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Page 8- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 12, 1987

Univ. Players to

present 'The Miser'

by Karin Edelson
In a recent poll, college students
were asked to state their highest
.spiration after graduation. The
Aumber one answer? To get rich. In
fight of this, money-loving
individuals may find it beneficial to
'ttend the University Players's
production ofThe Miser this
'weekend. The uncontrollable
hoarding of money and the
corruption that it breeds is the
central theme of this modern
adaption of Moliere's play.
Despite its serious premise, The
Miser is not a preachy drama about
the harmful effects of greed. Instead,
it transforms this idea into a farcical
Comedy showing how different
.enerations respond to each other,
;and how others can become
corrupted by one man's obsession
,or wealth. The play is set in the
mid-1800's but it was reformatted
"In 1950 by Miles Mallison to
1provide a more modern approach to
the theme.

The University Players is an
undergraduate production group
comprised of theatre majors who
attend to all facets of production.
Graduate students in theatre
designed original sets, lighting, and
costumes. Director Richard
Klautsch, however, emphasizes that
the main goal of the University
players is to provide quality enter -
tainment for the University com -
munity.
Klautsch is a Ph.D. candidate in
theatre from Wayne State
University in Detroit. Aside from
directing, he also coordinates
beginning acting classes for the
University Theatre and Drama de -
partment, teaches beginning and ad -
vanced acting courses, and involves
himself in other productions. Last
term, he was a cast member in the
Project Theatre production of
Oedipus and he also works in
industrial films and commercials in
the Detriot area. He is anxious to
devote himself to one project, his
dissertation, after The Miser is
finished.
Klautsch feels that The Miser is

an enlightening play for anyone to
see because it "shows us problems
that can arise within a family
because of differences in values that
each generation, rather stubbornly,
holds". The Miser is also
considered to be Moliere's most
brilliant comedy.
The cast of The Miser is
especially excited to finally display
their five weeks of rigorous
rehersals to their audience. Since
the show was cast before
Christmas, the eleven cast members
have been living their parts for
much longer than the actual
production process.
The public will have the
opportunity to see the enthusiastic
cast in this witty comedy this
weekend at the Trueblood Theatre
located in the Frieze Building.
Performances are Thursday and
Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 5pm and
9pm, and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets
are avaialable at the Michigan
League ticket office for $5 general
ad-mission and $3 for students with
identification. For more
information, call 764-0450.

'The Miser': Considered to be Moliere's most brilliant comedy.

Kiri Te Kanawa brings down the house at Hill

4

By Noelle Brower
Soprano Kid Te Kanawa had the
Audience at Hill Auditorium
wrapped around her little finger

Tuesday night during a concert
recital of some of her most popular
interpretations. It would be safe to
assume that if Te Kanawa had
merely stepped out on stage and
yodeled her favorite renditions of
Songs form Switzerland that the

audience would have given her a
similar rapturous attention. But Te
Kanawa, in perfect form, delivered
,what everyone in the audience had
eagerly awaited: She proved her
right to the title of the world's
reigning Queen of Opera.
Te Kanawa's vocal dexterity dis -
played itself in selections from
Handel's Giulio Cesare, Mozart's
"Exsultate Jubilate," and "Five
Songs" of Richard Strauss. It is
appropriate that, being a native of
New Zealand, 'Kiri' means 'bell'

in its aboriginal tounge, for her
voice rang out clearly and fluidly
exciting several 'Bravas' from her
captive audience as though it was
saying 'Enough, no more, we can't
stand such beauty!' But the
audience couldn't get enough of Te
Kanawa demanding five encores
from her, including Gershwin's
"Summertime" and an aria from
Tosca, which she gladly performed.
But the highlight of the evening
was Te Kanawa's rendition of
Joseph Canteloube's Songs of the

Auvergne. Arranged by Canteloube
in the early part of this century,
Songs of the Au-vergne are
folksongs from this beautiful
region in the Massifs Centrales of
France that retain the original
dialect of the region. Ranging from
flirtatious to heartfelt, theses
folksongs revealed not only Te
Kanawa's technical mastery, but her
enormous talent as an actrice as her
moods changed along with the
songs. Especially beautiful was
"La Delaissado;" one could hear the

audience holding its breath until Te
Kanawa's last sigh of sorrow as she
recounted the tale of a shepherdess
who had been foresaken by her
lover.
Though Te Kanawa was clearly
the star of the evening, Martin,
Katz, cur-rently a professor at the
University, accompanied her on the
piano meeting Te Kanawa's every
intonation with sublety and grace.
Together, they sent their starry-eyed
audience out into the cool night full
of song and love.

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The English Composition Board's
ACADEMIC
WRITING SERIES
presents
2 "WRITING AN IN-CLASS
ESSAY EXAMINATION"
> .Students confront in-class essay examinations
under the guises of hourlies, mid-terms, and
finals. Although professors offer advice on how
d to study for such a test, no one seems to be
offering direction in how to write an in-class
essay exam. I
In this, the third lecture-workshop in the
Academic Writing Series, ECB lecturer Michael
Marx presents a thorough approach to in-class
essay writing, from analyzing questions to
planning your response to strategies for writing
the essay.
Just in time for Mid-Terms!
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12
4:10 - 5:30
229 ANGELL HALL

Recordso

Honor Role
The Pretty Song
Eskimo No Core
The Pretty Song is indeed pretty
- there's plenty of melody and
dreaming guitar on these sad poison
lullabyes -- but Honor Role would
just as soon punch you .in the gut
as sing you to sleep.
The band's power is deceptive. It
can get under your skin with sonic
laments like "Six" or lash out with
bullwhip blasts like "Early Grave,"

and it handles both with equal skill.
The songs show the band's hardeore
roots - when the point is made,
they quit. Vocals range from tune-
less and bitter to tuneless and
snotty, but always they nag like a
guilty conscience: "Those who
measure plunder in cups of rice and
sleep know only their hunger and
our invalid peace," the singer drones,
on "Present Condition," suggesting.
that, even if their music is dreamy:
Honor Role is wide awake.
-Mark Dancey

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Public Notice
Michigan Student Assembly
1987-88 Election
March 17th and 18th
Positions Available:

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Name of Position:
MSA President
MSA Vice President
MSA LSA Representative
MSA Rackham Rep.
MSA Engine Rep.
MSA Business Rep.
MSA Medical Rep.

Number of Positions:
1 President-Vice President
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