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By Charlie Krig
"Mother will never believe this," and you might want,
to borrow this line from the play to describe the next
Studio Theatre production, Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's
Hung You In The Closet And I'm Feeling So Sad.
After a Feb. 14 performance, Oh Dad promises to be a
prime example of absurdist drama. This interesting psych
ological study of a strange family is directed by Paul
Baker with extremely competent help from his technical
crew. ... ' - '"
In the play, Madame Rosepettle keeps her childish son,
Johnathon, locked inside with his stamps, coins and
books. Their abnormal lifestyle Includes world travels
with Madame's pet piranha, two venus fly-traps and the
stuffed, 15-year-old corpse of her husband.
Missy Critchfield and Eric Sorenson do admirably as
Madame Rosepettle and Johnathon. As the play progress-
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Two documentaries, Tupamaros! and Los Ninos Abandonados (The Abandoned Children), will be screened at the
Sheldon Film Theatre Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7 pjti. Tupamaros! is Jan Lindqvist's look into Latin
America! most renowned urban guerilla group, Uruguay's National Liberation Movement (MLN). Los Ninos
Abandonados is Danny Lyon's film of children (like the ones pictured above) who live on die streets of Santa
Thii week's television and
On Her Majesty Secret Service.
(ABC. 7:30 p.mj Gaorgt
Laienby star a secret agent
007 in part . ona of this
Jimei Bond spectacular.
Diana Rigg co-tar as tha
girl both beautiful and brava
enough to take Bond to tha
altar. Arch enemy Ernest
Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savel
as) Interrupt the wedding
Chariot Manson: Portrait In Ter
ror. (ABC, 10:30 a.m.) A
profile of murderer Charles
Manson, presented by psych
ologist Jeremy Rhzlin and
the trial's defense and pro
Who s Afraid Of Virginia Wootf?
(CSS, 10:30 p.m.) Richard
Burton, Elizabeth Taylor,
George Segal and Sandy
Dennis star in this Academy
Award-winning movie about
a turbulent marriage.
Tony Orlando and Dawn. (CBS,
7 p.mj Three masters of
comedy, Sid Caesar, Joey
Bisho and Milton Berle join
Tony Orlando in numerous
spoofs of film classics.
Theater In America. (NETV, 8
p.m.) In Zaleman Or The
Madneta Of God, en impas
sioned rabbi rebels against
Russia's persecution of the
Jews In his small town.
Who Love Ya Baby? (CBS, 9
p.m J America's favorite
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Telly StvslM, stars In his
first variety special. Diahann
Carroll, Barbara Eden and
Cioris Leachman guast star.
James Dean. (NBC, 7 p.m.) In
this made - for television
movie, writer William Bast
dramatizes his friendship
with the late, legendary film
star James Dean. The story
covers the two men's rela
tionship from their meeting
In acting school to Deen's
Dean Martin. (NBC, 9 p.m.)
Heavyweight boxing chamm
ion Muhammad All rolls
' with the verbal punches as
he is roasted by Martin,
Foster Brooks, Freddie
Prinze and Wilt Chamberlain
Tomorrow. (NBC, midnight)
Host Tom Snyder discusses
World Heavyweight Champion
ship Fight. (CBS, 8 p.m.)
Muhammad AH fights Europ
ean contnder Jean-Pierre
Coopman for the World
Heavyweight title, ilve from
Km Jimwi, PttMto Rico..
Adam'iCbronkltt (NETV. 9:30
p.m.) John Adams over
comes hi reluctance to hold
office, and is elected the
nation's first vice-president.
He is caught in the midst of
a personal rivalry between
Thomas Jefferson and Alex
Cable TV (Channel 9) The Marx
Brothers classic comedy hit
A Night In Casablanca is
featured this week along
with James Stewart and
Peter Finch in The Flight Of
The Phoenix and Shirley
MacLaine in Woman Times
Sevan, a comedy examina
tion of a woman in Paris.
es their characters and relationships grow more natural
and believable. '" '
Paul Redinger plays with understanding her role of
Rosalie, the young temptress who meets her death trying
to seduce Johnathon in his mother's bed. Other cast
members give able support as the fish, fly-traps, cuckoo
clock and servants. Their attempts at giving life to these
"inhuman" forms add to the play's credibility.
The man of the hour, however, is Greg Wagner as
Commodore Roseabove. His comic, yet truly believable,
character is. shown in a lengthy scene where Madame
recites pages of lines about her past. His reactions at this
time give a subtle, effective hint of his discomfort.
The playwright, Arthur Kopit, describes the play as
fa pseudo-classical tragi-farce in a bastard French
tradition." That is more easily understood in one of the
play's lines, "Life is a lie."
Kopit refuses to admit that his characters lead a life
stranger than bur own. He explains our absurd natures in
another line, 'There are more things in heaven and earth
than you have ever dreamed in your philosophy."
. The play would make us think that its characters are
sane and we are crazy. After five minutes you find your
self agreeing that , the abstract set designed by Karen
Brown, the bizarre costumes by Sue Seager, lighting by
Tom Rawson and sound by Jim Ryan all are pictures of
pur own lives. These technicians used great foresight and
knowledge in creating the play's unique mood.
Watch the play with an open mind and you soon be
lieve Madame Rosepettle when she says, "Life is a hus
band hanging on a hook in your closet. Open, it too soon
and your day3 shot to hell. But open the door just a little
ways. . , and your day is made. Yet he's still there, and
waiting, and sooner cr later the moth balls are gone and
you have to clean house."
Oh Dad. .. will run from-Feb. 17 to 22, at 8 pjn. in
the Studio Theatre at the Temple Bldg. Leave your old
notions and prejudices behind and see what life really is.
The Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, with the Lincoln
Symphony Chorale and the UNL Madrigal Singers, will
perform Fame's Requiem at 8 pjn. Tuesday in the
ODonnell Auditorium at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Soprano Doris Ganz, from Gibbon, Neb., and baritone
Vaughn Fritts, UNL senior music major from Lincoln, will
' Also on the program is the symphony's performance of
Hindemith's Mathes der Maler. Robert Emile, UNL
Symphony conductor, will conduct.
At 7:15 pjn. there will be two miniconcerts of works
by young composers. Four members of the symphony will
perform two string quartets, one written by Peter Jorgen
sen, a senior at Lincoln East High Schoo, the other by
David Seward, a UNL freshman music major from
Seward said he wrote the quartet while vacationing at a
Wyoming dude ranch during the summer of 1974. The 19-year-old
violin and viola player said he continues to write
music. This quartet, he said, was first performed last
March at Ralston High School.
Single admission tickets to the concert and mini
concerts, costing $4.50 and $5-50, are available through
the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra. For information and re
servations, call 432.5497 or 488-9420.
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Tha documentation of the errant lifestyles of
poor, homeless children who live In the streets
cf Columbia, South America.
' ' TUPAL1AH0S!
Uruguay 1972 60 minutes color
Directed by JsnLindqvfst
TUPAMAROS! I a unknot Wm dowmenl, an exekwive
vew Irom the inside el Leim America' a renowned urban
Owerrftse orynnUatign, Urwauaa National Litm!lor Move-
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ginninfl t 7 p.m. Admission $1.50
That's what a Columban Father
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reaohea out to missions in A!a
and Latin America. . . to share the
Good Newe that Jesus truly
cares lor them. He's a man who
commits his life totally to others
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