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The Michigan Daily
Brecht Co.

Monday, November 3, 1986

Page 7

's on top with

'Top Girls'
Although I found Top Girls" Director Barbara E. Thorne
story a little discomforting, the should be commended for he:
Brecht Company's production was coordination of the dinner party Q
wonderful. The acting was very the historical figures. The conver
professional and it seemed as if sation was difficult to follow bu

By Karin Edelson
The Brecht Company's pro -
duction of Churchill's play,Top
Girls was extremely thought-prov-
oking, yet disturbing. I enjoyed the
play and its premise, bpt it left me
wyith many unanswered questions.
The play features seven women
in various roles, each showing how
women can function differently in
society. The first act introduces
some at a dinner party given by
Marlene, the corporate woman, to
Pr eS er n t
* present
Tonight, Eyemediae presents
Chris and George Tysh as part of
its Michigan-Area Poets Series.
The Tysh's hail from the Detroit-
area, where George is the
coordinator of LINES: New
Writing at the DIA, a highly
acclaimed modern poetry series.
Ovals is the title of George's
latest work, and Chris has
produced Secrets of Elegance and
Eyemediae will host the Tysh
readings at 8 pm at 214 N. Fourth
Avenue. Admission to the event
is $3.00.
Michigan Daily

celebrate her promotion. Marlene
is a woman of the '80's but her
guests are famous persons extracted
from history. Each of the women is
utterly self-involved and they ignore
one another in order to tell their
own stories. Meanwhile, Marlene
tries to concentrate on each of them
in an attempt to learn from their
While this scene was presented
flawlessly with a smooth, con -
tinuous flow of the conversation, it
was difficult to discern which
character should be concentrated on
since they often spoke at the same
time. It also made one wonder
whether Churchill was trying to say
that women who have achieved

great success are disinterested in
anyone but themselves. Churchill
makes this point again when the
wife of one of Marlenes co-workers
comes to plead with Marlene to
turn down her promotion so that
the woman's husband can have it
instead. She explains that she is
concerned about his health since he
was not chosen for Marlene's job.
Marlene orders her to leave and then
shows no compassion when the
man has a heart attack. Does
Churchill believe that women of
power are really that heartless?
We also learn as the play
progresses that Marlene gave her
illegitimate child to her sister in
order to pursue her career. While

Marlene climbs up the corporate
ladder, her sister's marriage falls
apart and her daughter develops
learning disabilities. Marlene,
however, pays little attention to the
problems of her own family as she
works to further her own career.
Top Girls provides us with a
question of choice: should a woman
still be forced to decide between a
career and motherhood? It seems
that Marlene's character is so one-
dimensional that she doesn't believe
that today's woman can have both.
She is so affected by the historical
women in the first act that she is
unable to live in the present.


each actress truly knew her char -
acter. Marlene, played by Shawn
Yardley, was everything that we
epitomize as a corporate woman on
the move. Deborah Allen is very
convincing as the awkward, clumsy
daughter of Marlene. Initially, it
was difficult to believe that this
larger woman could play an adol -
escent but soon one believed that
she really was an unwieldly fifteen
year old.

Thorne still enabled the audience to
understand what they should by
focusing on.
Women may no longer agree
that the career woman has to be it
loner, but Top Girls does present at
view we will always need to
consider. The show will be perfor-
med for two more weekends at the.
Residential College Auditorium and'
one needn't be a pushy career
woman to enjoy it.


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Presentation for
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Monday, November 3,
Kuenzel Room,
Michigan Union
7 -9 p.m.

erested Students are encouraged to attend and to
with representatives of Drexel Burnham Lambert
about the position of Financial Analyst.
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