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MARCH 22, 2000




makes a silent debut in basement

By Nick Fabzooe
Daily Arts Writer
In today's fast-paced vorld, it is easy for us to

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geso caught up in the larg-
ervents of society that we
lo. sight of the littler ones.
Osessed with celebrity
ad grandiosity, we often
g>ss over that which is
Gvoid of glamour, over
tat which cannot be easily
This weekend, though,
lasement Arts' newest pro-
luction, "Two Worlds,"
reminds us that this small-
er, deeper realm still has
much to offer us in terms of

both education and entertainment.
The presentation, tied loosely together with the
theme of sensitivity to the littler things in life, is a
collaboration of many different performances:
Acting, dancing, instrumental and vocal music.
Architecture junior Jonathan Dalin, the creator
and producer of "Two Worlds," has structured the
presentation to be similar to a party in which the
audience members function as guests. This inter-
pretation of the audience/performer relationship
will certainly make for an interesting production.
The crowd will watch each performer express
him or herself artistically throughout the entire
Unlike Basement Arts' usual fare, "Two
Worlds" features no spoken dialogue, utilizing
song and dance to express its themes instead of
speech. The exclusion of spoken word was a
choice that Dalin made easily when putting the

show together.
One of the reasons for the omission is based
upon Dalin's belief that words do not always con-
vey emotions as accurately as music.
"Music can be expressed in so many different
ways, making spoken words unnecessary" Dalin
said, adding that he would have preferred to have
written all his songs without lyrics.
But, considering his audience, Dalin decided to
include words in his songs to make their meaning
clearer to others.
The musical numbers, which will all be accom-
panied by a full band, delve into the presentation's
overall themes of sensitivity and self-expression.
Each song showcases one of the many genres of
music in which Dalin takes an interest.
In addition to music and song, the show fea-
tures three principal dance interludes, which
occur at the beginning, middle and end of the

"Spoken words (are) unnecessary."
-Jonathan Dalin
Creator/Producer of "Two Worlds"

show and play a significant role in the presenta-
Dalin said he believes the segments, which fea-
ture a variety of trained dancers, function as an
inspiration to the show and as a guide to its cen-
tral themes.
In accordance with this, Janna V. Van Hoven, a
Dance junior, has thoroughly choreographed each
of the three parts to reflect the presentation's over-
all motif: consciousness of that which is not
immediately apparent.
Van Hoven has choreographed the three inter-

ludes with a specific style in mind, modem dance.
In other sections of the show, though, she has also
allowed her performers to improvise and create
their own individual movements and styles.
The show's running time will push close to an
hour and will not feature an intermission, in
accordance with the wishes of the cast.
Dalin said he hopes the uninterrupted perfor-
mance will please its audience and offer its spec-
tators a glimpse into a more sensitive, caring
world, one where quality, not quantity, is the most
important characteristic.

By Aaron Rich
Daily Arts Writer
The idea o "going postal" has
become such L cliched joke these
days that it i easy to forget the
tragic shootins of ex-postal-carrier
gunmen. Toniht, the Errol Morris
and Bravo Ntwork series "First
Person" will look at a shooting
spree that ocurred not too long
ago, in our ara.
In 1991, Tiomas Mellvaine got
fed up with the fact that he had
been fired b' his boss, then Royal
Oak Postmaxer Bill Kinsley, for
negligence a his job. He stormed
into the Roa'l Oak post office and
shot and killd several postal work-
As Kinslh tells his story, it
becomes cler that not only did he

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New photo exhibit
portrays exquisite
beauty of Rome

By Rosemary Metz
Daily Arts Writer

If a visit to Rome is not in your trav-
el plans this year, there is an excellent
opportunity to see some of the sumptu-
ous sights of the Eternal City through
the photography exhibit currently dis-
played at the University Museum of
Art. This photo collection offers a
glimpse of the Etruscan, ancient
Roman, Renaissance and Baroque art
work which is
found in so much
abundance in this
The Eternal The eternal
city characteristic of
Museum of Art Rome is evident
in the photos,

