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A r s &Ete ti n Thursday, October 28, 1 976 Page Seven


IA(;E TO, f4C1

ouLg Vic actors
arouse excitement

Bergman film a bore

By DOBLIAS MATULIONIS -clos-ups, profiles, silhou-
EACE TO FACE is a very. ap ettes, you name it. Bergman is
propriate title. for the new a well - known fanatic (at least
Ingmar Bergman film, because among critical circles) of actors
over half of the movie is faces faces, because he believes in
the cinematic power and reve-
lation of a person's facial ex-
1.;pressions - "the mirror of
o o rn es: the soul." However, in this film,
ihe carries this idea to an irri-
tating extremity.

nie's five minute soliloquies on
human relationships and say,
"That's interesting". Needless
to say, these speeches are quite
monotonous. During these
monologues, the whole audience'
(all three people) squirmed in
their seats.


Basically, the film is a psy-
chological analysis of Dr. Jen-
nie Issacson (played by Liv
Ullmann). In many ways, Liv'
Ullmann's character closely
parallels Catherine Deneuves
character in Roman Polanski's
Repulsion. Both are attractive

movie are annoying,
strained, unnatural
the characters, and
plodding of the plot
runs well over two

about the
such as the
dialogue of
the endless
(the movie

By ANGIE NICITA women, they both show the first'
signs of insanity after being
ARE YOU ready fora fun- left alone in an apartment, they
tastic trip into the world both have severe sexual diffi-
of fantasy? If you'answered culties, and they both imagine
yes to this question then you're seeing strange people lurking
ready for the first children's about their flat. Unfortunately,
theatre production of the 197 Liv Ullmann's part falls far
77 season. The Disappearing short of Miss Deneuve's, de-
Goobies. The play will be per- site Miss Ulman's absolutely
formed Friday, Oct. 29, at 4:30 stunning performance.
and 7:30, and Saturday andi
Sunday, the 30th and 31st, at - Bergman's film style is cold,
11:00, 2:00, and 4:30, in the unemotional, and definitely not
Residential College Auditorium entertaining. The camera work
at East Quad. is very static, with about a doz-'
. The Disappearing Goobies is a en of the torturous close-ups be-
combination mvsical comedy ing well over three minutes
and fairytale. The story was long. Most of these are of Jen-
originated by Dotty Politziner. nie, but there are a few mean-
Her brother Dlae Strauss, a ingless ones of other characters
grad student and teaching fel- - meaningless because the oth-
low at the University. comnos- er characters are cardboard.
ed the musical scores. The For instance, all Prof. Thomas
story behind the creation of this Jacobi (played by Erland Jo-
production is one in which sephson), Jennie's boyfriend,.
Strauss nlavs a central role. does is listen intently to Jen-
Last September the Univer_-;
sity Activities Center (UAC)'
childrens theatre nresente& Free
to'B'e. Voti and Me. qnd Straviss
arranged the rolsic for it. After
the program, he sis, any 'Specia
parents wanted to know why he
had omitted certain songs from
the original production. As can je
be imained, Strauss felt some- jen
what frustrated with this reac-_
tion to his music, and thus he
decided to do an original play
in which he would be the origi-
nator of all the music. He asked
his sister to write the script
and she came up with the idea
of The Disannearing Goobles. It
was then presented to the UAC,I
and Heidi Gottfried. a member Save $22 On wh
of the UAC, 'decided to sponsor S
it. The result was the produc- you'd expect to
tion which will be performed for this set!
this weekend. .


But by far the most irritating
thing about the movie is Berg-
man's use of "arty" esoteric
symbolism. if you see the mov-
ies, try to figure out, for vo'ir
own amusement, the svmbolism
of the clock or of the stained
elass window in the hallway of
her grandparents' an-tment.
If you're a "Bergmaniac" , vou
may immensefy eniov this film,
but if you're not interested in
melancholy obscurity, don't
bother to see Face to Face.
Have a flair for
artistic writing?
if You are Inte'e-
pm t. a ri Tusi
or writing fe:'t,"
Sstries a b r u t the
drama. danee . tr
ars:Cn a A

