FEBRUARY 22. 1974
T SPAR KLES
by Susan Weiner
"Jacques Br el lis
Alive andWell and
usical.In fact, the show can moreappropriately be called an essayon
in song and spoken interludes. iThe^
production, under the skillfuldirection of Igor Stalsky, infuses
essay with vitality and truth.Satire and irony are dominanttones throughout the show.
no aspect of humanexistence I escapes
sting.Problems ofJovers, hypocrisy,war and even death are subjectsof
providecounterpoint to the satire. Brel's
aloneness and the wait for death
shattered dreams and theconfusion of the world.The show opens with a strongcombination—the* striking
theDevil, and the imaginativelychoreographed and directed"Marathon."Once aroused, the audience'sattention
held by the dazzlingperformance of
four players.David Green laces his songswith an absurdist tone which
the meaning of
lines.His portrayal of the unhappy
Tango*makes the scene one of the finestpieces of theatre
lighting for the scene and themoments when the
literally laughs along with Mr.Green are
He gives a saucy rendition of"Jackie" as he expresses Brel'swish for personal
ButMr. Green's ability to createcharacter and to move anaudience are most
feltin "Amsterdam", a story ofsai'ors.. '
Linda Johnson's dance delightsthe eye in the interlude about adancing girl, Brel's first seriousnote on ideals. Ms. Johnson'srepresentation of Timid Frieda
"Funeral Tango"are especially fine. Her singingsolos are few but
might breathe moreemotion into
David Held dramatizes each ofhis scenes exceptionally well. Heenlists his outstanding singingability
convey the truths abouthuman nature between the linesof his songs. Mr. Held's portrayalof the honest soldier in "Statue"(a fine dramatic device) and ofthe betrayed loverin/'Fanette"
especially impressive.Mari Gardner, a dynamic forcein the show, sings
Folks" ina' very touching scene whichaccentuates the
oftime with pale green lighting andthe repetition of Linda Johnson'snotes and David Held'smovements.*
Gardner performs each ofher scenes beautifully. Her mostpowerful song is "Marieke", asensitively directed scene of awoman anxious for her beloved toreturn.
Under the expert direction ofCecily Gallagher,
the fourplayers harmonize as a quartet.A notably effective scene, whichdemands that their voices aloneexpress Brel's theme, is "TheDesperate Ones."*
of the sceneswhich takes full advantage of theintriguing and pleasing set.Although the scene
artfullycomposed and ends on a frenziednote, it lacks the whirlwind effectwhich the words lead you toexpect.
i $ I
After all the satire and seriousstatements
the audience is
a little sincereidealism, which the final songprovides.
el" is not
m usical. But then,neither
an interlude in
on administration offices. T.M.Cat asks the
question: Is thefaculty really concerned aboutupcoming dismissals among their
Page 2) ?
Prologue. Last week, Istationed myself in
FacultyLounge* for? an afternoon ofeavesdropping. I hung a largesign reading, "I am
above my chair tonotify teachers that I might use
The first teachers 8 to comedown for coffee were BruceMcAndy (English),
Vetronio (French), and Gary
(no introductionneeded). They formed
began theconservation. |
"All this discussion on studentsparticipating in dismissingteachers makes*
might sound terrible,but sometimes I wish teachershad the power to fire-students,even whole classes. Studentsdon't seem to feel responsible fortheir work anymore. I don't know
answer."Sometimes you justhave-towalk out on a class. If they don'tprepare
Chomping on a bagel, Garyagreed. "Sure, Etta. Besides, ifyou would do it, the class wouldprobably be shocked into havingevery assignment done on time,and! even typing your lecture
After taking another sip of teafrom her saucer, Pirouettacontinued. "And their spelling isIn order to make Friday'sedition, articles must
be in on
Sir,t adjurethee,thou old serpent, bythe judge of the quick and the dead, byihe maker of the world, by him who
the power to send thee tohell,thatthou depart quickly from this servantof God, who returns to the bosom ofthe church with fear and affliction ofthy terror.
adiure thee, not in myaffirmity, but by the virtue of the HolyGhost, that thou depart from thisservant of God, whom the Almightyhath made in his own image, and if youspit up on me again, I'll hit you withthis bottle of Holy Water.
Fr. Lankester AAerrinS.J.Northern IraqSirs, *
you so-called "peace freeks"think that an occasional turn-on is themost harmless way to cope with
on you! Arecent study conducted at JohnsHopkins University has proved thatbeyond a shadow of a doubt, therepeated ingestion
euphoric element of marijuana) canresult in a distinct inability to operatea typewriter. So the next time youaccept that crude wrinkled cigarettefrom the friendly stranger,
Fascfnating; * my
registers an atmospheric compositionof
molecules of nitrogen persquare centimeter on
planet'ssurface, which is, of course, able tosustain life as we know it. Yet thesurface appears desolate, with sparseclusters of vegetation in the less rockyareas, which appears highly illogical.
