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By R. A. PERRY In "An Enemy of the People,"
It is easy not to like the later Ibsen staunchly affirmed the tran-
plays of Henrik Ibsen. They are scendence of Truth over the mer-
verbose, repetitious, slow, and in- curial hypocrisy of the masses. In
active. Delineation of character Duck," however, he softened his
is about as subtle as a Christmas k h ernce otend
sale in October, and realistic Iline on adherence to the Ideal and
daein ober, nds realiticky recognized the necessity of self-
drawing room conflicts too quickly delusions for human happiness
shift into empyrean flights of me- and sanity.
taphysical intent. Yet it was with great reluctance
Though no great philosopher, and guilt that he condoned the
Ibsen was concerned only with saving lie and abandoned the
"ideas;" the Norwegian gadfly power and purification of the
was more truly obsessed with the Ideal. His later plays form one
etiology of his character's maladies varied but unified study in ambi-
than with the ensuing human in- valence.
volvesnent. One can observe a Only a staging which illum-

>ap-Operas'
' vious level of human psychodrama
and thus will not help to change
the erroneous idea that Ibsen
wrote tendentious soap-operas.
The problems were many. Johan
Fillinger's fast-paced direction
stressed maliciousness; much more
human warmth exists in the script
than was allowed to bloom in this
production. Everyone was con-
stantly at everyone else's throat;
everyone aired his animosity im-
mediately, eliminating the possi-
bility of contrast of mood and
richness of suggestive understate-
ment. There was no real sense of
the lingering affection between
Borkman and Ella. the woman he

iNietzschean distaste for "slave
morality" and an existential an-
xiety over moral choice in an in-
creasingly atonal world; yet his
later plays are truly only varia-
tions on one theme: the lure of
the Ideal versus the exigencies of
human self-delusion.
The Week
A Camnpu
MONDAY, NOV. 13
7:30 pam.-The University Ex-
tension Service and Michigan State
University Evening College will
present Dr. Aarre K. Lahti speak-
ing on "An Individual and His
Design Roots: Is Individuality
Being Phased out?" in the Rack-
ham Ampitheatre.
8:30 p.m.-University Musical
Society will present Berliner Cam-
erata Musicale in the Rackham
Auditorium.
WEDNESDAY, NOV.15
2 p.m.-Session I of the Univer-
sity Sesquicentennial Major Cere-
mony: "Fertility 'and Famility
Planning: A World View." Phillip
Hauser Ph.D. will speak in Rack-
aam Lecture Hall.
4:10 p.m.-The Department of
Speech Student Laboratory Thea-
tre Program presents G. B. Shaw's
"The Inca of Perusalem" and
Levy's "the Truth About Truth"
in the Arena Theatre at the Frieze
Building.
7:30 p.m. - The Professional
Theatre Program and the Univer-
sity Activities Center will present
a lecture by Studs Terkel, author
of the Professional Theater Pro-
gram's new play: "Amazing Grace,
The Split among Us" in Aud. A of
Angell Hail.
8 p.m.-Department of Romance
Languages and Sociedad Hispanica
will show the film "Calle Mayor"
(The Lovemakers) in the UGLI
Multipurpose Room.
8 p.m.-The Gilbert and Sul-
livan Society present the operetta
"The Mikado" in the Lydia Men-
delssohn Theatre.
THURSDAY, NOV.16
The University Sesquicentennial
Major Ceremony continues with
Session II of "Fertility and Family
Planning: A World View." Edgar
M. Hoover Ph.D. will speak on
"'Some Causes and Consequences of
Fertility Trends" in Rackham Lec-
ture Hall at 9 a.m. Session III, a
lecture by A. S. Parkes, Ph.D. on
"The Biological Aspects of Fertility
Control" at 2 p.m. in Rackham
Lecture Hall.
4:10 p.m.-The Department of
Speech Student Laboratory Thea-
tre program presents G. B. Shaw's
"The Inca of Perusalem" and
Levy's "The Truth About Truth"
Viet Nam Hags.
Over Your Head
VIET ROCK
NOV. 27-30

