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Friday, July 15, 1977 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Five
Troupers surmount Reod in Brief
By TIM YAGLE The first song "Hustler" is
IF YOU'RE IN the mood for a heavy-metal tune with some
some "out of this world" rock spacey keyboard sounds from
music, give a listen to the new Gregg Rolie and a scorching
Journey alb sm, Next (Colum- guitar solo from Schon.

Everyone associated with the Black Sheep Rep-
ertory Theatre's production of The Star-Spangled
Girl-from the actors onstage to the pop vendors
in the lobby-plunges enthusiastically into the
task of making it a success.r
The Neil Simon comedy is the first of five
shows to be offered by the Manchester group
this summer and, commercially speaking, it is a
wise choice. The Star-Spangled Girl is as full of
laughs as any play in the Simon canon, and not
nearly as over-exposed as such hits as The Odd
Couple or Barefoot in the Park.
ITS WIND-UP PLOT ticks away like this: Two
San Francisco hippies are busy putting out an
anti-American magazine when a flag-waving
Southern belle moves into the apartment next
door. During the obvious ideological conflict that
ensues, one of the hippies falls in love with the
girl, the girl falls in love with and other hippie
instead, and so on, until we are finally given to
understand that radicals and conservatives can
learn to live together through the power of whim-
sical romance.
Neil Simon, as a comfortably middle-class play-
wright, is quite competent to write plays about
the comfortable middle class. I can believe his
slovenly sportswriter and fussbudget news copy-

writer in The Odd Couple; he might well have
drawn them from life. I am also willing to trust,
him when depicting the clientele of the Hotel
Plaza in Plaza Suite.
But when, in The Star-Spangled Girl, I am pre-
sented with two San Franciso radicals of the
late sixties who never swear, smoke pot, listen
to acid rock or utter a mildly anarchistic word,
suspension of disbelief is impossible.
Still, whether or not Simon's characters work,
their jokes rarely miss the mark, and last Thurs-
day's audience went away happy. Director Robert
Horner has assembled an energetic and appeal-
ing cast which almost manages to make a play
out of a two-hour comedy act.
STAN GILL, AS Norman, is all frenzy and frus-
tration as he pursues Sophie, the girl next door.
As he watches her through a telescope, his eyes
actually seem to bulge out-as she yells at him,
his face is full of adoration. He bounces about the
stage like a dazed puppy, and is great fun to
Norman's roommate, Andy, is played by Owen
J. Anderson with a remarkably immobile face.
This complements Gill's constant activity very
well, and the two are often hilarious in scenes
together. Linda Hart's Sophie may have left her
accent at home, but she is appropriately indig-
nant when necessary.

bia PC 34311).
Journey is a space-rock band
from San Francisco. The two
years old group's sound is cen-
tered around Neal Schon's lead
guitar - flying notes balanced
by extended vibrato holds re-
sult in dramatic tension in his
"Melody and rhythm is the
key to the whole thing", Schon

instrumental that sounds like
a bunch of guys got together
and jammed for awhile with
everybody doing his own thing.
"Spaceman" is a slow, eerie
rocker that received extensive
FM airplay a short while ago.
The tune itself is sufficient to
keep you listening, then lead
guitarist Schon zaps you with
a couple of short, ear-piercing
guitar solos.
"I Would Find You" is real-
ly "out of this world" rock.
It's very low keyed and it fea-
tures Ross Valory's bass guitar
and Gregg Rolie's keyboard.
tend its base beyond San Fran-
cisco, and Next should help
them do it. The album is al-
most like nothing you've ever
heard before; it features light
to heavy-metal space rock that
will keep you soaring right
along with the band.
Journey is going to be in De-
troit sometime within the next
month and if you dare to see
them, you're in for a real

What's on this weekend

SCREEN STARS Robert Shaw and Roger Moore light up Ann Arbor ci
The Spy Who Loved Me, respectively. 'Spy' is the new James Bond thri
the Fifth Forum.

T NIGHT the film co-ops of-
fer a wide variety of films:
Cinema Guild's repeat showing
of the Woody Allen-gone-spastic
Bogart in Play It Again Sam,
in the Architecture Auditorium
at 7:30 and 9:30. A compelling
documentary on African Field
Marshal Idi Amin Dada, a 1976
release is screened at 7, 8:45,
and 10:30 in MLB 3. Angell Hall,
Aud. A is the "theatre where,
Shirley Clarke's jazz-junkie doc-
umentary, The Connection will
be exhibited at 7:30 and 9:30.
Saturday's offerings include
Zefferelli's dewy Romeo and
Juliet (MLB 3, 7 and 9:30), its
contemporary and cool counter-
part, West Side Story, starring
Natalie Wood (Arch. And, 7
and 9:45) and Warren Beatty
and Jean Seberg paired off in
an asylum in Lilith (Angell A,
7:30 and 9:30).
Sunday night's free classic
film is the 1941 release Santa
Fe , which stars the Warner
Bros. love-team Errol Flynn
and Olivia deHaviland, with
support by Ronald Reagan, at
8 in the Architecture Aud.
Theatregoers can choose be-
tween the Manchester Black
Sheep Rep Co.'s production of
Anthony Newley's The Roar of
the Greasepaint, The Smell of
the Crowd, or a production of
The Lady's Not For Burning,
a modern verse comedy set in
the Medieval period, presented
by the St. Andrew's Players,
at St. Andrew's Episcopal
Church (Division and Catherine)
through Saturday evening at 8,
admission for students, $1.50.
Stage addicts can also bop
down to Greektown in Detroit
to the newly-established Attic
Theatre at 558 Monroe. You
Know I Can't Hear You When
The Water's Running, their cur-
rent production, runs Friday
and Saturdays at 8 and mid-
night, and Sundays at 8. These
four one-act comedies should
prove to be a laugh riot, and
midnight theatre is one con-
cept that is long overdue.
Musical events worth noting
include the appearance of
Street Corner Band at Second

Chance, The Red Mountain
String Band, performing tonight
and tonnsorrow at Mr. Flood's,
The Ark presents Craig John-
son and Cheryl Dawdy, guitar
and dulcimer/vocals respective-
ly who perform originals and
old-time music tonight and to-
morrow night.
Poetry in the Park is hap-
pening Saturday afternoon at
West Park.
Perhaps in preparation for
the upcoming Street Fairs, gal-
lery exhibitions are in abun-
dance this week. The Lee Hoff-
man Gallery in Birmingham
presents "Graphics for Young
Collectors" featuring such art-
ists as Dine, Calder and War-
hol. The U-M Museum of art
is displaying etchings, French
and English watercolor land-
scapes, and 19th and 20th cen-
tury photographs along with
their permanent collection.
Saturday marks the opening
of photographer Jack von Euw's
show at Art Worlds. The De-
troit Institute of Arts offers a
major retrospective of the
works of sculptor Daniel Ches-
ter French, reknowned for his
seated Abraham Lincoln in the
Washington D.C. Lincoln Me-
Also in Detroit, through July
31st, The Detroit Artist's Mar-
ket presents "Art for New Col-
lectors" a mixed-media show
geared to encourage collection
of original Detroit artwork, with
the encouraging price ceiling
of $100. The Market is located
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SUPERMAN co-stars Margot Kidder (Lois Lane) and Chrislopher Reeve (Clark Kent/Super-
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