Why don't you go tie your ears in aknot, you cosmic dildoe.Dr. B. McCoyUSS EnterprizeSir,
regards to the "letter
Editor" printed in last week's paperconcerning the, quote,
disregard the administration holds forthe
seems that a gooddeal of the members of this school'sadministration is greatly misunderstood, and that we are only tryingtp make this a better learning
stitution where the students may
both morally and intellectually.Besides/ we all know; that AndyCameron picks his nose and eats theboogers.
;-r '; ^j
James Fisher. Erie, Pa.Mig, J.
Hey, what's happening? We were/just sitting around getting
wrecked in Vihce's room when Petecame up
this really far out
for a cartoon, about how he's the
one who gets caught setting the floor
and putting plastic explosive onthe toilet seats and got thrown out ofAAcAuley. And Russ thought of another
about how you can show Al and theSecurity Guards getting*
inPreston's basement. We came up withsome others, but we were toodestroyed to write them down. Hopeyou can use these little gems. Peace,love
The Far-out Heads
Hey, how about adding a little grosshumor to your article, like, for instance, "Around the Block in
Band," or"Acme Abortion Clinic - no fetus canbeat us,"
Paul Getty giving hisgrandson a set of
headphonesfor his birthday, or an iron lung in aRallegh coupon catalog, or a picture ofMayor
unloading ErieSanitation's first truckload of deadbabies with a gold pitchfork, or otherneat
stuff like that.Bob Sutherland
atrocious. The other day someonehanded
her invain/ and the last word wasspelled Ve-i-nT'At that point, political scienceprofs Ben Benuthe and Miguel
group. Miguelpicked up the discussion. "But,Etta,
you find the
problem is getting people to readtheir texts? Ben came up with asolution during Intercession, buthe won't
tell me what it
After a few encouraging wordsfrom
his colleagues, Ben told
what to do.
justdistribute a bunch of suckers tothe
on the first day
one after every 50pages in their books. It
f 8 B
Bruce McAndy had a question.
suckers withoutreading the pages?"
that, they won't be readyfor their unannounced quizzes."Music professor Sr.
note and theatre
director Harvey Shakespearecame into the lounge, whileHarvey [adjusted his
noted her troubles overher music students. "If I hadn'tinsisted
having that time clockinstalled,
still* be getting away with less
40 hours a
turned to Harvey. "How
you keep your drama students so
"It's quite easy, Sister.
theydon't come to rehearsals on timeor study their lines or read their
just make themwatch
Pyle."The group was still engaged inlively discussion when I had toleave.
mycolleagues about the discussion,there arose two opposing conclusions. There are those
the entire scene was spontaneous and genuine. There arethose who say) that
McAndy wrote the dialogue andHarvey Shakespeare
theteachers in aput-on. You
willhave to decide -the
by Jack Riley
red, withan old brown cap pulled down tohis ears, entered the room andintroduced himself
JimmySeals. After gesturing us to movein closer he
his"buddy" would be along shortly.Dash Crofts fired into the room,quipped a joke, and sat down.They made as if you had knownthem,: for years, and what wassupposed
be more ofa conversation.The first question stemmedfrom their next playing site(which they didn't know untilhanded an itinerary) to theirmusical
picked at thechair as he explained how he had
nineyears old, at which time heplayed
fiddle.| JJimmy and Dash met in JuniorHigh in Texas where they playedin a group that lasted throughouthigh school.
they became part of the"Champs", whose hit "Tequila"sold six million copies and kept
be able totour the world for seven years.Crofts played drums for
period and also for a small stintwith
along with the finding ofthe Baha'i faith, led to the soundthat
Crofts".During this transition periodDash began playing the mandolinand together with
usedmusic as a vehicle for expressingthe truth.-
men in talking
theirreligous beliefs were so in
that you forgot theywere so famous as singers. AsDash Crofts
"It helps tokeep a realistic view of
1922JE. 38th St.
up in the morning just like everyone
you." Unity is a basicBaha'i principle, and it's evidentin both the music and lyrics of
stage one at atime, sat down and without evenlooking at each other, broke into"Hummingbird". Their sound isintricately produced and yetinately simple. The concert was amasterpiece of
with a blendof jazz, rock, country and blues.Their music, like the men, is
Jimmy Seals and Dash Croftsappeared
the Erie CountyField House onFebruary
fourteenth before a sell out crowd.For those who attended I'm sure
what I mean. For thoseof you who didn't, don't pass upanother chance to see one of thebest concerts of your