The message behind the movie

“The Power of Few” continues its platform release — it expands to 17 cities March 15 — to a mixed bag of reviews.

In the violent action film written and directed by Boardman native Leone Marucci, five seemingly disparate story lines intersect into one.

It’s a nonlinear plot device that was used to great effect by Quentin Tarantino in “Pulp Fiction” — and some reviewers have bashed Marucci’s film for being too derivative.

But an element that has been largely ignored is the premise that fuels the story: an international ring has stolen the Shroud of Turin and intends to use it to clone Jesus.


No, it’s not scientifically possible. But what if it were?

Fred D’Amico, the Boardman native who is one of the film’s producers, has thought about the topic a lot.

“The Power of Few” delivers the Christ-like message that revenge has a ripple effect, and it’s better to avoid it. With that in mind, the “clone Jesus” cabal is an appropriately subtle parallel to the more obvious action on the screen.

“Leone and I worked on this topic within his script, as it fit perfectly in connection to the package and the message from [the character] Few,” said D’Amico. “The overall message is ‘do the right thing; don’t cause pain to end pain; and there are consequences for our actions.’”

At the film’s end, the conspirators make off with the Shroud, leaving the audience wondering about their motive. Or even if Jesus has already returned.

It’s about the balance — and the battle — between science and the spiritual.

“All of our actions have consequences and reactions,” said “D’Amico. “Should we clone Jesus if we could? What would the consequences be if we did?”

WB seeks men for ‘Hello Dolly’ chorus

The West Branch High choral department is opening its production of the musical “Hello Dolly” to all men of the school community.

Director John Zamarelli is inviting all male students currently at the high school, plus teachers and alumni singers, to be a part of the grand number in which the title character descends a staircase to the song “Hello Dolly.”

Zamarelli hopes to assemble a chorus of 100 men solely for this number. Rehearsal time would be minimal — just a couple of Saturday morning practices — so busy people can participate.

Male alumni who participated in musicals and choir programs while at West Branch can contact Zamarelli at, or by calling 330-938-4442.

Performance dates are April 4-7. Tickets are $10 ($8 for students). Call 330-938-4442. There also will be a dinner- theater show April 5 for $20.

Jackyl to rev up crowd at Super nats bike day

Multi-platinum-selling rock band Jackyl will headline motorcycle day at the Steel Valley Super Nationals, sponsored by Stadium GM Superstore, June 21-23 at Quaker City Raceway in Salem.

Jackyl stars in Tru-TV’s hit reality show “Full Throttle Saloon.” The band hit the scene in 1990 with rock-radio hits such as “I Stand Alone” and “The Lumberjack.”

Super Nats chief Corey Ward noted that “Full Throttle Saloon” is a hit in Northeast Ohio, and Jackyl just fits perfectly with motorcycle day, which will be June 21. The band will take the stage at 10 p.m. Ward also is considering booking another national act for the Super Nats.

Admission for the Jackyl show is $12, same as a daily pass to the Super Nats. Go to steel-


Bobcat Goldthwait will come to the Funny Farm comedy club in Austintown on March 22-23 for four shows.

The comedian-actor’s 30-year career includes a role in the classic “Police Academy” series and a number of other movies and cable specials. He will do his stand-up act at 8 and 10 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $27.50; call 330-759-4242.

The Funny Farm is located on the lower level of Mojo’s Pub and Grill, 6292 Mahoning Ave. The bar in the room recently was removed to create more space in the seating area.


For fans of green beer and chocolate, it doesn’t get any better than this. Swizzle Stick Day, the annual open house at the Daffin’s Candies factory at 7 Spearman Ave. in Farrell, Pa., will be March 17 this year — St. Patrick’s Day.

There is a reason for this rare beer-chocolate synergy: Swizzle Stick Day always falls two weeks before Easter, and Easter (March 31) is unusually early this year.

Daffin’s will be open from noon to 4 p.m. that day for free tours, chocolate samples and bunny ears. It’s actually a big family event, and yes, the Easter Bunny will be there.

Northern whale sets show at Bike Town

Austintown rockers Northern Whale will have a CD release party at 6 p.m. Saturday at Harley-Davidson Bike Town on Interstate Boulevard, at the Route 46 interchange with Interstate 80.

The alt-rock band consists of Jake Stephens, bass; Jake Capezzuto, guitar and vocals; Brandon Fisher, guitar; and Seth Donchess, drums.

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