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5undav. March 31 \1968
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Fernald Company: 'Excellent
By FRITZ LYON
When the APA closes its sea-
son in the fall; it's like the cir-
cus leaving town. If you're a
circus afficionado, the other
companies that play Ann Arbor
are only sawdust tentshows-
a few star performers, occa-
sional feats of real skill, but us-
ually uneven and almost always
a little disappointing. If you
can't wait until next year's
APA,, you have to drive all the
way to Stratford to feed your
After seeing a production of
the Hilberry Classic Theatre
Company at Wayne last year, I
began to suspect that this ego-
centricity might be a myth. Af-
ter seeing the John Fernald
Company's production of No
Exit and The Firebugs at the
Meadow Brook Theatre (Oak-
land University) Friday night,
I'm convinced of my ignbrance.
I don't mean to predict that
every production of. this reper-
atory group will be astounding,
but the company meets a pro-
fessional standard of excellence.,
The audience can expect a min-
imum of strong and capable
performance at the outset, and
they can anticipate the extra
possibility that any particular
production might explode into
one of those rare one-time-
only events that go beyond ver-
bal description and affect you
as a personal and emotional ex-
A company of this quality is
always exciting. When you
don't have to worry about for-
gotten lines, amateur actors, or
clumsy blocking, you are free to
concentrate your full attention
on the play. For example, the
first play in this production, No
Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre, did
not engage me in its perform-
ance, and yet it sufficiently ful-
filled the criteria of first-rate
theatre. The glaring walls of
the set strain your eyes and
train them on the door that is
only an entrance. The actors
are technically very good. Their
delivery, their movement, their
credibility - everything is in
order. No excessive flaws to.
speak of; but the play is not
And that's the answer - the
play is not alive. The problem
isn't what the actors or the di-
rector or the designers are not
doing; the play's the thing.
No Exit can be summarized.
In a paragraph or two, you can
tell someone who hasn't seen
the play what it is about - the
theme, the plot, and the char-
acters. Someone can experience
the play without having seen it.
He can read about it in a book
or hear a description of it.
Sartre's metaphor, "Hell is
just other people," is self-con-
tained. Every college sophomore
knows the punchline, and you
can't help but feel like you're
listening to a second-hand joke.
Once you've said it, that's it.
Once you have seen the play,
it's over. Any production, at
best, can only be interesting.
On the other hand, The Fire-
bugs by Max Frisch can't be
We, the undersigned members of the University of
Michigan Speech Clinic, believe that U.S. involve-
ment in Viet Nam is immoral and unjust. We be-
lieve the principles of our profession and our con-
cern for humanity are being compromised by our
military efforts in Viet Nam. We advocate de-esca-
lation and graduated U.S. withdrawal from Viet
Nam, and urge others to join us in our support of
political candidates who advocate this view.
Patricia J. Deckert
Joan R. Goldstein
Martina C. Burns
Jo Ann Schwartz
VICTOR HOLCHAK as Sepp Schmitz in the Fernald Company's
production of Max Frisch's THE
was also presented.
described. The play is a para-
ble of the rise of Facism in
which two arsonists, Sepp and
Willi, move themselves into a
man's (Biedermann's) house
and demoniacally force him to
assist them in burning his
house down while the firemen
(a greek chorus) sit by and
But it is far more than that.
It's the firebug-Facists them-
selves, their joy of building
fires, their blatant, methodical,
unconcealed tactics, and how
they manipulate Biedermann.
It's Biedermann, his despicable,
ineffectual, sympathetic, pathe-
There is a book of topics to
talk about in this play, -but
reading the book wouldn't re-
place seeing the production.
Most of the critical vocabulary
FIREBUGS. Sartr'e NO EXIT
expresses dissatisfaction, but I
don't have words to communi-
.cate how I felt during the per-
formance. The acting, like the
play, transcends literal descrip-
tion. The cast-and especially
Betty Sinclair, as Biedermann's
wife, Victor Holchak as Sepp,
George Guidall as Willi, and
Colin Pinney as Biedermann-
has a magical life on the stage.
You can't abstract that magi-
cal life and put it on a news-
Criticism doesn't do much
when it raves. You, can set
down a few fundamentals: the
John Fernald Company is first
rank; most of their productions
will be interesting if they main-
tain this level of quality; and
some of their productions, like
The Firebugs, will be magnifi-
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