The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 13, 1984 -Page 9
Kazoo finds some good friends
,y Anne Valdespino
THIS Saturday, for their Annual
0nefit Concert, the Comic Opera Guild
esents Kazoophony, a New York
troupe hell-bent on establishing the
Kazoo as the newest instrument for per-
forming the "classics."
According to Guild manager Thomas
Petiet, "Comedy and music are our life,
so a lot of both is really living." This is
Ann Arbor's chance to enjoy the latest
in Classical Music Comedy. A genre
founded by Marx Brothers, Chico and
Harpo, and continued through the an-
tics of pianist Victor Borga, this type of
entertainment pleases wide audiences
today. S'old-out houses celebrate the
work of Peter Schickele's "P.D.Q.
Bach" orchestra, and long-time
favorite Anna Russell-the only
soprano in the world who can explain
Wagner's Ring Cycle (a series of
mammoth operas that take nearly a
week to perform) in less then 15
The origin of the The Kazoo Company
is somewhat dubious. Although they
claim to be from Ludakravia (a
mysterious country in which everyone
is named Kaminsky but no one is
related), it is highly suspected that the
.members actually met at the Eastman
School of Music. These seven
musicians decided to form an ensemble
after being accidently locked in a prac-
tice room for several hours.
Of course, each sports prestigious
credentials. Feodor matriculated from
the "Kazooliard" School of Music.
Natasha was the favorite pupil of
Yehudi Kazoodi, and Boris, the lowest
base kazoophonist in the world, is a
former test-pilot for Bazooka Bubble-
The ensemble wasn't always this in-
timate. Originally the National Or-
chestra of Ludakravia, it was once an
80 piece affair before Arts Council
budget cuts. Now the group consists of
five (that is seven with two missing or
whoever feels like showing up).
Audiences can expect a gala event.
At Alice Tully Hall in New York city,
performers dressed for the occassion,
appearing in white ties, tails and bare
feet. And they had prepared a program
to match. From their long and tacky
repertoire list they produced a virtuosic
solo, "Plight of the Kazoomblebee," the
"New York City Fight Song"(a work
which honors the tradition of violence in
sports by continuing it in music), and
the well-known ballet for Kazoo "Swine
Lake." The ensemble brought the
house down with their expert rendition
of the "1813 Overture," a battle piece
by Peter Illegitimus Kaminsky. During
the performance audiencemembers
were asked to simulate cannons by
shouting "boom!" in appropriate and
One of the upcoming and highly innovative kazoos of Kazoophony.
Classical music fans and foes unite!
Hear Kazoophony at the Michigan
Theater and help support the Comic
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With the help of Lady Gay Spanker -
a domineering, yet delightful, hor-
seriding huntress, who "loves a good
game" - Charles manages to lure his
father away from Grace on the preten-
se of eloping with Lady Gay. This little
ploy meets with some life threatening
problems, though, as Lady Gay's
usually submissive husband, Dolly Sp-
anker, hears of the plan and challenges
Sir Harcourt to a duel. I will not say
what happens next, but one thing's for
sure, the laughter didn't stop until the
The cast of London Assurance is as
talented as it is lengthy. Playing the
parts of Grace Harkaway and Charles
Courtly are Margaret Massman and
Richard Schmidt, respectively. A scene
between them, when they are both ren-
dered sightless (Grace without her
glasses for vanity's sake, and Charles
forced to wear a pair of specs he cannot
see through as a disguise), talking to
walls instead of each other, and
knocking over everything in the room,
left the audience chuckling heartily.
As Cool, Sir Harcourt's valet, Gary
Garrison was just that. His sarcastic
undertones and irreverent attitude
toward his wealthy (superiors?) en-
deared him to the audience more than
any other character, (except maybe
Dazzle, but I'll get to him later.)
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to war the women marched
into the factory. From then
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husband Dolly made a delightful pair.
From the moment she stepped on stage,
Marisha Czernik as Ms. Spanker,
seemed to take control and from then
on she could be expected to pick up the
pace of every scene she was in. Her
counterpart, Dolly Spanker (Jeff
Schneiter), with his "Booboo"-like
mannerisms was a wonderful com-
pliment as he struggled out statements,
always fed to him from someone else,
as if the mere sound of his own voice
was enough to frighten him.
Now to the unexpected star. Dazzle
(Gregg Henry), Charlie's friend, was
ridiculously deceittful as he sponged off
of everyone in sight by claiming
relation through "distant
relatives...Adam and Eve." And in the
end, when he is found-out and asked
about his true identity, he replies, "I
don't know myself." He has been lying
for so long.
The rest of the cast, too lengthy to
mention, are not without talent;
although there were a few stumbles
here and there, it in no way interrupted
the flow of the play and all are to be
commended for their performances.
London Assurance continues through
the 15th, with a curtain time of 8 p.m.
for all shows, except the Sunday 2 p.m.
matinee. Tickets are available through
the PTP Ticket Office in the Michigan
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