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The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, September 23, 1992

Page 5

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A tension-filled roller coaster

A ACT's production of Knott's 'Wait UntilDark' opens

'92-'93 season

Walt Mink (I-r Candice Belanoff, John Kimbrough, and Joey Waronker)
has been to college, but sound nothing like R.E.M., the Replacements or
the Grateful Dead. 50 instant bonus points!
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or iss Happiness'?
by Scott Sterling
Despite evidence to the contrary, that much maligned genre of music
known as college rock is alive and well. Somewhere in the sea of
mediocre R.E.M. and Replacements wannabes there are still college folks
creating good and vital music. Exhibit A: Macalester College graduates
Walt Mink.
The Minneapolis-based trio's debut album, "Miss Happiness," is a dy-
namic crush collision of cerebral melodies and over the top raw power.
Sonic as hell, you can sing along while you bang your head. From the Zen
stomp of "Love You Better," to a killer version of Nick Drake's "Pink
Moon," "Miss Happiness" soars.
"The line of thinking that went into that record was just to record the
band and making it as basic as possible, and I think that we did that," says
John Kimbrough, the band's singer/songwriter/guitar hero.
Kimbrough, along with bassist Candice Belanoff and drummer Joey
Waronker, formed Walt Mink late in 1988. Initially, they played parties
just for fun and free beer.
"Then we all graduated from college and realized that we were com-
pletely talentless in all other realms of endeavor, and so we started to
panic. We realized the only thing we could do was play music," remem-
bers Kimbrough.
Moving from playing basements to local club stages came easily for
Walt Mink. Opening slots for bands such as Babes In Toyland quickly es-
tablished the band in Minneapolis. But Walt Mink's reputation as stellar
musicians soon began to overshadow the actual songs they were playing.
"I think our live shows tend to draw more attention to the musicianship
See MINK, Page 9

by Liz Shaw
Imagine you're a woman living
in present day Greenwich Village,
and you're walking home alone one
night. Although you're usually quite
alert about what's going on around
you on the dark streets, tonight is
different. Tonight you're too mad at
your photographer husband for go-
This classic chiller,
directed by Fred Bock,
takes you through 24
hours of terror for the
blind heroine, played
by Ann Arbor resident
Susannah Conn ...
ing out on a photo shoot right after
getting back from a business trip. So
mad you don't even notice that
you're being watched by three shady
characters. Now, consider the fact
that you are also blind, and you
know that the only person who is
around to help you tonight is a
young girl who lives in your apart-
ment house.
Thus is the premise for the
Frederick Knott play, "Wait Until
Dark," the 1992/93 season opener
for the Ann Arbor Civic Theater.
This classic chiller, directed by
Fred Bock, takes you through 24
hours of terror for the blind heroine,
played by Ann Arbor resident
Susannah Conn, and the woman's
young assistant, 10-year-old Emily
Horne, who is making her AACT
debut.
Though only 10, Emily Horne
has a great deal of experience work-
ing in the theater with both children
and adults. She's been in produc-
tions with the Young People's
Theater and some through EMU.
She enjoys working with adults, es-
pecially in this production, because
they're always so nice to her.
"Susannah and I got to be pretty
good friends and we'd joke around
with our lines sometimes," she said.

Chris Korow (left) and Susannah Conn (right) in a scene from "Wait Until Dark," by the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

The wide range of emotions that
Home' s character experiences gave
her a chance to test her acting abil-
ity, which she found to be one of the
best parts of the play. "I got to do a
lot of things that I'd never get to do
in real life, like throwing a temper
tantrum and tossing things all over
the stage."
Actor Ric Hunt, who has been
involved in many AACT produc-
tions, also appears in "Wait Until
Dark" as one of the con men, Roat.
Hunt enjoyed the change of pace and
the opportunity to play in this ten-
sion-filled thriller. "I think the sus-
pense of the play will just have the
audience going on this roller coaster
ride," he said.
WAIT UNTIL DARK will be at the
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre Sept.
23-26. Shows are at 8 p.m. with a
matinee Sat. at 2 p.m. Tickets are
$]2-$15. For more information, call
763-1085.

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