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THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven

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theatre
.Ardele': To laugh like a fool
By MICHEL BENAMOU cical provocation and his attack you are a French student,

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Memories. Of the Theatre
Gaston Baty 20 years ago, when
I first saw Jean Arlouilh's Ar-
dele. Marguerite Jamois. She
yelled from the top of the stairs.
Shouting, peacock lovecalls to
her husband, "You deceived me
witbtevery female you saw" her.
digist with all the sex-crazy.
insects of life. Faulknerian. The
whole respectable, chateaued
family, gagging the scandal:
Ardele, the hunchback, in love,
with. another hunchback, so-
ciety would laugh at the grotes-
queness of' their love (the two-
backed -.beast of it, the horror
of, sex)..So they gang up, on
Ardele, the burning one. And
they win. And their children,
wVaiting in the wings to have
their turn at the gkme of tender
.words aiid sharp claws.
The play, curtains out on their
frengzied parody- of love. A bitter
play. ut a very funny play.
The performance hurts you with
laughter. "'you have a' peacock,
general?- No, sir, it's my
wife . A few cruel vignettes:
'ou will remember Jon Kaiser-
as' the general, hoarsely in love
with live, snatching heightened
momnents from healthy Ellen Co-
f)6Wos, "the -maid. You will re-
member Pam Drydtn, asthe
Countessir love with herself;
she has a, very fine voice, car-
ries off the affair with Villar-
dieu (Charles Stallman, crisp
gesticulator) -.with the perfect
"ton juste," you will love foxy
Olivier Carduner as Toto, and
his'desultory playmate of ten,
who acts out Madame Vitiello'
offstage' But 1 bet you will
probably~ prefer ,the, play's only
sensible character, and its best
actor last night, Patrick Lobert,
'"2, the mouthpiece of Anouilh's,
disenchantment and mirth. Wit-
ty Lobert, as the cuckololgd par-
agon of savoir-vivre ("Villardieu
is my alier-ego") ; gentle Lobert;
wise to~what keeps him near his
wife and the general at/ his
wife's .bedside ("You pay up for
a moment's passion with a life-
time of sham"); cynical and
compassionate Lobert, suffer-
ing, smiling, and always true.
Ardele is a 'voxnedje noire.
How could you take a hunch-
bapk wonan's love seriously?
You laugh likeall the other
fools (In French, we say rire
comme un bossu).
But tirector Michael Spingler,
a veteran of four seasons in Ann
Arbor, succeeded in maling you
ag hwith +hp knife rf ho rn

at our own shams. It is love,
our use of the disguise, which is
on trial. Its enemy is life, for
love is a scandal. You get this
slammed at your face while
laughing: a chill with a thrill;
Prof. Spingler has this neatly
bagged in Scapin's sack.
I forgot to mention that Ar-
dele is performed in French. If

remember being one, go, tonight,
you will enjoy a very fine per-
formance, a deeply stirring play,
and may learn something to
boot.
If you are not, were not, for-
get it. You are the poorer, and
Ann Arbor the richer for hav-
ing a foreign-language theatre
of high quality.

(Continued from Page 1)
American flag to reviling police
and resisting arrest.
Most students had left the
campus by midafternoon at the
request of school authorities who
said the university would be
closed for the remainder of the
day.
Dean Emmett W. Bashful, one
target of the student protest, said
classes would resume today. How-
ever, a student who said he was
a member of the Student Griev-
ance Committee told newsmen
there would be no classes today or
tomorrow.
"We are coming back here on
Monday mad as ever for our de-
mands to be met," he said.
The students have demanded,
among other things, the removal
of Dean Bashful, a cut in tuition

fees, a course in black liberation,
a department of black studies,
more library books and a better
education department.
The trouble yesterday erupted
"when six Negro students shoved
aside three c a m p u s security
guards at the flag pole in front of
the administration building, low-
ered the American flag and raised
their own black, green and red
liberation flag.
Some 200 students watched and
roared their approval as the
American flag was removed from
the pole and folded carefully.
Police then moved in and
arrested some of the demonstra-
tors. The black liberation flag was
lowered, the American flag was
returned and a contingent of nine
police officers guarded the flag
pole for several hours.

Indulgences save holiness
(Continued from Page 1)
ecclesiastical codes were commuted to fines, and the selling of
indulgences came into being.
Guild House, by the way, has been having financial dif-
ficulties itself lately, and money was needed for the continuation
and extension of its operations.
Noonday discussions and weekly symposia, Guild House's
way of providing a forum for controversial issues, costs. Money
was needed.
In addition, Guild House is the home of Ann Arbor Resist-
ance and provides counseling service for everything from pre-
marital problems to conscientious objection and the draft. The
money raised by St. Hereticus will serve to complement Guild
House's now deficient budget.
But the 50 cent indulgences aren't all. For those of us who
are really bad (or who have friends who are really bad) there is
always the super-indulgence for only five-dollars.
Will wonders never cease?

Looking back at Nelson

(Continued from Page 2)
My own favorite among his ;
work is a short film called Hot
Leatherette. As its title implies,
it is a parody - a perfectly con- ;
trolled reductio ad absurdum of
all those speeding car sequences j
so dear to the hearts of ad- 7
venture filn makers.
The speed of this cat be-
comes so incredibly fast that it
is hilarious, and horrifying at
the same time When the car
careens off the road and rolls
down the hill (I bet you've seen
that nn hafnra ) Nl snn o rria.-

The proceeds of the G u i l d
showings go to the film makers,
who have only the slenderest
means for financing an expen-
sive art form and often need
outside support to keep produc-
ing. (Nelson himself was recent-_
ly awarded a Gugenheim).
Cinema Guild is thus to be com-
mended for providing both in-
depth retrospectives for Ann
Arbor film goers and some fin-
ancial return on artistic invest-
ment for fpim makers.

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