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Fanny, a quintet of
female rock artists, will be
roaring into town for a
concert at the Nebraska
Union on Saturday,
October 9, at 8:30 p.m. in
conjunction with the
Time-Out Conference on
Working a Latin beat, a
soul shout and a jazz riff
into the fabric of their
songs, Fanny sings of hard
times, a life of adventure
and bittersweet loneliness.
With two albums to
their name, Fanny and
Charity Ball, Fanny has
been called the musical
sisters of Crosby, Stills,
Nash and Young.
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think a member of the Ku
Klux Klan and a member of
the Black Panthers would
necessarily be the best people
to ask," he said. If 1 were
running the Human Sexuality
conference I doubt very much
if I would have balanced it the
way the organizers have.'
However, he said he would
not turn thumbs down on a
speaker "unless I had reason to
believe the speaker would
incite the crowd to riot" or
create a major disturbance.
"I'm not in the business of
telling students not to ask a
speaker because one or more
Regents don't like it,"
Magrath said. "I'm concerned
that students are aware of the
consequences of presenting an
imbalanced program and that
they get the best possible
authorities on the topic being
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The values are here every day.
Charge it at Penneys in Lincoln, 13th & 0 Sts. Shop Mon. and Thurs. nights 'til 9!
Allen's 'Water' runs
lukewarm in Lincoln
For those who have had any previous contact with Woody
Allen's work, Don't Drink the Water holds few surprises.
Consisting of Allen's burlesque physical humor with a few
clever lines sprinkled in here and there, the formula is comparable
to many "modern" comedies.
The plot of Don 't Drink the Water is typically based upon an
absurd situation; an American caterer, his wife and daughter,
visiting Europe are accused of spying in an Iron Curtain country
and forced to seek asylum in the American Embassy. Naturally
the three are trapped in the embassy, unable to leave. And
naturally they run across an inefficient-but-kind-hearted bungler
(the son of the American Ambassador) who is temporarily in
charge of the embassy. The play concentrates on the trials and
tribulations they encounter prior to escaping their imprisonment.
At its best, this Allen humor can be a sparkling, fluffy bit of
trivia, which while not possessing much literary merit, is
entertaining and enjoyable. At its worst, however, it can be a
disaster--an overworked, underdeveloped graveyard of gags.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending how you look at it)
the current production at the Lincoln Community Playhouse is
neither the best nor the worse, but floats somewhere in a
lukewarm sea of mediocracy.
Smack dab in the middle of this sea is the bulk of the cast.
Scott Root, as the inefficient bungler, manages to totally over-do
his part. As the agent of most of Allen's gags, Root seems unable
lo hold himself back enough to make his character believable.
Equally bad is George Carpenter, as the caterer. Carpenter
seems at times to be so wrapped up in his own portrayal that he
forgets there are other characters on the stage, or indeed that the
audience exists. This leads to several mechanical defeats in his
portrayal, such as misplaced emphasis and lack of emotion.
On the underdone side of the ledger, Linda Hauder, as the
caterer's daughter conies across extremely poor, lacking any
depth of character at all.
In the minor characters, however, is where Water really falls
down with the actors coming off somewhat like cardboard
Some rather sterling performances did, however, save the
production from total disaster. Lee Schoonover portrayed Father
Drobney, a 6-year inmate of the embassy with skillful finesse.
Also good in her preformance as the wife of the caterer was Jan
Healey .Only slightly less stellar in their preformances were Terry
larrell as the Ambassador's assistant and Britt Davis as the
tough-guy Communist policeman.
Technically, the production was also
positive side, the set was excellent, the
(lawless and costumes looked at least
Problems did, however, overshadow the production. Irritating
technical oversights, functional costume problems and
on-again-of f- again lights hurt the production.
The show does have one major factor going in its favor--the
audience loved it. Indeed, in many cases the Allen lines were
funny enough to carry the play in spite of its defects. And some
choice physical comedy scenes had patrons rolling in the aisles,
notably the straight-jacket removal scene, with Schoonover and
All in M, Don't Drink the Water is a lair production. But don'l
go expecting any befter. Plan to sit somewhere between
entertainment and the deep blue sea.
luke-warm. On the
THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1971
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