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6The Daily Tar Heel Thursday, March
'Torch Somg '
The opening of Harvey Fierstein's
Torch Song Trilogy finds homosexual
protagonist Arnold Beckoff backstage
in his dressing room at the gay bar
where he performs a drag act. He's
wearing a dress and a good deal of
makeup, but any initial shock or
discomfort the audience feels dissipates
as Arnold begins to discuss his frustra
tions with love and life. His desires
for the perfect lover, for respect are
essentially universal ones, and his self
effacing, cynical wit renders him a
charismatic, irresistable individual.
Indeed, playwright Fierstein's crown
ing triumph is his ability to exploit all
the humorous possibilities in the
stereotype Arnold represents yet never
let the audience lose sight of the fact
that Arnold is a strong individual who
ultimately defies convenient categoriza
tion. Torch Song Trilogy y a very fine
touring production of which was
presented by the Carolina Union in
Memorial Hall Tuesday night, is
Fierstein's unabashedly autobiographi
cal look at six years in Arnold's life.
The union of three one-act plays that
were originally produced independently
of each other off-off Broadway, Torch
Song is a long, involved work. While
its three segments mesh seamlessly, they
push the running time of Torch Song
to 3Vi hours. The play's significant
length works both for and against it.
It gives the audience a feeling of great
intimacy with the ever-engaging
Arnold, but it also exhausts Fierstein's
wit, too much of which pivots on
Arnold's verbal ploys and mock
Largely for that reason, "Interna
tional Stud," the first segment of Torch
Song, is the most effective. It chronicles
Arnold's ill-fated love for Ed, a
befuddled bisexual. "Fugue in a
Nursery," which takes place one year
later at the upstate New York farm
where Ed lives with wife Laurel and
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where Arnold brings new lover Alan
for a weekend visit, is a tad tedious in
its resurrection of the first act's ques
tions concerning Ed's true feelings for
The story becomes more involving
again, however, in the final segment of
the play, "Widows and Children First!"
Here, Arnold confronts his mother, a
proud woman critical of Arnold's
lifestyle and his recent decision to adopt
Noteworthy of this touring produc
tion is its faithful adherence to the Tony
Award-winning Broadway incarnation
of Fierstein's opus. A less courageous
director might have trimmed the play's
length, cutting first the controversial
scenes in which Arnold's sexuality and
promiscuity are most apparent, but
Peter Pope has invested faith in the
progressive thinking of people outside
Manhattan and left the play intact. Even
the set was barely distinguishable from
the one employed in the Broadway
The performances were generally
exceptional. As Arnold, P.J. Benjamin
merits special commendation for being
ah; to sustain an amazing level of
vitality and intensity throughout the
evening. On the road with this produc
tion for six months now, Benjamin
nevertheless gave a performance as fresh
and sincere as if he had just taken over
In fact, the entire cast worked well
to bring Torch Song to fiery life. An
alternately funny, poignant and pas
sionate examination of one individual's
struggle for contentment and respect,
Fierstein's celebrated play employs a
deftly light touch in challenging audien
ces to reexamine prejudices. The touring
company that brought Torch Song to
UNC Tuesday night presented this
challenge in a most entertaining fashion.
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Beckett this Evening will be performed by the
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The Visit will be performed by Raleigh's Theatre
in the Park through Sunday at 8:15 p.m. Call 755
6058 for ticket information.
Antarctica Photographs will be on display through
March 26 in the upstairs Union Gallery.
Joe and Antoinette McKenna will perform
traditional Irish music at 9 p.m. at the ArtSchool
in Carrboro. Call 942-2041 for more information.
Roily Gray and Sunfire will perform through
Friday at Cat's Cradle. Call 967-9053 for more
"J ERomancing the Stone will be shown at 7, 9:30
AaJand midnight in the Union Auditorium. Call
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As You Like It will be performed by the Royal
Shakespeare Company at 8 p.m. in the Paul Green
Theatre. Call 962-1449 for ticket information.
Sophisticated Ladies will be performed at 8:30
p.m. and at 4 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday in Memorial
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Ain't Misbehavih' will be performed at 8 p.m. in
Page Auditorium at Duke University. Call 684-4059
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Gregory Paul will perform as part of the Carolina
Union Campus Y People in Poverty series at 8 p.m.
at the Wesley Foundation on Pittsboro St.
Musicians from Lloyd Street Studios will perform
at 9 p.m. through Saturday at the ArtSchool in
Carrboro. Call 942-2041 for more information.
Seven Beauties will be shown at 7 and 9:30
p m. in the Union Auditorium.
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Years from now, some film buff will
pull director John Landis' new film,
Into The Night, out of a dusty vault
and screen it as the filmgoer's answer
to lnvial Fursuit. lhat is it this mm,
most notable for its abundance of star
cameos, is remembered that long.
Landis, whose credits include the cult
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3104 for ticket information.
Boccherini and the Italians will be performed
through Sunday by the Society for Performance on
Original Instruments at 8 p.m. in Gerrard Hall. Call
962-2224 for more information.
