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The Michigan Daily - Sunday, July 8, 1984- Page 11
Time for
(Continued from Page 10)
Tony Shalhoub was excellent as
Joseph. He was able to establish a tone
of voice that simply dripped with
hypicrosy, but in an entirely un-cliched
way. Always trying to talk his way out
of a situation, Shalhoub was earning
laughs from the audience by the play's
end with no more a line than, "I know
not what to say... however..."
The rest of the cast was more than
adequate with Richard Grusin doing a
particularly memorable job as the
decrepit retainer, Rowley, and Harry S.
Murphy and Thomas Derrah playing
very well off one another as Crabtree
and Backbite.
But perhaps the most breathtaking
aspect of the whole production was
Patrick Robertson's set. Twenty feet
high and rotating to three distinct
positions, it seemed extraordinary for
any production, let alone a touring one.
In all, School for Scandal was good
fun, and a good sign for the artistic suc-
cess of the Summer Festival.
Associated Press
irst family of[INDImUAL.THRATRE]
city rumored
laid to rest - $1.75 TUESDAY ALL DAY
-Richard Feedsm,
thing about this PIERRE GERARD
accessibility. She RIHARD DEPARDIEU
- as a matter of A film by FRANCSVEBER

D for defeat?
It may have been more a defeat than a victory for the first of the Jackson's much-touted concerts. The f
hype kicked off their Victory tour at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday night. Pre-tour publi
that the show would last 21/2 hours. Not bad for the $30 ticket price, right? Well that rationalization can be1
the show totalled only 90 minutes. See story, page 2.
Wanted: More Mart]
Reeves for the mone

By Susan Makuch
Y OU CAN'T, ALWAYS get what you
Y want, even from a Motown gem
like Martha Reeves. I think what the
audience at Joe's Star Lounge wanted
Friday night was a no-holds-barred,
rockin' jamfest. Instead they got a
spirited, semi-rockin', mini-jamfest.
Not bad, but just not enough.
Reeves played two shows at the Star
Lounge, which more than likely caused
the abbreviated, 55 minute early
evening performance. There's nothing
inherently wrong with a one hour show,
but when a talented artist such as Mar-
tha Reeves charges $9 per ticket in a
small club like Joe's, one would expect
an intimate, lengthy show. Unfor-
tunately, Reeves and company didn't
see it this way, so just as Martha war-
med up the crowd, her show ended.
This isn't to say that Reeves didn't
put on a fantastic, lively show, because
she did. Actually her performance
would make a great warm-up act for
another show. As a single performance,
however, Martha and the Vandals (an
all-male back up group) simply didn't
cut it.
I'm sure the primarily over-35
audience would have loved another
hour of Motown classics from one of the
label's originals. The fact that Martha
Reeves didn't give it to them didn't
seem to bother most of them, though.
For the short time that Reeves was
onstage, however, she sure did offer
some snappy renditions of her best
She jumped right into things when
she pledged, "We gonna get it hot in
here." Just then, the Vandals played

the notes to "Heat Wave," one of Mar-
tha's biggest hits. Backed up on vocals
by her sisters Lois and Delphine,
Reeves lit a fire at Joe's that just didn't
stop. The middle-aged audience jum-
ped to its feet, hands clapping and
bodies gyrating for the entire hour.
Reeves tried to slow things down a bit
with a bluesy tune like "Nowhere to
Run," but the crowd would have none of
such nonsense. She soon slid into
"Jimmy Mack," a fast-paced tune
Reeves recorded with the Vandellas
way back in 1966.
These songs went over well with Joe's
patrons, but the highlight of the short
evening had to be "Dancing in the
Streets," which is by far Martha's

biggest hit. The fun
song was Reeves'
didn't fear her fans
fnt Cho dano d

rac , sn a ancea among tnem during
this number. She was pumped, and so
were they.
The most touching moment of the
night came when Martha began one
Motown classic that wasn't her own -
"What's Goin' On," a song written and
made famous by Marvin Gaye. "This
one's a tribute to Marvin," she said as
she began to belt out the song. The
strong rendition served as a pleasant
reminder of a great artist.
The encore of "My Baby Loves Me"
was wonderful - but coming at the50-
See MARTHA, Page 14

Mold on feet

There's a fungus among us!
The Pilobolus Dance Theatre, named
after a genus of phototropic fungi, will
be in Ann Arbor for two performances,
July 9 and 10, in the premiere season of
the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. The
group, which is currently in its 12th per-
forming season, was founded by four
men from Dartmouth, whose
nn fflArbor
backgrounds were in athletics and
acrobatics, not conventional dance.
The four men and two women com-
pany choreographs most of its pieces
collectively, without a director and,

true to its beginnings, performs in a
style that has been called "gymnastic"
and "sculptural."
They are billed as modern dance, yet
they are much more than a typical
Martha Graham imitation. They create
images and stories with their bodies. In
their energetic, original, and often
humorous way, they get their bodies in-
to positions more complicated than in
the Karma Sutra.
While in town, they will perform all
original works. Monday's anything-but-
routine routines include "Molly's Not
Dead," "What Grows In Huygen's Win-
dow," and "Day 2." Tuesday's show
features "Ciona," "Moonblind,"
"Walklyndon," "Mirage," and "Un-
titled." Both shows are at the Power
Center and begin at 8 p.m.
Tickets for the performance $15, $14,
$13, $11. For reservations call 763-0950.
- Dov Cohen

SUN. 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10 P.M.
MON.1:00,7:10,9:10 P.M.
A( .
From the makers
of the original
(Not The Wright Brothers)
SUN. 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:20 P.M.
MON. 1:00, 7:20, 9:20

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