Progress Bulletin from Pomona, California on April 23, 1976 · Page 17
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BY DAVE MARSH LED ZEPPELIN: “Presence'* (Swan Song SS 8416). Presence, Led Zeppelin’s seventh album, represents another step backwards from the promise of the group's fourth and untitled album. That album, which contained the monumental Stairway to Heaven,’’ and has sold somewhere between 4 and 6 million copies (depending upon whom you ask), was chock full of arresting melodies, imaginative riffs and, surprisingly, even some emotional content, a real first in heavy English guitar rock. STEPPING BACK? — Singer Robert Plant, left, and guitarist Jimmy Page are featured in Led Zeppelin’s seventh album, “Presence,” which critic Dave Marsh feels is a step backward from the early promise shown by the rockers. But since then Led Zeppelin has reneged on its promise over and again. The immediate follow-up, “Houses of the Holy,” was a straight reprise of the fourth album, without its imagination. Last year’s “Physical Graffiti,’’ a two- record set, was simply deadening, too many songs that went on too long and too aimlessly. “Presence” now seems like just another factor in the formula. •The formula itself is not altogether uninteresting. Jimmy Page remains one of the most interesting riffers in the guitar game, and Robert Plant can occasionally reach for some surprising belting vocally. At their best, as on this album's “Nobody’s Fault But Mine,’’ Zeppelin are reminiscent of the Yardbirds’ empty excursions into the outer reaches of electric guitar possibility, with the added advantage of a good vocalist. But Zeppelin has one insurmountable flaw, and it mars this album as it has every one they’ve made. Drummer John Bonham is something like clinically imcompetent. When he and Page riff together, in their a-rhythmic fashion, the results can be effective, if never truly riveting. When Page steps away from him, everything falls apart. Part of the problem is the lifeless way that Bonham s drums are recorded, but a bigger difficulty is that he just can’t keep time. They call him Moby Dick, and, like the great white whale, he’s dragging a potentially fantastic vessel to the bottom with him. Cut the line, I “V- . • . KISS: “Destroyer” (Casablanca NBLP 7025). Coupled with Alice Cooper’s producer. Bob Ezrin, Kiss have made their best record. It has all the old Cooper ingredients — harmless outrage, well-structured guitar riffs, an aimless but steady beat, anthemic vocal chants. “Flaming Youth’’ is a son, in fact, that Cooper might well use on his next attempt, if he hasn't given all up for the glories of gold. “Shout It Out Loud’’ is revitalized New York Dolls, without the irony. Of course, that's a central flaw: Without the irony, what is this stuff? A quick bash and back to the bar, I guess. (P S. Forget the ballads Alice Cooper has an approximation of a human voice. These guys have tongues.) Record drunk? BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Wilson James Smyth, a 47year-oW timber cutter, set what police called a record when he registered .40 per cent blood alcohol on a breath analysis machine. “I think I have a bit of a problem,” he told Magistrate S. J. Deer in court at Gympie after being charged this week with driving a car while under the influence of alcohol. The magistrate fined him $350 and banned him from driving for 15 months. Government medical officers estimated Smyth’s alcohol reading taken at the end of a three-day binge to be equivalent to drinking 122 seven-ounce beers. Pomona College choir to offer spring concert The 130-voice Pomona College Choir, conducted by William F. Russell, will present its annual spring concert in Bridges Hall at 3 and 8:15 p.m. Sunday. Also performing will be the college brass ensemble and members of the band and orchestra. Admission is free. A highlight of the program will be Randall Thompson’s “The Peaceable Kingdom,’’ a cycle of seven a cappella choruses on a text from the Book of Isaiah, suggested to the composer by the painting of the same name by the early American artist Edward Hicks. The work calls for constantly shifting choral textures, sometimes from the four-part chorus and sometimes from atiphonal double choruses. It is in large measure responsible for Thompson's reputation as the “dean” of American choral composers. The college brass sextet will join the choir in performing “Three Descants from Ecclesiastes,’’ a work in three sharply contrasting movements composed in 1957 by Karl Kohn, Pomona College composer-in-residence. The premiere was given by the Pomona choir in 1958 with the composer conducting It is dedicated to Russell and the choir. To conclude the concert, members of the band and orchestra will join the choir for the cantata “Frau Musica” by Paul Hindemith, on poems by Martin Luther, to be performed in English translation by Harvey Officer. Vocal solos will be sung by sopranos Mary Hart and Anne McMillan, tenor Dean Stevens and baritone Frank Farris. The trio sonata in the midst of the work will be played by Edna Sugihara, flute, and Margaret Mudge and Solomon Cera, violins. The text deals with the joys of singing and with the inspiration afforded by the singing of the nightingale. PROGRESS BULLETIN B Pomona, California ■ Frktay, April 23, 1976 1? 'Man of La Mancha' VCT presents Broadway musical Pitares« Bullet in Entertainment Musical set at Cai Poly By BOB NAGEY Idealism clashed with realism at the Valley Community Theater Thursday night. The hero, Don Quixote, dies, but in the end his efforts “to add some measure of grace to the world” prevail in a well produced and sensitive interpretation of ‘‘Man of La Mancha.” The musical comedy, based on the life of Miguel de Cervantes and the character he left to the world, will continue Fridays and Saturdays through June 12. “Man of La Mancha" without doubt is the best VCT production of the year It is big, it is funny, it is poignant, it keeps you at the edge of your seat, and above all, it is acted with competence so that small miscues such as the use of a rickety bench that forces players to lose their balance are easily overlooked The play takes place in a Ü' The Center Theater Group of the Forum of the Los Angeles Music Center will present “Guns,’’ a 3- act musical for children, in the University Theater at Cal Poly at 11 a.m. May 1. “Guns” is designed to give youngsters a better understanding of weapons. The production is one of CTG’s Improvisational Theater Projects. