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By Dennis Elleuneier
Dark of the Moon, a musical folk drama, wi!l
open tonight at Howel! Theatre with its
playwright, Howard Richardson, in the
Richardson and co-author William Berney
wrote the play in 1942. Produced on Broadway
in 1945 and off Broadway several times since, it
has run in virtually every major theater capital
from London to Leningrad. It has climbed to
near the top of the "most produced play" list,
where it has remained.
In 1970 alone, 180 professional and amateur
productions of Dark of the Moon were given in
the United States. Negotiations now are being
completed between Richardson and director Al
Rudy (The Godfather) for a movie.
Why such long standing popularity? Hal
Floyd, director of the UNL production, said
the play is forcefully written and is timeless in
its set and theme. The universal element of folk
music and the intrigue of witchcraft lend it
"Although it may truthfully be described as
a comedy, it has many elements of tragedy,"
The play is set in the Smoky Mountains and
takes its plot from the folk ballad, "Barbara
John, a witch boy, falls in love with the
mortal Barbara Allen. In order to marry her, he
asks Conjur Man to make him human. This is
done on one condition - Barbara Allen must
remain faithful to him for a yaar. Should she be
unfaithful, John will become a witch again and
Barbara will die.
The marriage takes place but the
townspeople become increasingly suspicious of
John's background. Their suspicions are
confirmed by the still birth of Barbara and
John's witch child.
Learning of the condition of John's
mortality, the townsmen rape Barbara at a
religious revival meeting. She dies, and John
becomes a witch again.
Floyd said he saw the play several years ago
and has always wanted to direct it. The script,
he said, offers a director a lot of freedom to
' stress any of the several elements In the play.
Floyd chose this time to present the play
because of increasing interest both in folk
music and the occult.
The role of Barbara Allen will be played by
Terry Baughan. David Bel! will play John. Bel!
is also the choreographer for the show.
The music was composed and arranged uy
Liz Lewis, a gradu&ie student in theater.
Howard Richardson will be in Lincoln for
several days and will hold informal session with
interested students Monday at 11:30 a.m. in
Temple Bldg. 201. He has written more than 40
plays for stage and television.
Dark of the Moon will run March 1, 2, 4
through 9. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Tickets are
$2.50; students $2.
Cinema I: McQ (PG) 1:30, 3:30,
5:30, 7:30,9:30 p m.
Cinema 2: Superdad (G) 1:30,
4:50, 8:10 p.m.; Son of Flubber
G 3:05, 6:25, 9:45 p.m.
CooperLincoln: Chariots of the
Gods (G) 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
Douglas 1: The Way W Wert1
(PG) 1:30. 3:29, 5:28, 7:28, 9:32
Douglas 2: Tht Sting (PG) 2,
4:55, 7:09,9:20 p.m.
Douglas 3: Tha Laughing
Policeman (R) 1:30, 3:25, 5:20,
State: Tha Exorcist (R) 1:15, 4,
Plaza 1: Amaricsn Graffiti (PG)
1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30 p.m.
Plaza 2: Swpico (R) 2:15, 4:30,
Plaza 3: Papillon (PG) 2:30,
5:15, 8 p.m.
Plaza 4: Day for Night (PG)
1:30, 3:30, 5:30. 7:45, 9:45 p.m.
Stuart: Busting (R) 1:30, 3:30,
5:30, 7:30,9:30 p.m.
Oer Loaf und SteinTh
Bluegrass Crusade returns for
Launching Pad-Froggie Beaver
. Little Bo's-Cricket and Red
Pony provide entertainment.
Morocco Belly dancing and
Middle Eastern music are the fare.
Tha Open Latch-Frank Fung
and Larry Eberman provide easy
St. George and the
Dragon-Patchwork, a local group,
Pershing Auditorium Ted
Nugent and the Amboy Dukes give
a Fillroora style concert Sunday at
Henzlik Hall-Weekend Films
present Sam Peckinpah's Straw
Dogs tonight only at 7 and 9 p.m.
Auditorium-Red Psalm is the
Feature Classics Film featured
Saturday at 3, 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday
Kenneth Clark's Pioneer of
Modern Painting traces tha life and
masterpieces of Henri Rousseau at
Feminist anthology worthwhile;
editor's comments irritating
On Being Female, edited by Barbara Stanford
One does not have to be an intelligent writer
to put together a solid anthology. Barbara
Stanford's editing of On Being Female is a
no older than 1970. It is packaged nicely with
an attractive cover that makes one want to pick
it up and browse. Unfortunately, the
introduction by Stanford will tempt you to put
it back on the shelf.
She begins by ignoring anthropology
(Margaret Mead would be furious), misusing
history and insulting our logic. For example,
she cites "one case of the masculine tampering
with history." That case is Queen Haishepsut
vho was an early ruler in Egypt Like many
pharaohs, she listed ail her achievements on her
tomb and various statues. After her death, her
nephew successor Tutmose HI erased her name,
deeds and smashed her statues. Stanford implies
this was done because Hatshepsut was a
Th i introduction is so filled with such
irritations, that it Is difficult to forte yourself
to continue. This is unfortunate because the
rest of the book is well dorse.
It is divided into five sections, the first of
which deals with the suppression of women.
This part is highlighted by m informative
article on the ima of women in film by
Sharon Smith. Unfortunately, it is also graced
byyou guessed it, Barbara Stanford.
The second division concerns itself with
"growing up female." It's about nonsexist child
rearing and if one is acquainted with the subject
it csn b bOH1""1
"What Girls Can Be" is the longest section of
the book and obviously deals with careers.
While most of the pieces are above average, two
are particularly striking. One is about women as
airline pilots and the other is Bella Abzug's
diary of a congresswoman.
Abzug's diary is especially interesting
because she discusses the effects of her being a
politician on her husband and children. She
8lways says some provocative pre-Watorgate
things about President Nixon, which take on
interesting post-Watergate tones.
The rest of the book is a kaleidoscope of
women who in some way or another have
distinguished themselves in their fields.
But the book isn't ail seriousness and gloom.
Sprinkled throughout are cartoons and various
advertisements. The latter, which don't always
intrude our consciousness as chauvinistic, look
strangely different in a book of feminist
This book is not going to tell you what "it's
like to be a woman," cjve you any ansvers or
s?y anything profound. But what it docs have
to say is worth the time to read it.
friday, march 1, 1974
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