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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1980 - Natural Lights. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 20, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/21601/show/21322.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1980 - Natural Lights. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/21601/show/21322

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Title Houstonian 1980
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Title Natural Lights
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Transcript Drama department reaps success The UH Drama department had an incredibly successful season. Never has there ever been such a variety of stage entertainment in the history of theatre at UH. When critiquing the plays, one must look at the order in which they were presented. One must note the highs and the lows of each production. But most important, one must note the progress the department's theatre group made through the entire season, and by far, it seems that the drama students and instructors outdid themselves. The first production of the season was "The Diary of Anne Frank" by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hac- ket. The sets were cleverly done, ridding the audience of a typical boring attic scene. With the aid of slides and the overburn of a young, fresh voice, "Anne Frank" was well-done. There was only one flaw that was quite noticeable. The role of Anne Frank was played by Tina- Bess Hubbard. One the whole, her acting was superb, but it seems as if Ms. Hubbard has a flare for gymnastics. Her role as a young, hyperactive Jewish girl growing up and experiencing love was well-portrayed through Tina-Bess, and would have been a great success if her gymnastic ability had been limited so as not to make the audience feel as if they were at an Olympic event. "Merton of the Movies" followed "Anne Frank," and for a while, we all began to worry about what was coming out of that little ol' drama school. "Merton of the Movies," by George Kaufman and Marc Connelly, was a tribute to Hollywood. It was your typical boy wants fame, boy meets girl, boy gets both at the end. The play was well-done, but it was wrong for today's audiences. It was like putting a tiger on an all- vegetable diet. For some reason, something's missing. Then came the turning point in the season. Claude Caux teaches stage fencing and movement and pantomime. Along with the UHCC Mime Troupe, Caux presented "Out of Our Mimes." This year, the troupe featured "The Magician; In Homage to Magritte." The troupe's works varied from comedy to dramatically serious. The production was truly a success. But then, it's been said when you work with Claude Caux, you work with one of the best. With one perfect success under their belts, the drama department wasn't satisfied. They saved two of their best works for last. Both "Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home" and "Runaways" have a couple of other things in common. They both fall under the categories of naturalism and regionalism. Taking that a step further, they both deal with current issues in society. But most important, both of these plays were written by women. "Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home" was written by Mary P. Rohde, a Texas playwright. The story is about a young girl who leaves the small town of Polly, Texas for the excitement of San Antonio. Behind her she leaves a husband and a baby. She comes back to visit, and ends up having to decide between living with a tainted past and living in Polly or going back to the life of big cars, lots of money, men, but no love. At the end, Margie Lynn, played by Tina-Bess Hubbard, leaves, realizing she has no place in Polly, Texas. What makes this play a success is the fact that the storyline allows a woman to choose without being condemned for her choice. For once, Margie Lynn can be honest and tell her husband that she does love him, but doesn't like his lifestyle and that she never wanted to have a child. She is not made to feel like she is an unfulfilled woman, although she pays the price by having a tainted past. At least she has the opportunity to make a choice. "Runaways" was, by far, the drama department's best production of the season. Elizabeth Swados, creator of this hit musical, explores the plight of runaways. The production is done in the form of montage, consisting of songs, speeches and dances. Tickets were sold out days in advance. Not only does the play deal with runaways, but in particular, with deaf runaways. The UH Drama department had one hell of a season. The story of its success is like a well-made play in itself. The knot is will they or will they not finish successfully. Production after production, hit after hit, shows that not only were they successful, but that there's choice talent being produced between the walls of the Drama department. Scenes from "The Diary of Anne Frank" and "Runaways."