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Los Angeles Times theater critic Dan Sullivan called the play “extraordinary” and predicted that it will become a classic. Sullivan said, “ ‘Guns’ — to relieve parents' minds — is not going to give any child nightmares. The imagery is not violent. There is no gunfire, no stage blood, no falling down. It’s clear at all times (much clearer than when people are shooting up people on TV) that this is a pretend-piece, a stage game.” Billed as a play for audiences 10 years and older, “Guns” takes place in 2076 A.D. at a national zoo where six of the most famous guns in captivity are on display. (Guns have been outlawed for 90 years.) They sing, dance and perform special tricks, but refuse to be called killers, because none of them has actually seen a killing. When they seek their freedom from the gun house, they learn more about themselves and their power. “It is the first time we have done a play that can be called a tragic-comedy,” said ITP director John Dennis. “By presenting a complete play we are giving children an idea of what theater is all about — the imagination of the actors, musicians and design­ ers — the show does the full range.” The performance at Cal Poly will be part of the university’s annual Poly Vue open house next Friday and going through May 2 . Reservations to “Guns” can be made at 596-4546 or 598-4549 Other dramatic productions running through Poly Vue include a one-night- only performance of the musical drama “1776” by the Continental Theater Company of Witchita, Kan., in the University Theater next Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the University Union on campus. Two one-act plays, “Cop- Out” and “Petrified Man.” presented by the Cal Poly drama department, will run Poly Vue weekend in the Studio Theater. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Novel to make 4 films LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former actor Tom Try on must be the envy of his fellow novelists He has sold his latest book to Universal Pictures for not one, but four movies. Tryon’s new novel is “Crowned Heads,” actually four novellas about world-famous figures. Billy Wilder will produce and direct the first, “Fedora,” writing the script with his longtime collaborator, I. A. L. Diamong Once the star of “The Cardinal” and other movies, Try on has had more success as an author. Photo by Amoctated Proas ALL IN THE FAMILY — Actor Henry Fonda and his actor children, Jane and Peter, are featured in the May issue of Ladies Home Journal. They’re shown together in California Last January, their first reunion in more than decade. dungeon. Cervantes, a poet-tax collector, finds himself there having levied a tax on the church in the mistaken belief that everybody should pay. His fellow prisoners try him in a mock kangaroo court before he is summoned to the Inquisition He bargains for return of his possessions by creating the role of Don Quixote and through him tries to justify his actions In a series of sketches, the aging 13th century knight in 16th century Spain attempts to “right unbearable wrongs” to bring some meaning to life in the conviction that “true madness is to see the world as it really is.” Among the memorable songs are “The Impossible Dream," “Man of La Mancha,” ‘‘I’m Only Thinking of Him," “Little Bird, Little Bird,” and other gems of the theater Ed Waterhouse gives an accomplished compelling performance as Don Quixote, though one could wish his singing voice was better David Bushner plays the lovable sidekick. Sancho Panza, creditably. But there is no mistaking the true star of the show Lynda Hershey gives a truly memorable performance as Aldonza, the prostitute, whom Quixote elevates to the role of his lady Dulcinea. Every community theater should have a Lynda Hershey, a talented lady who can not only act, but can belt them out or sing with a finely tuned voice. While Hershey’s performance is not surprising — she has been in a number of good plays, though here she reaches her best — the brief appearance of Andy Case as the Barber — left off the program in error —■ clowning his way around the stage in a few minutes appearance has the audience in a roar of laughter. The fine voices of Lynne Lundquist as Antonia, Tom Schultz (also the musical director) as the Padre, and Tina Geer as the Housekeeper, add to the pleasure of listening Satisfactory performances also are turned in by Ron Carroll as the governor. Clint Miller as the duke-doctor, Susan Boulanger as Marya, Rochelle Young as Firmina, Mike McCann as Pedro, Richard Frazer as Anselmo, Bob Bennett as Jose. Victor Troxel as Paco, Vin Newborn as Tenorio, and Manny Suarez as captain of the guards. Smaller roles also were well performed by Kelly Roon, Shea Gibson, and Carl Ziolkowski The play is directed by Annette Roon, a graduate of the Pasadena Playhouse She is assisted by Gene Kohel. Choreography is by Dan Miller and set design is by Margot Andrews There is no intermission, and the play starts on time 'Exorcist' director at work LOS ANGELES (AP) - Director William Fnedkin is starting his first movie since his sensational “The Exorcist.” Filming is scheduled to begin in Paris April 6 on “The Sorcerer,” described as “a contemporary film of high adventure and suspense in the tradition” of “The Bridge on the River Kwai” and “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre " Roy Scheider, who appeared in Friedkin s “The French Connection.” is starring in the film which is backed Film Properties International, a subsidiary of Cinema International Corp. w ; J «fry. m •*! 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