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10The Daily Tar Heel Monday, April 11, 1988
It got off to a shaky start, but by
the end of the evening, the Lab
Theater's production of "Coup
Clucks" developed into an enjoyable
and thought-provoking show.
Written by Jane Martin, this
satirical look at the Ku Klux Klan
offers strong, funny characters and
some splendidly written dialogue.
The story revolves around the rem
nants of Klan activity in tiny Brine,
Ala. The furor starts in the first act,
"Coup," when, through the interven
tion of the liberal, open-minded Essie
and some cooperation on the part of
providence, the characters in the
towns annual "Tara Parade" are
replaced by two local blacks.
Needless to say, this interpretation
of "Gone With the Wind" does not
sit well with the bigoted locals,
sending town matriarch Miz Zifty
(23-year holder of the parade's
Scarlett O'Hara title) into faintingfits
and enraging the "good old boys" of
The second act, "Clucks," focuses
on the Klan's attempts to retaliate
against Dr. Kennedy, the black
dentist who portrays Rhett Butler in
the parade. The klavern membership
includes quite a collection of bum
bling fools from Ryman, the
lunatic pseudo-Nazi, to Pritchard, the
town drunk, to Bobby Joe, who just
plain personifies the word "stupid."
Their botched efforts at cross
burning highlight their individual
eccentricities and collective stupidity,
giving the audience some good laughs
but, most of all, a strong realization
of the narrowness and inferiority of
mind required for a racist attitude.
The success of the comedy is
By SCOTT COWEN
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Umbria Jazz Festival will bring some
tremendous jazz to the Triangle
through Sunday, April 17.
The Umbria festival, one of only
a few international jazz festivals held
in the United States, combines major
American artists with leading Euro
pean musicians. This year the festival
features trumpeter Wynton Marsalis,
singer Betty Carter, The Dirty Dozen
Brass Band, the James Moody
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strongly dependent on the character
portrayals, and in this area the cast
shows varying degrees of ability.
Nevaina Graves is notable in the first
act for her perfect characterization of
Beulah, Miz Zifty's independent,
outspoken maid who takes over the
role of Scarlett in the parade.
Of the Klan members, James Coley
does an excellent job as the volatile
yet wimpy fascist Ryman, and Rhetta
Wiley anchors the entire production
with her strong performance as Essie.
The initial scenes had a nervous,
rushed atmosphere beyond the ten
sion written into the script, but the
actors soon hit their stride and turned
in a successful show.
The set, designed by Walt
Spangler, served as an understated
and appropriate backdrop, working
very well in the small Lab Theatre
space in its simplicity. The sound crew
provided some highly appropriate
music in the intervals, and, aside from
some minor glitches, the lighting was
The value in "Coup Clucks" is in
its careful mixture of farce and
meaning, and director Allen Simpson
maintains this balance in his handling
of the show. The comedy is most
apparent in the first act, but by the
second, the laughs begin to become
subordinated to the realities behind
the utter stupidity of bigotry.
Like any good satire, "Coup
Clucks" is genuinely amusing but at
Quartet, singer Carol Sloane, the
Pullen and Adams Quartet, the John
McNeil Trio, and pianist Paul Mont
gomery and family.
The Umbria Jazz All-Stars, named
for a jazz festival held in the central
region of Italy, will also be perform
ing. The group's members are pianist
Rita Marcotulli, tenor sax player
Pietro Tonolo, bassist Piero Lever
atto and drummer Luigi Bonafade.
This year, five Triangle universities
and colleges are hosting major
concerts: Duke University, the Uni-
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the same time reveals the unattrac-
tiveness of the society it lambasts
a society that lauds the glories of the
great Southern antebellum past, a
to host international
versity of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill, North Carolina State University
(NCSU), North Carolina Central
University and St. Augustine's Col
lege. Other concert sites are the
Carolina Theater in Durham, the
ArtsCenter in Carrboro, the Siena
Hotel in Chapel Hill, the Durham
Hilton, the Under the Street night
club in Durham, the North Carolina
Museum of Art and Rocky Mount
There will also be a public jam
session master class on April 12
hosted by the Raleigh Parks and
Recreation Department and the
Wake County Arts Council at Bilt
more Hills Community Center. The
event will feature the Umbria Jazz
All-Stars and the Creative Jazz
Exchange Orchestra led by Paul
The event was founded in 1983 by
Paul Jeffrey after he returned from
Italy, where he directed the Umbria
Jazz Festival clinics in Perguia. The
Umbria Festival is one of the world's
largest jazz festivals. With his Italian
connections and his longtime friend
ship with the founder of the Italian
festival Carlo Pagnotta, Jeffrey was
able to put together his first festival
at Duke University in 1984.
Some of the festival concerts have
already taken place, but there are still
many more events to be held through
next Sunday. Upcoming events are:
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Lab Theatre's "CoupClucks," the
time when gentility and happiness
depended on a strict caste system that
oppressed and dehumanized enor-
mous classes of people. This produc-
H Tuesday, April 12 from 7 p.m.
to 10 p.m. Jam session with the
Umbria Jazz All-Stars and the
Creative Jazz Exchange Orchestra in
Raleigh at the Biltmore Hills Com
B Thursday, April 14 at 8 p.m.
