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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13 1966

PAGE TEN THE MiCHIGAN DAILY THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13 1906

THEATRE
Pirandello Presents Existential.

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Philosophy in

Right You Are'

By ANN L. MARCHIO t
"Right You Are (If You Think
You Are)" by Luigi Pirandello is
a play well-packed with philo-
sophy and talent. Pirandello, ther
Italian playwright often cited as
the originator of contemporary]
drama, incorporates his existen-
tialist doctrine that life is an ab-
surdity into his' works.
Like his successor, Edward Al-9
bee, he is obsessed with the con-
flict of absolute truth and illu-
sion. However, unlike Albee, who
searches for truth more intenseli,
Pirandello presents the idea that
truth is relative if it is obtainable
at all. For him, the "truth lies inI
the heart" and "things are exactlyI
as he presents them." The world
of fantasy is as real as "any air+
they breathe."
An ingenious device used by the
playwright to interpret the signi-
ficance of the action is what the'
French call a "raisonneur," a per-
son used much the same as the]
Greek chorus. This man in "Right+
You Are" is Lamberto Laudisi,+
played perceptively by Donald1
Moffat.
Other aspects of the play run

the gamut of social satire. Although
Pirandello is exceptionally bitter
in his commentary, he evokes
strong sympathy for the mistreat-
ed characters.
The plot is a pessimistic des-
truction of an imaginary world
created to mitigate the tragic loss
in three people's lives. This des-
truction is brought about by the
incessant curiosity of the town.
After an earthquake destroyed
their own village, Signora Frola,
her son-in-law and his wife move
to a new town. The Signora, whose
part was originally created for
Eleanor Duse and is unforgettably
reinacted by Helen Hayes, moves
next to the apartment of the Agaz-
zis. That couple moves to a less
elegant fifth floor apartment,
where the mother can only speak
up from the ground level to her
daughter.
In a series of conflicting expla-
nations the family and its snow-
balling assortment of friends be-
come quite certain that at least
one member of the trio is mad,
but their verdict fluctuates wtih
each new event..And Laudisi is a
devil's advocate of concern.

Since the group is unable to ob-
tain any positive proof, they ap-
peal to the governor to demand a
statement from the wife herself.
And thus unfolds the tragedy.
In his Sheridan-type satire, Pi-
randello lashes out especially
against those who are "courteous
out of curiosity" and seek to dis-
robe the privacy of life.
Unfortunately, the only weak
point of the play comes at the end.
It seems that the final revelation
is superfluous and quite expected.
The only speech of the wife
(daughter/ghost) sounds li k e
someone who brags about her
goodness in donating time to the
Red Cross. Instead of avaricious-
ly announcing her bitter role, she
assumes the drama of Lady Mac-
beth, and, consequently, disrupts
the biting illusion.
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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12
4:15 p.m.-Bruce Carlson of the
anatomy dept. will speak on "An
Exchange Scientist's View of the
USSR," Rm. 2501, East Med.
7:30 p.m.-Prof. Brice Carnahan
will speak on "An Introduction to
Digital Computers and the MAD
Language" in the Natural Science
Aud.
8:30 p.m.-Guiomar Novaes, pi-
anist, will perform in the Musical
Society Concert in Hill Aud.
8:00 p.m.-The University Play-
ers will present Shakespeare's
"Coriolanus" in the Trueblood
Aud.
8:00 p.m.-The APA Repertory
Company will present Pirandello's
"Right You Are' in the Lydia
Mendelssohn Theatre.
THURSDAY, OCT. 13
3:45 p.m.-Richard Helb of the

MIT psychology dept. will give the
Mental Health Research Institute
lecture on "Plasticity in Sensori-
motor Coordination" in 10571
MHRI.
7 and 9 p.m.-Cinema Guild'
will present Elmund Goulding's
"Grand Hotel" in the Architecture
Aud.
8:00 p.m.-The University Play-
ers will present Shakespeare's
"Coriolanus" in the Trueblood
Aud.
8:00 p.m.-The APA Repertory
Company will perform in Piran-
dello's "Right You Are" in the
Mendelssohn Theatre.
8:00 p.m.-Gilbert F. White will
give the second Cook lecture on
"Strategies in American Water
Management" in the Rackham
Audg

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Chemistry students not eligible
Must be 21 or over, and plt
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months.
Male subjects only at this tim
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lasting about 5 minutes.
This is especially lucrativ
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Dept. of Dermatology
U of M. Medical Center
(Please do not phone)

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