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By Susan Makuch

COVER STORY
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pop. The Gateway trio a
Billy Idol all come to towr

Endgame
Performance Network
8 p.m. Friday/Saturdays thru

October 30

T HERE'S A LITTLE bit of every-
thing in Ann Arbor, we all know
that. But did you know that there's a lit-
tle network right down the road?
The Performance Network, a mere
youngster in the Ann Arbor theater
district, was founded in January of 1982
with the intention of providing inexpen-
sive theater space to "alternative"
productions and groups. Upcoming
events include displays by the Reader's
Theater, the Young People's Theater,
the San Francisco International Video
Festival, and W5 (currently producing
plays at the Canterbury Loft.
The founders of the Network, David
Bernstein, Ruth Bradley, Linda Pan-
try, Michael Perry, James Moran, and
Ned Richardson, hope to showcase a
variety of entertainment including
dance, music, film, and video.
"We want to keep things basic, more
experimental," says company director
David Hunsberger. Bernstein and
Moran, originators of the Attic Theater
in Detroit, felt the Attic was getting too
big and pretentious, according to Hun-
sberger. "They decided to put
something together where artists could
try new things, not the same old stand-
bys," Hunsberger explains.
The Performance Network's current
production, Samuel Beckett's En-
dgame, can definitely be placed in the
experimental category. The one-act
play deals with the last survivors of a
nuclear holocaust. "I thought this play
would be a perfect statement, with the
newfound popularity and interest in the
holocaust," Hunsberger says in regard
to his decision todo this piece.
Not many places would produce a
play such as this one. It's very down-

For such a supposedly liberal college, the Univer-
sity has got a fairly restricted class of students. The
gains and promises of the early '70s have largely
been unfulfilled a decade later. But pinning the blame
on any of several causes still doesn't help the
alienation and segregation felt by many blacks on-
campus. Cover photo by Brian Masck,
FILM
Yesteryeara Page 6
DIRECTOR Richard Benjamin takes a nostalgic
look back to the early days of television, when
comedy was live, New York was truly a capitol of en-
tertainment, and you could still believe in heroes.
THE LIST
Happenings Page 7-10
Your guide to fun times for the coming week in Ann
Arbor. Film capsules, music previews, theater notes,
and bar dates, all listed in a handy-dandy day-by-day
schedule. Plus a roster of local restaurants.
RFSTAUPANST'
Lovin' Spoonful Page 11
Actually more of an ice cream parlour than a true

DISCS
Releases

A look at recent releas
least half of Steely Dan.
hotter reviews.
THEATER
Stand up
Local funnymen get th<
undergraduates at Laugh
every Wednesday night. 'I
to Hill Auditorium to c
slightly off-center brand
something a little more se
in on Beckett's Endgame
Network.
DANCE
Point work
The Zagreb Grande Ball
ter and students dance
Graduate Dance Concert.

Theater: 'Endgame' by Beckett

IC

restaurant, Lovin' Spoonful delivers some of the best,
lip-smackin' dairy products around town.
MUSIC
Pop and jazz Page 12
You want jazz, we got jazz. You want pop, we got

Endgame: The end of the world
beat, almost depressing in its theme.
But that's why the Network took it on.
"I didn't have a place (to do the play),
any actors, or any money," Hunsberger
says, "so I brought the idea here and
they went for it."
Endgame is a play with only four
characters (there's not room for many
more on the Performance Network
stage), each of whom has some han-
dicap. Hamm, the protagonist, cannot
walk or see and remains stationary in
the middle of the stage for practically
the full hour and a half. Clov, Hamm's
servant, can walk, but cannot sit down.
The two remaining characters, Nagg
and Nell, are Hamm's parents and sit in
garbage cans.
Hamm is a very embittered man, and
Robert Beaupre portrays that quality
quite well. There are a few jokes now
and then, but the majority of Hamm's
lines are tense and anxious. But,
Beaupre's strong performance is a
credit to his acting ability and not to the

script. He has to be good for the play to
come off at all-with very little
movement on stage, the audience must
be glued to Hamm's each and every
word.
Clov was played with a humorous
edge by Joey L. Golden. He
exaggerated a lot of Clov's movements
and though, at times, his actions
became redundant, his was a favorable
performance.
One of the best and most insightful
aspects of Endgame was the belligerent
disagreements between Hamm and
Clov. It was as if they had to be hostile
to one another in order to com-
municate. When Hamm asks, "Is it
light (out)?" Clov must answer an-
tagonistically by saying, "It isn't
dark." Even though they are among the
last survivors on earth, they cannot
give enough of themselves to allow
someone else a chance at being
relatively happy. Each seems to want
the other to remain miserable.

Hamm also makes life difficult for his
parents by keeping them locked in gar-
bage cans-he blames them for
bringing him into a terrible world. His
attitude toward them is no better than
his attitude toward himself. He hates
everyone and everything.
David Bernstein and Sandy Ryder, as
the parents, were probably the least
captivating members of the cast. Their
roles were, of course, limited (we only
see the upper-third of their bodies), but
for the duration that they are on stage,
each tended to overact. Bernstein
shouted a lot when it wasn't par-
ticularly necessary and Ryder kept
shaking her body and cracking her
voice trying to convince us that she was
very old.
Endgame is definitely a production to
see, however. The material is striking
and along with an often forceful cast,
you can't help but ponder its messages
after the lights dim. As director Hun-
sberger says, "This play is still vital."

Off
center.
By Richard Campbell
Gallagher
Hill Auditorium
8 p.m. Friday, October 22
Tickets: $7.50, $8.50, $9.50
OMETIMES HE walks around
carrying a big wooden mallet. But
Gallagher doesn't follow Teddy
Roosevelt's advice and speak softly.
He's got quite a bit to say to us all
about America: "We're losing to the
Japs. We're not getting a cohesive team
spirit. We're not inventing."
Gallagher, one of the more inventive
comics around, comes to town tonight
to give us all a pep talk on what's going
on in this great land of ours.
But it seems as though Gallagher is
the one in need of a pep talk. With ticket
sales lagging, he seems a bit perturbed.
"I'm catering a Gallagher party," said

the comic during an interview last
week. The slow sales indicate "the
students of Ann Arbor can't support a
show for themselves."
In general, though, Gallagher, who
apparently lost his last name
somewhere, likes the Midwest. "Ann
Arbor is a hell of a lot better than Pit-
tsburgh."
Holding degrees in English literature
and chemistry, Gallagher found that he
couldn't hold a job. When he. was 26
someone suggested that he should
become a comic. With typical for-
thrightness, he went straight to the
Mike Douglas Show and finagled his
way on the air.
"I hate to hear some people ask about
your big break," he says in response to
a question about his break. "People
come to LA to get into the business. The
business doesn't make the people, it's
the people that make the business."
"If you offer Americans a different
product," he insists that Americans
will accept it. "America is the land of;

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he'll do just fine here too.

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