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Moliere Farce Overdone Protest U.S. Policies


raun Explains Perils Result
From Sex Before .Marriage

THE University Players gave an
illustration last night of why
Moliere is most difficult to per-
form. Their production of "The
Would-Be Gentleman,' "Le Bour-
geois Gentilhomme," under the di-
rection of William Halstead,
proved to be enjoyable comedy,
but not fine Moliere.
Despite its farcical nature, Mo-
liere comedy requires the greatest
precision and economy. The di-
rector and the actors must select
the essential humor, and then re-
move all the extraneous clutter
in order to focus on the funniest
pinpoints-a clown who stumbles
20 times is tedious; a clown whe
stumbles twice is hilarious. Es-
pecially in period theatre, farce
must be done with grace, or the
laughter becomes lost in the
This production-performed in
Trueblood Theatre-does concen-
trate on farce, but there is an
overemphasis on broad physical
bits. The actors are constantly
bouncing and crashing and galum-
phing across the stage. Not that
this clumsy slapstick doesn't pro-
voke laughs, but when Charlie
Chaplin fell down, it was a work
of art.
As .an example of the problem,
take William Hunt (the dancing
master), who is a capable actor;
with excellent delivery. He moves
well, too, but he moves too much.
He's always bounding around
somewhere; and the heavy traffic
is typical of how this comedy is
overdone --unfortunately, at the
expense of the satire.
Farce must be kept in balance
to preserve the bite of the satire,
the more subtle side of Molie'e.
In this production, comments on
the status-seeker protagonist are
Board OK's
The State Board of Education
has tentatively approved a change
in the new Teacher Certification
Code; which would extend tem-
porary teaching permits. The
change is aimed at handling what
educators have called a critical
lack of fully certified teachers
in the state.
While full certification requires
120 hours of college credit, those
- people with 90s or more semester
hours of college credit could now
teach a. full school year under the
new provision rather than the cur-
rent 90 days or one semester.
Those people with 60 or more
hours of credit would be able to.
teach one semester instead of the
current 60 days.
The proposed change in the cer-
tification code is subect to the
attorney general's approval, a final
vote by the board, and the gov-
ernor's signature.
The principal of the Sumpter
Junior High School said the tem-
:porary-certifed teachers "are an
essential part of our operation and
we're delighted to have them the
full year."Newsome explained
that under the present system it
has been necessary to stagger these
teachers because of their limited
Under the new provision school
superintendents would be required
to present evidence to the Depart-
mrent of Education they wereun-
able to hire a fully certified teach-
er and the person with less than
full certification is working to-
word 120 college hours.
Ron Brook, a temporary-certi-
fied teacher at Sumpter Junior

High, said the new provision is
"totally essential for the survival
of the system." Many areas like
Sumpter cannot pay enough to at-
tract good teachers, he continued,
so these school systems must rely
on students who are not fully cer-
tified to teach.

secondary to the extravaganza,
and although the somersaults and
tumbles get intermittent guffaws,
laughter is not sustained along a
continuous line throughout the
This is not to say that the pro-
duction was miserable; only that it
was disappointing because the per-
formance does not do justice to
EMoliere. Of course, part of theI
fault lies in the badly modernized
proseutranslation, which suffers
without the poetry and sharp wit
of the original.
Even though the production
lacked balance and fidelity t) the
source, there were some compen-
sating individual performances in
the cast.
The servants, played by Fran-
cine Karasik and Robert C. Chap-
el, drew the most laughter from
the audience. Exchanges between
the two were marked by quick,,
neat timing and clean, definite ac-I
Dale Bellaire in the role of the
hero, Jourdain, maintained his
sense of the pretentiously ignorant
character amidst the confusion.
However, I felt there was ample

bumbling fallibility, yet not
enough proud strutting and arch
snobbery in his performance.
James Coakley as the philoso-
pher employed too many bits, but
his foppish characterization was
consistent with the period and
well-controlled technically.
The role of the Marchioness
Dorimene is not brash and rau-
cous, but Holly Villaire retained
style and character instead of ar-
tifically exaggerating the role.
Most of the other actors affected
caricatures rather than characters.
They seemed to be aware of how
they were being funny, which
The one extraordinary element
in the production was the spec-
tacular costumes, designed by
James Berton Harris. The colors
alone were fantastic and the bal-
ance here was near perfact, which
made the show beautiful to watch.
With the absence of poetry, the
muffling of satire, and the lack of
control in farce, Moliere is funny,
but not great. You will laugh and
be entertained by this production.
Aesthetically, the connoisseur may
have a few bones to pick.

