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THE 311CHIGAN DAILY

) 'FIlE MICHIGAN DAILY

THEATRE
'Little Mary Sunshine' Caters

Summer Symphony:
A Polished Premiere

To Very Sentiment I

By ANN MUNSTER
Rick Besoyans .iLittle

Mary

Sunshine" is a pleasant and re-
laxing musical, sure to please any-
one seeking relief from the nec-
essity of coping intellectually with
serious theatre or with more subtle
satire.
Its avowed purpose is to spoof
the musical shows of bygone days
-romantic operattas which Besoy-
an himself is too young to have
seen. And the paradox of the art
form-a musical whose sole raison
d'etre is to satirize other musicals
-carefully safeguards it from ap-
proaching serious comedy. Each
ringe of criticism is smothered in
musical take-off. Because the butt
of the satire is kept trivial at all
times, and some of the musical
parody Is intrinsically enjoyable,
the play remains pleasant enter-
tainment for a relaxing evening.
The plot is certainly nothing
memorable-a sweet old-fashioned
young damsel strives heroically by
selling her homemade cookies to
save the Colorado Inn. The heart-
less United States government is
threatening to take the inn from
her if she doesn't pay the mort-

gage. Some of the disgressions are
also a little tedious. But the plot
retains a modicum of unity rare-
ly achieved in this kind of en-
deavor..
Rather than merely providing
a paltry excuse for' a parade of
parody on other works, it too is an
object of satire. In addition, all
of the characters and actors who
are absolutely vital to a melo-
drama of this nature are repre-
sented, and we are given an ade-
quate dose of each.
The scene-designing is also well
done, reminding us that satire
is intended, but not substituting
for it. And the actors are perfectly
suited to their roles - Rusti Han-
sher as Nancy Twinkle beautifully
offsets the natural insipidness of
some of the others.
Most of the pleasure of the
play springs from a few strategic-
ally scattered good lines, some en-
joyable numbers, the careful bal-
ancing of insipid characters with
cute ones or situation comedy,
and the intricate intermingling of
superficial character satire with
take-offs on shows so old we don't
have to lament the frivolity of
this genre in our own time.

_. a l l By JENNY STILLER detailed attention to color.
t satirizes The problem ithsummer ses- Soloist Barbara Nissman did a
sion orchestras in places like magnificent job, her sympathetic
interpretation of the constantly
"Little Mary Sunshine" is an Ann Arbor lies in finding enough shifting moods being particularly
enjoyable satire because the musicians to make up an ensemble well accomplished. Miss Nissman's
things it mocks are trivial and ir- worthy of the name. This year, i ut rfsinl
rlvnt, i eving us trom the thanks to conductor Theo Alcan-'technique is quite professional,
relevant, relieving us from the ara the Summer Session Orches- and her hands seemed more to be
sting which would result from taratheSumrSes itsonAcs- adancing with the music than
looking beneath the amusing sur- tra has come into its wn, as w playing it.
face of any serious comedy -_ and amply demonstrated at its pre-"plynit
It is fun in places. dmier performance at Hill Auditor- The full orchestra lived up to
ium last night. the promise of the chamber group,
One wonders if it was not re- concertmaster Darwyn Apple and
vived here after achieving moder- The program opened with Stra- principal violist Robert Slaughter
ate success off Broadway because vinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks Con- in particular distinguishing them-
Ann Arbor audiences at the end certo," a chamber work remin- selves for excellent playing and
of the summer are not in the iscent of the Brandenburg Con- sesor e lenplayi and
mood for relevant and critical certos. Like many of Stravinsky's tons leadership of their sec-
contemporary theatre. Perhaps neoclassical works, it is a skillful
they prefer to be taken "back to a blend of select aspects of many The final piece, Schubet's
time when the world was much periods of music, combined with Symphony No. 3," was pleasant
simpler than ours is today. For his own peculiar genius. enough, but unspectacular. The
instance, good meant good, bad But the piece suffered from the It were gell qite comet-
meant bad, virtue was all and fact that Hill Auditorium is but were generally quite compet-
justice, well, justice always tri- hardly the ideal setting for cham- Sheryl Cohen, Charles Lehrer, and
umphed; at least we like to think ber music,, much of the intimate r
it was that way." quality of such a work being lost Lauran Brown, shone in their solo
to those beyond the first few rows. passages.
actrstfrolickedaly th25 Mede The remainder of the orchestra Conductor Alcantara displayed
came onstage for the second num- precise control coupled with sen-
ber, "Nights in the Gardens of sitive interpretations throughout
three hours of light humor last ber, Nig" i the arnthe concert.
night. The Univrs'ityv Players Po- Spain," by the Spanish Impres-

