THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Saturday, February 5, 1972
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Mucked-up offering .. .
Couzens Film Co-op
"The Greaf Race""
By MARCIA ABRAMSON
Theatre of the people is a
growing thing in Ann Arbor;
there are more and more "ama-
teur"-or as I prefer to call
them, "people's productions"-
all the time. The University
Players - Professional Theatre
Program monopoly has ended,
and that's good. Unfortunately,
not every people"s production is.
The. Goddard House Players
live and work theatre together
on their own. They are learn-
ing, acting and staging, and
they ought to learn some more
about choice of material - the
main problem with their show
"Munk," the first offering, is
an origiial one-acter written by
a University student. The play
has little'. to recommend it;
ucW'..is neither interesting
odadHouse Players n&i funny;: except for brief"mo
Goddasdlents here and there. Tribute
A heap of diverse churT gs
to Pinter and Beckett is prompt-
ly paid, as expected, but without
producing any worthwhile ef-
fects. The only outstanding mo-
ments were those of pure slap-
William Saroyan wrote the sec-
ond one-act play of the evening,
but that didn't make it all that
much better. "Hello Out There"
is a strange '30's period piece
about a drifter in jail and a shy
girl who is always laughed at
by the people in her brutal Texas
backwoods town. He is in jail
for rape, with lynchers expected
soon, and the two act out a small
American tragedy as they mo-
mentarily dream of escaping to
San Francisco or "someplace
There is more substance to the
Saroyan play, although it stum-
bles on social and verbal cliches.
Still, it is a much better ve-
hicle for Michael Sammut, the
most capable of the three God-
dard players. Sammut has a
very expressive face and voice;
hopefully, he will encounter bet-
ter opportunities to use them.
The staging by far surpassed
the scripts, as the group put
together some inventive cos-
tumes and props-like a waist-
high paper carton for a jail, or
the twin pink granny nightgowns
on the couple in "Muck."
Perhaps the worst complaint
that can be lodged against this
production is the Goddard
group's almost unbelievable ad-
mission charge of one dollar. For
a group and plays like these,
that's one dollar too much.
Until they have something
really worthwhile to offer, the
players should make their ex-
periments free. Most of the pea-
pie's theatre in town has been
either free or on a donation
basis, and the quality has been
consistently higher. The spirit
is higher and free-er, too-and
that's the whole point of open-
ing up the theatre.
The best thing I saw all night
may have been all the notices
of intriguing new productions
that people are trying to get to-
gether: the people's theatre is
definitely growing, and there are
pains as well as successes, but
the movement is what is most
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THE GOLDEN FISH
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By HARRY HAMMI
The record manufacturers are
still at it, churning out, with
little or no regard, records that
lack any uniformity or consis-
tency. They just, dump a large
pile on the listener who has no
idea of what is any good. It's
something like a cat picking
through a garbage can in some
back alley; there are good
things, but it takes a lot of
work to find them.
Alan Parker (Capitol ST-851)
is pretty typical country rock.
Parker, who used to be a guitar-
ist with Smith, does all the vo-
cals-which doesn't help much
since his voice is not particularly
distinguished. His guitarwork is
all right, but, again, not distin-
guished. The album is quite toler-
able, but not anything to write
Wilderness R o a d (Columbia
C 31118) is a band out of Chicago
who takes after the. Byrds, al-
though not as consistent as the
Byrds. The gist of the album is
pretty good, but it has some fair-
ly poor spots. The album is cer-
tainly listenable, but I wouldn't
recommend spending your last
dime on it. If you happen to get
it for free or at least at a dras-
tically reduced price, it's well-
worth a listen.
Ralph McTell is a folksinger
in the true sense of the word.
His album, You Well-Meaning
"Music for Instruments II,"
the third of four concerts in the
1971-72 Contemporary Direc-
tions series, will be presented by
the composition department of
the University's School of Mu-
sic tonight at 8 p.m. in Rack-
The world premiere of Wil-
liam A 1 b r i g h t ' s "Mar-
ginal Worlds" will be featured
as well as the American pre-
miere of "Still leben" by Czech
composer Marek Kopelent.
The works will be performed
by the Michigan Contemporary
Directions Ensemble under the
direction of Sydney Hodkinson.
Brought Me Here (Paramount
PAS 6015), is a collection of soft,
lyrical songs on a variety of
copies. McTell plays the guitar
and the piano well, and the back-
up performers are quite ade-
quate. The tunes are sometimes
rather ,unmelodic, but the album
is fairly good for those who like
who, of course, is a pianist-song-
writer. His debut, I Think I'll
Write a Song (DJM 9102), estab-
lishes him as a decent musician.
It presents him more as a mem-
ber of a group than as a soloist
-which is probably for the best
since it seems unlikely that
Goodhand-Tait will catch on as
did Elton John. His music is
pleasant and generally above
average, but he lacks the flair
and the outstanding compositions
Strive Seek, Find (Family Pro-
ductions PAS 6013) is a collec-
tion of songs written by Ray
Burton, and performed by Bur-
ton and Gino Cunico. There's
nothing startling, .but the music
is very much influenced by Steve
Stills and the vocals, the com-
position, and the guitarwork
sound a lot like Stills. The album
is good, generally, but not ex-
Redbone is unofficially the
American Indians' representative
in rock. All the members are at
least partly Indian. Well, I'm
disappointed. The Indians should
have more talent than these four
because they're awfully short of
it. Their new album, Message
From a Drum (Epic KE 30815)
is a poor mish-mash of rhythm
and blues, and blues, with a few
Santana and Beef heart licks
thrown in at inappropriate times.
The Indians deserve better.
The Daily incorrectly attri-
buted Thursday's record review
to Harry Hammit. The review
was written by Herb Bowie.
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Billy Joel is a pianist who plays
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a little bit like McCartney. His
record, Cold Spring Harbor
(Family Productions FPS 2700),,
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Joel might be worth looking up
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