BERLIN 'P)-Leftist students at
the Free University of West Berlin,
which was founded with American
financial help, are fomenters these
days of anti-American demonstra-
U.S. involvement in Vietnam isj
high among targets of various pro-
tests and marches organized by a
small but tightly organized group
at the university.
This is in marked contrast to
the strongly pro-Western stanceI
taken two decades ago when stu-
dents and professors established
the school to protest a Communist
takeover of East Berlin's Hum-
boldt University.
The Free University was marked
from the start by a democratic ap-
proach to student participation in
student affairs. The leftist dissi-
dents have managed to win sup-
port from various circles outside
their ideological sympathizers.
This has been achieved not only
on such issues as the Vietnam war,
but also on protests against a visit
of the Shah of Iran, subsequent
charges of police brutality against
demonstrators, and on the more
academic issue of reform in uni-
versity facilities, studies, methods.
One professor has charged that
the movement strives to control
the university. '
By university count, some 501
faculty members supported a lef-
tist-oriented dissident students'
attempt to found what they call a
' critical university," with groups
to air student protests as well as
to provide an avenue for action.
Widespread Opposition
This development brought out'
widespread opposition from the,
normally politically uncommitted
mass within the 15,000 member
student body.
The "critical university" found-
ers agreed to a December refer-
endum. It will decide whether the
"critical university" will have thea

|backing of a majority student vote{
to operate within the established
The result of the vote could be
crucial in determining whether "A
university authorities will be able with
to avoid another confrontation respo
with the dissidents. who
Since a "new left" surfaced at said
the Free University in the past two Sp
years a series of demonstrationsi.t
have taken place, many of them tiona
directed against the United States. I
With support of the locally legal plain
6.000-member Communist party,pain


could not say how far to go iii

tual relationship for mutual sat.-

problem results if you pet petting because"i not my bus- isfaction."
everyone, because you will mess and I can't tell what is or This lecture was second of three
and to a composite person isn't petting." But he did point sponsored by the Campus Crusade
does not exist,"Jae Braun out however, petting occurs "when for Christ. Tonight Braun will talk
last night e ' the motor starts to run, even about love.
eaking before some 500 people when one is just looking." The program also featured sing-*
The purpose of petting is the ing of "The New Folk," a group of
e Union Ballroom, the na- "automatic transmission of sex." folksingers described as the "tra-
1 fieldco-orinato f he He said it enables a couple to give veling representatives of the or-
us Crusade for Christ ex- "maximum expression of a mu- ganization."
ed how petting can cause
stment nroblems im marri egP


a recent downtown anti-Vietnam' p iK
war march drew 10,000 people. "Because petting is a habitErlt
In addition to helping stage an- ponse patterns," Braun explain-
tiwar demonstrations students ed, "people have trouble in mar- (Continued from Page ) to the literary college board.
tried to egg Vice President Hubert riage as a result of having back- Feldkamp told The Daily last The literary college board's state-
H. Humphrey when he was here, grounds of different program- night he plans to "refer cases ment today defining academic dis-
but missed. An American flag was ming." where students repeatedly violate cipline will have important im-
lowered. A smoke time bomb went One can get re-programmed by university conduct rules to the plications on campus judiciary pro-
off in the "America Haus" cul- starting to live with the "power 1 i t e r a r y school administrative cess. In recent years the college
tural center. of Jesus Christ inside you," he board rather than Joint Judiciary has confined virtually all its dis-
Despite all this, those involved, asserted. "The Lord will even for- Council." .ciplinary action to academic mat-
when asked, deny they are anti- give girls who have had children Feldkamp, however, said that he ters like cheating or plagarizing.
American. They blame the Viet- out of wedlock." would, "send nothing to the liter- Virtually no students have been
Braun said petting could not ary school board unless it is ser- disciplined for non-academic mat-
nam war and the policies of the Bansi etn ol o ious enough to warrant suspen- tes
Johnson administraation for their be separated from sexual inter- ono exulon"ters.
activity, course because the "game is the sion or expulsion. Deep Involvement
Critics of the demonstrators say same." Couples can be determin- Final Appeals It is expected that the literary
this is a play on words. Some ed - even promise each other - Joint Judiciary Council is the college board will not become deep
claim that the hard-core ultras not to pet, but still they get in- final appelate body for cases in- ly involved in disciplining students.
mean Berlin when they say "Amis' volved." volving non-academic discipline. "We're assuming a new judiciary
t h t T i s i v l v e t o c u ' b c u e J J C h a s n o t b e e n e n f o r c i n g a l l u n t igi h o r s " e x l i e
Americans out of Vietnam," that This involvment occurs because University-made regulations but Manning. The office of Student
they mean the United States itself petting is a habit which "it should only those regulations made by Affairs and President Hatcher's
when they attack President John- be," Braun continued that petting students. Earlier this year SGC Committee on decision making are
son. was also a matter of progression, passed a student conduct code both volved in restuctrig JJ.
The founding assembly of the which he demonstrated by citing which gave students power to
"critical university" drew students and acting out examples of what make their own rules on hours, "JJC ought to be disbanded it
who sold the little red booklets a man thinks on a date. "Some- co-educational visiting and num- favor of a more representative
containing the thoughts of Mao where along the line the guy reali- erous other matters. judiciary," said board member
Tse-tung. Some wore Mao pins, zes that there is more territory to Feldkamp charged last night Prof. Donald Brown of the psy-
short-short skirts, or both. Others explore." that "because JJC has clearly chology department. "A new judi-
hawked pro-Viet Cong stamps. When the dealt with value neglected its responsibilities," he ciary should include all segments
There were those who wore their. judgments, Braun claimed he will refer future disciplinary cases of the University community."
hair or beards in the long shaggy --- .--- -- _._ _-_


