After three nights of risqué comedy and envelope-pushing musical numbers, the 37th annual Keenan Revue came to a successful close, director Brian Bettonville said. “We’ve received entirely positive feedback so far,” he said. “We love that people loved [the Revue,] and we’re happy to provide that for them.” Producer Raymo Gallagher said “The Revue Strikes Back” was a consistent success throughout all three shows. “All the staff and actors are very proud of the show they put on all three nights because it was a great product,” he said. “We could tell by reactions throughout the show that people were enjoying it, and we got positive reviews from students and even some parents in the audience.” Though the two-hour Revue included parodies of pop culture and skits focused on the quirks and traditions of Notre Dame, but Bettonville said a few acts stood out to audience members. “The performers of the final song, ‘December 1963,’ did a phenomenal job every single night,” Bettonville said. “A short called ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ also got a good crowd response.” Junior Mike Butler said the “SAOPA” skit, which put a unique Notre Dame twist on the recent Internet censorship debate, was the highlight of his first Revue experience. “My favorite skit was the censorship one for sure,” he said. “I thought it was really cool how they incorporated all the stuff that happened to [the Revue] last year and just bounced back and used it all to make the show even better.” While last year’s Revue was altered throughout the weekend in response to criticism about its coarse humor, Bettonville said this year’s Revue remained relatively constant throughout the weekend. “One skit was cut, and there were many more tweaks than full changes,” he said. “All these decisions are left up to us, so nothing was explicitly cut and we made alterations ourselves with suggestions.” Junior Dallas Bunsa said issues with last year’s Revue didn’t affect his expectations for his first time attending the Revue this year. “I heard some people complaining about the lack of original material in the Revue, but for me, everything was new,” he said. “I was pretty impressed with all of the choreography throughout the show.” Though the Revue is sometimes cited as an outlet for taking campus stereotypes too far, Bunsa said he thinks the show’s jabs at different groups were all in good fun. “A night full of poking fun at just about every different group of people … is great,” Bunsa said. “I think it’s important to be able to laugh at yourself or have fun poked at you.” Senior Lauren Metayer said she enjoyed the Revue overall, even if some of the humor “seemed forced.” “I thought the Revue was pretty good, and the Pokemon skit in particular was really witty and creative,” Metayer said. “Some of the jokes about Saint Mary’s girls seemed forced and predictable at times, but I may just have a soft spot for Saint Mary’s since I transferred from there to Notre Dame.” With another year of the Revue under their belts, seniors Gallagher and Bettonville are optimistic about the future of the campus tradition. “I think this year sets it up to be a good Revue next year, and I don’t foresee any issues that would prevent them from putting on a show next year,” Gallagher said. “A lot of actors and guys on staff are coming back next year, and they know what it’s about, so it should be good.” Looking forward to next year, Bettonville did not give specifics, but guaranteed the event will aim to please. “We haven’t picked our successors yet, but the Keenan Revue will always move forward,” Bettonville said.
Instead of cheers erupting over Kobe Bryant’s presence, boos chirped over the Lakers’ ineptitude. Instead of cleansing the odor from a poorly played game only three days ago, the Lakers’ still had some stench. Instead of offering a rare feel-good moment in the present, the Lakers only presented a possible feel-good moment once the ping-pong balls start bouncing.The Lakers’ 106-98 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday at Staples Center might help toward a consolation prize once the NBA draft lottery takes place on May 17. But the Lakers (14-54) lacked any buzz for so many reasons.First, Bryant sat out of Tuesday’s game because of soreness in his right shoulder, marking the fifth time out of the past nine contests he has missed. Metta World Peace started in his place, his two points on a 1-of-6 clip, a long distance from the nostalgia he sparked over the Lakers’ 2010 NBA title run. Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell mixed in some hiccups (three assists, five turnovers) and highlight reels (14 points on 4-of-9 shooting, four steals). He also acknowledged “it’s been real tough” pushing the pace on a team that moves more deliberately.Meanwhile, Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (12 points on 5-of-16 shooting) posted inefficient numbers for the third consecutive game. “The energy is off as a team,” Russell said. “We try to play hard, but we take possessions off, including myself. We take plays off.”But after sitting out the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to New York, Russell and Clarkson still closed out the game by trimming a 19-point deficit despite Lou Williams finishing with a team-leading 17 points, albeit on 3-of-9 shooting in 24 minutes off the bench. That marked a stark contrast to when Scott closed out Sunday’s game against New York with Williams and Marcelo Huertas.“If Lou and Marcelo are playing great and they’re playing poorly, I’m going to leave the guys (in) that were playing great,” Scott said. “It’s one of those Catch-22s. They have to continue to play hard and well. But I am cognizant I want them out there 25-30 minutes per game.”Randle, as usual, recorded his 29th double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. As Scott said, “If he plays 25 minutes or more, he’s probably going to get a double-double.”Scott also paired Lakers rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. at small forward while adding 12 points and nine rebounds at the expense of Nick Young experiencing a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game. But Scott hardly sounded clairvoyant about his young core in general, saying it will likely take three to five years before realizing their potential.Kings coach George Karl added that most No. 2 draft picks are expected to become All-Star players before declining to make a prediction. “You have to be the first in the gym and last to leave. You have to have that type of work ethic if you want to be great in this game,” Scott said. “It’s going to be interesting to see how their careers develop as they go on, especially as they get more maturity and experience. Whatever you put in is what you will get out.” That output seemed fairly minimal, leaving the Lakers with 14 games remaining to leave a better lasting impression. “He’s not extremely happy about not being able to play one of the last 15 games, especially with this one at home. He understands how people spend their good money to see them play,” Scott said of Bryant. “Deep down inside, he’d love to come out and give it everything he’s got. But sometimes you have to think about him first and how he feels.”Second, the Lakers’ young core played a large part in a first quarter in which they scored just 15 points on a 5-of-20 clip and had seven turnovers while conceding 18 of the Kings’ 40 fast-break points and elitciting plenty of boos, which Scott argued were “justified.” Those numbers looked similar to when the Lakers posted 15 first-quarter points on a 3-of-19 clip in Sunday’s loss to New York. Yet, Scott admitted he “probably” won’t make lineup changes, aware that he has few options.“I want to stick with those guys,” Scott said. “They have to learn how to figure it out and come together right from the start and conjure up that energy like you’re down by 20 right away.”That did not happen. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error