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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, July 23, 1980-Page 17
Theatre thrives
in Ann Arbor
during art fair
BY ANNE GADON said producer Charles Sutherland. Meg
Theatre arts events during Art Fair Gilbert and Charles Sutherland direct a
days run from the magical to the cast starring Clark Middleton as a
macabre. Local entertainers are com- bronco-busting cowboy and Rebecca
peting with craftspersons for evening Stucki as Cheri, the nightclub chan-
audiences, offering productions at teuse whom Bo is set on marrying. Per-
three area theatres. formances are Friday and Saturday at
The Ann Arbor Circus makes its 8 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sundays at the
debut this week at the Michigan AACT Main Stage, located at 338 South
Theatre on East Liberty. Circus coor- Main.
dinator, Mark Loeb, describes the show FOR NIGHTOWLS the AACT offers
as "the European version of the one- "An Irving Berlin Nightcap," a collec-
ring circus with a vaudeville theme," tion of songs by the distinguished
featuring local entertainers in a half American composer.
dozen skits and musical numbers. This musical revue features such
SOME OF THE more famous Berlin favorites as "There's No
nostalgia comedy pieces in the Business Like Show Business," "Top
program include Abbott and Costello's Hat, White Tie, and Tails," "Alexan-
"Who's on First," a scene from the der's Ragtime Band," and "You Can't
Marx Brothers' A Day at the Races, Get a Man With a Gun." Author Bruce
and a doctor's office skit made famous Schudder directs, choreographs, and
by George Burns and Carol Channing. accompanies the five performers as
Musical lovers can be treated to some they sing.and dance their way through
of their favorite early twentieth century Berlin's numbers at the AACT's Second
tunes such as "Hail, Hail, the Gang's Stage, a cabaret-style theatre located
All Here," and "Happy Days Are Here below the Main Stage. Performances
Again." are Fridays and Saturdays at 11 p.m.
The highlight of the evening is a per-
.formance by an area magician, Franz For mystery lovers, the Black Sheep
Harary, who displays prowess in the Repertory Theatre of Manchester is
areas of levitation in his act entitled, presenting Angel Street, a turn of the
"Odyssey in Illusion." Performances century thriller by Patrick Hamilton,
are July 23-25 at 7 and 9p.m. Thursday through Saturday at 8:15
The Michigan Theatre will also offer p.m. Used as the basis for the movie,
free tours and organ concerts from 1-4 Gaslight, starring Ingrid Bergman and
p.m. during performance days and all Charles Boyer, Hamilton has construc-
day Saturday. teda hair-raising tale of a man trying to
The Ann Arbor Civic Theatre (AACT) drive his wife insane.
continues its summer season with Former University student Terry
William Inge's Bus Stop, a comedy Kaza appears, along with Kay Long, a
about an oddly assorted group of graduate student in the Department of
travellers stranded by a blizzard at a Theatre and Drama and Artistic Direc-
small Kansas diner. Inge's play is tor of the Black Sheep. The production
"about strong feelings going on in is directed by Jim Martin, a member of
places not considered intellectual," the Theatre Department faculty.

Daily Photo by JIM KRUZ
THE ART FAIR offers a variety of theatre and theatre-related activities.
This mime takes a rest before one of his performances, perhaps sighing
silently to himself.
Art Fair holds
Artist demonstrations

(ContinuedfromPage 13)
crowds since it was introduced back in
1969."
Another demonstration that
promises to draw a good share of spec-
tators will be the slip-cast porcelain
work of Ann Arbor artist Janka Mc-
Clatchey. "I've demonstrated pottery
in the art fair ever since it began," she
said. "Well, I take that back. There was.
one summer when I was in England and
missed it."
This year, McClatchey is in town and
will demonstrate slip casting, which is
a method of using porcelain in slip, or
liquid, form rather than working a
massive ball of clay on a potter's wheel..
"THIS IS WORKING pottery without
a wheel," she explained, "making
thin, delieate forms that can't be done
in any other way. The finished products
resemble lace, or natural forms like
coral or branches. They're very
unique."
McClatchey said she finds working
before spectators very interesting and
enjoyable. "People are always curious
about how the work is done. They're
amazingly polite," she said. "I get oc-
casional questions from some persons,
all of which I answer. Many potters
either visiting or exhibiting in the fair
stop by to ask questions about my
methods and techniques. Also, there's
always something fascinating about
watching other people work, and get-
ting a good look at skillful, unique
methods."
McClatchey said she tries to produce
items for the demonstrations that take
a relatively short time to complete.
"You've got to keep in mind the crowds,
the hot weather, and the babies," she

quipped. "If they stay for about 15
minutes, they'll see something com-
pleted. I'll be working on one of several
items at a given time because the
products go through a series of stages
before being completed."

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