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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 3, 1988
New mime lives in Dead

BY MARY BETHBARBER
THEATRE Grottesco - don't let
the name fool you. It's not another
Halloween extravaganza or a produc-
tion for Elvira's late night theater,
but a company specializing in a
relatively new form of theater, often
dubbed "European mime." The per-
formance of The Richest Dead Man
Alive at the Performance Network
tonight through Sunday promises to
be a unique and humorous blend of
mime and conventional theater.
Founded at the Lecoq Acting
School in Paris, Theatre Grottesco is
known worldwide for its productions
in European mime. The European
style differs from the Marcel
Marceau style of mime popular in
=the United States. Dialogue and
props are used, although scenery is
not. But the props differ from those
in conventional drama; an object is
presented in an unrelated way to its
..actual purpose and mimed into

something else. A simple bamboo
stick can be used as almost any-
thing, from an elephant gun to a
flute, depending on what the actor
wants it to be. The concentration of
the audience is centered on the actors
- what they say and what they do
- and not on the props or scenery.
The play, second in a series at the
Performance Network about life in
the U.S., is a modern American
farce. A man with a big heart and
almost no money dies, and the in-
surance company gives his wife a
hefty claim. But then the dead man
isn't really dead; he revives before
the burial. They decide to keep the
money and keep him dead, and then
the real action starts.
The Richest Dead Man Alive is
not an American slapstick farce with
plots and subplots interwoven into
one giant mess, but a European one
in which the plot and subplots can
be easily separated. It's an American
parody presented in an European
dramatic style, and should be excit-

ing, original, and different.

T HE RICHEST DEAD MAN
ALIVE will be performed tonight
through Saturday night at 8 p.m. and
Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the Perfor-
mance Network, 408 W. Washing-
ton. Tickets are $8 general admis-
sion, $6 for students and seniors.
Glass
Continued from Page 7
family circle is tested by the pres-
ence of Jim, Tom's friend whom he
invites to dinner.
Morris' production is both sensi-
tive and moving. Williams sought
to create joyous and irreverent enter-
tainment. Morris brings his tender,
charming and beautiful story of the
trials of the Wingfield clan to live in
the performances of Carol Sheldon
as Amanda, Larry Rusinsky as Tom,
Anne Kolaczkowski Magee as Laura,
and Christopher Korow as Jim.
Williams' work is a literature of
revolt. As post-adolescents, we can
all remember the trials of family
life, the need to escape, and the de-
sire to exert one's independence. If
not our hearts, then the rebel in all
of us can relate to Morris' moving
production of Williams' drama.
THE GLASS MENAGERIE will
be produced November 3-5,10-12,17-
19 at 8 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Civic
Theatre at 1035 S. Main Street.

Actors (left to right) Matthew Barritt (Judas), Jim Van Dore (Jesus Christ), and Kay C. Hope
(Mary Magdalene), rehearse for Jesus Christ Superstar. We're not sure, but that may be a
reproduction of the Wailing Wall in the background.

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Jesus
Continued from Page 7
Michelle Futterman says that the
group decided they wanted to put on
another Andrew Lloyd Webber show.
"Andrew Lloyd Webber is contin-
uously coming out with great mus-
icals, like Phantom (of the Opera).
Jesus Christ was his first rock op-

era." She says that having Musket
put on Andrew Lloyd Webber shows
is a good way to bring them to more
of the public - for those of us who
don't get to New York or London
that often.
Superstar features the same
musical versatility of Joseph. Al-
though it is a rock opera, and most
of the numbers are dominated by a
hard-edged rock style, there are choral
numbers, the amusing, bouncy "Her-

od's Song," and, since no musical is
complete without a ballad, the
beautiful "I Don't Know How to
Love Him."
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
will run November 3rd, 4th, and 5th
at 8 p.m. and November 6th at 2
p.m. in the Power Center for the
Performing Arts. Tickets are $6 and
$7, available at the Michigan Union
Ticket Office.

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