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duction, directed by Nafe E. Kat-
ter of the speech department is
scheduled for a four day run con-1
tinuing through Sunday.

sionist Manuel De Falla. The com-!
poser's unique blend of marked
Spanish rhythms and blurred im-
pressionistic harmonies was par-
ticularly evident here, as was his

Like so many of the School of
Music's free concerts, this, one
seemed to be attended by music
students only. The program was
well-chosen and admirably per-
formed, and it is a pity that so
many people missed it.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 11
Day Calendar
Bureau of Industrial Relations Sem-
inar-"How To Prepare for and Con-
duct Labor Negotiations": Michigan Un-
ion, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dept. of Civil Engineering Confier-
ence-"The Second International Con-
ference on the Structural Design of
Asphalt Pavements": Rackham Lec-
ture Hail, 9 a.m.

Room 1513 Administration Bldg., by 11
a.m., Fri., Aug. 18, 1967.
Regents' Meeting: Sept. 15, 1967. Com-
munications for consideration at this
meeting must be in the President's
hands no later than August 31.
1967-68 Staff Parking Permits: Are
on sale effective Aug. 14, 1967. All aca-
demic staff must have copy of their
appointment showing 100 per cent (full
time). All applicants must use the
new application form.
TV Center Program: On Sun., Aug.
13, the following program produced
by the TV Center will have its initial
telecast in Detroit:
12 Noon, WWJ-TV, Channel 4 -
"The Many Worlds of India. Saris
and Careers." A look at the role In-
dian women play in their country's
development.

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then live in Spain for 5-10 year period
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Appointments. 3200 SAB.
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Chairman John Stennis of the Senate Preparedness subcommittee confers with Adm. Ulysses S.
Grant Sharp, commander in chief of all United States forces in the Pacific, before today's closed
door hearing. The admiral was asked to testify in secret on the air war over Vietnam. Sharp was
reported to have told the committee that there are more targets of military value that are current-
ly off limits to United States bombing missions. Recently, Republicans have charged that President
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Doctoral Examination for Sharon ORGAN IZA T ION
Louise Wood Proudfit, English 'Lan-
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and the Vision: Virginia Woolf and N u 1
Roger Fry's Post-Impressionist Aesthet-
ic," Fri., Aug. 11, Room 1611 Haven
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Barrows.
Cinema Guild - Alfred Hitchcock's1
"The Lady Vanishes": Architecture
Aud., 7 and 9:05 p.m. Placem ent
Dept. of Speech University Players- PO'SITION OPENINGS:
Rick Besoyan's "Little Mary Sunshine": Baltimore Civil Service Commission,.
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 8 p.m. Baltimore, Md. - Neighborhood Dev.
Counselor, Community Organizationa
School of Music Honors :Recital - Advisor, Street Club Worker, Volun-r
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recognized and registered student orga-
nizations only. Forms are available in
Rm. 1011 SAB.
Newman Student Association holds a
community mass at 5 p.m. and a 6 p.m.
supper at St. Mary's Chapel Newman
Center on 331 Thompson St. this Fri-
day
Folk Dance Club sponsors free in-
struction open dancing this Friday.
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