'Blood'y fine production
By JOSHUA RICH
Though surprising and strange sto-
ries are not uncommon in the theater
world, "Blood Wedding" by Federico
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre
September 28, 1994
Garcia Lorca certainly could top the
list. Second Stage Productions' per-
formance of "Blood Wedding" at the
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre certainly
invests a lot of effort into bringing to
life the surrealism and horrific nature
of this play set in 19th Century Spain.
While the acting generally lacks con-
viction, the impeccable direction of
Joanna Woodcock makes this play as
enthralling as it is frightening.
The story is a simple love tale. A
girl is faced with her impending mar-
riage to a young man from a neigh-
boring town. Although she loves her
future husband and wishes to marry,
she is torn between him and her former
lover, Leonardo, whom she still loves.
Leonardo, however, is also respon-
sible for the terrible blood feud that
exists between his and the
bridegroom's families. He has
maimed and killed many of his oppo-
nents. As the wedding day comes and
passes, the girl laments that she does
not desire her husband as much as her
ex-lover, and tensions between
Leonardo and the bridegroom's fam-
ily grow stronger. This ultimately
leads to the play's implied bloody
The title of this play should, per-
haps, be a clear hint about the even-
tual violent nature of its plot. Never-
theless, bizarre yet fascinating scenes
successfully surprise the audience and
lead them into a world of mystery and
death. This sense of surprise is well-
produced in the show. Instead of sim-
ply speaking their prognostications
of death and despair, for example, the
actors sing, almost chant their lines,
as if they are able to taste the horror
that surrounds them. As a result, the
audience certainly can.
The set is simple yet practical.
Given a play that demands dancing
and much movement from its per-
formers, the stage is almost always
bare and, thus provides a fine arena
for the actors' fluid motions. Chris-
tine Reising has designed appealing
Spanish costumes which make them
look as fierce and fearless as the mata-
dors they resemble.
The special effects are subtle and
very helpful in making scary scenes
feel frightening, and happy scenes
seem joyous. What is most adeptly
grasped among this production's tech-
nical achievements, however, is the
abrupt changes in mood and setting
that so distinguish this fascinating
play from others.
While the acting is certainly not
this show's strong point, some per-
formances stand out. Most convinc-
ing is University professor Leo
McNamara as the gentle yet reclusive
father of the bride (Adrianna
Buonarroti). He adds a charm and
flair to this cast of generally dry per-
Also quite impressive is Wood-
cock as the embodiment of Death.
She creeps eerily on stage towards the
end of the second act - when blood
between the warring families begins
to boil and the bride is torn with
Two cast members from Ann Arbor Civic Theatre's production of "Blood Wedding." Is this before of after the blood?'
indecision - and she remains there
as a horrific mark of the evils of
humanity as instilled in the main char-
Woodcock should be proud that
she not only shines as one of the few
fine performers in this production,
but that she has also created a show
that is engaging while it is shocking.
Though the story is simple, this is a
disturbing play that, thanks to superb
directing and organization, will not
easily be forgotten.
BLOOD WEDDING runs through
October 8 at the Ann Arbor Civic
Theatre (2275 Platt Rd.), Thursda4
through Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets
are $8. Call (313) 971-AA CT.
Bergman's autobiographical film is a rich and delicate family portrait
By SCOTT PLAGENHOEF
Ingmar Bergman developed into
Sweden's most acclaimed filmmaker
early in his lengthy career. In the 1950s,
upon the creation of such classics as
Directed by Daniel
and Henrik Linnros.
Bergman's early films were often
brooding tales of repression and mysti-
cism. They reflected the outrageous
childhood imagination he had fostered
living sheltered in the Swedish coun-
Bergman made a brief, yet trium-
phant comeback in 1983 when he both
wrote and directed "Fanny and
Alexander," one of his best and most
Always very autobiographical in
his work, Bergman has become none
more so this decade. As he continues to
age, his talents have failed to diminish
despite being now limited to
screenwriting. Quite possibly as a re-
demption or as an attempt to reconcile
his long life as it begins to wind down,
Bergman has written and developed
two highly autobiographical scripts in
the past few years. The first of which,
"The Best Intentions," is a film regard-
ing the relationship between his two
parents. The second is "Sunday's Chil-
"Sunday's Children" is a recollec-
tion of Bergman's boyhood in the
1920s. The film is about a young boy
named Pu (Henrik Linnros) and his
strained relationship with his father
(Thommy Berggren). The father is an
evangelical minister who is, at the same
time, the requisite workaholic father.
His drive to succeed does eventually
appoint him as the pastor to the royal
family, and a severely stern and strict
Ingmar Bergman's father was in-
deed a Swedish country pastor to the
royal family and like Pu's father in the
film was near tyrannical in the method
in which he dealt with his own family.
As a result both Bergman, and subse-
quently Pu, turn to mysticism and imagi-
nation for both comfort and escape
from a disappointing reality.
Confounding the familial relation-
ship surrounding the film is the fact that
it is directed by Ingmar Bergman's
own son, Daniel. The theme of father-
son relationship is then given yet an-
other ironic twist by this collaboration.
