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eThe Daily Tar HeelMonday, February 13, 1989
Haunting, complex drama unfolds in the Lab Theatre
Tennessee Williams once wrote
"that "the human animal is a cannibal
V.m the worst way," and in none of
fjjjis plays is this dark vision more
.Xevident than "Suddenly Last
"" Rummer," which opened this week-
nd at Lab Theatre,
'v The play, which has the hypnotic
if horrifying appeal of personal
f- confession, is powerfully disturbing
'jdrama, exploring the emotional
r "cannibalism of love and the self
' "cannibalism of art. It focuses on the
f 'conflict between two women: young
"J Catharine, who witnessed the horri
T.,ble death of her cousin Sebastian last
'."summer, and Violet Venable, Sebas-
tion that manages to be both pathetic
and admirable at the same time.
Catharine, played by junior Jen
nifer Stratman, stands in direct
opposition to her aunt. Stratman
captures the audience's attention
from her first appearance on stage
as a silent but strikingly beautiful
figure seen through a far window.
Throughout the play she remains a
haunting, ethereal presence, like a
child who is aware that she has
somehow lost her innocence, but
cannot understand, why.
Sophomore Todd DeVries turns in
an effective performance as the
doctor who must decide whether or
not Catharine is truly crazy enough
to deserve a lobotomy.
But in the middle of the conflict
is Sebastian, who, although he never
appears on stage, is perhaps the most
compelling force in the play. Sebas
tian is a frustrated poet whose life
has become as empty as his note
books. He finds his enjoyment in the
exploitation of others until, inevita
bly, his degeneration results in
sudden, violent death.
All of Tennessee Williams' bitter
ness and remorse comes to the
forefront in the character of Sebas
tian. Williams, who was undergoing
intensive psychoanalysis during the
writing of "Suddenly Last Summer,"
is a master of poetic language,- and
his disturbing images and heightened
emotions create a hideous story that
is all the more tragic because of
Williams' own personal investment in
It is to the Lab's credit that the
production succeeds in walking the
fine line of unrelenting tension
without crossing over into self
indulgence. The play runs for an hour and a
half, without an intermission, and for
that brief time, we are swept away
into a darkly bizarre world of cor
rupted beauty and unforgiven guilt.
In the hands of director Andrew
Edmonson and his cast, what could
have become a confusing, meaning
less exercise in the grotesque is instead
a commendable production of a
complex and thought-provoking
Suddenly Last Summer will be
presented at the Lab Theatre in
Graham Memorial at 4 p.m. and 8
p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13 and at 5
p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Admission
tian's mother, who will go to any
length to prevent Catharine from
telling her story.
Mrs. Venable, played by junior
Laurie Dhue, is an aging Southern
matron whose only way of hanging
on to the past is by clinging to
elaborately romanticized memories
of her son. Dhue does a good job
with a difficult character, playing the
old woman with a desperate convic
.that UNC's J.R. Reid hammered into
the fifth row behind the Virginia
bench. That may have been enough
f'o send the Tar Heels message, as
the Wahoos' inside game was almost
,Jr non-existent for the remainder of the
?X Virginia coach Terry Holland said
-J,,-he knew early that his team was
fighting a losing battle. "To beat a
team like North Carolina, we have
, . to have great performances from all
J 4 five spots and we didn't get that
; .today," Holland said. "I thought
; iftoday we played as hard as we could.
; w "But it just wasn't enough."
; ; It wasn't enough because the Tar
Heel offense rose from the dead in
the first half, shooting 6 1. 5 percent
from the field and going to the line
1 6 times and entering halftime with
a commanding 44-32 lead.
Only the home team celebrated on
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11 :00 AM Preliminaries
7:00 PM Finals
from page 12
this Sunday afternoon.
"We didn't want them to come into
our our home place and celebrate on
our floor," Bucknall said. "It's about
time we did a little of that."
UNC Fox 6-9 2-3 14. Reid 2-3 &-6 10. & Williams
5-9 1-6 11. BucknaS 5-11 7-8 19, Lebo 2-6 6-6 12,
Madden 3-7 2-4 8, Chtteutt 1-3 0-2 Z Rce 2-5 2
3 6. Davis 1-1 1-3 3 Denny 0-t 0-0 0. Hensiey 0
0 0-0 a Greene 0-0 0-0 0, May 0-0 0-0 0. Totals
Virginia Stth 9-18 2-4 2a Suncfm S-9 6-8 16, Debts
0-5 0-0 0. Morgan 5-22 0-1 12 Crotty 3-11 1-4 8,
Turner 1-2 0-0 2. C. VWharrs 1-4 0-0 2, Darnel 0
3 1-2 1. OBver 1-4 0-0 Z KatsJra 1-2 1-2 4, Cooks
0-0 0-0 0 Totals 26-80 11-21 67.
