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Page 10 Saturday, July 16, 1983 The Michigan Daily

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Gun Club shoots
By C.E.Krell
B OREDOM. FATIGUE. Dns. Alcohol.
Donuts. White people. Black
music. Sweat. Speed. Big Beat - July
14th. Here it comes!
What is speed? When you think of
speed, you usually think about things
going fast - zoom! Jets, trains, the
Flash, light. All of these things are said
to have speed. Think of speed another
way now - back to drugs. 'Speed,' a
street slang word for uppers, amphets,
man. Little pills. Perky peppers. So
post-swallowing, you think you have
speed, you are "speeding," jumping,
cavorting.
Boredom now. See, it is easy to
become bored of speed. One becomes
velocitated and it becomes difficult to
remain entertained. If you keep doing
the same thing, over and over, you also
lose your ability to be entertained. You
achieve agitation. Uncomfortable. So,
out of boredom and agitation, you drink
alcohol.
Back to alcohol now. If you drink a lot
of alcohol, you become 'drunk,'
inebriated. You grow obnoxious and
disgusting, you smell, sweat, sneer, and
are fatigued. The Ramones wrote a
song called "I Don't Care" and you
don't. You are tired.
So did the Gun Club. And it goes like The Gun Club mi'
this. J.L. Pierce, the lead singer,
writer, is a trashed, gross, disturbed - not in style, neccessarily, but in Mea
Paul Williams. J.L. don't care if you feeding sometimes it seems this guy the N
are dead or you are alive. J.L. don't oozes beer and vodka. He's a tad Exte
seem to care about nothing except his frightening, but an ultimately harm- Love
white redneck guilt. So he exercises less waste. Fun waste, though.
that guild through his puking version of The rest of the band is kind of fun. j
black music. He, and others in the band They play fast songs and slow ones. I
it seems, are jazz buffs. But being like the slow ones. Speed kills, but the
white, they got their own inter- lack of it hurts longer. Oh spasm,
pretation. J.L. shouts it out his slimy, spasm, jerk, twitch.
disintended maw. Demented deadpan So then, white trash on stage.

blanks at Beat

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Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHON
sfired at the Big Beat's grand opening Thursday night.

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THE MICHIGAN UNION
Summer Dinner Theater
Chapter Two
By: Neil Simon
Date: July 14, 15, 16, 21, 22,23
Time: 6:30pm
Place: The Michigan Union
° Ballroom
Tickets are $15 and available at
Mhg on Ticket Oie
ad a10 CM1otls.
Group seats are availableFor
moreinformationcaa 17-20O.

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tloaf Jr. and Morticia, the Last of
Mohicans and the Memphis maniac.
ended versions of Coltrane's "A
e Supreme" manured into "Burrito
?o mpany'
anceand
Ellen Lindquist
E DON'T know. what author and
composer Stephen Sondheim is
ing about marriage in the musical
nedy Company - it is a joyous
representation of eternal truth -
it doesn't matter, the Players carry
this slick New York style musical
h enlivened virtuosity.
ompany, is the 1970 seven-times
y award winning musical about
by, a 35-year-old overgrown New
k bachelor, who has five sets of
rried friends, none of which are
al. These couples display their am-
alent feelings about marriage to
by, alternately encouraging and
ouraging him to tie the knot.
he couples each occupy a compar-
nt of a platform set up to give
ething of the effect of looking inside
ollhouse. A metallic outline of the
York skyline completes the image
a highrise structure. The couples
nd like birds, perched on the plat-
m singing, "Bobby, Bobby baby,
by Bubbie, Robert darling."
ouglas Sills is charming and
arkably innocent as the befuddled
helor Bobby, wandering from
ple to couple. He asks Harry, his
married friend, "are you ever sorry
got married" which launches him

Supreme." Junk food. Junk band. Kind
of spunk junk with not much funk. It
stunk. Oh, but what a stink it stunk.
Could be worse; could be dead.
offers song,
laughs
into the "always sorry, always
grateful" song. Sills is also a delightful
tap dancer.
The singing and dancing was what
made Company. Gwendolyn Y. Ricks
as Amy, a reluctant, panic-stricken
bride, rapidly delivers a tongue-
twisting patter song with amazing
skill. "Clear the halls because I'm not
getting married, thank you all but I'm
not getting married, don't tell Paul but
I'm not getting married today." Alvin B.
Waddles is perfectly cast as Paul, as he
marvelously portrays Amy's overly
devoted groom.
Also magnetic was Ellen Mellisse
Boyle as April, Bobby's stewardess
girlfriend. Boyle and Sills are natural
as she sings that she is going to Bar-
celona while he beckons her to stay.
Boyle is also a talented dancer as seen
when she rises from Bobby's bed,
joining Sheila Winn and Terry McCar-
thy in a surreal moder dance while
Bobby sleeps nearby.
The other four couples provide
divergent moments. Jan O'Connor
Maier is excellent as Joanne, the bitter-
third-time-around married seductress.
One of the best moments is when,
she sings a biting, sarcastic song aimed
at "the ladies who lunch." Brian
O'Sullivan is convincingly pathetic as
her abused husband, Larry.
Pauline Gagnon as Susan and John
see BOBBY, Page 11

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