Thursday, February 1, 1990
The Michigan Daily
Wenomadmen puts future life in present tense
BY AMI MEHTA
THE idea of the future has been
presented to today's society in a va-
riety of different ways. Whether it is
similar to the spacey lifestyles of the
Jetsons or a scenario that resembles
Back to the Future Part II, everyone
has his or her own visions formed of
what the coming years will be like.
The Theatre Grottesco, an inter-
national touring theater company,
perceives the future to be a world-
.wide desert where society is concen-
trated in a small, urban oasis in
which four major castes have
evolved. Bringing this futuristic do-
main alive on stage, the four mem-
bers of the Theatre Grottesco vicari-
ously live the lives of four very dif-
ferent people, each from one of the
four castes (the Powerful, the Enter-
tainers, the Knowledge-Keepers and
the Builders.) Hurled together by the
Ochaotic events of the future, these
four characters are featured in a play
The foursome - a builder, an en-
tertainer's valet, a student, and an
umbrella-carrier - are plucked from
their separate castes and find them-
selves fleeing a threatened city to-
gether. Away from their friends, col-
leges, and occupations, each person's
,* particular strengths and weaknesses
are exposed. Once outside of the
city, where there is nothing but the
bare desert and scattered ruins, each
caste member tries to retain his or
her identity while combatting the
hostile forces of the great leveller:
Nature. Eventually, the characters
create their own new society settling
conflicts and ending in compromise.
The acts of everyday life, whether it
be modern or futuristic, are reduced
to cosmopolitan rituals.
This particular show is the third
in a series about America written,
acted and directed by the Theatre
Grottesco. Wenomadmen, however,
varies from the usual style of the
company. "Our natural bent is to be
somewhat comic," said company
member Elizabeth Wiseman. "This
time we chose not to go for comedy
but a more stringent and sparsely
comical method," she added.
The theme of this play is isola-
tion in the future, something that is
inherent in both actual caste systems
and the fictional ones in the play.
Even today there is segregation of
the classes in society - with the
omnipresent yuppies as a prime ex-
ample - and Wenomadmen ad-
dresses this. Wiseman describes the
play as set in a very modern expres-
This show, as with all of their
work, was the original creation of
the four members of the company,
John Flax, Paul Herwig, Malcolm
Tulip, and Wiseman. With their ages
ranging from 28 to 38, these artists
have found being a part of the The-
atre Grottesco their full-time occupa-
tion. "I've been doing theater since I
was a child but I didn't really know I
was doing theater until I was 20 or
so. It's such a funny career," said
Even though each member of the
company has had various training
experience, all of them have studied
at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq, a theater
school in Paris. Having studied Eu-
ropean and American theater, Wise-
man characterizes Europeans as us-
ing more traditional style in their.
pieces and Americans as doing
mostly realistic theater. "In Europe,
theater is part of the culture, whereas
here people go to the mall," she
But this group hardly has time
for shopping as they are on the road
touring both nationally and interna-
tionally about one-third of the year.
The remaining part of their time is
spent creating, writing, acting, im-
perceives the future
to be a world-wide
desert where society
is concentrated in a
small, urban oasis in
which four major
castes have evolved.
Bringing this futuristic
domain alive on stage,
the four members of
the Theatre Grottesco
vicariously live the
lives of four very
each from one of the
four castes (the
and the Builders.)
provising, and rehearsing new and
original concepts at their home base
WENOMADMEN will be per-
formed tonight, tomorrow and Sat-
urday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30
p.m. at the Performance Network,
408 W. Washington. Tickets are
$10, $8 for students and seniors.
Pictured here at their sound check before Tuesday night's show, the Meat Puppets ponder their imminent foray
into the realm of the cool.
Meat Puppets rock hot and cold
BY ANNETTE PETR USSO
The Meat Puppets floated
through a 90+ minute set at the
Blind Pig on Tuesday that seemed
too short but displayed their musical
diversity. By recreating the airy
whims of their records on stage the
band was able to further develop its
ever-evolving persona. While not
playing many of the songs one
would expect ("Bad Love" from
Huevos immediately comes to
mind), they sculpted a series of mu-
sical images that would have had any
art patron reeling from the beauty.
In contrast, Eleventh Dream Day
opened with a just-under-one-hour
gig that tried to push itself in the
audience's collective face. Sporting a
serious garage band look, they com-
plemented it with a one-pace attitude
that made this reviewer wish they
had stayed there until they came up
with more than one good thing. De-
spite their unnecessarily consistent
sound limitations, EDD presented a
decent first effort as a newly-signed
Mixing carefully-crafted instru-
mentals that displayed lead
singer/guitarist Curt Kirkwood's
overpowering talent, with imagina-
tive interpretations of wordy songs.
-and blistering rockers, the Puppets
manipulated tempo and different
song styles and had the crowd eating
out of the palm of their hands. The
audience's reactions ran the gamut
in Daily Arts
from slamming to mellow swaying
as each song dictated. Unfortunately
the band never let their sound go
anywhere near too far, making them
seem slightly dismembered; smooth
transitions or a gradual building to
ecstasy were never allowed to take
Their grinding version of
"Automatic Mojo" captured the
essence of pulverizing rock 'n' roil
while whistle-happy "Maiden's
Milk" and way-mellow "Up on the
Sun" lived up to the MP's reputa-
tion for off-beat sound and vision.
Bassist Cris Kirkwood's Animal (the
muppet kind)-like antics compli-
mented his M6trhead T-shirt and
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