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Thursday, July 17, 19'75

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Fire

,Art fairs: Exhibitors
earn their daily bread

(Continued from Page 3)
incorporation of the newer F ree
Art Fair and the carnival at-
mosphere.
"It's gotten to be the thing
to do-go to the zoo and the art
fair," one cynic says.

"I DON'T think there is any
reason why I really come," says
long time exhibitor Joyce Jones.
"People come through here,
walk around and out. They don't
see anything - they've been to
the fair," she says.
Even with the criticisms,
these artists join the others and
return each year with aew work
+dl h l with

to tight the crowas, naggie war
patrons and earn their daily
bread.
° ° WE MAKE
IT HAPPEN
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thru OnMo
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Languish (Maria Ricossa Olds), Sir Anthony Absolute (Evan Jeffries), Mrs. Malaprop (Diane
Daverman), and Captain Jack Absolute (Paul Hustoles).
Sheridan s'The Rivals': A play
tha t withstands the jes of time

By BILL TURQUE
As Mrs. Malaprop would have
so ponderously put it, The Ri-
vals is a work that has con-
descended its period, and suc-
cessfully withstood the jest of
time.
Sheridan's 18th century com-
edy of manners has been re-
vived by the Michigan Reper-
tory with a graceful style, ex-
uberance, and delicacy of spirit
befitting one of the great ro-
mantic comedies of English lit-
erature'
LOVE, to be lost and inevi-
tably regained, is the central
concern in this story of ruling
class foppery, fraught with mis-
taken identities, misunderstand-
iogs, and lover's machinations
of every sort. The Rivals is,
more simply, a backhanded;
celebration of love, in all its ag-
gravations, perversities, and
ceremony.
The central plot revolves
around the efforts of Captain
Jack Absolute (Paul Hustoles)
to win the love of the ravishing,
if somewhat addlebrained, Lydia
Languish (Maria Ricossa Olds).
Lydia, determined to marry a
man of lower station, is led by
Jack to believe he is merely a
lowly ensign named Beverly.
Matters are complicated when
Jack's tyrannical father Sir An-
thony Absolute (Evan Jeffries),
unaware of his son's caprice,
demands that he marry Lydia.
or be disowned. Sir Anthony's
tirade against his recalcitrant
son (in the third scene of act

one) is alone worth the price of
admission.
PRESIDING over this me-
lange of indirections and arti-
fice is the irrepressible Mrs.
Malaprop (Diane Daverman),
whose name has found its place
in the language as a common
noun. .
Daverman easily wins the
audience with her seemingly
endless stream of half-witti-
cisms, such as urging women
to learn geometry so "that they
might know something of the
contagious countries," and her
description of Jack Absolute as
"the very pineapple of polite-
ness."
As with the best of Shakes-
peare's romantic comedies,
Sheridan presents us with a
group of servants who deftly
call the shots in the amorous
misadventures of their hapless
social superiors. Jack's aide-de-
camp, Fag (John Reed) and
Mrs. Malaprop's manipulative,
enterprising Lucy (Sally Bub-
litz) are excellent as the street-
wise domestics who monitor the
antics of their employers.
DIRECTOR Hilary Cohen has
chosen to underline the primacy
of the servants by freezing the
aristocrats at the beginning of
each scene while the domestics
set the stage with the appropri-
ate props._
The performances were uni-
formly good, with Evan Jeffries
taking honors as the hot tem-
pered, lecherous Sir Anthony.
Paul Hustoles' Jack Absolute

might have been a bit more re-
fined and calculating, but his
scenes with Sir Anthony were
the best of the evening.
The other rivals to Lydia's af-
fections, the gregarious Sir Lu-
cius O'Trigger (Mikell Pinkney)
and the dim-witted Bob Acres
(James Angle) were adequate,
as were the couple in the other
romantic plot, Faukland and
Julia (Laurence Coven and
Kathleen Conlin). Coven seemed
particularly well cast as the
anxiety-ridden Faulkland, who
cannot tolerate any indications
that his Julia could possibly
bear life without him.
THE SHOW had its ragged
moments technically, - with a
couple of sloppy set changes,
and one particularly anxious mo-
ment during Tuesday night's
performance when a piece of
scenery dangled ominously for
several minutes over the heads
of the performers, providing the
only truly suspenseful moment
in what is an essentially highly
spirited, eminently enjoyable
comedy.
DR. Paul C. Uslan
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