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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Saturday, March 30, 1968

Page Two THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Glowing 'Dream'Comes to

music
Town The PuritanDilemma:
~Three-.Ring Circus

The Professional Theatre Pro-
gram will sponsor a new and
different presentation of A
Midsummer Night's Dream, at
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre this
week.
Shakespeare's comedy will be
presented by the Stratford Na-
tional Theatre of Canada, and
will be directed by John Hirsch,
artistic co-director of the Strat-
ford Festival.
The troupe has set A Midsum-
mer Night's Dream in a French
mid-nineteenth century comic
style,, to which it appears to
have been very adaptable.
Response to this new per-
spective has been good - the
eight-performance run is al-
ready sold out. The play will be
presented Monday through Sat-
urday at Lydia Mendelssohn.
'Hirsch, the epitome of the
theatrical success story, came
to Canada, at the age of 17,
immediately following World
War II with no knowledge of
English.
Hirsch's directorial f a m e
grew and in 1959 he launched
the Manitoba Theatre Centre
as artistic director. His 1965
Stratford Festival production of
Chekhov's "The Cherry Or-
chard" continually attracted
capacity audiences.
The sets and costumes for the
performances have been design-
ed by Leslie Hurry, recently re-
turned from Britain where he
is known as one of the most re-
knowned artists of his genera-
tion. The music to accompany
the performance was written
byTStanley Silverman.
The lead role in A Midsum-
mer Night's Dream will be play-
ed by Douglas Rain as Bottom,
and Martha Henry at Titania.
Rain has played with the
Stratford Festival during each
of its 15 seasons, and has been
signed to several major roles
for this summer's session.
Rain has been hailed over
thle year's for his performances
as Iago in "Othello," Sir Toby
Belch in "Twelth Night," and
the title roles in "King John".
and "Henry V."
Miss Henry made her Strat-
ford debut in 1962 and is re-
turning this year for her sev-
enth consecutive season to play
still another leading role.

JERRY WILLARD
CLASSICAL GUITARIST
Saturday, March 30
BALAIKA GROUP
Sunday, March 31
PERFORMANCES at 8:30-9:45-11:00 P.M.
MARK'S Coffee House
605 E. William OPEN DAILY 9 A.M. to Midnight

By ROBERT FRANKE
The Puritan Dilemma. Wow.
Wow because the Puritan Dilemma is a highly talented, ver-
satile, serious, yet warm and happy pair of musician-entertainers.
A soft, puzzled wow because their musical .sources are so eclectic
that, as though watching a three-ring circus, you don't exactly
know what to concentrate on. To quote from the historical study
for which they are named, they are working out their visions in
a new land. They are experimenters; but their successes are bril-
liant and outnumber their failures, and a kind of shy, self-con-
scious love for popular music shines through whatever they are
playing.r
Their own designation for their music is Acid Folk; mine
would be Country and Eastern. Each description leaves out a lot.
Friday night at Canterbury House they started out with a new
Byrds tune, "I Wasn't Born to Follow," with Gene Barkin Nashville
plays riffs on his big, ugly looking but beautiful sounding electric
guitar, Ed Reynolds strumming along with his 12-string, and both
of them singing straightforward Byrd harmonies. Then Ed picks
up his old Martin 6-string and runs through some of the loveliest
fingerpicking I've ever heard on "Born in the Country," an old
blues tune with such beautifully wry lyrics, it's a pity that Ed
doesn't sing them straight.
They stop to retune, but the show doesn't. One of them calls
out for "the Book," and this weird cat in a black, hooded robe
brings out a children's (or is it?) book by Maurice Sendak called
"Higglety Pigglety Pop! or, There Must Be More To Life." Gene
reads while Ed tunes.(later, Ed reads while Gene tunes; Ed does it
better.)
Then "Grand Hotel' with Gene's quiet, sensitive lead electric
almost invisibly supporting Ed's singing. Ed Reynolds has the
quivering voice of an ancient prophet; it's a very effective contrast
to the flowing instrumentation. "Widow with Shawl," a Donovan
song, follows, this time with Gene's smooth but sometimes weak
voice against Ed's acoustical guitar lacework.
Then the Puritan Dilemma do Tim Hardin's "If I Were A
Carpenter," turning it into an out-of-sight psychological portrait
with a brilliant arrangement. It starts quietly, with Ed's smooth-
rough voice resting on an even twelve-string rhythm. But all is
not as it seems; Gene's guitar seems to be brooding on the bass
strings.
remains.
They finish the set with the Everly brothers' "Bye Bye Love,"
Ed ensconced in an old felt hat and Gene with a Presleyan
pompadour, never even attempting to resist the temptation to ham.
I'm sorry I had to miss the black light and body-painting.
The Puritan Dilemma is a kaleidoscopic circus; the best thing
to do, I guess, is to latch onto the ring that you like best.
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