jumps off the stage andmightaswellshareyourseat with you. Warren is a graduate of CalArts with a BFA in acting. The real joy of this produc-

tion is Danielle Lang. Lang embodies the character Velma Kelly in a manner that is so real, it is undeniable. This ac- tress captures the essence of

the dangerous ’20s with per- fection. Lang has a voice that carries through the entire the- atre. Along with beautiful vo-

cals, Lang executes the intri- cate choreography effortlessly.

“It ing,”

sky,

a

was

very entertain-

said

Candance Kasin-

lover

of

‘Chicago.’

“I

thought

everyone

did

a

great

job,

it

was

great

all

around.”

As if the actors were not enough assets, Theatre Down- town takes ‘Chicago’ to the next level by adding a live jazz ensemble, directed by Spen- cer Crosswell. The musicians in the ensemble play with au- thority, precision and energy. Theatre Downtown has done an amazing job at executing such an entertaining musical.

For more information on The- atre Downtown visit http:// www.theatredowntown.net.

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