tourists flock to see each year. The
baroque Fountain of Trevi, with depic-
tions of Neptune and water nymphs,
beckon visitors to drops into the never-
ending waters. There is a photo, done in
albumen media, of the Arch of
Of special interest to the University
community is the photo, dated
December 30, 1941, of the Roman
Forum, by Albert Kahn. Kahn was the
architect and designer of Angell Hall,
Hill Auditorium and Clements Library.
Having spent several years in Italy,
Kahn was influenced by Romanesque
architecture. This architectural influ-
ence appears in the form of the graceful
columns in these University buildings.
The everlasting drama of Rome is
contained in these words by Johann
Wolfgang Goethe: "Here is an entity
which has suffered so many drastic
changes in the course of 2000 years.
yet it is the same soil, same hill,
often even the same column or same
wall, and its people. One still finds
traces of their ancient civilization."
Goethe uttered these words in 1786,
their echoes ring down to the present
moment. The mystery and wonder of
Rome has been captured, as glorious
as its past, in these Roman pho-

Through May

visual documen-
tation for the
antiquities of this
city. The
Colosseum, scene
of the orations of
the Caesars, Nero
and the trials of

Fi t
B rvo
Tonight at 1:30
boss and a bt of
himself. Kirley,

know that the
maniac ex-mail-
man was likely
to kill people, he
even told the
police and his
superiors and
not much was
done to change
the eventual out-
On top of this,
Kiinsley was
scapegoated for
this heinous
action as an
a political zealot
whose life was

By Robyn Melamed
Daily Arts Writer

Pain, reality and togetherness are
just a few of the themes found in
"S'lichot," a drama by graduate stu-
dent playwright Kim Yaged that opens

this weekend.
This production
time in 15 years
S lichot
Trueblood Theatre
March 2325, 30-31
at 8 p.m.

marks the first
that University
Productions has
put on a show
written by a stu-
dent. "S'lichot"
started out as
Yaged's thesis
project. She will
graduate with an
MSA in play-
wrighting and
hopes to contin-
ue writing in the
"S'lichot," the
Hebrew word for

and future. The characters look to
what life was like before this situation
occurred and what life will bring
without this crucial part of their fam-
ily. The brother, sister and father
never leave the waiting room, and
Yaged said, "This is where their
minds trip out."
Family dynamics serves as the
central theme of Yaged's play. Each
family member has his own way of
coping with the news of the illness
and therefore find it difficult to
understand each other. The father is
passive-aggressive, while the daugh-
ter often explodes with emotion. The
mother only hopes the family will
stay in tact, while the son tries to dis-
tance himself as much as possible.
Generational themes are played out
through the character of the grandfa-
ther, who parallels this tragedy to his
own wife's struggle with brain can-
cer. This play demonstrates "the self-
ishness that diseases bring," Yaged
said. "They all wonder, 'What's
gonna happen to me?' It's slightly
In addition to the interesting plot
of this play, Yaged has creatively
placed off-stage voices that recite
Hebrew meditations, some of which
are from Yom Kippur services.
Although these segments come from
the Jewish religion, the messages

implied are universal. These reli-
gious connotations "say the things
that the characters are incapable of
saying," Yaged said.
Along with religious ties, S'lichot
also brings up sexual issues; the
daughter is a lesbian. This adds a
humorous touch because, throughout
the play, the brother and sister com-
pete for the attention of the nurses.
Yaged said she believes the audience
is a little uncomfortable with this
idea because "they're laughing, but
then they think back to the reality of
what's happening overall."
Yaged hopes that "S'lichot" will have
universal appeal. "Even the actors don't
know what's going to happen," she said.
As a whole, Yaged predicts the play will
be "a challenge for the audience. It is
poignant and gets you thinking."

the early Christians, is represented. The
exhibit also features photographs ofthe
Waterfall in Tivoli Park, designed and
built in 1765, and the Piazza di Spagna
(the "Spanish Steps"), both of which


turned upsidedown due to all of the
fallout from this event, tells his
story in a saightforward manner
and desperatly pleads his inno-
cence and godness.
Morris taks a slightly different
approach to filming this episode
from the sties of the past few
shows. He u.s extensive reenact-
ments and stged shots (reminiscent
of his 1988 'ilm "The Thin Blue
Line" or of:he former TV giant
"Unsolved lMysteries") along with
local televisin footage. This tech-
nique workswell and lightens the
mood a bit fem the somber story.

introduces an unstable family faced
with a dreadful situation. The mother
of the family has just been diagnosed
with cancer, and is hopelessly lying in
a hospital bed. The rest of the family
is impatiently seen in the waiting
room in hopes of further information.
Yaged said that the play is broken
up into thoughts of the past, present



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