Civic Theatre Renders
'Provocative' lonesco

Using only meagre facilities,
the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre per-
formed two one-act plays by Eu-
gene Ionesco in the Workshop
building, 803 W. Washington, and
demonstrated some good reasons
why makeshift theatre should sur-
vive. Nine actors worked onu a
20-by-10-foot platform stage with
a few pieces of furniture and six
lights, in a narrow room that;
boasts only 60 foldaway chairs'
and came out with an exciting,
provocative production nonethe-
The first play, "Jack," gets off
to a slow start, but the pace and
the acting soon improve. The
rapid-fire full group scenes are
especially uproarious. In "Jack"
and the second play, "The Fu-
ture is in Eggs," the whole cast
works as an ensemble, and all
of them are good. A few are
MariAnne Annis as Roberta in
"Jack" (to be played by Marian-
ne Nelson tonight) has perfect
control in her long speeches and
builds the tension to an ecstatic
pitch. Although her partner, Pat
Yoder (as Jack), is a newcomer to
the stage, he already exhibits a
complementary ability> He must
change from passivity to arousal

to apathy and make these changes
into one development along a con-
tinuous line. He plays this diffi-
cult role so well that the audience
can excuse his occasionally mud-
dled articulation.
Grandfather Jack is a type
character, but H. Burton Cooper
is specific and exact in his por-
trayal, bringing fresh comedy to a
stock role. The other members of
the supporting cast, though some-
what less brilliant, provide solid
backing without any weak links.
The most commendable aspect
of the production, directed by
Charles Yoder, is its integration
into a consistent unit. The style
established at the beginning is
carried through to the end. And
despite the obstacles to the actors
- a face-to-face intimacy in this
theatre and the abstract situa-
tion of the play - the perfor-
mances are of uniform good qual-
ity throughout the production.
This is the first of Civic Theatre
experimental lab bills, and this
production s h o ul d encourage
them to continue. It proves that
a good amateur theatre, doing
serious, contemporary drama, can
be more than a once-a-week fun
club. If you get a chance, come
to their performances tonight or
tomorrow at 8:00 and give them
support. Adnission is free.


style of Karl Marx, himself once a
Berlin student. And there were
modern hippe-style exebitionists
with beads.

TONIGHT and Saturday at

8:30 P.M.

1421 Hill Street

A spectacle of Sight and Sound-
created by a group of Ann Arbor Composers.
$1.00 Cover includes entertainment and refreshments



c I , J l -

Dial 8-6416

Once again the
screen explodes with rage
and passion and greatness!

Screenplay: Reginald Rose
j ("The Defenders")
7:00 and 9:15 PM (50c Admission,
- - -f25c "SAVE CINEMA I I
Aud. A Angell Hall c donation)
just bugs the Establishment as

Dial 5-6290
for a 3rd
Student Pleasing
Week !
(No movie pleases everyone
but this one comes close!)
Shows ot 1:10-3:35-6:15-8:57
Feature at 1:30-4:10-6:50-9:20


Evey bw4 prariousscene ia
on the wa...direct from its



3-7 P.M.

GREED, made in 1924 by Erich Von Stroheim, has
been called "one of the great triumphs of Ameri-
can realism." Through personification of evil by
minute character representation, Von Stroheim re-
mained faithful to every intention of Frank Norris,
upon whose book, "McTeague," the film is based.
The horror of money and its power to corrupt are
seen as the "essence of sordidness."


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