The Michigan Daily
Friday, February 3, 1989
* Love's Labour's
Giovanni seeks to keep play's grandeur
BY JOE HELMINSKI
N EWSPAPERS and critics from New York to
Phoenix have praised the Acting Company, a touring
* professional repertory theater. Tomorrow, Ann Arbor
will get a chance to view and critique the 16-year-old
group as they make their Michigan Theater debut in
Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost.
Paul Giovanni directed the production just before it
bit the road three weeks ago. He currently teaches the-
Ater at the University of South Carolina. His back-
(Director Paul) Giovanni confesses that
he 'bent the period of (Love's Labour's
Lost)' .... But why not set it in modern
times? 'That,' says the director, 'is
silly. When you do Shakespeare, you
need a certain amount of grandeur.'
ground, though, is less than academic. He appeared on
Broadway in the 1960s musical The Fantasticks,
which reigned in the New York theater scene of the
day. He gradually became interested in other aspects of
"I found an affinity for directing. Since I had studied
acting, I gained a sympathy for actors." Giovanni em-
phasizes the performer's perspective in his produc-
tions: "Everything I do focuses on the actor." Appar-
ently this strategy serves him well, because his direct-
ing credits include work on Broadway and London's
West End, the theatrical "big time."
Recently he began to realize the potential power of
Shakespeare's classic comedy. He directed Love's
Labour's Lost first at Washington D.C.'s Folger
Theater, and the show impressed the Acting Company.
They asked him to work with them on their own pro-
duction of it, and he agreed.
Love's Labour's Lost is the story of three young
lords who, influenced by the King of Navarre, promise
themselves to seclusion and the ascetic life. They
pledge further to avoid all contact with women. At
least until the Princess of France and her three ladies
arrive at the King's Court. The monarch and his
monastic proteg6s fall hard for these lovely women and
individually pursue them, anonymously at first and
later in disguise. These impetuous bluebloods are dis-
covered by the Princess and her attendants, however,
who reject them until they can demonstrate their re-
Giovanni confesses that he "bent the period of the
play." Instead of choosing the traditional Elizabethan
setting, he felt inspired to "put it into a more glam-
orous age." He settled on pre-Louis XIV France. This
made for a "sexy version" of the play, he said, and
gained kudos from Washington audiences. He adds that
the road production in store for Ann Arbor is "much
"It's important to give the event a modern sense,"
Giovanni says. But why not set it in modern times?
"That," says the director, "is silly. When you do
Shakespeare, you need a certain amount of grandeur."
Giovanni hopes the new setting provides it.
Bringing the language of Shakespeare to life, he
says, is a special problem for a director. The dialogue
"must be spoken well" because of the old English
Shakespeare wrote it in. But he decries productions
which emphasize a British accent: "The sound of
Shakespeare's English is a combination of Bronx and
Appalachian accents." Above all, he says, "the voice
must move up and down the scale."
Spencer Beckwith appears as the King of Navarre.
He played in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing,
also an Acting Company project, and this marks his
second year with the group. The three lords are Larry
Green, Gary Sloan, and Ken Sawyer. All have been in
previous productions of Shakespeare. Alison Stair
Neet and Laura Perrotta do double duty, each playing
the Princess of France and Lady Rosaline. Theresa
McCarthy also plays a lady, and appeared as Ophelia in
a University of California version of Hamlet. Martha
Thompson is Lady Katharine. This is her first year
See Lost, Page 8
Peter Capaldi, left, and Sammi Davis stare in amazement at what is most likely at least par-
tially reminiscent of a phallus in Ken Russell's latest film, Lair of the White Worm.
a very strange man
BY GREG FERLAND
Let's face it, director Ken Russell
is just plain nuts. Who can forget
such images from his films as the
castration scene from The Devils,
the nude fight between Alan Bates
and Oliver Reed in Women in Love,
Ann Margret + bean soup + a pillow
in Tommy, or William Hurt as a
cave man in Altered States ? Ken
Russell films are notorious for their
outrageous images, and his latest
film, Lair of the White Worm, is no
exception. He heaps on the gore and
flashy camerawork at the expense of
Russell adapted the script from
Bram (Dracula) Stoker's short story.
The film is about a town in England
renowned for the legend of the white
worm that was slain there centuries
ago. When the parents of a town res-
ident, Mary Trent (Sammi Davis)
disappear, the ensuing search leads a
young lord to believe that the White
Worm may still exist. Somehow, all
this leads to a battle between Chris-
tianity and a pagan snake religion
called Dionyan which has been
maintained over the centuries by
Sylvia (Catherine Oxenberg), a kind
The plot is filled with gaping
holes and trite dialogue, but one can-
not help but think that Russell
knows this all too well. With tongue
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just playing around with images and
ridiculous dialogue and wants the
viewer to join him. in his fun.
Russell's humor is evident when
Sylvia burns her childhood game of
"Snakes and Ladders" and says
"Rosebud," in reference to the sled in
Citizen Kane. Sylvia also has such
dialogue as, "Time for ritual - no
time for sodomy!" Which reminds
me, the phallic symbols are so
prominent in this film that you have
to laugh, just as "nasty Ken" surely
In addition to the mocking tone of
the film, the cinematography carries
Lair of the White Worm above the
slasher horror film genre. There are
beautiful scenes of tranquil English
countryside contrasted with some of
the most startling dream sequences
ever seen. Sure, they're nasty, but
the style is very effective. During
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Christ on the cross being attacked by
the White Worm. The colors are
washed-out pastels, blacks, and greys
See Worm, Page 8
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