Monday, November 9, 1992
*The Michigan Daily
by Michael Thompson
Sex, childhood trauma, death,
and kids swimming underwater.
No, it's not the latest episode of*
"Hard Copy," or Barbra Strei-
sand's latest film. It's the film
adaptation of Graham Swift's
"Waterland," and yes, it's bad.
Jeremy Irons stars as the Prince
of Ti-er, I mean, as Tom Crick, a
history teacher with a few too
Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal;
written by Peter Prince; with
Jereiy Irons, Sinead Cusack and
'Braided Lives' of the 'U'
Alumna Marge Piercy returns for visiting pofessorship
by Gwen Shaffer
Poet and novelist Marge Piercy once described her-
self as a very good performer. "I want to turn people on
to poetry, to move them, to make it a very energizing
experience for them."
Students can feel the effects of Piercy's poetry for
themselves this afternoon when she reads at Rackam
Piercy - a 1957 graduate of the University - is the
author of 11 novels and 12 volumes of poetry. Her
works often focus on social and political themes includ-
ing feminism, the anti-war movement, poverty and eco-
"Braided Lives," Piercy's most autobiographical
novel, is set at the University during the 1950s and ad-
dresses unwanted pregnancy, political activism and
class differences. Jill Stuart, one of the novel's central
characters and Piercy's alter-ego, can be found romping
through the Arb and sipping coffee at Drake's.
Novels such as "Small Changes" and "Woman on
the Edge of Time" are frequently read in women's
studies classes, and are considered some of the most
significant books in the feminist canon. Piercy pub-
lished her most recent novel, "He, She and It," last fall,
and a poetry collection titled "Mars and Her Children"
this past spring.
Piercy said the political climate at the university,
which she exploits in "Braided Lives," has changed
substantially since she was a student. "When I was in
school, it was conservative. Now it is certainly more
liberal than in the '50s, but nothing like it was in the
'60s," she said.
Piercy has described her experiences in the English
department at the University as "perilous and bumpy."
Professors did not like her because she was Jewish, she
was a woman, and she was from a working-class fam-
ily, she has said.
Although levels of tolerence are obviously quite
higher today, Piercy said she has not been in Ann Arbor
long enough to judge the attitudes of students here. "I'm
not an instant sociologist - I don't believe in instant
Upon returning to her former stomping grounds,
Piercy said one of the first places she took her husband,
novelist Ira Wood, was to seek out the places she lived
as a student. "It was amusing to me," she said. "The
town looks very different - there are whole blocks that
have been torn down and are occupied by university
Piercy, who generally spends two to three years
working on a single novel, said it strikes her as
"strange" when people ask if she knows how a story
will end before she begins working on it. She compared
writing a novel to constructing a building. "You better
know what your building when you're doing it," she
said. "Structure is very important."
Piercy was brought to the University as a DeRay
Distinguished Visiting Professorship. Students in an
honors writing course read her fiction in the first half of
the term, and now Piercy is leading a poetry workshop.
Students enrolled in the course decided whether they
wanted to focus on their poetry of fiction, Piercy said.
"The course has to be one or the other because there is
no way we would have time to do both."
In addition to her poetry reading at 4 p.m. today in
Rackam Auditorium, MARGE PIERCY will give a
lecture on "Women and Utopian Fiction " at 4 p.m. on
Nov. 11, in the Founders Room in the Alumni Center.
many problems in the past. Mur-
d e r, c ra z y sib lin g s, y o u k n o w th e dfy.:st
drill. But fortunately for him, he's - .
got his entire history class to tell it -
to. So he and all the little kiddies
get to walk, sometime literally, Sinead Cusack and Jeremy Irons in the film adaptation of "Waterland."
through his past to see what went
wrong and perhaps find out why.
Wow, doesn't that sound like a
great idea for a TV miniseries, or
better yet, a feature film? Sure,
someone said, and luckily for all
those involved, director Stephen
Gyllenhaal was available. After
making the very effective "Killing
in a Small Town," he seems like
just the man for the job. Unfortu-
nately, neither he nor Jeremy Irons
See WATERLAND, Page 8
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MUSKET cooks up a tingly triumph
State of the State
We were all pumped to check
out the new and improved State
Theatre Friday night, but alas, the
grand opening was postponed.
What happened? Construction
delay, according to manager Bill
Spurlin. It will open "probably this
Friday," with the same movies,
Spurlin said. And a bonus: instead
of "Cool World," the classic
"Animal House" will play as a late
show. For times and information,
The Campus Orchestra gives a
free concert Hill Auditorium
tonight at 8, with a program that
includes excerpts from Wagner's
"Lohengrin" and Mozart's
Symphony No. 23. But don't just
listen to them; join them. The
Orchestra is looking for non-music
majors and members of the
community, especially string
players. Just think, you could play
"Sheherazade" and Beethoven's
6th with them next February. If
you're interested, call Ricardo
Averbach at 741-8614.
For People With Cars Depart-
ment: two extremely cool movies
from new filmmakers are playing
in Detroit. Quentin Tarantino's
"Reservoir Dogs," an uitraviolent
thriller starring I larvey Keitel and
Steve Buscemi, is playing at the
AMC Maple 3; call 855-9090 for
times. And this weekend at the
Detroit Film Theater is "Swoon,"
Tom Kalin's debut film about
Leopold & Loeb. Guaranteed to be
better than "Rope." Call 833-2323.
by Laura Alantas
The tingle count was high during
MUSKET's opening night of "The
Baker's Wife." What's the "tingle
count"? The number of times I felt
goosebumps gliding up and down
my arms in reaction to the beautiful
production on stage. Thanks to the
exquisite music and some tremen-
dous voices, the Midwest debut of
"Thy Baker's Wife" evoked a wide
range of reactions that lead to a rich
[he set was appropriately de-
signed to convey the small French
town atmosphere and mentality that
reigned throughout the show. Con-
corde's social hub, the cafe, rested
on the left side of the stage, while
the bakery was situated on the right.
With the rest of Concorde's limited
skyline in between, the set captured
the essence of the town.
And what a town it was. Brim-
ming with a diverse array of vil-
The Baker's Wife
November 6, 1992
lagers, the majority of the show's
humor rested in the capable hands of
this gossiping and feuding ensemble.
Collectively they were a strong
group, especially in truly comic
numbers like "Bread," where loaves
of French bread were used as danc-
ing canes. The humor delivered by
these villagers was delightfully ex-
aggerated, to the point of their
seeming grotesque in the gossipy
number "Buzz-a-Buzz." This was
exactly the point, though; these
meddling neighbors were putting
their noses where they did not be-
The target of these neighbors'
attention was the marriage between
the baker Aimable (Jeffrey Schubart)
and his young wife Genevieve (Katy
Wagner). Schubart's lovable Aim-
able was endearing scene after
scene. With a keen sense of comic
timing and a pleasant voice, Schu-
bart won over both the villagers and
Playing the baker's wife
Genevieve, Wagner soared during
her ballads, especially during the
beautiful "Meadowlark." With the
story of the meadowlark being acted
See MUSKET, Page 8
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