ENGLAND'S Young Vic reper-
tory company will be in
Ann Arbor next wyeek to give
us a fresh and vibrant approach
to two classics: W. B. Yeats'
Oedipus the King, and Shake-
s-eare's Taming of the Shrew.
Their arrival here marks the:
mid-way .point for their U.S.
tour. Judging from past re-
snonses, we texpect several ex-
ceptio!1al performances.
The company, whose advertis-
ing campaign has been ratherI
sparse b: cause of a tight budg-
et, hasn't failed ini arousing ex-
citement at the news of their
coming. They are known for
striving to "bring a new vitali-
ty and experimentation to clas-
sical and modern theatre."
Productions are generally sim-
ple in set and costiumes, thus
placing emphasis on text and
aldience rapport. This method
of production has made the
Yo'urg Vic's theatredmoreaac-
,.ssi ble to the modern audi-
ence, particularly young peo-,
U. Thir success thus far has
iwnired them two Tony nomina-
Made up of competent and
e qrniced actors and direc-
tirs, t' ;e cornpacy frequently at-
trac s muay ntLstanding theatre
r ;alitils, who perform at
t1e Yo'ng Vi.: playhouse in;
Ld.In the brief six years
the' h e been together, they.
hae 'r dni ed many plays
ragi-g from Sophocles and
Shu) s r,?to Beckett, Pin-
r. ad Gd enct.

Shrew has won them the "Crit-
ics Award of Madrid for the
best foreign company to visit
Spain' in 1971. Roland Jaffe's
direction of W. B. Yeats' adap-
tation of Sophocles' tragedy,
Oedipus the King has been de-
scribed as a "stirring theatri-
cal experience." Perhaps what
has inspired such great enthu-
siasm for these productions has
been the result of the com-
pany's philosophy of "team-
work." They rehearse together
intensely to define the sensi-
tive relationships between char-
The Young Vic is subsidized
by the British government,
thereby enabling them to bring
good theatre to today's audi-
ence at an affordable price.
They have been very successful
in educating people of all ages,
who might not be regular thea-
tre-goers, into the intense per-}
sonal gratification of experienc-
ing the classics.
Unfortunately, the cost of
bringing the company to the
U.S. will not provide Ann Arbor
drama buffs the benefit of the
Vic's London prices. Nonethe-
less, the opportunity to see this
world reknown repertory group
perform should not be missed.
Oedipus will be performed'
Noy,. 5 and 6, at 8:30. The Tam-
ing of the Shrew will be per-
formed Nov. 7, at 2 and 8
o'cl'>rk. All performances will be
at Power Center.

Daly Photo by SCOTT ECCKER
A MEMBER of the Young Vic Repertory Cmpany of England gesticulates during an in-
terview at the Michigan League last week. The group will be performing two plays in the
Power Center next week.

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ALTHOUGH the play has a
written scrint, it is done as im-
provisational theatre. In other
words, the script is used as a
skeleton for the plot and the
players 'come un with their own
lines to fit within this frame-
work. The whole things comes
together under the direction of
Jim Moran, who is also the co-
ordinator of the medieval fes-
tival. The cast inclludes TLeesa1
Wittus, Karen King, Sandv
Ryder, Ann Rubentiseh, Laurie
Brown,. Lucy Biorklind. An-:
drew Swee. and Tim Stane.
By this time you're probably
wondering what The Disappear-
ing Goobies is about. Basically
it is the story' of a neglected
little boy who loves to eat be-
cause he has no other emo-
tional outlet. He creates a fan-
tasy about a world full of crea-
tures called "goobies", who
have their own king and queen
and castle, in short an entire
goobie domain. But something
terrible happens in the land of
the goobies. They start disap-
pearing one by one. The king
decides something must be
done, so he sets a guard to find
out what is kidnapping the goo-
Alas, the guards falls asleep
and another goobie disappears.
One very little goobie has an
idea however, on how to catch
this sly thing that is stealing
away with all of them. but no
one will listen to her. Thus she
decides to stav awake and try
to catch this thing herself, and
sure enough she is confronted
with "the enohie <miatcher".
In order to find out what a
goobie snatcher is, or for that
matter what a goobie is, you'll
have to journey to gopbie land
yourself by attending the play.
Although the play was written!
for preschool and elementary
school children, the production
contains many subtleties and a'
lot of humor that adults can
truly appreciate.

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