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Country music stripped of the hats

BONNEY
Continued from page 4
thing] ultimately liberating. That's
what country music does best."
The transformation of trauma and
catastrophe into a strengthening ex-
perience is one of the major themes of
"Forever," for instance in the first
song "Ravenswood." Bonney ex-
plained that his inspiration for this
song came from several documenta-
riesall dealing with ravaged commu-
nities pulling together and attempting
to go beyond mere survival into pros-
perity. He told of one in particular, a
suburb of Chicago: "People decided
that their neighborhood had become
unlivable and they got to know each
other, forming, rediscovering their

sense of community." On "Forever,"
that rediscovery plays itself out in the
falling together and apart of personal
relationships.
"Forever" definitely isn't a Crime
and the City Solution record, but it is
a natural progression in Bonney's
career. Instead of Crime's often ba-
roque European sensibilities, Bonney
cultivates the combination of tradi-
tional ballads and confessional lyrics
that has always underscored Crime's
best work, from the days of the Howard
Brothers to "The Adversary" off of
the "Until the End of the World"
soundtrack. (By the way, Crime is
pretty far up there in Wim Wenders'
quite informed pantheon of rock, and
if you saw "Wings of Desire," you

saw Bonney in his martyr/poet days
performing with Crime and the City
Solution in front of a throng of adulat-
ing Berliners).
"Forever" offers country music
stripped of cowboy hats. Removed of
semis. Populated by loner lovers ach-
ing in solitude, even if accompanied
by the ones they love. Stripped down
to a bare naked heart. But that weighs
more than an eighteen-wheeler, you
know? Of course you do. Or else
you're lying. Or else I feel sorry for
you.
SIMON BONNEY plays Thursday
night at the Halfmay Inn in East Quad,
with the VOLEBEATS, Detroit's best
country and western band, starting at
8:30. Admission is free.

Silents are golden to Anderson

ANDERSON
Continued from page 1
together. And it's quite a challenge to
do it. I just wanted to hear what a lot
of these original scores sounded like,
and in order do that I had to conduct
them myself.
D: Have you considered record-
ing some of these scores?
GA: The scores are still under
copyright protection, and it would be
very, very expensive. It doesn't look
like it's going to happen in the near
future.
D: What can you say about the
prologue scheduled before the film?
GA: That's the first time that we're
going to be doing that. There's an
overture, and what they would have
done (in the '20s) was to put on a
special show with the overture, live,
and then move into the film from
there ... I'm sure it's going to be a lot
of fun.
But the music is very, very special
for this. Everybody should come to
see this because youjustdon't get that
many chances and it's extremely dif-
ficult technically, so even if you were
to get a chance to hear it somewhere
else, the chances are you won't hear it
as well played as this group can do it.
Furthermore, though it would be
important for film students to see these
films with their original scores on
video, there's absolutely no substi-
tute for experiencing it in the theater,
live. The energy of a live orchestra is
completely different from a canned
soundtrack. I think if you talked to
people who saw "Intolerance" last

.....

year ... they'll back you up on that.
The combination of a mechanical
moving image and a live musical en-
semble is just pretty compelling, es-
pecially in that space which was spe-
cifically constructed for exactly that

kind of presentation. The seats and
the balcony ... by comparison to mod-
em concert halls are very close to the
screen and to the sound. And so it's
very compelling because energy is
very present in the room.

The Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit makes its debut with a production of "Runaways."
'Runaways' finds a home
in Detroit theater
by Jessie Halladay

Life on the streets is not usually
musical material, but the Attic's pro-
duction of "Runaways" takes the
downtrodden, desolate lives of home-
TH EATER REVIEW

cast, which is made up of Detroit-area
teens, effectively portrays the destitu-
tion of a life filled with uncertainty.
While the play is filled with prom-
ising young talent, it lacks a certain
professionalism. The vocal perfor-
mances were notconsistent. Just when

Runaways
Attic Theatre
September 19, 1992

L a
less children and transforms them into
a powerful message.
The Mosaic Youth Theater of De-
troit opens with Elizabeth Swados'
compelling, and often heart-wrench-
ing, tale of 18 children who have been
abused by their parents and the sys-
tem. Swados wrote "Runaways" in
1978 and was honored with five Tony
Award nominations. She also com-
posed the music and lyrics herself.
MYTD was established by direc-
tor Rick Sperling to counterbalance
the poor arts programs in the Detroit
Public Schools and the surrounding
areas. Sperling chose the play be-
cause of its continued social and po-
litical relevance.
The play is composed of several
vignettes about survival in the dark
shadows of the inner-city. Characters
tell individual stories about their lives
before they ran away and the perils
they have faced since they left. The

While the play is filled
with promising young
talent, it lacks a certain
professionalism.
the songs were coming together, they
seemed to fall apartagain.Each mem-
ber of the cast had his/her own level of
talent which caused much of the con-
trast. While some members believ-
ably were in anguish, others were
distractingly overacting.
The band, the only members of the
production who were not students,
brought consistency to the show by
providing the jazzy, bluesy music that
held it together.

The set, designed by Matthew
Fulton who is the technical director
for the Performance Network, con-
vincingly denotes an abandoned play-
ground, right down to the chain-link
fence and grafitti on the walls.
Michael Alexander's choreogra.F
phy was well designed although not
always smoothly executed. At times
the cast looked bunched together on
stage as if it did not know where to go
next.
All in all the play provides an
entertaining and thought-provoking>
evening. While at times the viewer is
reminded of a high school muscial,
complete with soft voices and flubbed,'
lines, the overpowering subject mat-
ter and the maturity with which it is
handled, far outweigh the amateurish
aspects of the show.
RUNAWAYS will play at the Attic
Theatre in Detroit through October
17. Tickets are $14-$24 with special
rates for students and seniors. For
show times or more information, call
(313) 875-8285.

Attention Students!
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The interior of that gorgeous old movie palace, the Michigan Theater.

Fragrant beer and designer mustard
non

Continued from page 2
and middle-aged, gold-card clowns
simultaneously trying to watch the
game, finish their "lager," and dip-a-
chip in the cucumber-avocado salsa.
The restaurant is less noisy during the
off hours, and that is the time to go if
you want to impress your date with
biting and sparkling wit.
Proponents of $900 backpacks,
"Iron John," and eating dirt will laud
the "outdoorsy" decor of the Red
Hawk. The more processed of us,
however, will recognize it as another
example of the back-to-nature fervor
that possesses people to wear
Birkenstocks in the middle of winter.

The cozy Shakeresque furniture makes
one yearn for a couple of plastic-
fantastic hours in BK.
Although Ann Arbor is still lack-
ing when it comes to a bar scene for
students, the Red Hawk has not be-
come one of the more popular stu-
dent-frequented bars, i.e., O'Sul-
livan's, Rick's, et al. At times, grad
students can be spotted there contem-
plating the proper complementary beer
to the Chardonnay Chicken (Samuel
Smith's - it's "fragrant"), but the place
is usually filled with Ann Arbor's
elite urban professional corps and the
ubiquitous MTV "Real World" type.
It's doubtful the Red Hawk will
become a keystone restaurant. As soon

as its novelty wears thin
will %go back to the Main S

, customers
t. bars from

whence they came. There is, nonethe-
less, a solitary hope for the Red Hawk
that would redeem it in the eyes of all
Michigan students: Entree Plus.
Red Hawk Bar and Grill
316 S. State St.
994-4004
Who to bring: Michael, Hope, Elliot,
and "Nance."
What to talk about: Making more
"quality time" for the kids.
Faux Pas phrase: "I got wasted"
What to order: Anything with "spicy
fennel sausage."
Dress Code: "No khakis, no loafers,
no Vermont cob-smoked ham."

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