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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Five

THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Five

Chris

Christian's

Killers :

Explosive social comment

By ROB MEACHUM
What began as a simple, sar-
castic dialogue among prison
inmates, quickly exploded into a
fierce and bitter social comment
on subjects ranging from prison
reform to homosexuality to
black/white conflicts in Chris
Christian's one act play, The
Killers from E-1.
Killers was performed before a
delighted crowd of 50 Thursday
evening in East Quad's auditor-
ium.

.The cast of nine put on a sur-
prisingly good production with
outstanding performances by
Ron Parson as Crust, Jay Sand-
weiss as Francis, Marvin Pett-
way as Nate, and Christian him-
self as Boise.
The play centers around four
new inmates assigned to cell
block E-1 and their fears of hav-
ing to protect themselves from
the "killers" of the main cell
block who intend to initiate
them.

Nate, Boise, and Francis are
basically very frightened individ-
uals with Crust (pronounced
with a silent "t") coming off as
the only cool, calm, and collect-
ed person in the bunch.
But even he admits that "you
can't have courage without
fear." The "killers" become
frightened when they hear of
Crust's reputation as a gang
leader in Philadelphia.
The final confrontation occurs

WABX AIR WAVES:
Harrison to tour America;
Filmore goes up for auction

as the lights are turned off, leav-
ing much of what actually oc-
curred up to the viewer's imagi-
nation.
The play utilizes much of the
language and attitudes used and
held by the so-called "street peo-
ple." It portrays the deep-down
fears that most of these people
have, despite what they appear
to be on their 'crust.'
Every phrase, every motion,
every response or lack thereof
is meant to have some signifi-
cance.
The ending could have been
done a bit better than it was,
however. From the time the ac-
tors first appeared on stage un-
til they exited, a certain tense-
ness had been created for the
audience. They expected some
kind of a climax that never real-
ly happened and thus, unfor-
tunately, were left suspended in
mid-air.
Christian, however, admitted
that he was quite unsure on how
to end the piece, adding, "I
thought I would end it Greek
style - off stage."
The show will be repeated to-
day at noon and again tomor-
ceeds will go to the African
row at 8 and 10 p.m. The pro-
ceeds will go to the African
drought relief fund.

Daily Photo by KAREN KASMAUSKI
Music of Java
Three University students rehearse for a performance of Javanese "Gamelan" music to be held tonight in Rackham at 8. The woman
in the center, foreground, is playing the kenong, and the woman on the right, background, is playing the gong. The orchestra is under
the direction of Prof. Judith Becker.
-Dancers concert good, spotty

By WABX
Rolling Stone magazine reports
that George Harrison, R i n g o
Starr, Jim Keltner and Alvin
Lee will tour some 15 U.S. cities
in 25 concerts this September.
Rumors have it that Eric Clap-
ton may also be involved.
The Grateful Dead unveiled a
new concert sound system in San
Francisco. The new system is
hailed as the greatest thing in
concert sound reproduction. The
system took 8 years of research
and engineering to make and
cost $350,000.
The Fillmore East Theatre will
go up for auction in early April.
After Bill Graham closed the
Fillmore in 1971, no one has been
able to run it with any success.
SHORT NOTES: Roberta Flack
will portray Bessie Smith in a
film version of the autobiography
"Bessie" . . . filming will begin
in May.
Flash Cadillac and the Contin-
ental Kids announced that they
may change their name to Flash
Datsun for the duration of the
energy crisis.
The Grateful Dead will begin
production of a new album in ear-
ly May . . . Jerry Garcia will re-
lease a solo album about the
same time.
Mick Jagger is looking for a

place to live in L.A.
The Who are currently working
on a soundtrack album of "Tom-
my" . . . they plan to tour the
U.S. this spring.
Other tours include Paul Si-
mon going to Japan in April,
Deep Purple's member Jon Lord
in Munich, Lou Reed going for
six weeks to Europe in May.
CBS Records has breeched the
Berlin Wall. They signed a deal
with an East German record
company to act as their distri-
butor.
The first releases will include
Andy Williams, Johnny C a s h
Louis Armstrong and French
singer, Danyel Gerard.
Commander Cody was playing
basketball in Florida, slipped and
fell on his face .. . he now has
a broken nose, a doctor reports
the injury should not interfere
with his piano playing.
Terry Knight has quit the re-
cord business and has joined the
energy rush managing his own
oil and natural gas wells.
His new company, called En-
erco, will manage the wells
(awarded him by the court in
his suit against Grand Funk.)
RCA Records has a new gim-
mick for their new "Grand Ole
Opry" album. Included with each
album will be a swatch of the
famous Martha White Flour Cur-

