The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, September 17, 1992, Image 3

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Arts & Entertainment ursday September 17, 1992 The Battalion Page 3 Russian army dance troupe steppes onto Rudder stage Aggie Players present character drama Pulitzer Prize-winning play returns By ANAS BEN-MUSA Reviewer of THE BATTALION "Talley's Folly" Written by Lanford Wilson Starring Scott Kelly, Susan Kelly Directed by Robert Wenck Playing at Rudder Forum, tick ets sold at the door only A well-dressed, relaxed, mid dle-aged man walks onstage and begins to address the audience. Suddenly you realize the play has started and the man on the stage is one of the characters in "Talley's Folly." The abruptness of Lanford Wil son's play, 'Talley's Folly," is one of the unique aspects that make it such a personal story. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play's success this summer as an MSC Dinner Theater production promted Aggie Players to bring it back this fall, director Robert Wenck said. For the first 15 minutes, the au dience gets to know the main character. Matt Friedman, played by Scott Kelly. The lights dim slowly and the audience enters Matt's world— near Lebanon, Missouri, July 4,1944 . The play is set in a gazebo, or "folly," oeside a river. The trinkets cluttering the gazebo represent the emotional problems that keep the two main characters from trusting each other. Matt and Sally (played by Kel ly's wife, Susan) have trouble communicating and fear to con fide in each other because of their past. As the play progresses. Matt and Sally realize their disordered and jumbled past has made them what they are, and is an important factor in their love. Matt jokes about Sally's broth ers and how foolish they are to hate him because he is Jewish. The audience realizes Matt's cyni cal attitude goes deeper than sim ple racial slurs as he reveals the norror and anguish his family ex perienced in World War I. Sally responds by unveiling the disappointments in her life and how fed up she is with her family because they treat her as property and not as a human being. "Talley's Folly" is a simple and wonderful play. I enjoyed having the opportunity to understand Matt and Sally, both are full char acters with much depth and com plexity. "Talley’s Folly" started Wednes day and runs until this Saturday. Take a loved one — it is well worth the money and it might be your last chance. Tickets for "Talley's Folly" are $4 for students and $6 for the gen eral public. The Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in Rudder Auditorium. tem nited ideral ovidt reaS’ versi’ By ANAS BEN-MUSA Staff Writer of THE BATTALION The MSC Opera and Performing Arts Society is starting its twentieth anniversary season with a perfor mance by the Incomparable Red Stars Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble Saturday at 8 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium. The group is composed of over 130 accomplished artists that in cludes a cnorus, orchestra, and dancers from the former Soviet Union's Strategic Missile Forces. Before the performance, OP AS will present all the past student chairs and presidents of OP AS. The presentation and the new season will be dedicated to the founder, Wayne Stark. The Texas A&M Singing Cadets will perform two songs with the Red Army Chorus. They will open the show with the Red Army Cho rus's version of "The Star Spangled Banner" and close with "God Bless America." The Singing Cadets and the Red Army Chorus will also perform to gether in Houston Friday. Ross Theilen, public relations manager of the Singing Cadets, said that this will be the first joint ven ture between the Singing Cadets and a Russian group. Although the Red Army Chorus is an internationally renowned en semble, it is not the original ensem ble that was created after the Bolshe vik Revolution in 1917. The group performing at Texas A&M was cre ated in 19/7 and adopted the same name as the first group. The Alexandrov Red Army Cho rus (1917) was canceled because they feared confusion and competi tion with the other ensemble. The Alexandrov Red Army Cho rus tour was booked by a consor tium including SATRA Entertain ment and the SPACE Agency. The consortium had an exclu sive touring rights contract with the former Soviet Union, now the Commonwealth of Independent States. The contract included a guaranteed copyright of the "Red Army" name. Piowever, Columbia Artists Management Inc., signed the newer ensemble for 80 U.S. dates in direct competition with the Alexandrov Chorus's 35-date tour. CAMI booked the new group despite several letters and mes sages by former Soviet Union offi cers and generals to back down. 'The Men' arrive with debut By TRICIA MARTINEZ RcvieuvrofTHE BATTALION The Men "The Men" Polygram Records The self-titled debut album by The Men is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. Two of the LP's cuts have al ready made their way up the record charts and others will fol low, I'm sure. The first single, "Church of Logic Sin & Love contains some very clever lyrics by lead singer Jef Scott. Scott wrote all the songs for the album, but this one really stands out. Drummer David Botkin never misses a beat on any of the songs, but during this song his drum solos truly shine. It's a very catchy tune and before it's over you find yourself singing along. The second release was "Blue Town." It is not as strong as the first, but it does display all the band's strengths. Scott sings in a very husky, masculine voice while Lore Wilhelm exhibits some ripping guitar sounds. Don t let tne group's name fool you — they may call them selves The Men but there is a fe male in the band, Nancy Hathorn, and believe me when I say she can play a mean bass. She is by far one of the strongest parts of the LP. No one can touch her on "She's All Mine." She plays a non-stop groove that gains her all tine attention. Most of the songs are not hard rock but not mellow either. The Men fall somewhere in the middle of the road and that's what makes them so appealing to a variety of listeners. One or the songs reminded me of something maybe Steely Dan would do. /V Kmg of Central Park," has an early 70s grooves with a sliding guitar and slow drum backbeat. It was great. This tune was more along a funky line with lots of mixing on the guitars and drums. Scott sounds so similar to Steely Dan on vocals that I began to have flashbacks from my childhood. I'm sure this won't be the last time we hear from The Men; in fact I wouldn't be surprised at all if "The Brotherhood" is re leased as a third cut from the LP. It definitely has all the character istics of a stand-alone single. The Men's debut album really has the sound of a band that has been around for years. They possess the strength in vocals and the talent on guitars and drums on their debut album that takes other bands a lifetime to accomplish. Make the Natural Choice. Wednesday, September 23rd Natural gas is predicted to become the fuel of the future for the United States. Now’s the time to consider a career opportunity with a leader in natural gas — Delhi. Delhi’s leadership status would not be possible without the contributions of the many talented and innovative engineers who exem plify the “can-do” attitude we seek. Delhi engineers hold many key posi tions on our management team and are essential to the future of our business. 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