James Moody Quartet at North
Carolina Central. The concert will be
held at the B.N. Duke Auditorium.
Ticket information: 683-1709 or 684
4059. Thursday, April 14 at 10 p.m.
The Umbria Jazz All-Stars at
Under the Street nightclub in Dur
ham. Ticket information: 286-2647.
B Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m.
Pullen and Adams Quartet at Duke
Elliott ootduels Bodioe at Bristo
From Associated Press reports
AUGUSTA, Ga. Sandy Lyle,
once teetering on the brink of col
lapse, extricated himself from a
fairway bunker on the 72nd hole and
then sank a 12-foot birdie putt for
a one-shot victory Sunday in the 52nd
Lyle, a husky Scot who won the
1985 British Open, was tied for the
lead with Mark Calcavecchia until the
final stroke of the tournament sent
the putt downhill and into the cup.
It finished off a 1-under-par 71 and
made Lyle the first British subject to
win this storied tournament.
Lyle had to come out of a yawning
fairway bunker on the 18th hole of
the Augusta National Golf Club
course. He ran hopefully onto the
fairway to follow the flight of the ball,
which hit beyond the cup and backed
up toward the hole while the gallery
howled for still more roll.
Lyle, who had blown a two-shot
lead and trailed as late as the 15th
hole, rolled the winning putt into the
back of the cup.
It gave him a total of 281, seven
shots under par.
Lyle also became the only three
time winner on the American PGA
Tour this season and the first man
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tion really sends up the "good old
boy" and all his values, and is an
entertaining and eye-opening show.
It will run through this Tuesday.
Umbria Jazz Festival
University. The concert will be in
Baldwin Auditorium. Ticket infor
B Friday, April 15 Jazz dinners
with the Umbria Jazz All-Stars at the
Durham Hilton. The group will be
performing in Tipton's restaurant at
3800 Hillsborough Rd., Durham.
Dinner reservations: 383-7714.
B Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m.
James Moody Quartet at St. Aug
ustine's College. The concert will be
in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium.
Ticket information: 755-0750.
B Saturday, April 16 Jazz
dinners with the Umbria Jazz All
Stars at the Durham Hilton. The
group will be performing in Tipton's
stroke wins Masters;
to win consecutive tournament titles
since West German Bernhard Langer
won the Masters and the Heritage
Classic in 1985. Lyle came into the
Masters off a victory in the Greater
Calcavecchia, a man from the
wrong side of golfs tracks and a
caddy as recently as three years ago,
finished second with a 2-under-par 70
in the bright, warm sunshine. He had
a 282 total, six under par.
Craig Stadler, the 1982 Masters
winner, once had a share of the lead,
but dropped back with a 16th-hole
bogey and finished third at 283.
Stadler, who bolted into contention
with a 12-foot eagle putt on the eighth
hole, had a closing 68.
Another former champion, 1984
winner Ben Crenshaw, followed at
284 after a hard-won 72. He was
Lyle's playing partner in the final
twosome that played over the flo
wered hills and valleys of the course
Bobby Jones built.
Greg Norman, the white-haired
Australian who was runner-up in the
last two Masters, started the day 1 1
shots back but burst into contention
with a record-matching 30 over the
But the putts stopped falling with
the same regularity on the back nine
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Coup Clucks will be performed in
06 Graham Memorial today at 4 and
8 p.m. and Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Restaurant at 3800 Hillsborough Rd.,
Durham. Dinner reservations: 383
7714. B Sunday, April 17 at 8 p.m.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the
Paul Jeffrey Quintet at North Carol
ina State University. The event will
be held in the Stewart Theater, NCSU
Student Union. Ticket information:
a Sunday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.
The Umbria Jazz All-Stars at the
ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Ticket
b Sunday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Pullen and Adams Quartet in the
Rocky Mount High School
and, although finishing with a 64 that
was the best round of the tournament,
he actually expressed disappoint
BRISTOL, Tenn. Bill Elliott
survived a late-race scrape with Geoff
Bodine to post his first Winston Cup
short-track victory as he outraced
Mark Martin to the checkered flag
in Sunday's Valleydale 500 at Bristol
Elliott grabbed the lead on the
379th lap and held the front until
Bodine tapped Elliott's Ford Thun
derbird on the left side as he attemp
ted to pass on the inside between turns
three and four.
Bodine sneaked through on the
inside as Elliott spun, but the Daw
sonville, Ga., driver was able to
straighten his car and remain on the
A quick pit stop under the race's
12th caution flag allowed Elliott to
pick up four new tires and he went
after Bodine when the race went back
under green on lap 497.
Taking an inside line, Elliott tested
Bodine for a lap before diving
underneath Bodine's Chevrolet on
turn four of lap 498.
Martin, who posted his best finish
in 64 career starts, also went past
Bodine, but was unable to make a
serious challenge for the lead in the
final two laps.