THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Friday, July 19, 1968
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By LISSA MATROSS
Oliver! in the words of my
junior companion, is real good.
Even though Dickens dropped
Oliver Twist into all sorts of
wretched conditions, London's
climate never permitted the 100
degrees that surrounded the
members of the Gilbert and Sul-
livan Society and the Ann Ar-
bor Junior Light Opera at True-
blood Theatre Wednesday night.
Despite the heat, the Society,
directed by Roger Wertenberg-
er in its first non-G & S show.
vied with its junior partners
in liveliness, freshness and
sound. The Junior Opera, di-
rected by Michael Harrah and
led by Thomas Hulce, as Oli-
David Krimm, as Noah Clay-
pole, the mortician's apprentice,
was a perfect bratty, little
Bastard. Nicholas Jacquez, as
Jack Dawkins,. The Artful Dod-
ger, was very clever, though
^ aua a little les artful than
After a lot of Cockney croon-
ing about "Glorious Food" and
"our fiverite diet," the show
came alive with the entrance of
\ Howard Travis or Mr. Bumble,
Travis can conive with his
eyes and whet dle, with his-,,
stomach. He is a living cari-
cature who belongs as much to
Daumier as to Dickens.
The Widow Corney, Mr.
Bumble's "lovey-dovey,"' played
by Janet Stolarevsky, was a real
bitch, a wench-of-former-days
The Bumble - Corney courting
number, "I Shall Scream," was a
triumph of leering and leching.
After being sold by Mr.
Bumble for five (or is it six?)
pounds, Oliver hoes into his
first sad solo and escapes his
early role as boy-with-the-
Hulce displayed a surprising-
ly fine voice, mature and
trained, and he was fully able
to shoulder the miserable op-
pression of his lot. I only wish
the coffin that served as his
, bed at the undertaker's looked
more like a scurvy coffin than
One of the difficulties in
staging Oliver! is the need to
'nnvey a lot with a little. A
good cross-section of work-a-
day London must parade about
town. The imaginative, revolv-
ing set designed by Donald
Heckenlively and James Holm
was a good vehicle for this me-
andering, though perhaps it
served more to swing new char-
acters into the scene than to
dramatically change the set-
The major Dickensian char-
acters must be displayed against
this vision of mass London. The.
world of Dickens is one of
melodrama and humorous char-
acters and each actor in a work
like Oliver! must equip him-
self ,ijth the characteristic
speech-device and expressive
personality trait that is best
suited to his specific role.
This was ;perhaps the weak-
ness of David Hollenback's Fa-
gin. Though he is, convincing
as the avaricious old pick-
pocket den-daddy, he often ap-
pears more like "genial-guid-
ance - counselors - I - have -
Had he exhibited more con-
sistently the wit and humor
that he showed in the tradi-
tional show-stopper, "Review-
ing the Situation," his charac-
ter would have been more suc-
Jane Hassinger, as Bill's Wo-
man, Nancy, was also quite
good, and certainly had the
best voice in the show, though
a few numbers got lost.
Oliver! worked best when
there was lots of sound and
running and jumping (chore-
ographer Patricia Shaffer cer-
vainly got everyone everywhere
considering the limitations of
Trueblood's shallow stage) and
laughing and music.
The laughing, dancing and
music was surely the play's,,
not Dickens', though it is a
proper and integral part of Li-
onal Bart's adaptation of the
novel. Bart did, however, keep
much of the Dickensian senti-
mentality, drama and Gothic
This production doesn't. Sure
everybody hit Oliver and his
clothing is scraggly and he's
poor and all; but some of his
oppressors just aren't scary
enough. The undertaker's par-
lour just isn't terrifying enough.
T h e m o s t disappointing'
scene is that which takes place
on London Bridge where Nancy
brings Oliver to the, kindly Mr.'
Brownlow and in so doing is
shot and killed by the furious
The scene is one of great
chaos but the chaos must cre-
ate a sense of tension rather
than one of discomfort. I re-
member seeing "Oliver!" a few
years ago and literally jump-
ing out of my seat wherT Bill
Sikes fired the shot that broke
the tension .
This then is my plea for
fright. Melodrama still works
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not only the nomination but the In 19
election this fall, le 19hou
Eisenhower dealt bluntly with Barry
the longstanding speculation that keeping
he had never really liked Nixon. trality.
ly believed in Nixon. This
he added, by speaking out
time, "I just want the
to know that I have ad-
nd respected this man and
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observers thought Eisen-
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emembered the incidents
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