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Thursday, October 16. 190The Dz 'y Tar Heei5
An engrossing comedy of manners
fly BERNADETTE ROSSI
As we enter the Chamberlaynes warm
richly furnished drawing room, the gin
and gossipy tales are flowing as the
British host weaves around his five
bantering guests with a plate of potato
Is this another one of those boring,
pretentious cocktail parties? For a few
moments, yes, it is, but faith that T.S.
Eliot's The Cocktail Party will move
beyond trite superficialities is rewarded
in the first scene, before the last guest
leaves. Then the host, Edward
Chamberlayne, (Stephen Markle)
confides to the mysterious Unidentified
Guest (Frank Ratter) that though his
wife Lavinia (Valerie French) has just
recently walked out on him he is
disturbed not so much by her actions as
by the sense of his own deeply rooted
isolation it has brought out.
This movement from superficiality to
self-disclosure and the ultimate plunge
into a maelstrom of psychological and
moral dilemmas is humorously and
engrossingly conveyed by the
Playmakers Repertory Company's
presentation of this comedy of manners.
For by offsetting the heavy
conversations with exaggerated, even
silly gestures Edward's leaps and
tantrums, the Unidentified Guest's
rendition of the One-Eyed Riley
song director Harold Scott has
provided a truly . balanced, highly
entertaining production of the third of
Eliot's four plays.
Scott's well-balanced approach, with
the lucid, flexible quality of Eliot's
verse, makes the weighty issues of the
play exciting and thought-provoking.
Dormo to otay .open, over break
All University residence halls will remain
open during Fall Break this year.
Classes will end at 5 p.m. Friday and will
resume at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
The Undergraduate Library will be open
during Fall Break 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday and 8 a.m. to midnight Tuesday. It
will be closed Sunday and will resume its
regular fall schedule Wednesday.
Wilson Library will observe the same break
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For example, the characters in the two
love triangles (Lavinia-Edward-Ceiia
and Edward-Lavinia-Peter) struggle to
define their existence. Without this
questioning, the dialogue, with its
psychological and religious overtones,
could have been boring.
The actors thrive on the extremes
provided by Scott's approach, Markle,
as Edward, moves competently from a
witty, fidgeting character to one capable
of expressing complex insights with raw
sensitivity. Such a manner tends to
illuminate the cliches Edward uses in
describing his relationship with Lavinia:
"I cannot live with her that is now
intolerable;! cannot live without her,
for she has made me incapableOf
having any existence of my own."
Edward's wife, Lavinia, as portrayed
by Valerie French, adequately conveys
an indomitable spirit and fiery strength
that explains why her husband would at
one point accuse her of possessing "the
obstinate, unconscious, sub-human
strengthThat some women have."
Margaret Phillips is magnificent as
Julia Shyttlethwaite, the strutting,
obstreperous guardian of souls. Phillips
played Celia opposite Alec Guiness in
the Broadway production of The
Cocktail Party, and as Julia, she is
especially successful as the counterpart
to the talented Raitcr in his
psychiatristconfessor role of Harcourt
Reilly; you truly believe theirs is a warm,
mutually supportive relationship.
Together they create the sense of
wholeness implied in Eliot's verse:
"When I express confidence in
anythingYou always raise doubts; when
I am apprehensiveThen you see no
reason for anything but confidence,"
Reilly says. And Julia responds: "That's
schedule as the Undergraduate Library, but
only the stacks, periodicals and circulation
departments will be open after 5 p.m. on
Friday, Monday and Tuesday.
On Saturday, only those areas will be open
after 1 p.m. On Tuesday, Wilson will be open
from 8 to 10 p.m. with only the stacks,
periodicals and circulation departments open
after 5 p.m.
The Health Sciences Library will observe
its regular schedule throughout the break.
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In contrast to the engrossing
performances of these actors, Patricia
O'Donneil's portrayal of Celia
Copplestone falls short; her coquettish
mannerisms undercut the depth of
character. She fails to convey the
substance of Celia, who is capable of
glimpsing a deeper reality.
Peter Quilpe, who falls in love with
Celia, is played with a nice mixture of
restraint and innocence by Kenneth
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Russell Graves fails to overcome this
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In addition to the overall fine
performances and direction, the sets and
costumes provide the audience with
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