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ARTS

The Michigan Daily

Page :7

Thursday, March 15, 1990

Chekhov

stands

firm

RC Players' Three Sisters plays it traditional
by Justine Unatin

Eric Bogle follows in the steps of Dylan, Baez and Mitchell, singing songs of protest that focus on one or two
subjects rather than hundreds.
Bogle writes real protest songs

by Mark Swartz
Go to the Ark tonight, and take
in Eric Bogle as you would a des-
perately needed breath of fresh air.
The timing couldn't be better.
A certain putrid song called "We
Didn't Start the Fire" clogs up our
airwaves, our music charts and our
concert halls these days. Its sim-
plistic, machine-driven drivel pol-
lutes our sensibilities until some-
how we find ourselves actually
humming its idiotic refrain. Al-
legedly a protest song, since it
sputters some rhymes about the
Suez Canal, J.F.K. and Hula
Hoops and acts truly miffed about
it all, Billy Joel's hit especially of-
fends by refusing to take any kind
of stand about its own blurred bar-
rage of incoherent images.
In purifying contrast, Aus-
tralian/Scottish Eric Bogle writes
protest songs that focus sharply -

sometimes horrifyingly so - on
atrocities of the human condition.
He takes World War I, one of the
most gargantuan topics to be tack-
led, and creates small, intensely
personal stories out of it that con-
vey real messages in simple lan-
guage.
"And the Band Played Waltzing
Matilda" is a first person account
of the violent Gallipoli campaign,
in which a sizeable Australian
batallion was decimated. The narra-
tor, a survivor, tells the tale of the
senseless slaughter and its impact
on him with a potent combination
of stoicism and sentiment: "And as
our ship pulled into Circular Key/ I
looked at the place where me legs
used to be/ And thanked Christ
there was nobody waiting for me/
To grieve, and to mourn, and to
pity." More than 100 artists have
interpreted the song since its com-
position in 1972. Makem and

Clancy made it the largest selling
single in Irish history. The
Pogues' master of drunken cere-
monies, Shane MacGowan, gives
it a surprisingly reverent reading on
Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash.
"No Man's Land" (a.k.a. "The
Green Fields of France," a.k.a.
"Willie McBride") captures one
small tragedy of the War To End
All Wars in a monologue addressed
to McBride at his burial site: "I see
by your gravestone you were only
nineteen/ when you joined the
Great Fallen of 1916./ Well I hope
you died quick and I hope you died
clean./ Or Willie McBride, was it
slow and obscene?" It's a haunting
song, also covered by legions of
performers. Bob Dylan, never afraid
to "borrow" words when he writes
a song, quotes a couple of lines
from "No Man's Land" on his
most recent album.
See BOGLE, page 8

IN the spirit of originality, which
characterizes the form and tone of
Anton Chekhov's plays, the Resi-
dential College Players have set their
own precedent with their production
of Chekhov's classic, Three Sisters.
The RC Players have achieved a
break from their traditional perfor-
mances by combining forces with
Basement Arts of the theater depart-
ment. The troupe of carefully se-
lected actors form the ACME Arts
Ensemble. David Leichtman, director
of the Basement Arts as well as
Three Sisters, says that both orga-
nizations were eager to present
something "bigger and better than
ever, that couldn't be done on their
own."
The play presents a slice of the
life of three sisters and their brother,
all of whom struggle daily with the
desire to flee their small, stifling
town and move to Moscow. The
challenge of the play derives from
the constant expressive power of the
language and the carefully plotted
combination of comic and tragic
moods.
The collaboration of talent which
has resulted in the inception of the
new ACME ensemble, represents the
first move in a string of new chal-
lenges for the group. Darlene
Zweng, who plays one of the sisters,
Natasha, says many directors have
shied away from Chekhov in the
past because of the difficulty in ef-
fectively conveying the depth of his
characters and expressing humor
through the tension. The challenge
seems to add to Zweng's enthusi-
asm, as well as that of fellow actor
Alexa Eldred, who plays the middle
sister, Masha. Both shower praise
upon director Leichtman, who "stood
up and took a risk" in allowing them
the rewarding opportunity of work-
ing on a play of such high caliber.
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the Residential College Players' production of Anton Chekhov's Three
Sisters.

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They further praise Leichtman for
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time of the play, in order to enhance
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five of the leading roles, a sizable
representation with respect to moist
plays previously tackled by the RC
Players.
While the new troupe and the dif-
ficult material indicate a daring step
for campus theater, the unique quali-
ties of Three Sisters also include a
hint of conservatism atypical of RC
productions. According to Leicht-
man, the play differs from past RC
productions which endeavored to
transform certain aspects of plays in
order to clearly express themes as
signs of the times. Three Sisters
will be performed as written; the
See SISTERS, page 8
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