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The Michigan Daily -Thursday, December 6, 1990- Page 7

Get psyched for Westen at the U-Club!

by Andrew J. Cahn

On WPZA-AM yesterday morn-
ing, Drew Westen's song "Oy, to be
a Goy on Christmas" was given its
world debut, but the announcer made
a slight mistake with the introduc-
tion; she thought the song was per-
formed by a student in the music
school. The mistake is somewhat
excusable. It is not too often that a
college professor is hip enough to
play guitar and write a hilarious
piece of music.
The D.J. is obviously not a stu-
dent here at the University. Most
students here - even those who do
not even take Westen's class - at
least know about his Psych 172 lec-
tures from their friends who leave
the MLB twice a week repeating
TARTUFFE
Continued from page 5
manipulative Bible-hugger, a middle-
aged man's mid-life crisis, and
selfish teenagers caught up in
suicidal love triangles, Tartuffe
could show up as next week's script
for Twin Peaks. Kerr suggests that
if Tartuffe were reworked today,
Orgon would take a mistress, buy a
little red sports car and seek some
kind of redemption via a Jerry
Falwell-ish Tartuffe. And, as if
Moliere predicted the feminist
movement, the educated, outspoken
women of the family would tell both
of these men where to go.
Although this production's

their favorite Westen quotes. Those
students, who know of Westen's
humorous outlooks on many psy-
chological topics and his liberal atti-
tude toward teaching, see nothing
shocking about their professor's se-
cret life as a satirical songwriter.
Neither does he.
When Westen was younger, he
used to play guitar in a rock band,
but as he matured, or as he said, "as
my hormones were getting under
control," his aspirations for the fu-
ture shifted from being a rock star to
being a college professor. His col-
leagues and students would undoubt-
edly see this as leaving behind the
adolescent, identity crisis stage and
entering the period of young adult-
hood (Erikson (1950)).
While attending college at Har-

vard, Westen found that a great deal
of the songs he was writing "did not
lend themselves to rock and roll," so
he spent some time playing the cof-
fee house circuit around Boston. It's
been about 10 years since the last
time he performed his own satirical
tunes as well as Tom Lehrer covers.
Incidentally, Lehrer was thrown out
of Harvard for his rendition of the
school's fight song at a faculty
party. As Westen said on the radio
yesterday, "I'm hoping that after
(tonight) I'll get thrown out of
Michigan."
Some of the tunes Westen ex-
pects to perform are "Cosmic Candy
Bars," about a plane that is hijacked
from Atlanta to Mars, "Stanley the
Shrink" and "Room 302" which
Westen notes is about a "love affair

with a rather peculiar object oful

D-

sire." What that object is remains to
be seen.
Westen will also present to the
crowd his new hit single, "Oy, to be
a Goy on Christmas." This tune is a
story of a young Jewish boy who
wants to celebrate the rites of
Christmas instead of his family's
traditional Hanukkah customs. In-
cluded in the piece are some very
humorous lyrics such as "You can
nosh on your knish/ But that's k-not
my Christmas wish/ Just give me
ham or turkey/ You can have your
gefilte fish/ With or without
horseradish..."
DREW WESTEN will perform at the
U-Club tonight at 9 p.m. (ok, 9:10,
since he's a prof.) Cover is $5.
FIRST LIGHT headlines.

emphasis is on the modern problems
of family, Kerr chose to let it remain
set in 17th-century France. "I
suppose we have nudged it a little
bit toward the museum in that
sense," he says. To underline the
idea of an unstable family base,
however, Kerr has staged Tartuffe in
an "environment that stresses a
household in transition. The set is
slightly tilted and askew."

Throughout the production, all of
Orgon's earthly possessions will
seem to be packed up, sold off and
moved out.
Kerr says that Moliere, being an
actor first and foremost, would have
appreciated the cast he has gathered.
He says the diversity of interests in
his cast adds to the production's
"muscularity." This cast, he asserts,

has combined to form a " kind of
theatrical family Moliere would
approve of." Isn't that what it's all
about? Just call them the Palmers.
TARTUFFE is being presented at
the Power Center Thursdaythrough
Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 with
student i.d., $9 and $12 for non-
students.

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Tartuffe's wife Emile (Andi Carnick) chokes that hypocrite Tartuffe (Jon
Hammond) in the University Players' production of Moliere's Tartuffe.

Knowledge is
Freedom
"You shall know the truth and the
truth shall set you free"
-Jesus Christ

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available
December 10
at the
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FIRST

Bible Study
Michigan Union
7pm tonight

Questions?
call 662-2756

LIGHT
with special guest
DREW WESTEN
(YES! FROM PSYCH 172)
AT THE
U- CLUB
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The Department of Philosophy
The University of Michigan
announces
THE TANNER LECTURE ON
HUMAN VALUES
1990-91
RICHARD RORTY
University Professor of the Humanities
University of Virginia
FEMINISM
AND
PRA GMA TISM
Friday, December 7
Rackham Auditorium
4:00 pm
SYMPOSIUM ON THE
TANNER LECTURE
RICHARD RORTY
JOSHUA COHEN
Professor of Philosophy and Political Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
NANCY FRASER
Associate Professor of Philosophy
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