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.11 -Milli MINI

Arts & E ntertainment

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Tuesday, December 2, 1975

Page Five

CHANUKAH DINNER PARTY
at HILLEL
WED., DEC. 3 -5:30 - 7:30
N 50C
-SINGING AND DANCING-

Change in

locale harpers

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By ANDREW ZERMAN making his professional direct- the poor girl in a light blue
The best way to explain a ing debut) sit down and think chiffony gown with puffy sleeves
great deal of the myriad prob- about why William Shakespeare that made her look like a refu-
lems and mistakes that plagued set the play in the Forest of gee wall flower from a pre-1965
the Speech Department's pro- Arden before he moved it to prom?
duction of As You Like It last American hillbilly country?
weekend is to say that not Did costume designer Zelma Did set designer W. K. Fauser
enough thinking went into it. Weisfeld consider what impres- wonder about the proper atmo-
Did director Nicholas Pen- sion Shakespeare wanted us to sphere and tone of the play,
well (University guest artist, have of Rosalind before she put before he designed those ugly,
stark white shapes and that one
_____________________________________________________lonely, lifeless tree?

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Dr. Faustus wagers
everything, but
emerges intact
By MARK FRIED LANDER--

New and imaginative produc-
tion concepts can work beauti-
fully to give new impact and
power to familiar plays. But it
is a risky business and demands
an acute sense of what the play-
wright had in mind in the first
place.

the show was the vagueness of,
locale. If a director wants to
fool around with setting and
time period, by God, he s.auld
be clear about it!) Duke Fred-
erick actually made a good
deal played as a mobster.
But Pennell never sufficiently
established the Jazz Age atmo-
spherehand didn't begin to ex-
plain- how Rosalind and tCelia'
fit into his Art Deco world. The
two girls were completely out
of place during the scenes at!
1court early in the play. The
switch in time and place was
so obviously a gimmick thrust!
on the play that it never stopped
distracting.
Not only was the milieu wrong
for the tone and feeling of As
You Like It, it just didn't cor-
respond to the lines or the
story. We don't have sirs or
primogenture or usurpation in
America. We don't wear doub-
lets and hose.

I repeat: didn't anybody was looking forward to hcr Rosa-
think? lind. Rosalinds, I admit, are a
.inciden-personal thing and my com-'-
Only Michael Roth's d panion was quite enchanted with
tal music, of which there should Wall's performance. But I want-
have been more, successfully ed to see more of the princess H W:ATK F
encompassed both American and less of the tomboy; moreWAL
folk style and As You Like It. the lovesick girl and less the LEVI'S BR
Conceptual miscalculations smarty-pants; more refined
can make a mairritatin oun- feminine charm and less sirid- Available at
satisfying and dull, but it takeseny.W came on too strong Wild'sVarsity
a deficient cast to truly make at times, most seriously in her ?'11 Vast
one lackluster and dreary. And "He was to imagine me his FEATURING:
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"You cheated on the condi- Shakespeare didn't randomly
tions," the professor accused choose the Forest of ArlIen asE
Mephistopheles. "After ovrertak- the setting for As You Like It.
ing the heart and cashing a He intentionally created a neser-
second round, I must lead a low never land, a place not exactly
one, forcing my partner to ruff. like any of the places we know.
He, then, can return a diamond. So what does Pennell go and
Now declarer's tricky play in do? He moves As You L&e It1
clubs won't work. Tf I duck my to I'il Abner country, an area
king and he does have the nine- with definite associations for us,'
spot, declarer will n.longer a worldly, temporal setting for
have the two entries needed t a romantic, fanciful la,,.

if not drearv. The audiencet
barely responded and a pall fell On the plus side, Mikell Pink-
over Power Center on Wednes- ney was an excellent Jaques,
day night. There is no excuse giving the strongest perform-
for that with a play as potential- ance of the show. I enjoyed lial-
ly delightful as this one. colm MacKinnon's iiperious
Duke Frederick as well. Will'am
Several cast members simply Leach was a broad, roly-poly
couldn't breathe life into Shake- Touchstone - how clever of
speare's language. Jeffrey Guy- Leach to stuff himself with
ton is only the most obvious case straw for this production! The
in point. He was cast apparently things a pro will do . . . And,
because Pennell wanted a good in the small part of Corin, IJu
gymnast for the part. Guyton is Brockway was lovely. With
o-lv a junior and, at this po rjt, some grey in his hair, he'd
is utterly inadequate for a have made a fine Duke Senior.
Shakespearean lead,

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Since the play took place right
her and, in aamanner of speak-
ing, right now, we're inclined
to ask ridiculous questions like:

