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22 - The Michigan Daily - Best ofAnnArbor - Thursday April 14 114

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Best (and Worst) of University
Players: "The Heidi Chronicles"
("Butterfingers Angel ...")
"The Heidi Chronicles," thanks to a
cut-and-paste job by director John
Neville-Andrews, was a humorous
and intelligent portrayal of a feminist
art historian and her generation.
"Butterfingers Angel ..." was cast
well, but was lost in the Power Cen-
ter and no one - not even the cast -
could find it.
Best (and Worst) Non-University
Players: "The Colored Museum"
("King Lear, Part One")
Part of a week-long "project" com-
prised of panels, readings and exhib-
its, "The Colored Museum" (dir. Julie
Nessen) opened some eyes and
shocked some systems in its attempt
to direct theater into the 21st century.
It worked.
John Russell Brown wanted to sim-
plify Shakespeare's massive tragedy
by cutting it down in "King Lear, Part
One." It didn't work.
Best (and Worst) University Musi-
cal: "Quilt: A Musical Celebration"
("Fiddler on the Roof')

"Quilt" is possibly the only musical
to date to depict those left behind af-
ter AIDS strikes their loved ones. It
was the story of a diverse group of
people - gay and straight, fathers
and mothers, brothers and sisters,
husbands and wives, lovers and
friends. Let's hope this celebration
makes it big.

While "Fiddler on the Roof' could
really never fail, it was clearly too
much for MUSKET to handle. A
Tevye does not a "Fiddler" make.
Honorable Mention: "Brigadoon"
Because "Brigadoon" was presented
after the Best of Ann Arbor '93, it was
ineligible for the musical category (as

Korean: Steve's Lunch
We know, how can a place called
"Steve's" have good Korean food?
But it's quick, cheap and good. Try
the bi-bim-bop.
Mexican: The Burro
What? Taco Bell didn't win? There is
no justice ...
Vegetarian: Seva
Sure, if you want to pay 10 bucks for
some obnoxiously weird concoction.
Deli: Zingerman's
Best prosciutto this side of Italy. We
swear.
Greasy Spoon: Brown Jug
Ahh. Feel the grease dribbling down
your throat. Hear those arteries clog-

ging. Anyone want a burger?
Sports Bar: Scorekeepers
Or, as those who frequent this fine
establishment call it, "Keepers." And
after you leave, you can go to Kinko's
and photocopy your face.
Breakfast: Angelo's
Yet another surprise. Try the french
toast. And if you're lucky, your wait-
ress will even try to give you love
advice. Ours did.
Dinner: Gratzi
Not only is it the best Italian food in
town (see page six), but with the large
mural, the accordian player and com-
plimentary Frangelico or Sambuca to
finish the meal, they give you not just
a meal, but a whole experience.

Take-out: Pizza House
Just how many flavors of shakes can
they possibly make?
Cafe: Amer's
The place where you can be preten-
tious and have good food. Order a
mocha with no schlag, and expound
on Foucault.
Late-night Munchies: Taco Bell
It has to be good for something. Plus,
this is the only restaurant on the list
where you can buy a meal with the
change in between your couch cush-
ions.
Place For the Folks to Take You:
Gandy Dancer
For what it costs, your parents are the
only ones who can afford to take you
there.
Romantic Evening: Gandy Dancer
It's cozy, it's intimate. Cuddle cuddle
and all that crap.
Dorm Cafeteria: Stockwell
Alice Lloyd got shafted! We demand
a recount!
Best Overall Restaurant:
Gandy Dancer
Whether you take your parents or a
date, the food will still be good.
Best Overall Bar:
(tie) Ashley's and Scorekeepers
No one can beat Ashley's beer or juke-
box selection, and Scorekeepers is the
place for ... what is it the place for?

Stephanie Fybel and Paul Molnar made "The Heidi Chronicles" our fave.

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is "The Most Happy Fella" for this
year's). But it deserves mention -
nay, heaps of praise and worship -
because it was a stunning production
all around.
Best (and Worst) Set: "Brigadoon"
("42nd Street")
But heck, we thought we'd make
"Brigadoon" eligible in this category
this year. How tall were those trees,
anyway?
The "42nd Street" set wasn't bad in
itself; it just needed a bit more glue.
Best (and Worst) Costumes:
"Major Barbara" ("Butterfingers An-
gel ...")
"Major Barbara"'s turn-of-the-century
costumes were accurate and well-as-
sembled; "Butterfingers Angel ...,"
well, whatever.
Best (and Worst) Lighting: "The
Lion and the Jewel" ("42nd Street")
The lighting was just the tip of an all-
around good production of Wole
Soyinka's "The Lion and the Jewel";
it was just one of the many faults in a
could've-been-so-beautiful produc-
tion of "42nd Street."
Script We Would Like to Rewrite
Award: "Butterfingers Angel ..."
Let's give the U Players some credit
here. William Gibson (who also wrote
"The Miracle Worker") didn't give
them much to work with.
Best (and Worst) Direction of a
University Production:
(tie) John Schak, "Quilt" and John
Neville-Andrews "The Heidi
Chronicles" (John Neville-Andrews,
"Butterfingers Angel ...")sv
Schak made "Quilt" accessible to ev-

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This year, The Burro won our award for Best Mexican. Sorry, Taco Bell.

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