The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 27, 1 87 -
'J.B.' modernizes classic theme
By Lauren Schreiber
"Why me?" This commonly
asked question is the subject of
J.B., a play by Archibald MacLeish
to be performed this weekend by the
Hill Street Players.
J.B. is a moderninterpretation of
the Book of Joab from the Old
Testament. The story is of a man
(J.B.) who, for no misdeed of his
own, goes from riches to rags. He
questions this apparent injustice,
but retains his faith in God,
nonetheless, and is thus rewarded.
"It never really gets into the
realm of religion - it just brushes
on it," explains Debbie
Applebaum, the show's producer.
"The minute people hear 'Old
Testament' they close their minds
to it," she adds. MacLeish's mod-
ernization helps to bring the
material closer to our own time and
experience, as it really is a
timeless, universal theme.
Hill Street Players was founded
just two years ago. "Our goal is to
produce plays that are thought-
provoking and intriguing, but not
widely seen or known," says
Applebaum. In the past, the group
has performed such plays as
Talking With and No Exit.
Although the group is in part
funded by Hillel, the plays they
produce are non-sectarian.
The fourteen-member cast
consists of a diverse group of
students, including grads and
undergrads from several colleges of
the University. Featured are Melissa
Hart and David Wilcox as narrators,
and Mark Spencer and Charlene
Jensen as J.B. and his wife. J.B. is
directed by Carolyn McKnight, a
teaching assistant at the University.
J.B. runs Saturday through
Monday at Hillel Auditorium, 1429
Hill Street. Performances begin at 8
p.m. with a matinee performance
on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $4
and $5 at the door.
Men and Women
One thing is for sure. Simply
Red vocalist Mick Hucknall is not
just another pretty face. The cat has
some real ability and a tight, funky,
thoughtful band to support his
phrasings. This second outing
remains something of a dis -
appointment, though, after last
year's rock 'n' soul surpriser. The
material is mostly strong but the
album is production bound in a way
that the predecessor was not. It's
slick, alright. Too slick. It's that
Phil Collins and Live Aid Sound.
"The Right Thing" is a sexy,
tempting dance tune with a catchy
hook. If you've heard it and can get
next to the production values, OK,
fine. Yer gonna dig on the rest of
the album. Otherwise... ahhhh...
I'll vote for the two ballads that
close out both sides of this LP. The
A side ends with a heartfelt reading
of Cole Porter's standard "Ev'ry
Time We Say Goodbye." This one
is a sweet sincere surprise. The B
Side closes on perhaps a deeper
original note with "Maybe
Someday." It's a warm one for sure
and leaves this listener with the
feeling that the weaker stuff has
almost been redeemed.
If you thought the debut LP was
the album of the year, you'll be
pleased with this one. Otherwise,
give it a listen and then decide, OK?
--Marc S. Taras
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EXP. March 30, 1987
r ISRAEL CONFERENCE DAY
A Day-Long Academic Program Exploring Social, Cultural and Political Aspects of Israel
Sunday, March 29, 1987 11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Rackham School of Graduate Studies, The University of Michigan
Admission is free.
Professional childcare is available at a nominal cost 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Inquire at registration.
11:00 a.m. REGISTRATION & INFORMATION
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11:30 a.m. -12:50 p.m. INTRODUCTION & OPENING ADDRESS _
11:30 Introduction to the Conference by Yossi Harel, Chair, Israel Conference Day
The Peace Process in the Middle East: Prospects and Risks
Dr. Maoz is Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Hebrew University and is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard.
1:00 p.m. - 1:55 p.m. SESSION I (Choose one of three.)__
CARL COHEN DAVID HAREL JACQUELINE ZEFF
Proportional Representation: Exploiting the Power and Women and Politics: Private
Israel and the Democratic Limitations of Computers: Goals and Public Action
Ideal Computer Science at the Dean, Mercy College, Detroit
Professor, Department of Philosophy, Weizmann Institute
University of Michigan Professor, Weizmann Institute, visiting
professor at Carnegie-Mellon
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HAIM HECHT CALVIN GOLDSCHEIDER TIKVA FRYMER KENSKY
The Israeli Media: Inequality in Israeli Society: ETTI NAVEH
Democratic Reporting vs. The Jewish-Ethnic and the SHEILA FIEGELSON
Security Concerns Arab-Jewish Conflict Panel Discussion on Women's
Israeli Journalist. Jewish Agency Professor of Demography, Brown Issues
Emissary in Philadelphia University Moderated by Harlene Appelman
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. COFFEE BREAK (Brown-bag it in the Assembly Hall. Beverages and pastries served.)
DOCUMENTARY FILMS (Choose one of three.)
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the effects of the war on the youth of Israeli orchestra. Special appearances
Israel. by Isaac Stern and other guest artists.
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