inates Ibsen as the guilty liberal once loved yet traded for political
can yield a completely satisfying advantage. Not a crack of light re-
theatrical event. John Fernald's vealed the sympathetic side of
production of "John Gabriel Bork- Leora Dana's statically bleak por-
man," which opened Friday night trayal of Gunhild Borkman, the,
at the highly-esteemed Meadow- vindictive and possessive wife.
brook Theatre in Rochester, un- Mr. Fillinger's new translation
fortunately considers the most ob- presents another problem, for
while it adequately delineates the'
hardness of his conception, it al-
fl ters many of Ibsen's metaphors,
To tom e: vitiating the bulk of Ibsen's orig-
inal symbolic intent, a symbolism
well evident in the Archer trans-
lation.
SlBorkman's dream was not to
build a vast industrial-political
in the Arena Theatre at the Frieze complex, as Mr. Fillinger would
Building. have it, but to launch an enormous
7 p.m. and 9:05 p.m.-Cinema passenger balloon, an image much
Guild will show Clyde Bruckman's more in keeping with the symbol-
"The Man on the Flying Trapeze" ism of heights that runs through
in the Architecture Aud. Ibsen's late plays and which links
8:30 p.m. The School of Music meaningfully w i t h Borkman's
presents the concert "University mountain-top death.
Philharmonia" with Theo Alcan- Acting in the Meadowbrook pro-
tara conducting in Hill Aud. duction ranged from adequate to
FRIDAY, NOV. 17 superb. Jenny Laird's Ella Ren-
The University Sesquicentennial theim lacked a focused, fully
Major Ceremony continues with thought-out interpretation; varia
Majo Cereony "Ftiynes with tion in mood and vocal inflection
Session IV of "Fertility and Fain- was not always textually appro-
ily Planning, A World View." Sir piate. She exclaimed, for example
Colville Deverell will speak on "You have killed all feeling in me"
"Public Programs for Family Plan-, with great gusto.
ning" in the Rackham Lecture Curt Dawson, as Borkman's son
Hall at 9 a.m. Session V of the Erhart, who only wishes to escape
series presents C. Chandrasekaran, the shadow of his father's sins and
Ph.D. speaking on "Fertility Plan- the sting of his mother's embrace,
ning in the Delevoping World dur- alone indicated levels of bottled-up
ing the Next Decade" at 2 p.m. in emotion.I
Rackham Lecture Hall. As John Gabriel, Eric Beriy
7 and 9:05 p.m.-Cinema Guild blended Victorian vanity with
presents Clyde Bruckma-n's "The visionary zeal to create a memor-
Man on the Flying Trapeze" in the able dramatic role. As the voice of
Architecture Aud. Ibsen's own ambivalence, he fully
8 p.m.-The Gilbert and Sul- conveyed the importance and
livan Society presents the operetta meaning of "I'm a man: I'm so
"The Mikado" in the Lydia Men- totally certain, yet have such#
delssohn Theatre. doubts."
7 and 9:05 p.m.-Cinema Guild Although Borkman dies of "an
presents Elia Kazan's "On the icy hand around his heart" for
Waterfront" in the Architecture having perjured the emotions of
Aud. others, the strange fervency of
8:34 p.m.--The School of Music his visions makes him an inescape-
will present the concert: "Bando- ably appealing hero-victim and
rama" by the Symphony Band, the suggests the tragic loss.
Jazz Band with guest solist Carl---- -
(Doc) Severinsen, trumpet, in Hill
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THE MAJESTIC COSMIC DUCK rehearses in the Markley snack bar. The newly-formed, all-
freshman jug band had its preview appearance last weekend at Smitty's.
lDuch': 6 Freshmen and a ug

By MARCY ABRAMSON
and STUART GANNES
The Magestic Cosmic Duck.
Emerging from the depths of
the Markley Hall snack bar, six
freshmen, a cello, assorted guitars,
a banjo, kazoos, harmonicas, a
violin, a washtub bass, a wash-
board, an A&P cider jug and "par-
aphernalia" formed the Duck, a
jug band which made its debut
last weekend at Smitty's in South
Quad.

The Duck specializes in what it
calls "really old rusty songs," like
"Baby Your Mother Like She
Babied You," "Mama, Don't Give
All the Lard Away" and "Fascin-
ating Lady."
"We steal them from jug bands,
from blue grass music, from tra-
ditional music, from regular
bands . . . A lot of them were pop-
ular in the Twenties," Garber,
explained.
Guitarist Dave Rubinow is re-

tinued. "Dick we found by put-
ting an ad up for a singing wash-
board player. When he sang
'Ukelele Lady,' we fell in love with
him. And now," Garber exclaimed
with sentimental joy, "'Ukelele
Lady' is our very best song. Sup-
posedly."
Kupelian, a friend of Wayman's,
is the most recent addition to the
group.
Zanolli's washboard bass pro-
vides the pulse of the Duck. "The

The Duck's preview appearance: ported to be composing some ori-
at Sinitty's was so successful that ginals for the Duck, but refused
they -will return in January as to commit himself to any des-
lead attraction. cription of his efforts.
Currently the Duck is qt the Other members of the group
Markley snack bar, where it are Dave Kupelian, violinist and
practices twice a week, collecting "most expressive face," Dick

instrument is built on a number

i

a large impromptu audience and
usurping the pool tables for its
assorted equipment.
The Duck was organized under
the more or less haphazard lead-
ership of Bruce "Gunzo" Garber
and Chip Zanolli, who played
together in a jug band last year
in Detroit.
Garber said, "The band takes
its name from my favorite pinup
- a , naked duck. Actually, the
Phantom Rabbit calls the pinup
the Magestic Cosmic Duck, but
I liked the name so much that I
gave it to the group. Some of them
don't like it, but it's painted on
the banjo already."

Wayman, the washboard expert,
and Barbara Wiener, cellist, chief
of paraphenalia and resident fe-
male.
Garber, Rubinow, Zanolli, Way-
man and Miss Wiener all sing.
Zanolli plays the jug, and Kupe-
lian grimaces when he isn't play-
ing the violin.
Zanolli and Garber acquired;
Rubinow after they heard that
"he had a lot of guitars" and re-
cruited him for the group. "Even
though he didn't have that many
guitars." Garber added.
" I picked up Barb in the
dinner line and then found out
she played the cello," Garber con-

3 deluxe washtub, and was entire-
ly handmade by a native of De-
troit - me," Zanolli said.
The Duck's current repertoire
also includes a rollicking "Shruc-
kin' Mama," "The San Francisco
Bay Blues," "Wild About My
Lovin,' " and "Jug. Band Music."
The percussion accompaniment to
"Mobile Line" fills it with real
motion. And then of course there
is the indescribable harmony, in
"Ukelele Lady."
The Duck is now concentra-
ting on developing its range of
selections and "maybe finding a
part-time mandolin player."
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