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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Sunday, September 24, 1972

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Blues, humor at Ark

Big bands are coming!
Freddy Martin, Bob Crosby, Margaret Whiting and Frankie Carle (left to right) gather at
piano during a rehearsal for their nation-wide tour of "Big Band Cavalcade," which will 1
troit at the Masonic Auditorium Oct. 12.

By DIANE LEVICK
Crazy teen-age summers, trips
across the sea by phonograph,
and true love between a sodium
and a chloride atom. Kate Mc-
Garrigle sang her songs at the
Ark this weekend, offering a
strange mixture of varied humor
and seriousness.
She opened Friday night with
"Annie, What's Going To Be-
come of You?," an effective ren-
dering of the, woman-who's-seen-
better-days theme. Her guitar ac-
companiment was just a simple
pattern - picked bass and brush
strokes - but her voice, smooth
and flowing, was what made her
entire performance enchanting.
Those whohwere fortunate to
see her at the Ark last season
with Smoke Dawson realized that
McGarrigel gives her best when
in the spotlight alone. Dawson,
who played bagpipes and did
most of the talking, overpowered
her. Alone, her artistry shines
AP Photo through.
Friday night McGarrigle, form-
erly of Montreal and now living
round the in Boston, intermingled b lu e s
be in De- with humor pieces. Her second
song of the evening, "Empty Bar-
rel Blues," an old Weavers tune,
didn't quite turn the audience
on. McGarrigle seemed a bit
unsure of herself on the guitar
break in the middle. ("David
Bromberg I'm not.")
But when she pounded out ano-
ther old blues number on t he
piano, "Send Me To the Electric
Chair," her real musical talent
broke through. And the audience
clapped heartily and hooted in ap-
preciation.
As McGarrigle admitted later,
she's only used guitar in her act
for a few months, but she's had
six years of piano lessons. Her
piano accompaniments reflect
much more creativity and varia-
tion.
And variation characterized her
lyrics. Who would ever think of
writing a love song about an in-
nocent little chlorine atom in the
have been sea with a valence of minus one
liner, not and a sodium atom "with enough
or fifteen electrons in his shell plus that
en's comic extra one?" The heart-rending
urprisingly proposition scene:
that ends Sodium cried what a gas, be
Most sim- my bride,
himper - And I'll change your name

from chlorine to chloride.
Finally, McGarrigle bids us,
"Think of the love you eat when
you salt your meat."
Not all McGarrigle's humor is
so blatant. It's difficult to tell
in some of her work what is cyn-
icism, what's tongue-in-cheek, or
what's deadpan serious. A song
she wrote about her "crazy teen-
age summer" two years ago in
Saratoga, "the decadence capi-
tal of the world," drew q u i e t
laughs. Yet, as a 26 year-old,
was she nostalgically or cynically
looking back - or both?
Another autobiographical piece,
"Tell My Sister To Tell My Moth-
er I'm Coming Home Alone," de-
finitely entered the depressing
vein. "That was an actual fact
that happened to me. I was liv-
ing in England for awhile. It's
a very heavy song - I hesitate
to do it," McGarrigle explained
during a break between sets.
Possiby the only song McGarri-
gle performed that sounded a bit
trite was "The Heart Is Like a
Wheel," written by her sister.
The similes just didn't inspire
much emotion, but the tune was
pleasant.
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Sex:
By RICHARD GLATZER
Remember the Victorian days
of our youth, when a "sex come-
dy" was simply two hours of
Rock chasing Doris around a
motel room? Remember those
pseudo erotic fade-outs with
'Rock (or was it Doris?) content-
edly hanging a "Do Not Disturb"
sign on the motel room door?
Well now that we're liberated,
honest, and marvelously free-
thinking, the once carefully
shrouded breast, ass, and genital
have literally come to the fore.
So if someone is thinking of mak-
ing a comedy about sex today,
chances are it begins with that
"Do Not Disturb" sign being
hung on the door. And what be-
comes of interest is not the rit-
ual dance preceding The Act
(Could, you fill a five-minute
short subject on that topic to-
day?) but the mechanics, of The
Act itself.
So why are good examples of
this new species of sex comedy
such rareties? Prudence and the
Pill, Pornogra Follies, even the
highly touted Is there Sex after
Death? - all were pretty lousy.
Why? Could it be that we have-
n't completely shed our 1950's
Victorianism? Maybe. It's an
unusual film that can joke about
sex without being painfully self-
conscious. And it's an even more
unusual audience that can hon-
estly laugh at subjects that have
been movie taboos ever since the
institution of the Hays Code in
1933.
But more than this, penises,
vaginas, prophylactics and Pills
just aren't hysterically funny
comic props. A comedy overly
obsessed with this sort of ma-
terial can quickly become porn.
Or, as in the case of Sex After
Death, simply boring.
Obviously, if anyone is ever
to make a good sex comedy, the
person to do it is that King of
Insanity, that Master of High
Hilarity, that Zany of the Million

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ho

Yuks - yes folks - Woody Al-
len. Did this Genius of the Guf-
faw tread on the sensitive sub-.
ject of organs and fornication
and emerge unscathed?
Pretty much so. The conception
of Everything You Always Want-
ed to Know About Sex is good-
seven short skits that answer
various Reubenesque questions
Are Transvestites H o m o s e x-
uals?"; "What Are Sex Per-
verts?"; "What Happens During
Ejaculation?", etc.). No tedious
single premise drawing on for-
ever (a la Sex After Death) here.
And this premise enables Allen
to hilariously spoof all sorts of
different film and t.v. conven-
tions.
Furthermore, Woody Allen's
absurd sense of humor is well
suited to a sex comedy. I can
think of very few other comics
capable of being so funny about
sex, while at the same time both
avoiding the temptation to use
nudity and keeping things in
generally good taste.
Yet Allen seems less sure of
his comedy here. Some of the
skits are too lengthy (most espe-
cially, "What Is Sodomy," a
sketch concerning a physician's
infatuation for a sheep which, de-
spite Gene Wilder's funny per-

tStu,
plexed G.P., shouldI
tossed off as a one
blown up into a ten
minute skit). And Alle
eye is occasionally s
off. It's a rare skit
with a decent topper.
ply go out with a w
some, such as, "Do Ap
Work," almost embarr
But how can I go on
a movie that contains
ders as: a man p
making love to a
bread; a Rabbi who
stocking fetishist: Wo
Medieval Court Jeste
with bad nightclub
jokes; a great parody
ioni, and a monstrou
roams the countrysi(
people to death?? I c
won't.

KURT
VONNEGUT JRS
GREAT NOVEL

phrodisiacs
asingly so.
criticizing
such won-
assionately
huge rye
o's a silk
oody as a
r bombing
comedian
of Anton-
us tit that
de nursing
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RISE AND FALL OF LOUIS
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