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Thursday, September 12, 1985

The Michigan Daily

Page 5

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Brainstorming opens
playwrights who had works to be per- "The title grew from just a box to It becomess
3eBrower formed, but lacked the proper med- Pandora's Box," said Lyn Coffin. "It somehow im
~y Noelle ium to do so." sort of symbolized to us that in our home.
Works in Progress was especially collaboration we didn't really know ""For me
helpful because the playwrights could what would come out of the box. been a big t
ANDORA'S BOX. It is a see their work in the embryo, make During the evening we come out of the what Pandor
provoking image. Once opened, changes as they wanted. Audience box." "Should youl
ns of innocence lost, participation was also important to All three one-acts were given a tainment an
ation, and misery race out to the productions. "After each produc- staged reading last spring to very the beginnin
il mankind, leaving man tion there was interaction between the good reactions. Tonight will be the fir- over again.
in a bilious abyss, his future audience, actors, writers, and direc- st full scale production of the works. story of a w
tain. Pandora's Box opens tors," said Ottmar. "Take Two," by Rachel Urist, is a her childhoo
t. Having worked together before, it sort of play within a play. It presents box, growing
t emerges is the eagerly seemed natural to the group that they two actresses who are assigned the give her a so
d production of three one-act should take the idea one step further task of improvizing a sketch with the ning it, and1
by local Ann Arbor writers, the, and produce a joint effort. box. end up in a cc
ation of the Works in Progress "We just sat around brainstor- "The Big Box Boogie," by Al Sjoer- The playv
hop, sponsored by the Perfor- ming," said Rachel Urist, one of the dsma, depicts the pathetic life of two equally taler
Network. three playwrights. "The idea came up "bums," both male, and what hap- history of
hree playwrights, Rachel Urist, to write an evening of one-acts. I've pens to them when a box is inadver- Urist, a fore
offin and Al Sjoerdsma, par- always loved writing one acts -you get tently thrown at them from outside of Ann Arbor
ed in the workshop, which was an image and exploit it. I use Becket their world. Both characters are recipient of
om the fall of '82 to the spring of as a model. Godot - he took the idea changed through the manipulation awards inc
of just waiting and milked it." and jealously that accompany the Michigan C
e project mounted 30 plays by 18 While brainstorming, the three box. Michigan Co
nt local playwrights. Rachel, playwrights decided to work within a "This Side Up," by Lyn Coffin, is and the pre
nd Al were the most prolific," set of limitations. They agreed that perhaps the most sinister of the three. Prize. Bluep
idith Ottmar, the coordinator of each piece would have a time limit of A man delivers a mysterious box to her Shtetoll
rkshop. "The project started at half-an-hour, two actors of any sex, the apartment of a woman who med both o
twork because we knew some and a box. refuses to let either him or the box in. outstandingr

clear that the woman is
prisoned within her own
, in and out has always
theme. And to me that's
ra's Box is," Coffin said.
let what is in out? Or con-
d a box. I could go back to
ig of this idea and start
Maybe do a whole life
oman born from this box,
d spent playing with the
up, her mother trying to
rt of hopechest, her shun-
then of course she would
offin, a box."
wrights themselves are
nted and each has a long
award winning. Rachel
mer drama critic for the
News, has been the
numerous grants and
luding those from the
ouncil for the Arts, The
uncil for the Humanities,
estigious John Gassner
prints, Growing Up, and
Plays have been perfor-
ocally and regionally to
reviews.
'in, who won Hopwood
every category while a
e University of Michigan,
a freshmen seminar in
the Residential College.
rently getting a third

Masters Degree in Social WorK, ner
other two masters are in English and
teaching, and she has yet to do her
dissertation for her PhD in English
here. Two volumns of her poetry have
been published and she is currently
working on her third. A translator of
Czech literature, she is only one of two
translations of the Nobel Prize-winning
Czech writer Jaroslav Seifert's The

Plague Monument.
Al Sjoersma, another Hopwood-
winning Michigan alumnae, currently
works in Ann Arbor and has had
several of his plays produced locally
at The Canterbury Loft and The
Arena Theatre in the Frieze Building.
Performances are tonight through
Sunday, 8 p.m., at the Performance
Network.
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Records,
Various Artists - Sylvester/
Original Soundtrack (MCA)
Yet one more collection of pop songs
passing itself off as a soundtrack
album. The exception here is that
some of the groups - Los Lobos, The
Long Riders, Cruzados - are bands
significantly more notable than the
one-hit wonders who usually populate
this kind of release. Even then though,
this is a disappointingly un-
memorable release, because most of
the material isn't all that interesting.
The Los Lobos contribution, for
example, is just one of their very pret-
ty but typical Mexican folk ballads,
while the two cuts by Cruzados - once
known as L.A.'s legendary The Plugz
- are surprisingly bloodless ditties
Sseemingly tailored to crack the AOR
arket. The better of their two cuts,
"Just Like Roses," features some
nicely styled Morricone-like guitar
arrangements that are hindered by
forgettable lyrics and bombastic
production that make the song sound
like little more than a Southern-fried
version of "Don't You (Forget About
Me)."
Album filler is provided with two
innocuous ditties by The Textones -
emember the Textones, any one? -
and Gail Davies, while the one
reasonably interesting cut is The
Long Riders' "Timeless Love," a
fairly standard but affectingly ren-
dered electric western ballad.
The album gets high marks for
trying to score a little higher than
most of the rest of the rat pack, but
low grades for falling too short of its
goal. -Byron L. Bull

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