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By Jaimie Winkler
Daily Arts Writer
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Lysistrata
Mendelssohn
Theater
Nov. 9, 2000

came from.
This weekend
at the Lydia
Mendelssohn
Theater the Uni-
versity Theater
Department pre-
sents the classic
Greek comedy
"Lysistrata" with
an American
twang.
U n iv e r si t y
theater is always
creative and

women fed up with war and men who
are too busy fighting to "get it on."
The title character, played by Jessie
Cantrell and her strong feminine
voice, gathers the women of warring
Athens and Sparta together to pledge
to stop satisfying their men until they
stop fighting. To seal the deal they
drink from a large phallic vase.
Director Martin Tulip, a University
theater lecturer, adapted the script from
Aristophanes' original, taking the action
out of Athens' and placing it in a vaude-
ville music hall. He creates a show with-
in a show that uses that fact to its
advantage. The change allows for a
hilarious opening scene where four
"gymnasts" use one word and some
amateur tricks to elicit laughter, setting
the tone for the rest of the show.
Adding a sound-effects score and
music by Frank Pahl. Tulip keeps the
pace quick and the laughs coming,
except for the drag in action at the end
of the first act.
Theater assistant Prof. Nephelie

Andonyadis brings vibrant colors and
creativity to the stage with costumes
and set design. The intriguing masks of
the Greek chorus and ridiculously exag-
gerated costumes (read: 18 inch-long
blue penises) accentuate the most nec-
essary body parts to further the story.
Her beautiful set, drenched in orange,
seems straight out of a cartoon and
gives notable nods to the Acropolis.
And the cast - which brings to life
these oversexual, one-track minded
characters - create a well-oiled ensem-
ble. The cast bubbles on stage, grinding
their hips, slyly slipping in their sexual
overtones. While singing or insinuating,
these University theater students present
this story with all of their hearts.
Only the brief moments of laugh-
lessness detract from this otherwise
vulgarly entertaining adaptation.
For tickets call the League Ticket
Office (734) 764-0450. are 515-S20 and
student tickets are S7. Showttines are
No: 10 and Nov 11, 8 pn.; No' /2. 2
pin.

A CAPPELLA
Continued from Page 9
of the strongest in the nation. Even
after only one year together, they
have undeniably risen to the top tier
of a cappella."
Completely student run, Dicks
and Janes has worked together very
successfully in the past year. Not
only does this group sing well, but
they have become a tight-knit group
of friends.
Freshman Christy Lombardi said,
"Being a part of Dicks and Janes
has provided me with my own niche
on campus. In addition to the
singing, everyone in the group has
become a very good friend of mine.
Choral groups in high school were
so business oriented. Because
Dicks and Janes is completely stu-

dent-run, the group is much more
relaxed. Thernightsafter auditions,
the entire group surprised nme"by
coming to my dorm room and sere-
nading me."
Senior Melinda Wenner,'the
Musical Director of Dicks and
Janes, became a member this fall.
"This is my first time as Musical
Director. The position is challeng-
ing, but very well worth the effort,"
Wenner said. "The experience has
been great; everyone has been very
supportive and I enjoy seeing how
the group has grown. This perfor-
mance is one that a college atidi-
ence will greatly enjoy. There
hasn't been an event quite this big
in a while and I'm hoping this iill
revive excitement for a cappell-sv
- Acape/looza costs S7andTplayst 8
p.m. tonight at the Michigan Theater:

willing to try anything, but this time
they take artistic license over the top,
creating a goofy and at times slapstick
two-hour burlesque.
Lysistrata is the story of Greek

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Courtesy of UMS
Andrew Bielski and Alyson Grossman star
in the ribald Greek comedy, "Lysistrata."

Mongolian locks up
to better the arts

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By Andrew Klein
Daily Arts WNriter
Art, as a general rule, is usually kept
parate from money. If a work is pro-
duccd solely for the purpose of econom-
ic gain, it becomes devalued in the art
community. However, art, as a general
rule and harsh reality, cannot be pro-
'duced without money. On Monday, at
Bb's Mongolian Barbeque, several
groups will try to solve this problem
through The Lock-up for the Arts.
-A lock-up works like this. The restau-
t is jail. You can either lock yourself
up or send a fake officer to arrest some-
ore else. Once incarcerated, the prisoner
niust make phone calls in order to find
enough bail money. If you cannot pro-
vide sufficient bail, you will be thrown
into the hole and tortured. Or if you're
not into the whole masochism thing you
ill be let go with a thank-you. For
those prisoners that do meet the goal of
5300 dollars, a free meal will be provid-
Or you can forgo all lock ups and
ply donate money.
The money raised will be donated to

Jesse Richards & Hundredth Monkey,
Michael Lee & Opus Mime and Young
People's Theater - each of which will
be performing throughout the day at
Mongolian. Hundredth Monkey, under
the artistic direction of Richards com-
bines dance. theater and music to address
contemporary social issues. The group
has been championed by such famed
artists as Laurie Anderson. Opus Mime,
under the direction of Lee, performs
original mime, which combines comedy
and poetic drama. Young People's The-
ater is a company that provides work-
shops, summer camps and performances
for young people.
Hundredth Monkey member Suzie
Kellerman came up with the idea along
with Richards and Mongolian marketing
manager Chris Lussier. They have talked
to more than 50 Ann Arbor businesses
that are either donating their time or
money. "I truly believe that all of these
groups need the money and that the
money they get will help the community
because the groups will then be able to
go back and perform for the communit."
Kellerman said.

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