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Best of Theater
Ann Arbor's theatrical offerings
provide entertainment for students

Best Theater and Drama
Henry V
John Neville-Andrews' futuristic
interpretation of Shakespeare's history
play seemed not only artistic, but mov-
ing as well.
Best Actor in a Play:
Jeff Bender, the Priest in
"The Marriage of Bette and
Bender's interpretation of a sexual-
ly frustrated servant of God provided
for some of the play's best comedy.
His impersonation of frying bacon
proved slightly more than hilarious. If
only most of the other actors/actresses
within the department could take a
lesson from this gifted young per-
Best Actress in a Play:
Sophina Brown, Antigone in
Brown's performances are always a
treasure. Now, having conquered the
famous Sophoclean role, it would be a
treat to see Brown star as Medea in
Euripides' classic tragedy (but only
years from now, when she's added a few
wrinkles to her face).

Best Opera Theater
Production :
"Le Rossignol"/"L'Enfant
et les Sortileges"
Director Joshua Major gathered a tal-
ent group of singers and delivered an
excellent set of one-act operas. It's good
to see that some of the lesser-known
works aren't always ignored.
Best Opera Performance:
Jennifer Larson, "The Turn
of the Screw"
Larson's beautiful soprano voice is
becoming regionally famous. Having
premiered the Ann Arbor Symphony
Orchestra's season with a set of aria
classics, including a few by the
always difficult Puccini, Larson's
involvement in "The Turn of the
Screw" made the opera worth sitting
Best Musical Theater
"Sweeney Todd"
Director Brent Wagner achieved the
impossible. He gathered a group of
semi-amateur performers and guided
them to deliver one of the best perfor-
mances of recent years. Sondheim is
always difficult to present, but under

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Wagner's directon, it seemed a simple
Best Actor in a Musical:
Gavin Creel, Anthony in
"Sweeney Todd"
Creel will definitely conquer
Broadway someday, and we can all
say we knew him way back when.
Creel's warm and passionate voice
provided for the perfect interpreta-
tion of Sweeney's romantic lead.
Creel's rendition of "Johanna"
should be recorded.
Best Actress in a Musical:
Catherine Marsh, Mrs.
Lovett in "Sweeney Todd"
Marsh is a Sondheim gal. She
should be a Follies girl. Excellent two
years ago as Little Red Riding Hood
in MUSKET's "Into the Woods,"
excellent is she still. The role of
Lovett, challenging for any actress,
was originally written for the defini-
tive Angela Lansbury. While she's no
Jessica Fletcher, Marsh was able to
whip through the quick lyrics of
"Worst Pies in London" and soothe
young Toby with the tender "Not
While I'm Around."
Best University
John Neville-Andrews for
"Henry V"/Brent Wagner
for "Sweeney Todd" (tie)
While both professors are seasoned
professionals, they rightly deserve the
recognition. Hopes for the future: pro-
ductions of "Titus Andronicus and
"Follies," respectively.
Best MUSKET Production:
"Pippin" is probably one of the hard-
est shows to produce well, simply
because its success lies within its
choreography and dancing. MUSKET
fared well, even though there are no
future Bob Fosse's on the University's
Best MUSKET Director:
Gavin Creel, "Pippin"
"Pippin,"'his first attempt at direct-
ing, was such a success that an indica-
tion of him being a great actor and
director is a result. Hopeful hint: we'd
like to see his version of "Once on This
Isl and"
Best MUSKET Actor:
Eric Jackson, the Tin Man
in"The Wiz"
Enough said. Actually, one can't
limit themself to just that. This big
daddy shined as the Tin Man, and
that's no pun. Slide some oil to him.
We'd like to see him in Gavin Cree's
production of "Once on This

Best of Business
-- Continued
Best Photocopying:
Kinko's Copies
Located at the corner of Maynard
and E. Liberty, Kinko's is open all
day, and the staff can help you if you
don't know how to use the machines.
Best Sporting Goods:
Located on State Street at N.
University, Bivouac offers the great-
est in sporting goods. In case you
have managed to get through the
year thus far without owning some-
thing from The North Face, this is
- the place to go.
Best Groceries:
On Salilne Rd, just south of I-94,
Meijers offers just about everything.
A store that has an amazing amount
of food, as well as a tasty bakery and
tacky clothing.
Best Florist:
Normandie Flowers
It's pretty basic - they sell flow-
ers. You can't go wrong with flowers
from this S. University florist.
Best Travel Agency:
Council Travel
Located on S. University, this
agency is perfect for planning your
spring break trip, or other vacations.

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Campus Bike and Toy offers stuffed animals aplenty, besides other toys and bike equipment (top). Heather Schweitzer, Dave
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