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page 8- The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 30, 1989

Continued from Page 7
If this sounds like a very odd
play, you have exactly the right
impression. Although it would be
very difficult to describe the plot, it
was not difficult to understand, due to
a concept in theater upon which most
playwrights depend. To make their
play effective, the audience must
participate in a "willing suspension
of disbelief." They must trust that
the producers of the show will pro-
duce a believeable story, if only
within the context of the play.
Nowhere is this more necessary than
in On The Verge.
To say that this play was about
self-discovery would be stretching it
into the realms of seriousness. Mary,
the archaeologist of the group, does a
little soul-searching, but for the most
part, the play stayed away from
heavy personal investigations.
All three women, Kathleen
Schmidt as Mary, Carol Sheperd as
Fanny, and Heather McRae-Woolf as
Alexandra, did a splendid job of
making their characters come to life.
Their characters were revealed to the
audience through the use of frequent
little cameo speeches which split the
action into many parts.
The play was embellished by I
fourth actor, Stephen Angus, who
was remarkably versatile and
sparkling in his roles as The Gorge
Troll, Nicky Paradise, Mr. Coffee,
Madame Nhu, Gus, Grover, and Al-
fonse. All the roles he played were
supplementary characters to the ad-
ventures, and his lines were wonder-
fully creative. Angus also played
Simon Gascoyne in last semester's
The Real Inspector Hound.
On The Verge is a comedy which
makes some light jabs at the 20th
century, but for the most part, it
stays with the funny aspects of the
modern era, such as "I Like Ike"
campaign buttons, Kodaks and
eggbeaters. Have you ever thought
about what an eggbeater would look
like to someone digging up our civi-
lization in two hundred years?
The second half of the play
seemed a little corny. At that point,
though, I had begun to understand the
play a little more, and maybe because
of this, some of the charm and nov-
elty of its concept began to wear off.
This doesn't mean that is wasn't
worth seeing. One would have to se
it to understand and appreciate it
fully. On The Verge was well per-
formed and creatively staged - a
sweet little foray into the surreal.

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