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The Michigan Daily-Friday, January 15, 1988- Page 9

University Productions


seven exciting performances

By Jennifer Kohn
University Productions' 1988 Season is com-
posed of seven shows which will be both
thought provoking and entertaining for the Ann
Arbor theatre-goer.
University Productions, the performance end
of the School of Music, incorporates dance, mu-
sical theatre, opera, drama and orchestral accom-
paniment. Though it was not necessarily the de-
sign of the School of Music, there is consistent
heightened awareness in the themes of each of the
seven play to be performed this season.
The first two productions will both open on
Thursday, February 11. Zappa is the University
Dance Company's interpretation Frank Zappa's
innovative, psychedelia-inspired music and will
be performed at the Power Center. This program
promises to interest dance and music enthusiasts,
Home is the Black Theatre Workshop's drama
about a Black man's migration North in the early
'60s and the personal conflict he encounters.
Once performed on Broadway, there is a cast of
four who will perform multiple roles in this in-
ventive play.
Right You Are If You Think You Are, is
Luigi Pirandella's 1915 interpretation of futurism
in the theatre. It will open on March 10 in the
Mendelssohn Theatre. The playwright was im-

pressed by the relativity of truth, when given a
modern perspective of rapid change and
subjectivity. The subtitle What Is True Is What
You Say It Is, reflects more directly the action of
the play. A small Italian village is overwhelmed
by the power of opinion and defense of truth.
This play reflects the intellectual as well as the
dramatic epoch of the changing times in which it
was written.
Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, and Wolf
will compose an impressive double feature to be
performed at the Power Center, beginning March
17. The former is the combined effort of Tom
Stoppard and Andre Previn. It incorporates the
University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by
Gustav Meyer, and the pragmatic questions of
perception, reality, and sanity in a prison cell.
Wolf, by Professor Nicholas Delbanco and
David Gregory,will make its world premier on
the Ann Arbor stage. The theme concerns the
power of imperfection and incorporates avant-
garde, technically challenging music. This par-
ticular program stands to offer what will perhaps
be the most innovative local production of the
The Coronation of Poppea is the Opera The-
atre's selection for this season. Opening on
March 24, it is Monteverdi's discussion of the
corruption of the hero. This early baroque piece,
interesting in its historical context, is in fact one

of the first operas to have been written. Edward
Parmentier, whose scholarship lies in the
authenticity of early European instruments, will
conduct the musical program.
Angel City is an impressionistic Sam Shep-
ard play which will begin on April 10, at the
Trueblood Theatre. The playwright's impeccable
control over the script will offer the audience a
powerful and effective production.
The culmination of the season will be the
Musical Theatre's Power Center production of
On The 'Town. This 1944 Leonard Bernstein
musical is the story of three sailors on 24 hour
furlough in New York City during the war. It.
incorporates progressive characters with the
superior dance sequences and music. It was se-
lected by the School of Music because of the
University's particular strength in Musical The-.
atre as well as dance and should prove to be a
memorable and entertaining show.
University Productions has historically offered
students the opportunity to present their talent...
and increasingly has selected productions to,
spotlight the particular strengths the departments,
have to offer. This season is no exception. The
deliberate selection of interesting plays to show-
case the talent and depth of the performers, as
well as the interest and potential of the audience,,
should establish an outstanding season for Uni-
versity Productions.

La Bottine Souriante play Quebecois trad-folk music to move your feet
to. Their albums are rare, but their appearance tonight at the Ark will
be a rare feat.
Bottine Souri ante
play traditional
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By V.J. Beauchamp
After a somewhat slow start, tra-
ditional music is cranking up again
at the Ark. This week's treat is La
Bottine Souriante, Quebec's premier
traditional music outfit, Sunday
night at 8 p.m.
La Bottine Souriante are an illu-
sive Quebecois trad-folk group.
Their albums are hard to get in this
country. They usually sell records at
their shows, which are too few and
far between for this reviewer's taste.
Their albums and their shows make
your feet jump about. Indeed, every-
one in the band sings, and everyone
plays the feet.:
For those of you not yet familiar
with Quebecois trad, it sounds a lot
like the most raucous Scots-Irish
stuff you've heard, and all sung in (if
you're not familiar with the dialect)

the strangest French. As well as be-
ing strong vocalists and great foot,
um, -sters, La Bottine also play their
instruments well, and at breakneck
The band formed in 1975, a year
ripe with nationalistic fervor in
Quebec. The original members were
interested in the normal things that
bring trad enthusiasts together:
learning traditions, collecting songs,
tunes and reels, and drinking.
Their latest (fourth) album, La
Traversee De L'Atlantique, and this
tour features original members Yves
Lambert (accordian and harmonica)
and Andre Marchand (guitar and am-
plified feet), as well as Martin
Racine (fiddle), and Bernard Simard
So bring your dancing feet to the
Ark Sunday at 8 p.m. for LA BOT-
$8.50 and $7.50.

l/f geWelcomes
The Eleventh
Ann Arbor
Folk Festival
Saturday, January 30, 6 pm
Hill Auditorium
Holly Near & Ronnie Gilbert
Tom Paxton
David Bromberg
Jonathan Edwards
Christine Lavin
Archie Fisher & Garnet Rodgers
Jackie Torrence
Maura O'Connell
Kitty Donohoe
RFD Boys
& Ken Whitely
Tickets on sale at the Michigan Union
Ticket Office, Herb David Guitar
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January 1st of this year.
Charge by Phone 763-TKTS
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