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Page 8--The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 9, 1987

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'Dipper'
(Continued from Page 7) as hard h
grind, and an occasional hard slap of and show
Embarrassment. Spice this with range. A
other influences including the Meat observa
Puppets' quirk, Andy Partridge's describes
humor, and Wire's edge, and you fun.
have an impressive melting pot of With
chords, rhythms, and vocals from a Heavens
band who half jokingly almost called Dipper C
themselves the Has Beens. up listen
Good thing they didn't. Boo Boo, that the
Big Dippers first EP, hit number 11 youthful
on Rockpool's college radio chart a Gibso
last April and brought the band shoulder
favorable reviews from far outside include
their Boston homes. It was dubbed Fetching

dive

hitting and hummable pop,
icased the record's versatile
iso praised were Boo Boo's
nt lyrics which were
:d as smart satire and sassy,
the recent release of
s, the band's first LP, Big
continues to pester and perk
ner's ears as further proof
y can apply the feisty,
vitality of a Pete Rose with
on strapped around his
. Highlights from Heavens
the pop-opener "She's
," the more straightforward

deep
"Easter Eve," and the assault of
"Younger Bums."
Big Dipper shares the song-
writing pen as. well as the
microphone to deliver an interesting,
interchanging means of expression.
Their live shows are known to be
less original but just as much fun,
borrowing words and chords from
such notables as Paul McCartney
and Wings and Gordon Lightfoot.
Don't be surprised if you hear the
band taking off on a rendition of
"Jet" or creeping out Lightfoot's
"Sundown" before exploding into an
Embarrassment cover.
BIG DIPPER will be performing
under the lights of the Blind tonight.
Cover charge is affordable. Get it
while you can.

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COMEDY
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TfCetS (fi n sade1 at the
michigan union
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more info
ca1763-1107
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8:00pm
Mendelssohn Theatre

The members of Big Dipper combine the sounds of their individual former bands with other influences.

'Clowns'

is short on polish

By Debra Chesnin
When I realized that the two eyes
staring from behind the bookshelves
at the back of the stage were not a
part of the setting but belonged to a
member of the stage crew who was
peeping out, I knew this was going
to be a very unpolished production
of A Thousand Clowns by the Hill
Street Players.
Both the bluesy jazz that played
at the beginning of the show and the
artfully cluttered set held the promise

of a fine production this past
weekend. The set itself was the in-
side of a one room apartment littered
with shoes, newspapers, and the re-
mains of an old take-out Chinese
dinner.
When the action finally began,
the audience was introduced to Nick,
played by David Rothbart, a very
young looking freshman from
Community High School. The plot
centers upon the loving relationship
between Nick and his unemployed
Uncle Murray. Suspecting immense
irresponsibility on the uncle's part, a

group of social workers try to
remove Nick from this unwhole-
some family atmosphere. Nick at
once establishes himself to be as
precocious as the kids that populate
T.V. sitcoms, while his Uncle
Murray proves to be equally witty in
a self-satisfied sort of way.
This devil-may-care attitude is
precisely what gets Murray into
trouble. His nany unopened letters
happened to be from the child
welfare board. When Nick tries to
warn Murray that the board i s
sending over a couple of social

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workers, Sandra and Arnold, to check
out the "family situation," it is too
late.
The social workers, stiffly played
by Milind Pandit and Benita Green,
decide to remove Nick unless Murray
agrees to find a job. The rest of the
play is concerned with whether
Murray will get a job, whether
Sandra will dump Arnold and stay
with Murray, and of course, whether
Nick will get to stay with Murray.
The problem with the play at this
point is that one simply didn't care.
In spite of a masterful effort by
Scott Weissman as Murray, the play
couldn't be saved from the effect of
an amateurish production.
Although Hill Street Players is
not a professional theatre group,
problems such as. the bad makeup
jobs on actors Danny Young and
Bill Egnoor, as well as the poor
lighting simply did not help. While
some of the problems did improve
slightly during the second act, it was
a shame to see such a clever play
flawed by such an unpolished pro-
duction.
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ARTS
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