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August 12, 1992 - Image 6

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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 1992-08-12

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6- The Michigan Daily Summer Weekly - Wednesday, August 12, 1992

'Truth is a rare and precious commodity. We must be sparing in its use.'
- C.P.Scott


Moonstruck bargoers search
for their 'happily ever after'
Performance Network stages Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
by Jason Carroll
You say that you haven't had your but they still want that romantic fantasy Madias thinks that the play was
fill of sex, violence, and comedy at the of living happily ever after." written very musically, so an original
movietheaterthissummer?WellIhave Danny and the Deep Blue Sea is jazz score was created to reinforce
,an alternative for you, John Patrick also produced by Annette Madias. In Shanley's vision. The show is interest-
Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue the past, Madias has held productions ing-in that it incorporates music, dance
Sea. of Laughing Wild, The Normal Heart, and acting to express feelings.
The performance is about two so- and Forty Deuce in Ann Arbor. Cur- Madias isn't concerned with the
cial misfits, Roberta (Miriam Yezbick) rently, she is on the artistic staff of the fluff; she is more interested in making a
and Danny (Jim Porterfield) who meet Attic Theatre in Detroit. statement. She has a degree in sociol-
each other in a bar. ogy and thinks that
Roberta, waif -like, 'They're too full of feelings and they don't know what to her background
is longing to fulfill do with them ... so they have sex and fight to get rid of works well in the-
herromanticfantasy, those feelings, but they still want that romantic fantasy ater. She is a mem-
which she believes of living hapil ever after.' ber of Crossroads
she has finally found Productions, which
in Danny, a violent, - director Annette Madias travelstoschoolsand
anti-social outcast. performs shows on
Throughout the production, the two use Madias describes her work with this important issues such as substance
anger and violence to convey their feel- script saying,"It's been a scary process abuse, AIDS, and divorce. "It's a way
ings about each other. Ultimately, they ... you're playing with fragile emo- to use theater to do something impor-
learn that if they do decide to stay tions." For instance, the character tant," Madias commented. "I want to
together they will end up hurting each Roberta was a victim of incest when she make art accessible ... who cares what
other. was a child. To get closer to the situa- the lobby looks like or what the cos-
This may not sound like a comedy tion Madias talked and worked with tumes look like ... I just want to get a
to you, but it is extremely hilarious and real incest victims. message across."
sexy. The real comedy shines through The author of the play, Shanley, is__
as the two play their attitudes off each probably best known for his Academy DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA
other and ultimately give away their Award winning screenplay for Moon- will be performed August 14-30, at the
true feelings and intentions. According struck. Danny is quite reminiscent of Performance Network. Thursdays
to director Annette Madias "They're that film. Shanley has called Danny an through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sun-
too full of feelings and they don't know "Apache Dance," which is a physically days at7p.m. Tickets are $10for adults,
what to do with them ... so they have violent dance for two people created by $8for students. Call 663-0681 for in-
sex and fight to got rid of these felings_ the Parisian A naches.feyl~

Crowes net the set

The Black Crowes
August 7, 1992
Fox Theater, Detroit

but they took the feel one step futier.
A huge ftshing net behind the band
also had the lights string throughi it.
'Teeffect counteracted the hoity-toity
feel ofh the theater.
The Set: Ihe Crowes balanced old
and nes wmaterial as expected, favor_
ing the 'roe-heavy tracks off The
Souwhern ao insnctdMsicatl Com-
The Sound: The band was much
more togethermusically 1tt1they Wese
swhen they played Detroit last s inter
With % lTop: more coherent rhthm
and balanced sound. Vocalist Chris
Robinson's '60s talk, cool and pep-
ter, and skinny enthusiasm added a
iyperactivity to the band's jam-heavi-
ness. Damn if this show was't the
greatest genuine rock-and-roll shuso
in the area in a While.
-Annette Petruso

Miriam Yezbick and Jim Porterfield deal with things calmly, nay, rationally, in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.

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