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Joe "King" Carr
Clues/Bars
The Ark (1421 Hill; 761-1451)
Gala Ark Auction and Event:
University graduate Barry O'Neill
sings Canadian and Irish songs and
if you are lucky, he may even tell a
few stories during this fundraising
auction.
The Blind Pig (208 S, First; 996-8555)
Friday: Don Tapert and the 2nd
Avenue Band. Saturday: Chicago
Blues with the Sunnyland Slim Duo.
Joe's Star Lounge (109 N. Main;
665-JOES)
Big Red and His Swing Machine
swing tonight and tomorrow at
Joe's.
Mr. Flood's Party (120 W. Liberty;
9952132)
It's the Urbations tonight and
tomorrow only.

asco and the Crowns
and the Crowns will perform at
Second Chance. One of the "King's"
first singles, "Houston el
Mover/Party Weekend" was a dan-
ce hit from coast to coast. The new
album, Synapse Gap (Mundo Total)
shows promise. 665-4755 for more in-
formation.
Dance;

The Michigar. Daily-Friday, April 16, 1982-Page 7
'Bloom is all roses
for the RC Players
characterization. Her disbelief of the
By GailNegbaur - atrocious method Murdock used to
create a story was portrayed in a com-
ENSATIONALIST journalist leads pelling and thoughtful manner.
innocent women to commit murder. The ten actors in the play were called
Good subject for a play? Certainly! The upon in many cases to play a number of
Residential College Players production different roles. Especially notable were
of Against Katie Bloom, loosely based Dai Williams' hysterical portrayal of a
on the novel, The Lost Honor of taxi driver and Alice Gleason as Muriel
Katarina Bloom by Heinrich Boll, writ- Kruikshank, Katie's nosey neighbor.
ten and directed by Scott Cummings, is The set, designed by John W. Pollins,
intriguing, although often confusing. was simple and perfect for the produc-
Katie Bloom, alias "the nun," was a tion, Grey and white flats were moved
housekeeper of simple means until a into different positions to create such
"New Year's Eve, eve, eve, eve, eve diverse places as a police station, taxi
party" in 1979. At this momentous event, cab aid different apartments. The
she fell in love with Peter Sloan, a har- music, composed and directed by
dened criminal from a radical political Robert Murphy, accompanied the
group. Within 24 hours, the police and a changing scenes and was reminiscent
malicious reporter, Murdock, were ac- of the who-done-it films of the '40s.
cusing her of being Sloan's mistress One should note that Against katie
and accomplice. Horrified by, the lies Bloom is the end product of Scott
that Murdock printed about her, Katie Cumming's performance workshop
shoots and kills him. course at the Residential College. The
Though we learn from the narrator students in the course worked with
all the facts of the story in the first ten Cummings to create the play, the
minutes, it takes the next two and a half characters, and finally to mount the
hours to dramatize each event. The fac- production.
ts are rearranged in a new order. It is The Residential College production is
difficult to figure out why Cummings certainly worth seeing for an enter-
chose to mix past and present in such a taining evening of love, murder and
complex way. revenge. But definitely follow the
For example, in the first scene Katie narrator's advice and read the
is at the home of a police detective con- program first. Performances run
fessing to the murder of a journalist. In through April 18 at 8 p.m. in the R.C.
the following scene, she is at the police auditorium in East Quad.
station not for having murdered a man
but, for helping Peter Sloan escape. The
murder has not yet taken place. Cum-
mings leaves it to the audience to figure
that out. THE DAILY
Evidently, Cummings was quite CLASSIFIEDS
aware of the confusing nature of the AREA GREAT
play. At one point the narrator tells the WAY TO GET
audience to refer to their programs if
they are confused. At the very end of FAST RESULTS
the play, the narrator apologizes again. CALL 7640557
"Too much is happening in this
story," she says, "to an embarrassing,
almost ungovernable degree, it is
pregnant with action: to its disadvan-
tage."
Actually, there is little reason for '.
such apologies. Much of the work in the
production was in top form. Shawn
Yardley did an excellent job as the
narrator. She showed no fear of coming
close to the audience to present the
story in a straightforward, but amusing
manner. Yardley's narrator gave a fac-
tual report and presented each scene as
if it was more evidence for the innocen-
ce of Katie Bloom. Her character was
almost in direct contrast to the con-
niving journalist, Rob Murdock.
At times,Stuart Racey's "Murdock C
was believable and entertaining. Often,
however, he did not seem to have a
complete understanding of the charac-
ter. He would merely say his lines
rather than show the motivation behind
them.
Laura Brown's performance as Katie
Bloom was especially interesting
because of the consistency of her

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University Dance Department
"Free the Virtual Nine," a dance
concert featuring the works of
University graduate students, will
be presented in Studio A theatre of
the Dance Building through the
weekend. 763-5460 for more infor-
mation..
Dance Theater 2
A new piece by Christopher Wat-
son, Private Dancing at hamilton,
House, and two works by Kathleen
Smith, Turnaround and Time Now,
are among the featured pieces in
"ModernDance Works by Ann Ar-
bor Choreographers." Through
tomorrow night.
Theater
Professional Theatre Program
The PTP concludes its Best of
Broadway Series with The Best Lit-
tle Whorehouse in Texas, that foot-
stomping, rip-roaring musical -
comedy hit based on the true life
story of a large bordello. April 23-25;,
764-0450 for more information.
Gilbert and Sullivan Society
Patience, one of Gilbert and
Sullivan's most popular works, con-
cludes its run tomorrow night at the
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. 764-
1417 for more information.
Residential College Players
Against Katie Bloom runs thrbugh
Sunday night. See review, page six.
763-0176 for more information.

Rick's American Cafe (611 Church;
996-2747) -
The Motown sounds of the Falcons
tonight and tomorrow.
Second Chance (516 E. Liberty;
99415350)
Top 40 rock with Giveaway
through Sunday.
University Club (Michigan Union,'
530 S. State; 763-5911)
SLK, a reggae band with a heavy
ska influence, performs tonight.
Concerts
APrism
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