THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Friday, November 14, 1969
Pci ~e Twci THE MICHIGAN DAILY Friday, November 14, 1969
Flash bang wallop production
By JOH-N ALLEN
There are several cures for
Sophonmore Slump, one of them
is S oph Show. Like turning 21,
li~ga sophomore only happens
Of.3and there's no reason not
to t ake~ advantage of it--which
is p!recisely what the cast of
Half a :sixpence has cone.
The musical isl is pure
fluff, hardly worth ar moment's
notice, but it is wtell-suited to
the ene-rgetic production one
expects of Soph Show: it's
what' s known as a vehicle. and
it served its puirpose well. Joni-
'o.s and the like wvill be sen
in:, up bits of enthusiasm from
all over, Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre well in.to nlext week.
Some of it peeled of the sop)h-
ornores on stage, and a good deal
of it peeled off those in the au-
dience---who gave the cast a
standing ovation last night.
The production had its prob-
lems, but they were not serious.
Slow light cues had the same ir-
ritating effect as comnmercials at
crucial moments during movies
shown on TV. And the srgl
for appropriate upper-c 1 a ss
a nci working- class-F English dia -
lects made it imphossible to for-
get-or a moment that the pro-
duction was an amuateur one.
But the word "amateur" is
not wholly negative: as an "amo
amas amat" it has something to
do wvith labors of love, and that's
where Soph Show mayv be anl
improvement on the musical it-
self. If the saccarine tale of
Arthurim Kipps and the rise and
talof his fortunes (romantic
and financial) is barely likeable,
the flash bang wallop produc-
i:on it is presently receiving at
the hands. of last year's freshi-
m!en is pretty lovable.
WV e ri d y Shankin's- choreo-
graphy in the four big niiumrbers
that fill the whole(sa, ede-
serves perhaps thelags share
of the credit. (Well, let her
fight it grut after the showx with
Ke!_n Mashal, hoflayed Kipps
asow thu he'd been on a diet o1
charrpa-ne for the last few
mronths.) Miss Shankin's chore2o-
praphvr is not the kind that sets
hedance w.orld onl fire, but it
isnonct hl: s <;the kind that
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Fri.-Sat., 7:00-9:15 Aud. A 75c (Peanuts)
One Complete Show only Tonight at 7:15
lighits fires tinder sophomores.
and that's blaze encough for' the
ocasion. Toney to Burn in the
first act and 'The Party's on the
House in Act II were particular-
ly fun, even exciting. And not
simply because the -y were free-
for-alisy: they,,were executed
with precision as well as en-
husiasmn by the cast.
While Mr. Marshallwa ahead
of the rest of the cas<t in his
own ! wprformnance svrlwere
not fr behind. Marilyn Scher
as the girl who gets the othl'r
half of his sixpence has a p~leas-
ant voice and put enough
spunkiness i nto her character
Lo cut down on its innate stick-
iness -which is all to the good.
Christine Lahti, who played
the Other 'Girl, Helen, camne
across warmly and would be
worth seeing again in a role
where she did not. have to fight
with a dialect and the putting
on of airs.
Joy Hochbein had it easy:
the role of Chitterlow is plum-
my and he stuck hims'elf into
it two thumbs deep. And there's
no wxay of g2t ting round con-
gratulating Peter Wolk for his
stipersociailistic pile of red curls.
Alan Hergoff's task as' director
0f1 such anz undertaking was to
keel) the champagne flowing in
everyone's veins __ and, oh
well, 7-Up is just as fizzy.
One small question for t 11 e
Program Committee: Who the
H .i' E. G.- Wells?
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