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10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 9, 1996

Eels slither into Pontiac's 7th House tonight
The eels" debut album, "Beautiful Freak," with its hit single,
"Novocaine for the Soul," is probably already on heavy rotation in
your household. However, if you haven't seen the light, this is your
chance to see them live! The eels, headed by E (vocals, guitar),
sound like a broken music box that can just barely spew out its
soothing lullaby. The band has added some samples, some jazz,
some catchy beats, a French horn and whatever else was lying
around to their already infectious sound. The eels are an MTV Buzz
Band waiting to break. So, if you really like this band, go see them
tonight at 7th House in Pontiac, because the next time they come
around they will probably be at a larger venue, and you'll be kick-
ing yourself in the butt saying, "I remember when ... and I didn't
go!" Plus, tickets are only a measly $8. The concert starts at 8
p.m. and it's an 18-and-over show. The eels are playing with the
Canadian popsters Pure, and are opening for Poe.

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Daniels'
'Apartment'
delivers
By Gabriel Greene
For the Daily
Billed inexplicably as an "adult corn-
edy," Jeff Daniels' latest play opened
Friday to as many powerful silences
from the audience as belly laughs.
"Apartment 3A;" the first play of the
Purple Rose Theater Company's 1996-
97 season, coupled Daniels' effective
common-man humor with his most pas-
sionate and inventive work yet.
The sixth play by the actor-play-
wright, following 1995's "Escanaba in
da Moonlight;' focuses on public tele-
vision fundraiser Annie Wilson (Suzi
Regan), who is already ripe for a break-
down before the lights even come up.
Reeling from a failed relationship,
Annie rents the titular apartment look-
ing for a fresh start. But problems fol-
low her still.
Constantly traips-
ing through her . RE
building landlordp
Mr. Dalrymple Pul
(University Prof.
Leo McNamara)
and mysterious
neighbor Donald (Randall Godwin),
the type of guy who can listen to a
litany of criticism and still respond, "A
lesser man would be killed by com-
ments like that.'
Annie has problems at work, too,
where "Sesame Street" faces cancella-
tion due to minimal donations, and
robust coworker Elliot (Joseph
Albright) presses the issue of a lunch
date. Annie is hesitant to accept
Elliot's invitation, since she doesn't
think of him as Mr. Right. In fact, she
doesn't even think of him as "Mr.

Half-Right-in-the-Right-Sort-of-
Light-Right."
But Annie is a person who cares too
much, and she deals with the problems
in her own way. First, Annie goes on the
air and terrorizes children by announc-
ing Big Bird's life is at risk unless
pledges increase. Then, following
Donald's advice, she agrees to a lunch
date with Elliot.

VIEW
artment 3A
rple Rose Theater
Oct. 4.e1996
with wonderful

Suzi Regan, Randall Godwin and Joseph Albright appear in "Apartment 3A."

These two
scenes are piv-
otal. Annie's
impassioned, if
psychotic, plea to
save "Sesame
Street" is the
play's single fun-
niest scene, filled
chaos and creative

moving. However, one gets the feeling
that the audience was briefly confused
by the rapid change of the play's tem-
perament.
The tight cast, filled mostly with
Purple Rose regulars, delivered effec-
tive performances. Regan played Annie
with achingly real desperation and
frustration over her uncertajnty about
how to love again. Albright switched
from insecure longing to an imitation
of polar bears having sex with ease.
Godwin, with his unflappable, slick
delivery, made Donald by turns
brazen intrusion, a close confidant and
finally Annie's savior. McNamara
brought a quiet veneration to Mr.
Dalrymple, despite being hindered by
limited stage time and a nagging
cough.
Those curious about the implications
of "adult" fare should be warned that
bawdiness is delivered with a
vengeance (the final tally for the play
includes breast groping, fairly graphic
performance of cunnilingus and ,('f
onstage orgasms).
With director Guy Sanville's lively
staging (including the utilization of
every inch of the stage), the play man-
ages to succeed on both levels rather
than allow its mood swings to detract
from the audience's enjoyment.

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blocking. The second of these two
scenes is the more puzzling of the two,
however. It is here, among serious dis-
cussions of God, that the play takes the
decidedly somber tone that it retains for
the remainder of the evening.
In place of the first act's deftly exe-
cuted comic furor, Daniels fills Act 2
with Annie evaluating her relationships
with both Elliott and Donald, and the
very nature of love. This is not to say
the drama is not effective - the cli-
mactic dance sequence is particularly

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By Angela Walker
For the Daily
Dead silence enveloped the theater as the lighting on the
stage began to reveal a mystical garden
composed of two statues, a fountain and
some hanging lamps. A well-dressed R E
man (Jeffrey Willets) appeared with a H
book in hand as he began to read aloud
a poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. As he
closed the book on his completion of the Per;
sonnet, a piano struck out at the silence
and carried Willets along with the music
as he began to sing the first of four song cycles in the piece. In
the background were slides of Rossetti's paintings of his love,
Elizabeth Siddal, whom he lost to suicide two years after they

Performance1

EVIE W4
ouse of Life
To Julia
formance Network
Oct. 3, 1996

Network's "The House of Life" did a fabu-
lous job of incorporating poetry, dance
and song into one production. The tran-
sitions were always fluid, and the dance
embraced the poetry. Rossetti's poetry
was largely about lost lovers coming tos
terms with the past and trying in vain to
reach each other through the confines
of death. This was portrayed through
the song and the movements on stage.

were married. And that's where the dancing came in, adding
yet another performance style to this piece.

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Two women, one dressed in white (Suzanne Willets-Brooks),
and the other dressed identically in black (Aimee Peiletier)
See HOUSE, Page '1l

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