The Michigan Daily
Thursday, October 20, 1988
BY LYNN GETTLEMAN
HERE in Ann Arbor can you
find a radio talk show host who in-
sults, badgers, and excites his audi-
ence for the sheer purpose of creating
a controversy that provokes audience
Just walk on over to the True-
blood Theatre this weekend or next
and observe talk show host Barry
Champlain in action. Champlain, the
main character in Eric Bogosian's
1985 play, Talk Radio, provokes his
audience with such issues as street
crime, racism, and U.S. foreign pol-
icy. Presented by the University's
Department of Theatre and Drama's
University Players,Talk Radio looks
at how the media shape events and
interact in everyday life.
According to director Richard
Klautsch, "Talk Radio is a search for
meaningful dialogue, exploring how
current issues, events, and ideas affect
people's lives, and how the media is
able to turn every major issue into an
Klautsch recognizes the tremen-
dous role talk show hosts have in
creating public opinions and feelings.
,He comments, "Morton Downey,
Geraldo Rivera, Oprah Winfrey, and
Phil Donahue are all popular talk-
show hosts, not because they provide
information or an opportunity for fair
debate, but rather, for their ability to
provoke their audiences into an emo-
tional response. Bogosian's Talk
Radio exoplores the power of that
appeal. Talk Radio is pure sensa-
tionalism and great theatres"
Talk Radio is not the only "great
theatre" in which Richard Klautsch
has participated. Besides being an in-
structor of acting in the University
Department of Theatre and Drama,
Klautsch directed last season's Uni-
Take a pill,
versity Players production of the
Contrast and has appeared as an actor
in such University productions as
Oedipus, Every Good Boy Deserves
Favour, and Wolf.
Along with Klautsch, the produc-
tion of Talk Radio includes light-
ing designer and MFA design student
Tracy Eck, undergraduate costume
designer Kim Hoedeman, and set de-
signer Peter Beudert. Beurdert not
only designed the set of last season's
Opera Theatre production of La Ron-
dine, he also designed sets for several
theatres in France - including the
Theatre du Phare, Theatre du Gerard
Phillipe and the Theatre National.
If you have any interest in the
world of current events, then you
should definitely catch a performance
of Talk Radio. Failure to see the
original play now may result in hav-
ing to see the adaptation of the play
that Academy Award-winning director
Oliver Stone is currently filming in
Texas. Without meaning to insult
Stone, remember - the movie is
never as good as the original play!I
Performances of TALK RADIO be-
gin at 8 p.m. October 20-22, 27-29,
and 2 p.m. October 23 and 30. Tick-
ets can be purchased at the Michigan
League Ticket Office. Tickets are $7
general admission and $5 for special
student seating. For further informa-
tion, call the League Ticket Office at
Barry Champlain (Christopher Murray) rides the waves of talk radio in the University
Players' production of Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio.
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