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ARTS
Wednesday, November 30, 1988

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The Michigan Daily

Page 7

Black Nativity

Glorifying

gospel

BY CHERIE CURRY
H AVE you heard? The word is out that last year's
holiday hit, Black Nativity, is planning a smashing
return to campus; this time, they say, in a much grander,
brighter, and festive fashion.
The musical takes place in a Southern
country church where the people cele-
brate Christmas by retelling the story of
the Christ child's birth with pomp,
pagentry and good old-fashioned, soul-
stirring Gospel praise.

off the roster. Pinkney, also the Artistic Director of the
Billie Holiday Theatrea resident professional BlAck
Theatre company in Brooklyn and Director of the off-
Broadway production of Inacent Black, has done
extensive research to adapt the script and add flavor to the
already exciting work.
Nativity's Set and Costume Designer Felix Cochren
adds his award-winning touch, as he did for his designs
in the world premiere productions of Samm Art Wil-
liam's Home and Charles Fuller's Pulitzer prize-
winning drama, A Soldier's Play for the internationally
famous Negro Ensemble Company. Choreographer
Paulette Brockington and Music Director Alvin Waddles
should add to the anticipated heartfelt song and dance
with their direction.
Brillant costuming, dazzling choreography, and pan
inspirational sound from a combination of traditional ind
contemporary Gospel styles and Christmas classics-
all tied together by creative direction; I want to be a part
of it, don't you? Bring in the holiday season by
experiencing the Christmas magic of Black Nativity -
I hear you won't regret it!
BLACK NATIVITY, presented by the University Black
Entertainment Series, runs Thursday through Sunday at
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, with a preview for press and
special guests tonight at 8 p.m. Evening performances
are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. Matinee
performances are Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets
are $10, $5 for students, and are available at
Ticketmaster outlets and the Michigan Union Ticket
Office.

When two people look alike but aren't known to be related,
about their parental background. In Separated at Birth the c
over the world are reunited for the first time since their birt

Separated at Birth?
By Kurt Andersen,
Graydon Carter, and
Tom Phillips
Doubleday
$6.95/paperback
Have you ever wondered if you
were a twin and your parents sold
your sibling because they couldn't
afford to raise both of you? Or if you
were adopted and you have a brother
or sister out there whom you'll never
meet?
Well, the crack research team of
Kurt Andersen, Graydon Carter, and
Tom Phillips have discovered num-
erous pairings, and even some
triplings, of celebrities who must
have been Separated at Birth. The trio
first came up with the idea when they
noticed that "some people look like
other people - a shocking
phenomenon that's never really
received adequate press coverage."
Since Andersen, Carter, and
Phillips are the editors of Spy mag-
azine, they had a perfect outlet to
cover the phenomenon. At first,
Separated at Birth was a feature in
this New York-based publication, but
"once the magazine got rolling, we
quickly realized that America deserves
a whole book of look-alike photos."
Everyone from Isaac Asimov to
Meryl Streep is matched up with a
new brother or sister. The guest list
for a reunion of these long lost
siblings would look like a copy of
Who's Who - with the addtion of a
couple of fictional characters, too.
The resemblance between Alexander
Haig and the Grinch is as scary as
either of these two characters are by
themselves.
The editors of SPY, have a secret to

the way they produce their comic
effects, and they were quite happy to
share it: "You see, there's this one
person, and you notice that he looks
like this other person, and then you
get a whole bunch of photos. Then
you pick out the best pair and run
them side by side at the same size...
and maybe, just maybe, you do what
you can to make sure they're facing
sort of the same way and have, if
possible, similar expressions. That's
all."
Some of the best pairings come
from matching people of the opposite
sex - Geraldine Ferraro and David
Bowie, for example. "The fact that
there were two cross-sexual pairs out
of three in the very first installment
was the most obvious tip-off that we
wouldn't be going for easy Frank
Perdue/Ed Koch pairings." The
imagination behind the look-alikes is
broad enough to surpass not only
gender barriers, but also the gap
between fictional characters and real
people.In fact, they have even recast
the Wizard of Oz, and with such
celebs as George Schultz playing the
Cowardly Lion, no make-up jobs are
needed.
Be sure to read the adjoining
captions which can be as biting as the
HOUSE OF WINGS

But it's not just a rumor: Black Nativity is back, and
it's not your everyday Christmas Song Play. This
Nativity, conceived by Vinnette Carroll and Langston
there is always question Hughes, is a gospel, musical review, in the style of
children of milkmen all Carroll's Your Arms Too Short to Box with God. The
'h' musical takes place in a Southern country church where
pairings, such as "Decent actor the people celebrate Christmas by retelling the story of
Crispin Glover and indecent pres- the Christ child's birth with pomp, pagentry and good
idential candidate George Bush." old fashioned, soul-stirring Gospel praise.
Andersen, Phillips, and Carter hold What makes it even more special is the talent
nothing back, but put it all in black involved in bringing the production together. Artistic
in white - with pictures! So if you Director and University graduate Mikell Pinkney starts
ever become famous, the trio might
dig up a lost relative for you. Then
again, you might find that stardom is

not allr it's cracked up to be if you
wind up paired with Phyllis Diller.
And Bob Talbert - eat you heart out.
- Mark Shaiman

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