The Ciompi Quartet will perform at 8:15 in the
Ernest W. Nelson Music Room in the East Duke
Building at Duke University. Call 684-5450 for more
Southern Sung Painting and Its Legacy will be
on display through April 28 in the Ackland Art
Women Were Artists, Too, a lecture by Lucy
Grant and Kathy Brunch of the Duke Art Museum,
will be presented at 10 a.m. at the Center Gallery
in Carrboro. Call 967-1316 for more information.
The Pratie Heads will perform for the Fifth
Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Rhythm
Alley. Call 929-8172 for more information.
Root Boy Slim and Capitol Offense will perform
at Cat's Cradle. Call 967-9053 for more information.
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A Lion in My Lunehbox will be performed by
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Mike Cross will perform at 8 p.m. in Memorial
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Carol Klingensmith and Peter Vhale will give a
voice recital at 8:15 p.m. in the Mary Duke Biddle
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Monica Umstaedt Rossman will perform on organ
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The Back Bay Jazz Quartet will perform as part
of the Sunday Jazz Series at 7 p.m. at the ArtSchool
in Carrboro. Call 942-2041 for more information.
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his life turns to desperation when he
comes home early one day and finds
his wife fooling aound. So he goes off,
into the night, where he meets Diana,
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Diana, an inept jewel smuggler, is on
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Roger Vadim as a French mobster and
David Bowie as a stylish assassin.
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"A" Train will perform at Cat's Cradle. Call 967
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" Not a Love Story will be shown at 7 p.m. and
A O Killing Us Softly will be shown at 8:30 p.m.
in the Union Auditorium.
John Patrick Grace will give the first in a series
of lectures on Dante's works at 8 p.m. in the Lutheran
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the Duke Players at 8:15 p.m. through Saturday
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joined by the men's and women's glee clubs for a
concert at 8 p.m. in Hill Hall. Call 962-2224 for
John Newell will perform on piano as part of the
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The Dads will perform at Cat's Cradle. Call 967
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Richard Stoltzman and William Douglas will
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The Duke University Jazz Ensemble will perform
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William Kloss will give a lecture on Vienna's
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actress friend (Kathryn Harrold) who
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Landis does capture the particular
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an arresting visual style, but despite all
its potential for grand slapstick, Into
the Night staggers. Some of the gags
Campus Y sponsors poverty series
The Campus Y is sponsoring "People
in Poverty," a program to increase
student awareness of poverty, Friday
Gregory Paul, a graduate student in
linguistics, will give a benefit concert
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Plaza 11 The Breakfast Club at 3:10, 5:10, 7:10
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Varsity Lateshows The Adventures of Buckaroo
Bonzai: Across the Eighth Dimension and Slop
Making Sense at 1 1:20 Friday and Saturday.
Carolina Blue Beverly Hills Cop at 3, 5, 7:15
Carolina White The Killing Fields at 2, 4:30, 7
Carolina Lateshows Quadrophenia at 1 1 :45 and
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at midnight.
Ram I The Sure Thing at 7:05 and 9; weekend
matinees at 2:05 and 4.
Ram 11 A Passage to India at 8; weekend
matinees at 2 and 5.
Ram III The Aviator 7 and 9 ends today. A
Soldier's Story begins Friday at 7 and 9:10; weekend
matinees at 2 and 4:10.
Ram Lateshows The Song Remains the Same
and A Clockwork Orange at 1 1 :45.
Carolina (Durham) Stop Making Sense at 3:30,
5:15, 7 and 9 ends today. Full Moon in Paris begins
Friday at 3:30, 5:15, 7 and 9.
Carolina (Durham) Lateshow The Rocky
Horror Picture Show at 1 1:30 Friday and Saturday.
Carolina (Durham) Saturday Matinee Bon
Voyage, Charlie Brown at 1 Saturday.
Compiled by Frank Bruni, arts editor.
are good, but too often the film tries
to juice laughs out of bloody grue
sometasteless (take your pick)
murders. The moods become so con
fusing that the end effect of the film
The leads, however, are appealing.
Pfeiffer, best known as the coke head
in Scarface, displays a Carole Lombard
flair for comedy, and Goldblum, who
usually is cast in supporting roles such
as the reporter in The Big Chill, is
perfect as the out-of-his-element leading
It's too bad they have to cope with
such a muddled story and a pat ending.
Into the Night would be a lot more
appealing if Landis offered a door prize
to anyone who could correctly identify
all his bit players and maybe a bit of
the method behind this madness.
dation. He will play guitar and sing folk
songs in five languages. Tickets are
available at the Campus Y for $5, and
all proceeds will go to Ethiopian famine
A 10-mile Walk for Humanity will
be held Saturday. Sponsor cards are
available at the Campus Y, and reg
istration will be from 8-9 avm. Saturday:
On Tuesday, Danish citizen Jacob
Heldt will present his slide show,
"American Pictures," at 7 p.m. in
Memorial Hall. During the 1970s,
Holdt traveled more than 100,000 miles
across the nation photographing the
poverty-stricken. His free presentation
compares the lives of America's rich and
Capping off "People in Poverty" on
Wednesday at 8 p.m., a panel discussion
will look at poverty in Chapel Hill.
Panelists include N.C. Sen. Wilma
Woodard; Jean Wagner, Carrboro
Nutrition Site manager; Sue Baker of
the Inter-Faith Council; and Gloria
Williams, director of the Joint Orange
Chatham Community Action Center.
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