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Page 8-The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, October 17,1990
Company builds on tradition _

by Jenie Dahlmann

When anticipating the visit of the
nations premier touring repertory
troupe, The Acting Company, I
think how lucky the students at the
University are to have access to live,
quality performances of the classics.
I wonder, however, how long non-
profit professional theater companies
in America will be able to increase
students' awareness and appreciation
of theater.
If cutbacks in the National
Endowment of the Arts actually
happen, troupes such as The Acting
Company that thrive only on the
donations of corporations, founda-
tions and government agencies, may
become extinct. It may seem a hope-
less situation, but time has not run
out yet. Students here at the Univer-
sity have been granted the opportu-
nity to see The Acting Company
perform two of Shakespeare's clas-
sics: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
and Romeo and Juliet.
The Acting Company was
established in 1972 by John House-
man initially as a repertory company
of fourth-year Julliard students. Their
ensemble method of working was
started in English theater troupes

like The Royal Shakespeare-Com-
pany. The Acting Company has
evolved as the American manifesta-
tion of this approach and is the offi-
cial touring arm of the John F.
Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts. Not only does the company of-
fer American actors the opportunity
to hone their talents in a repertory
setting, it also offers classes and
demonstrations to high schools and
colleges around the country.
If cutbacks in the
[NEA] actually
happen, troupes such
as The Acting
Company... may
become extinct.
Thursday night the company will
stage The Two Gentlemen of
Verona reset in America's Old
West. Shakespeare's comedy re-
volves around two brothers in love
with the same woman. The play is
full of mistaken identity and mis-
communications. Director Charles
Newell says he sees this production
as a "technicolor and comic recon-
struction of America's Old West."
Woman," which they manage to
make even raunchier than the origi-
nal (the accordian does it for me)
without turning it into an Irish jig.
Although I prefer the Rolling Stones
version, it seems much more appro-
priate now, especially after the big
Wheelchair tour, to hear Shane
MacGowan spit, "I just can't seem
to drink you off my mind" instead of
that guy with the lips who used to
be half cool.
- Mark Binelli

Friday night's production of
Romeo and Juliet has been reviewed
as a sexy production full of physical
teasing. What better way to tell the
story of these famous star-crossed
lovers. It is directed by Leon Rubin,
former artistic director of the Bristol
Old Vic and The Waterford Palace
Theaters in England and now the
chairman of the drama division at the
largest University level theater in the
United Kingdom.
It is sad to think the experience
of live theater may be replaced by
VCRs playing tapes of English
actors performing Shakespeare thou-
sands of miles away in England -
where they happen to have govern-
ment support for the arts. Taking
into consideration the unpredictable
future and flawless track-record of
The Acting Company, The Two
Gentlemen of Verona and Romeo
and Juliet should not be missed.

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The Acting Company will perform
TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
tomorrow night at 8 p.m. and
ROMEO AND JULIET on Friday at
8 p.m. in the Michigan Theater.
Tickets are $26.50, $9 for student
rush tickets with I.D.

Yee-hahl Shakespeare hits the Old West as the American Acting Company stages Two Gentlemen of Verona in
a slightly different format

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RECORDS
Continued from page 5
The band members play every
instrument under the sun, five out of
eight of them wrote songs on the
last album, four sang, and if one
member was to, say, pass out in the
middle of a concert, the others could
easily step in and finish the show.
The Pogbes are truly a total musical
collaboration, and the Yeah, Yeah,
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah ep, a re-release of
the single of the same name from a
couple of years ago along with two
new covers and an original, is aural
proof of just that.
The title song is exactly what it
sounds like, a classically obnoxious
Pogues tribute to mindless pop-rock
love songs, one which begins not
with a line about pubs or Pontch or
puking or death, but instead, "I loved
you, baby, since we were in school/I
didn't show it/I was a fool." And
check out this chorus: "Yeah yeah
yeah yeah yeah/Yeah yeah yeah yeah
yeah/Woo woo hoo hoo/Woo woo
boo hoo."
Two of the -other songs on the
album, done with Irish folk band and
major influence of the Dubliners, are
more vintage Pogues, most notably
the traditional "Whiskey In A Jar".
And going along with the Yeah
theme of Big Dumb Rock 'N' Roll
Is their cover of "Honkytonk
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FALL TERM 1990
Breaking the Cycle: A Drop-in Group for Women Obsessed
with Food
Mondays, 11:10-12:30 pm
A Group for Men & Women: Love, Friendship, &
Communication
Thursdays, 3:00-5:00 pm
Dreamwork: A Therapy Group with Emphasis on Dreams
Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00 pm
Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families: Discovery &
Recovery
Fridays, 11:00-12:30 pm
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Fridays, 11:00-12:30 pm
Talk It Out: A Problem Solving & Support Group
Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 pm
Coping As An African American Student
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Women and Performance Group
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 pm
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