tain that hung over the Grand
Ole Opry stage.
RCA announced that the al-
bum will be a limited edition
. . . determined by the number
of swatches they can cut from
the curtain.
The nation's first "Steakers'
Ball" was held in San Francisco.
Naked persons were admitted
free to the concert, and several
dozen streakers took advantage
of it.
The event was stagel1 by the
.Tubes, a theatrical rock group.
Brian Jones' guitar is once
again being played in public,
nearly 5 years have passed since
he died.
Terry Taylor from the Tucky
Buzzard Band was given the gui-
tar by Bill Wyman, who hasbeen
keeping it in storage.
Denny Doherty from The Mam-
as and Papas is working on a
single called "You'll Never
Know." When the group filed a
lawsuit against their record com-
pany, Doherty was so broke he
had to hitchhike to L.A. for the
proceedings.
A feature film starring Alice
Cooper will be released this
spring . . . providing everything
goes as scheduled.

By MARNIE HEYN
Last n i g h t the University
Dancers opened their spring con-
cert series at the Power Center
with an excellent, thoroughly
professional, performance mar-
red only by limp choreography
in two numbers.
The show opened with Vera
Embree's. Aska: Celebration, a
gorgeous synthesis of African
and western dance styles, vivid,
joyous, and hypnotic. The
dancers adapted well to a differ-
ent tradition and made this
rapid-fire, physically demanding
piece delightful. ,
The second number was Ami-
boisme: Cellule Humaine by
Martine Epoque. Four dancers

in black and white pied jump-
suits performed this angular
well-designed piece in all its
stran.geness and off-beat grace;
it was a beautiful example of
cellular coordination-shades of
Henri Rousseau.
The musical aspect of John
C w ia k a 1 a' s No Soap-Radio
moved from Gregorian chant to
rinkytink piano to "Why Was I
Born Too Late." The dancers
were costumed as stylized flap-
pers; they pushed a tea cart
around the stage and posed-
gracefully, of course. I had the
feeling that there was a message
somewhere, but it was well-hid-
den. The performers had nice

strong ankles. The dance had at
best a shoddy conception.
Homage by Elizabeth Berg-
mann is a quasi-religious litur-
gical piece that is effective and
un-trite. It isa sstrong, bright
spring chorale without schmaltz
or sententious hamming. The
dancing is vigorous and precise.
Imbedded in the piece is a beau-
tifully performed quintet con-
taining some of the nicest asym-
bolic interpretive motion I've
seen in a long time.
Carol Richard's Toe/Ball/Heel
is light, smooth, stretchy cool
j a z z, an impressive sensual
mime trio, and a lot of fun.
Everything from The Apple to
the old soft shoe is woven to-
gether into a really fine piece.
Maybe the reason I couldn't
tolerate Passcaglia and Fugue
by Doris Humphrey was the
maroon and tan spaghetti-strap-
ped outfits, but I doubt it. There
is some really fine footwork by
the lead duet that could have
been outstanding, but it got lost
in the decorous masses. This
kind of' choreography went out
with DeMille's silent movies, and
it should have stayed went.

Vera Embree's second piece in
this production, Bifrost, is very
smooth, very organic, very geo-
metric, very nice. The sky-blue-
clad performers sprout like seeds
out of fog. Embree has dramati-
cally defined growth and matu-
ration in motion.
The final number in the pro-
duction was Jose Limon's Cha-
conne, a fall, formal, stylized
flamenco ballet. It is a dissection
of dance as a social ritual, and
it is brilliant: making the best
of the past grow with the
present.
The spring concert series con-
tinues this weekend with two
more evening concerts, Satur-
day and Sunday at 8 p.m. at the
Power Center, and two special
matinees, the Young People's
Concert Saturday at 3 p.m. and
a showcase concert of new works
by young choreographers Sunday
at 3 p.m., both at Power.
603 E. Liberty
DIAL 665-6290 PG
OPEN 12:45
SHOWS AT 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.

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