Tuesday, November 26, 1985
The Michigan Daily
goes the distance
Prine'S rough sound
strips sensitive side
By Craig Varterian
JUST WHEN YOU thought quality theater was
fone from an amateur production, Patricia
Boyette and the University Players came along
this weekend at the Trueblood Theater and
brought some badly needed relief. How's this
relief spelled? M-a-r-a-t-h-o-n '33 and it was both
captivating and engrossing.
The docu-drama, written by June Havok, por-
trayed the perverse nature of the dance marathon
craze of the thirties. While all of the other contests
which began in the 1920s, (rocking chair derbies,
goldish swallowing and the like) had eventually
faded, marathons grew into a business, where
people would actually bet on their favorite dan-
cers. Boyette and company take us right to the
middle of this phenomena, by using everything in
sight at the Trueblood.
The seating set-up was reminiscent of old
theater-in-the-round productions where the
audience not only viewed the play itself, but also
the responses of other audience members. The
conversion of the Trueblood into a resurrected
marathon arena included tiered sleeping quarters
at the rear of the stage above the bandstand and
MC post. One exit of the theater was used as a
makeshift hospital and another as a feeding area for
the marathoners. The dance floor itself was in the
center of the audience.
The net effect inspired the same type of crowd
behavior associated with the original marathons.
Actual audience members were throwing pennies
at the performers on stage as crowds of the 1930s
did. The realism was enhanced even more by a
scoreboard flashing the hours gone by. 300 hours..
2800 hours...3100 hours !
The play follows the life experiences of Havoc
the playwright, and revolves around June/Jean
Reed (she changes her name at the beginning of
the contest) - an innocent young girl who has run
away from her vaudeville family to do her act.
While all the other con-
tests which began in the
1920s, (rocking chair der-
bies, goldfish swallowing,
and the like), had even-
tually faded, marathons
grew into a business,
where people would ac-
tually bet on their favorite
Jean (Eden Cooper) is soon thrown into the lions
den. She has difficulty finding a place to perform
her act and is talked into competing in a marathon
by Dankle (Randy Herman) a shady nightclubber.
The cigar chomping "Mr. D" (as his employees
call him) launches the starving Jean into a par-
tnership of necessity with Patsy (Daniel Tierney),
a happy-go-lucky, smart-aleck young dance king.
The two sludge though the duration test with com-
pelling portrayals of the keen human emotion to
survive in the face of almost incomprehensible
The players provoke he types of emotion
brought on by human ffering. The sickening
coordinator of the event, the MC, rambles on
calling the shots as to what's going to happen next,
giving a call out to the audience to give money to
the performers. He demonstrates the web of pain
in the dance arena, with his hyper-pitch and his
phony cries for audience sympathy. ("You saw
poor little Robin collapse folks"). The sleazy band
ushers in the dancers from their 15 minute on the
hour breaks, to painfully join the floor once again.
The sound of the drum rolls sent a chill up my back
every time the lights went down and the
procession took place.
Side antics by the dancers were often humorous,
but also reminded people of what the dancers had
to do to maintain their sanity.
There was not much of a story line to Marathon
'33. Most of the work gave the sense of being im-
provisational, just as the original marathons
were. This was undoubtedly the intention of the
Considering the amazingly large cast (36), the
play was fluid and extremely well cast. As was
overheard by one audience member "they don't
even seem like they're acting. . . they fit so well."
The whole point to the production was to give the
student actors experience in a production,
therefore there was not meant to be any leads, as
mentioned in the program. Even so, standouts in-
clude Eden Cooper's compelling rendition of the
tough young vaudeville actor-turned-marathoner,
and Daniel Tierny as Cooper's partner, Patsy. In
addition, Randy Herman playing Dankle, deser-
ves note for his convincing portrayal of the over-
powering, down-in-the-gutter Dankle.
By Peter Ephross
OFTEN, the criticism about a
John Prine concert revolves
around the fact that he doesn't play
all of his songs that the audience
wanted to hear. Well, this is not my,
criticism of his performance Satur-
day night at the Power Center. He
played a lot of songs, including most
of his favorites. I just wish
somebody else would have played
During the opening set, shouts of
"Where's John?" echoed throughout
the audience. Their shouts were
justified. Opening act Mustard's
Retreat,Lwhile playing songs like the
"Great Lakes Fishing Trade" that
appealed to the hometown crowd,
certainly are not top-notch perfor-
mers. Only with their final song, the
traditional favorite, "Sixteen Tons,"
did they really get the crowd ex-
Finally, John Prine took the stage.
Prine doesn't walk, he kind of
swaggers, in a style reminiscent of
George Jefferson. He played his
songs similarly, in a combination of
honky-tonk country style. This style
was fine for his Nashville influenced
tunes: "Be My Friend Tonight" and
"Oldest Baby in the World," for
But to sing such well-written
ballads as "Donald and Lydia" and
his final song "Paradise" fast and
loud belies their meaning. Prine's
best songs are those like "Paradise"
in which he is able to capture the
ethos of a particular situation. In
"Paradise," it is the plight of
nature, torn to shreds by coal
Prine was at his best when he
toned down his performance and
sang from his heart. "Souvenirs,"
for instance, which he dedicated to
his recently deceased friend, Steve
Goodman, created an incredible
ambiance,.even in the unpersonal
Power Center. He also delivered
fine, crowd-pleasing renditions of,
"Hello in There" and "Please Don't
Bury Me." This last song is perhaps.
Prine's finest. In it he is able to
combine wit and emotion to effec-
tively satire our posthumous rituals.
Prine's performance should have
been a more enjoyable one. After all,
both he and the audience "Knew a
lot of the same songs." I waited a
long time to hear John Prine's con-
cert. It's just too bad his loud
abrasive style got in the way of his
beautiful music Saturday night.
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