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Thursday, November 15, 1934
Choice between loyalties torments Tox 9 character
Review by Rachel Fred
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Imagine; Two women tending a
farm alone. They have built lives
for themselves away from cities
and men, without dependence on
other people aside from each
Enter A wandering soldier who
has returned to visit the farm
where he lived before the women
moved in. He stays with them,
and edges his way between the
women, eventually forcing one
woman to make a choice between
her long-time friend and his ofTer3
of marriage and protection. The
manipulation and pulling on the
Ccr.tir.ced trcm Tzc 7
As a tesser for a first album,
the group released "General Pub
lic" as a single In Holland and
ended up with a Dutch gold record.
"Tenderness," which Lj also on
MTVs heavy rotation, was a hit
overseas. The album All foe Bags
was released Izzt month in the
United States. Like the Beat's
albums, it too contains plenty of
wry political commentary
(Wakeling and Roger are both
active in British social issues and
are particularly critical of Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher),
wrapped within a jumpy pop beat
spiced with reggae overtones.
The group's name, General Pub
lic, came from a sign Wakeling
saw while marching past Lon
don's Houses of Parliament in a
Campaign for Nuclear Disarma
ment demonstration. The sign
said, "No admission to the gen
"I was in a very sour political
mood," Wakeling told Musician
magazine, "and I thought, Tea,
that just about sums it up! We're
not allowed in the forecourts and
we're not allowed any say in what
happens in this country either."
General Public's format allows
Roger to use some of his musi
cian's training. The Beat's set up
Nebraska Directors Theatre opens
trio of one-act plays tonight
The Nebraska Directors Thea
tre (NDT) is putting on a trio of
one-act plays Thursday through
Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sun
day at 2 p.m. NDT. 11 10 Q St.
First on the bill will be "The
Duck Variations," directed by
Frederick J. Rubeck, a first year
Master of Fine Arts candidate in
directing. The play is a humor
ous duet, written by David Mamet,
between two elderly gentlemen
on a park bench. However, NDT
has cast two women in the gen
tlemen's roles, a twist aimed in
part at balancing the overabun
r with your Taca Pursuit '.i 5 ?
COUFOPIS ! ::
woman to make her choice forces
me suspense skyward to a cli
mactic ending that will keep you
Nancy March plays Nellie, a
very complex character who must
choose between the two ether
characters in the University
Theatre production ofTne Fox."
She takes on the character well in
voice and body language, giving
her a strong presence on stage.
Nellie lives with Jill, portayed
by Cindi Totten. Cindy has excel
lent comic timing throughout the
play and is fun to watch. Her
strong, dramatic sequences seem
overdone though, making the
scenes unconvincing. Her funny
"We use more keyboards now,
more synthesisers. WeVe simply
modernized a bit," he said. "Eight
now, I play keyboards on two
sonp. With the Beat, I wasn't a
musician. I got interested in it
about a year before the band
broke up, and decided that this is
what I wanted to do."
The group is also a little more
formal than the Beat was, pre
senting a "unified visual front"
with paramilitary uniforms. All
of which would seem to deter
Roger's stage persona, but, he
said, he too wants to protect that.
"I'm playing keyboards more,
but not enough to interfere with
the jumping around," he said.
The General Public tour began
in Los Angeles, and will have
reached San Diego, Phoenix, Salt
Lake City and Denver before it
reaches Lincoln. After the Lin
coln show, the band will travel to
Minneapolis, Detroit and Cleve
land before ending in New York
"It's just a six-week tour. A
short one. I guess I could handle
that," Roger said. "It's the three
month tour that I hated."
That tour two springs ago went
through most of the country, in
cluding the Lincoln stop. It did
dance in men's roles in this sea
son's university productions. Liz
Marshall and Lynette Welter are
The second play, "Rupert'3 Birth
day," by Kay Jenkins, will be
directed by Theatre Management
MFA student Lori Ann Pannier.
Senior Delia M. Booth is the
actress in the one-woman show,
which tells the tale of Louisa May,
a woman raised in the back hills
of Tennessee who shares her vivid
memories of the changes in her
life and responsibilities which
altered forever the course of her
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lines and body language were a
welcome break from the suspense
and tension produced by the plot.
Kenneth Page, who played the
soldier Henry, also had good comic
timing. The audience laughed
readily at his quirky, sarcastic
smiles and lines. His character i3
not supposed to be liked and hb
portrayal makes it easy to hate
the arrogant, self-serving soldier.
At times he goes overboard in
attempting to show hb charac
ter's bad side and he comes off
like a mad professor, making the
dramatic points seem comic.
The audience sits on all three
sides of the stage. The scenery
consists of one set that extends
on all three sides of the stage all
establish the band in places where
its kind of music hadn't been even
considered for radio airplay. At
the time, Roger was only 21, but a
veteran of four years of travel
around England with Wakeling
and the pre-Beat band. After all
that traveling, it did seem like the
Beat could have gone "to the top
with the follow-up album to Spe
cial Beat Service, which included
the semi-hit, "I confess."
"We could have made another
LP and sold a million copies in
stead of 500,000, just by doing the
same old thing," Wakeling has
said. "But that's not the reason I
picked up a guitar."
"As long as I enjoy my good
music, that is what is really impor
tant to me," Roger said. "We all
want to be famous, of course, but
that's a long way off. When this
stops becoming fun to me, I wont
do it anymore."
Roger said the Beat tour did
become old, to the point of where
he knew every stage move "too
well." General Public's brief
appearance and the new music
should change that.
"There will still be some Beat
songs in our show though," Roger
said. "But I'd rather it be a sur
prise as to which ones."
"The Great Nebule in Orion"
will be directed by Michael Hofa
cre. Crystal Rudloff and Joyce
Welsch play two women, old col
lege Mends who are reunited later
in life. One has married well, the
other has achieved a successful!
career. But, in spite of this, as
their touching and comic con
versation reveals, both axe unful
filled. Tickets for the plays are $4 or
$3 for students and senior citi
zens, and will be available at the
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the way up the audience. This
made the single set much less
confining and involved the whole
theater. Even with the extended
set, the characters seem distant
to the audience. The characters
are not endearing so they are hard
to identify with. What pulls the
viewer in is the twist in relation
ships and characters that take3
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The play is well written and
engaging. The suspense is slow at
the beginning, but by the third
act you can't help being tied in
with the fate of the characters'
"The Fox" will be staged tonight,
Friday and Saturday in the Tem
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