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20B - The MichiganDaily Best of Ann Arbor 1997- Thursday, April 17; 1997

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The Michigan Daily Best of Ann Arbor

Best of Theater
'Burn This,''Assassins,' top this year's
best, worst 'U' theater productions

Best of Business
Indie Schoolkids tops corporate M r
record rivals; Borders is book king

Best Direction of a
Basement Arts
Allison Tkac, in
Landford Wilson's
"Burn This"
Allison Tkac should be applauded for
two things: She assembled an amazing
cast of talent for "Burn This" and she
directed them in what was the best per-
formance seen in the Basement for
quite a while. "Burn This" wasn't just
entertaining, it was also moving and
emotional - only the best directors can
bring out emotion in an audience.
Leibling's directorial debut promises
much more for her in the future. But an
honorable mention should go to
Francine Leibling in "Eleemosynary."
The What-Were-They-
Thinking? Award:
Randy Kurstin,
Matthew Witten and C.
Ryan Metzger
These well-intentioned gentlemen
attempted to present a musical in
Basement Arts - and failed.
"Assassins" turned out to be Basement
Arts' biggest disappointment of the sea-
son because of the lackluster singing

performances offered by the assembled
cast of BFA acting majors. While trying
to recapture the success that last year's
"Falsettoland" received, "Assassins" did-
n't amount to anything more than a few
hours of boredom. Maybe this serves as
a warning to future directors: Sondheim
is not easy. It takes long hours of dedica-
tion and rehearsal to even come close to
representing his music well.
Effects in a University
Lighting Designer Rob Murphy for
"Ghosts" Rob Murphy's creative genius
allowed us to witness Osvald and
Helene Alving's spiritual realization
with a bright God-like white light, as
well as create the effect of a burning
orphanage off-stage.
Best-Performed Aria in
Opera Theater
Lisa Nielson
Her performance of the famous
Mozart aria "Porgi, amor" in "The
Marriage of Figaro" (as Countess
Almaviva), introduced University audi-
ences to the powerful talent that Lisa
Nielson possesses. This woman should
have a fan club.

Best On-Stage
Craig McEldowney, in
Basement Arts'
Enough said.
Performances in
University Productions:
Daniel Paradowki,
"The Marriage of
Figaro;" Heather Dilly,
"Pamela;" Jenny
Burleson and Joshua
Parrott, "Ghosts;"
Matthew Schicker,
"The Mystery of Edwin
Drood;" and Hugo
Vera, "The Elixir of
Performances in the
Laura Heisler and Kelly
Gillespie, "Assassins;"
Alex Alioto and
Matthew Schicker,
"Burn This;" Greta
Enszer, "Greta's
Gourd;" and Mark
Gmazel, "Hello Out

Best Records:
Schoolkids Records
Where else can you get all that indie
stuff that you can't seem to find any-
where else? And the friendly staff is
glad to help you out, if the selection
starts to boggle your mind. Don't
worry - Schoolkids has got you cov-
Best Used Records:
Wazoo Records
It's huge! The selection, that is. And
the price is right too. Once you make it
up those steep stairs, you'll be home
Best Men's Clothing:
Wow - a-three-part store - and so
much to look at, too. All that fashion
and all the great names, like Polo,
Nautica and The North Face.
Shopping here almost makes you want
to either go camping or sign up for a J.
Crew modeling job. Hey, you'll need
to find some way to get all that money
Best Women's Clothing:
Urban Outfitters
Totally trendy. That's what you'll
be if you spend about $300 in here.
From used jeans, to those spaghetti-
strap tanks, to wild dresses, to those
neat-o barrettes you used to wear
when you were five, Urban's a true
Best Thrift/Used
Rag O Rama
If you can't afford the Urban
Outfitter's steep prices, you should def-

initely check this place out. For the
same $7 that you would have spent on
some barrettes there, you can get a
whole outfit here. Sure, it's not brand
new. But that's even cooler.
Best Bicycle
Campus Bike and Toy
More parts and rentals than you
could have ever dreamed about. It's also
really reassuring to know that, after that
crazy, brutal bike accident you had
(either caused by Michigan ice or some
freak who doesn't know how to ride
right), Campus Bike is quick to fix
what's broken. Kinda makes you want
to go out and get in a bike accident, just
so Campus Bike can make everything
all better.
Best Books:
Borders Books and
"10,000 Dreams Interpreted," Colin
Powell's "My American Journey," "The
Joy of Sex," tons of New York Times
bestsellers and those $0.99 hardcovers
at the counter. It's all at Borders. Just
know your bearings at all times. They
say that U.S. History section is like a
black hole.
Best Text Books:
You can always count on Ulrich's to
have that Psychology book that no one
else seems to have in stock - and at a
great price too. And, of course, there's
that information desk if you get lost on
your exploration.
Best Haircut:
Got $20 left in your bank account

and you need a haircut? No problem. At
Noggins, a "wash and cut" for men and
women is $12, so you're all set. We
think groovy graffiti and designs there
are alone enough reason to make an
Best First-Run Theater:
Showcase Cinemas
Oh, the movie choices, those reclin-
ing seats and the employee who some-
times - if you're lucky - introduces
the movie before it starts. And the con-
cession area is big enough to do cart-
wheels in. Once you get past the
admission counter, it's all uphill from
Best Test Prep:
Princeton Review
$1,000 is a small price to pay for
your future, wouldn't you say? Whether
it's the GREs, the LSATs (or maybe the
SATs or ACTs if you feel like taking
them again for the hell of it), Princeton
Review is sure to help you conquer the-
not-really tests that we all know and
Best Video Store:
Blockbuster Video
Gotta love chains. Especially huge
ones like Blockbuster. All the glitz,
gold, "Fargo," "Trainspotting," "A Time
To Kill" and "Sleepers" copies you
could ever want. It's always nice to
know that these films are available,
especially since, in the last 12 small,
artsy places you checked, every last
copy was out. With Blockbuster, you
know you'll never have to end up rent-
ing something like "Angus" - unless,
of course, you want to.
See BUSINESS, Page 10B

Bill McClelland of the Wazoo checks si

Willian Gustafson and Hiroko Sasagawa star In the University's production of
Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," which got "Best Unforgettable Performance."




Unforgettable MUSKET
Nick Sattinger,
"Cabaret;" Matthew
Witten, "Jesus Christ


Best Concert that Never
Cecilia Bartoli
Much to the disappointment of
many Michigan fans, Ms. Bartoli
canceled her third appearance at Hill
Auditorium on the day before she
was scheduled to perform, blaming
that nasty infection called bronchitis.
Didn't she just cancel a few months
ago with the Metropolitan Opera in
New York City? Divas ... divas ...
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