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M 10 6 3 both set up the club discard and The environment was prosaic how do Rosalind and Celia and talented comedienne and in this
* 8 7 5 to cash it. I have rewo1i my and mundane when it should Touchstone get from the speak- production, too, she had some
4 10 9 soul. Now leave my iouse and have been filled with poetry and easy to the wilderness? The well-exevted comic business.
East South West North do your soul-searching else- grace. We should have seen a Allegheny Line? We're too con- The words, however, cane cut
1 V 1 4 pass 2 V where. pastoral oasis of grace and tran- fused to get involved. We can't whiney and stilted and heavy.
pass 2 4 pass 4 4 So a dejected Lucifer D.I quility where shepherds really willingly suspend disbelief be- The same may be said for De-
All pass Mephistopheles slinked out of are lovesick (just like in the cause the magical qualities of nise Cole (despite her darling
Opening lead: Queen of Hearts the house, frantically reading poems). Instead, it wa lady the play have been almost oblit- physicalization of Audrey), Ken
A knock sounded at the door. he same wrinkled sheet of Canova country, complete with erated. Ward, Victoria Constan and
Dr. Faustus, professor of sociol- paper, cursing the fact that he'd shotguns and pigtails. Charles Sutherland, who Jacked
ogy specializing in occultism and Ihad to return an already-won The alternative to the Buethae hen s if hewe tls rlo the dignity and stature Duke
devil-worship, answered it. Out- oul, and muttering solmerhing Ridge mountains was what h ldn't b dr d s Senior should have.
side stood a little man clad in iabout "that blasted consumer- seemed to be a nightclub in the she's speaking to a fellowin Even Sooze Wall wa disan-
a red business suit, with long protection legislation" that made '20s. (I say "seem" because ore patched overalls and nothing pointing. Wall is, for my mon,
sharp teeth protruding from his him do it. of the continuing problems of ettntown.and.I
lips. He handed the professor a eth best actress
pentagram-shaped card which{{ S$9
read: Lucifer D. Mephistopheles
-Collection Agency. r
"Do you remember sayingt
ten years ago that you'd sell aeniCf
your soulrto get a few decent TONIGHT: Tuesday, Dec. 2
breaks around here?' I believe',36M YNR T
that was the quote. And the next 36Mll DS.SH O C K T PS
you wanted, right? And what Invites everyone to an)COSTA-GAVRAS, 1968
about those papers of yours that g AUTOGRAPH PARTY for & reading by AU A-7 & 9
everyone wanted to publish? You r*cpUAUD
don't attribute those just to luck, DONALD HALL Costa-Govros made this film about the internal oolitics of
do you? I upheld my half of the the French underground just before his popular Z. A basic
, o Poet in residence at the University of Michigan dilemma of revolutionary morality is posed in this film: that
bargain. Now I'm here to cal- .,+of adherence to the lone-term goal of human freedom while
lect yours. In honor o f the Publication oof his ne' book~ confrontino the apparent necessity for short-term sacrifice.
"And suppose I refuse?" French with Enalish subtitles.
queried the doctor, finally recog-+ The Town of Hil
nizing his visitor.
"Oh, really!" retorted Lou. in the Godine Poetry Chapbook Series $1 25
"I've been civil enough. It with hats lk the rear dsof ink.dks Wed., Thurs.: DAY FOR NIGHT
doesn't really matter if you co- s p
operate, you know." applauded you, my poems. ps' Fri.: GET TO KNOW YOUR RABBIT
Thanks to his field of special-
ization, the desperately worried These are the women whose husbands I meet on
professor did know. But he had 4 airplanes,
one final resourse. "You are who close their briefcases and ask, "Whit are you in?" SERIESO N SALE-NOW !
duty-bound," he reminded Lou, I look in their eyes, I tell them I am in poetry,
"to give me one chance to re- and their eyes fill with anxiety, and with little tears.
ephistopeles produced a "Oh,yeah?" she likes that sort of thing? HFab-hah?
wrinkled sheet of paper, squint- I guess maybe I'd better watch my grammar, huh?" iI
ed over some fine print, and + 1 leave them in airports, watching their grammar.
shrugged. "Darned if you're , ,
not right. So you're a bridge _# THURSDAY, D /m.s r
player, you claim. If you acquitY ,175
yourself on the defense of this 1). '
hand, your soul is yours to keep. Ir
Good luck," he laughed as he I QqiIr
set up the hand above. -
"You are East, but remem-
ber, your partner's and declar- GETDS Y
er's hand may be different and G
are pictured only for your con- ADVENTURE!
venience. Your partner opens Come toniht at -
the queen of hearts, and you 7b25 or 9:00 and see
overtake to run of two more Doboth shows t.7:
rounds, partner pitching a dia-r7
mond on the last heart. You WALT DISNEY'S WatDisney.. .rla
exit with a trump, and declarerI
pulls two more rounds while
you discard a heart. Now de- -
clarer leads the ten of cluos to *GuON ii' I
the ace and plays the small alias TheScarecrow.
club from dummy. What do you TECHNICOLOR ' . , o' TErHNICOLOR( W D#,DsyProdzo
do?"
"I play my king and win the
fourth trick for the defense, I0 atlbry
beating the contract one trick SIXTH SMASH WEEK
That's not very clever, Meph- Shows
istopheles." tonght at 7:00 & 9:05
"Neither are you, Dr. Faustus. Doors open at 645
Why do you play the king when
South may ruff it. His hand may KEEP TELLING YOURSELF, "IT'S ONLY A MOVIE."
be A A K Q J 10 V 10 x x HIS CIA CODE NAME IS CONDOR. IN THE NEXT SEVENTY-TWO HOURS j
f x x x x 410, in which case ALMOST EVERYONE HE TRUSTS WILLTRY TO KILL HIM.
he will ruff your king, *,lay a
diamond to dummy, and discard
his two losing diamonds on the I-
two clubs you so gracionsly
established by playing your
king."
"In that case," continued Dr. $ . b\ "
Faustus, slightly more flustered,
"I would duck the lead of the
low club from dummy, and when t R PANAVISiKN TECHNI OLOR " A PARAMOUN RELEASE -
South ruffed it, he would have
one too few pitches for his dia- -
monds and go down one." _____ _
"Ah," Mephistopheles chort-
led, "in that case you lose in4 . THE Film event of the year
the hand as given. You duck, Uncensored-Uncut!
and declarer's nine of clubs 0
wins the trick. A diamond toU Shows toniht at 7:30 &r9:15
dummy and another club leadT4 Open at 7:15
brings forth your king. Declarer
ruffs and leads another diamond
to dummy, discarding his losing
diamond on his now-good club BASIL AO
to make his contract. Try once RATHBONE -ALSO-

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All in all, it was scant consola-
tion for those of us stuck here
over the weekend and an un-
fortunate rendering of one of
the treasures of English drama.
Who said,
"Broken rules are all
the same"?
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