"Sunday's Children" is an often
rich and delicate portrait of the rela-
tionship between Pu and his father, yet
it is also often unrewarding. The elder
Bergman creates a script which at times
is seemingly written too much for him-
self and less for the audience's enjoy-
ment. Considering that Bergman is es-
sentially recreating himself and his own
family rather than creating a fictional
cast, it is surprising to find that some of
the central characters are painted as
somewhat one or two-dimensional.
Herein may lie some of the banality
and distress of Ingmar's youth, but also
some of the problem with the film.
Yet, the film does have unmistak-
able qualities. Qualities that are recog-
nizably Ingmar Bergman. The elements
of mysticism which undercut the plot
illuminate the need for a void in young
Pu's life to be filled. They also draw
attention to hi desire to mirror his
The use of soft light and minimal
direction accentuate the-film as achild's
story and allows the outstanding act-
ing, particularly by the young Linnros,
to take center stage.
SUNDA Y'S CHILDREN is playing at
"Wild Strawberries" and "The Sev-
enth Seal," Bergman cemented his po-
sition as a world-renowned artist.
Section I(.J. Abbot)
An Intense Cardiovascular exemcise incorporating Cardio-Funk, Hip-Hop and Tubing will be avaiable
for specialty sculpting. Abdaminal and lower body work is always included! Join exclusive instructors
from One-on-One Athletic Clubs for the best class on campus. A FREE week long membership
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Mondays Michigam Union Ballroom 7:00-9:00 10/10-11/14
Thursdays Michigan Union Ballroom 7:00-9:00 10/27-12/8
Put on your dancing shoes! h this course for beginners and intermediates, you'll learn various
dances such as the Rumba, For Trot, and Cha-Cha.
Monday U-Club-Union 7:00-9:00 10/10-11/14
Thursday U-Club-Union 7:00-9:00 10/13-11/17
Amaze your friends, annoy yor parents! Learn how to mix over 100 drinks. A certificate of
graduation will be awarded upon completion of the course. Colored water is used, not liquor.
Tuesdays Wolverine A,B,C-Union 7:00-9:00 10/11-11/15
Inroduction to the tools and kcbziques of calligraphy.
*A ten dollar lab fee will be sctcd by the instructor on the first day of class.
Wednesdays Room 2209-Union 8:00-10:00 10/12-10/19
Wednesdays Room 2209-Union 8:00-10:00 10/26-11/2
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Wednesdays Room D-Michigan League 7:00-10:00 10/19-11/30
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class provides an introductin to an in-depth approach to massage. Each session, students will
give and receive a massage. Bring a towel.
Mondays Room 2209 AB-Union 7:00-8:30 10/10-11/14
This is an introduction to n-cdiiation. Registration will be held at the UAC office, 2105 Michigan Union
Tuesdays Union Games Room 7:00-9:00 10/11-11/15
Tuesdays Union Games Room 9:00-11:00 10/11-11/15
Explore the fundamentals of billiards. Sessions include handouts, demos. and practice time.
Mondays Anderson Rm-Union 6:00-7:00 10/10-11/13
Mondays Anderson Rm-Union 7:00-8:00 10/10-11/13
Scottish Country Dancing
Mondays 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Learn the basic steps and
formations of Scottish
Country Dancing and be able
to dance reels and jigs to the
lively music of fiddles, piano,
and accordion! Good Exer-
cise as well as fun and a great
way to meet people. No
Instructor: Helen Welford.
(This is 8 weeks)
Session I: 10/3 - 11/7
Mondays 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Session II: 10/4 - 11/8
'Tesdays 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Learn how to make over 100
drinks! Ken Mallwitz,
bartender at the Nectarine
Ballroom, returns to teach
this popular course. A
certificate of graduation is
offered following comple-
tion of the course. Colored
water is used, not liquor.
Tesdays 6:30 - 8:30 PM
10/4 - 11/22
Enhance your self-esteem,
learn how to protect yourself.
Become more comfortable
with your body and build
assertiveness, awareness, self-
confidence, and flexibility.
Registration begins Septem-
ber 1 and continues through
September 30. Register at
NCC Administration Office.
For more information call
Wednesdays 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Reflect on the meaning of yoga
and meditation. Explore the
benefits of this ancient tradi-
tion and discover what it can
do for you in everyday life.
Wednesdays 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Learn the ancient Japanese art
of paper folding. Discover new
and interesting ways to use your
recycled paper and have fun
Thursdays 6:00 - 9:00 PM
10/7 - 11/10
Consider abandoning your
studies, hectic schedule, and
other responsibilities for a
peaceful, restoring time for
YOU! Learn to give and receive
massage for stress release,
relaxation, and general well-
Tai Chi Chuan
Thursdays 7:00-8:00 PM
Tai Chi Chuan is an internal
Martial Art which focuses on
using the mind to perform the
movement and not brute
strength. Its slow, graceful
movements and relaxed
breathing process can contribute
to a general improvement in
health by relaxing mind and
body, as well as improving
balance and concentration.
Section I(Barry Ryder)
Section II(iane Sierra)
Kapla C. Castoldi
All Classes are taught in the