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Friday, July 11, 1986

The Michigan Daily

By Nolan Feintuch
summer nights in Ann Arbor,
the place to be (if you are a movie
buff) is the parking structure at the
Power Center. Movies, ranging from
Brando's The Wild One to Bogart's
The African Queen are shown free and
provide a pleasant way of enjoying
the night. Beer, mostly smuggled in
under cover, food, and many summer
residents make up the atmosphere of
the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.
However, the Ann Arbor Summer
Festival is more than the showing of
these movies. It was first started last
summer and is now becoming a mon-
th-long tradition throughout July.
It includes a wide array of events:
Theatre, Dance, Mime, Movies, and
various forms of children's enter-

the t
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his t

Festival offers diversity, talent
ment. All these events except the 'em hell, Harry - a portrayal of the Pilobolus Dance Theatre - which was minute dance trends, which include
ies are paid attractions, the life of President Harry S. Truman. performed to standing room audien- breakdancing, popping, locking, and
eeds of which go to the non-profit Rounding out the schedule of theatre ces in last year's Festival, will be per- breaking and spinning.
nization, which hopes to continue events will be the performances of forming a variety of different reper- Other noted performers who will be
soring this event for many sum- South Africa's "Market Theatre toires. This Washington based group making appearances in the festival
s to come. Company." They have performed the has toured extensively world-wide, are jazz great Dizzy Gillespie, ac-
e three major theatre events play Asinimali which takes a vivid including a U.S. State Department companied by J.C. Heard and his Or-
sored by the Festival include look at the life of a black South sponsored tour of India, Afghanistan, chestra, and Marcel Marceau - the
ral acting companies, among African township. This production in- and Sri Lanka. The Philadelphia mime whose popularity stems from
The Acting Company, South corporates a mixture of song, dance, Waves, billed as a pulsating dance his lovable character Bip. These are
ca's Market Theatre Company, mime and storytelling performed group, will be giving two summer per- just a few of the top notch talents that
Kevin McCarthy. John directly to the audience in the style of formances. Founded by Shimon and can be enjoyed during these slow days
seman's The Acting Company is a cabaret. This play was inspired by Lis Braun, the company grew from of summer in Ann Arbor.
ouring arm of the John F. Kennedy those who were forced to leave their the collective circles of Philadelphia's Tickets are available for these
er. They will be performing homes in South Africa. After these best local talent. events by calling (313) 763-tkts, and
kespeare's hilarious romantic peformances, the company will take Wave's performances incorporate are on sale at all Ticket World outlets
edy As You Like It as well as or- part in festival which will be a demon- traditional jazz styles with up-to-the- or the Power Center box office in Ann
ds as a Michigan premier. or stration against apartheid in South Arbor.
ds is a series of seven short stories Africa.
hekhov adapted for the theatre by This month-long festival is also - ---______
n American Playwrights. On going to sponsor performances from 7 Barber Stlists
, July 15, Kevin McCarthy will prfm the Organic Pilobolus Dance Theatre THE DAILY
highly noted one-man show Give and Philadelphia's Wave. The C ASCT~T~iflC .. . I r- 4

The Brechtian test of truths
By Elizabeth Block hiding the fugitive Grand Duke is fools. Thus, Azdek's heroism is
overlooked. Such an act was con- tragically reduced. Perhaps this is the
sidered admirable among Brechtian crux of Brecht's message. Such a vital
T HE BRECHT Theatre and Communist culture. Not only is moment deserves more attentive
Company's summer ex- Azdek's self-denouncement im- execution.
travaganza The Caucasian Chalk Cir- perative, but the fact that his good- Walsh does, however, exude an
cle premiered Saturday. The setting, ness is negated by the authorities energy which moves the pace of the
in the Residential College's North whom he surrenders to is, also, players up to that of the script. His
Court, was definitely an asset, along significant. They are, in fact, the real See POWER, Page 8
with a chorus of musicians. They were
the true ensemble of the company. ANN ARBO R
The players, however, seemed more
interested in perfecting their lines " "
rather than listening to each othe * UaEssaaaEaUUUE COUPON *EsEEEE NEE MEE
speak. Often it appeared that an actor $with this entire ad $1.00 off any $4.50 or $4.00
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The play's two outstanding perfor- CLUB PARADISE TWILIGHT LABRY NT
(mers were Azdek, the Village Clerk lsh) and Grusha, aSHOWS
fugitive peasant (Barbara E. Thor-
ne). Throughout the epic Grusha lives Call for show times
in constant flux over the soldier she
will someday marry, and the Gover-
nor's abandoned child who she protec-
ts. Thorne grapples with the two suc-
cessfully while captivating the
audience with her fight for survival in
the snowy mountains.
The real hero, however, is Azdek.
But director Bob Brown and actor
Martin Walsh fall short in exposing
this. Perhapa it is true at a superficial N E O EE T A M N Y
level (as the program boasts) that
Azdek alludes to Shakespeare's Sir
Toby Belch, yet Azdek's scruples out-
shine that of the Elizabethan "Lord of We're accepting applications
Misrule." Walsh parades around the for temporary Art Fair help.
stage, chiselling every word into a
comic block of wood. He appearsInev ws ilbeh d
preoccupied with Azdek's obvious
sexual frivolity and drunkness, for SATURDAY ONLY, July 12th
example, rather than seeking his
deeper, more personal level, thus from 12 - 4
allowing the comedy to emerge ApplY in person
naturally through Brecht's words.
The comic Azdek is only his egregious
side while his subtle mien is Azdek the
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