HaifUme Score: UNC 44-32. Three-point goats
UNC 4-9 Lebo 2-4, Bucknall 2-4, Madden 0-U Virginia
4-23 (Morgan 2-15. Crotty 1-5, Ofwer 0-1, Katsfra 1
2). Turnovers UNC li Virginia 17. Rebounds
UNC 47 (Williams 14. Virginia 43 (SWV12). Assists
UNC 13 (Reid, Sucknait Madden, Chtteutt Rice 2V
Virginia 11 (Morgan. Crotty 4) Fouls UNC 22Vtrgirg
29. A 21.444.
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From staff reports
LINCOLN, NEB. The UNC
men's and women's track and
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Kim Austin and Mia Pollard
had outstanding performances in
the meet, as the Tar Heels qual
ified for the NCAA meet in three
UNC head coach Dennis Crad
dock was pleased, saying "We
were running against teams from
Southern California, Nevada-Las
Vegas and Kansas which we
usually don't see during the
season. Running today gave us an
idea of what to expect in the
Austin qualified for nationals
in the 55-meter high hurdles and
the triple jump. She won the triple
jump with a 417" leap and took
third place in the hurdles with a
time of 7.82. The UNC women's
two-mile relay team also qualified
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in at 8:48.10.
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By DAVID SUROWIECKI
There are three things you can't
coach speed, power and consis
tency. Unfortunately for Radford, the
UNC gymnastics team possessed, all
three this weekend.
Sunday afternoon, a rejuvenated
UNC team rolled over the Highland
ers en route to a 180.8 to 172.55
victory in Carmichael Auditorium.
The win moves the Tar Heels to
2-4 on the season a record which
UNC coach Derek Galvin said is not
indicative of the team's abilities. "At
this point in the season I had seen
our record, at worst, 4-2," Galvin
said. "Instead, we're 2-4. We're better
than our record indicates."
The Tar Heels started the meet with
a solid 44.75 in the vault. Senior
captain Kristin Bilotta's well
executed performance netted her
third place with an 8.95.
Freshman superstar Angie Den
kins followed with a beautiful,
powerful, event-winning 9.6 score.
Radford's Jennifer Herpok took
second place with a 9.0.
The Tar Heels performed fairly
well in the next event, the uneven
bars, but seemed to lose some of their
intensity. As Galvin said, "I was a
little concerned because we began to
lose the zip and enthusiasm, and our
bars had not been that strong the last
couple of meets."
By JAY REED V
Assistant Sports Editor
When you think of fencing, what
do you picture in your head? Is it
a Three Musketeers movie or maybe
that play in high school in which one
person forgot his sword and had to
use a broom stick in a duel to the
Fencing is instead a vision of
individual competition pitting man
against man or woman against
Saturday in Fetzer Gymnasium,
the North Carolina women's and
men's fencing teams hosted their only
home meet of the year-long season.
Both emerged without a scratch.
The dual meet matched the Tar
Heel women against Wofford, N.C.
State and James Madison, while the
men faced Wofford and N.C. State.
A day-long event, the meet began
on a good note for UNC when both
squads faced a much less experienced
Wofford College club team. The men
cruised to victory by winning foil 8
1, epee 7-2 and sabre 6-3 for a 14
1 victory score and a 21-6 overall
tally. The UNC women coasted to
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Bilotta continued her fine perfor
mance with a gutsy 9.2, which secured
her second place in the event. Denkins
once again outdistanced the compe
tition with a dismount that capped
an event-winning 9.65 routine.
Inconsistency marred the High
landers' efforts on the bars as three
gymnasts scored below 8.36. Bowery
contributed a power-laden 9.05
routine that was good for third place
in the event.
UNC then proceeded to the bal
ance beam, the event which has been
the team's Achilles' heel all season.
The beam soon became their friend,
as UNC turned in an excellent 45.25
Bilotta took fourth place with a 9.0,
and sophomore Carrie Suto turned
in an outstanding, second-place 9.4
routine. Said Galvin of Suto: "I was
particularly pleased with her perfor
mance on the beam."
Oh yeah, Denkins did well too.
Beginning with an awe-inspiring
mount which left the crowd gasping
for air and continuing through her
powerful dismount, Denkins' domi
nant routine resulted in an event
Radford's woes continued on the
beam as only one Highlander
gymnast scored higher than 8.5.
Bowery scored a 9.1 for third place
in both the event and the all-around
a 9-1 victory and 15-1 overall score. 1
In the later matches, the Tar Heels
fared just as well, downing N.C. State
(9-3, 12-4 for the women and 14-9,
16-11 for the men) and the women
crushing James Madison 9-0 and 12
4. Individually, UNC excelled, plac
ing three women in the undefeated
ranks on the afternoon. Senior co
captain Alicia Foster, senior Kelly
Williams and freshman Lisa Campi
all finished with identical 6-0 marks
for the day while senior Ashley Grabs
led the squad with a 7-1 mark.
Paul LeBlanc and Scott Bowman
finished the day- undefeated with
respective 4-0 and 3-0 records in
sabre. In epee, Farquhar and Ravi
Sawheny had identical 3-1 marks.
"Fence!" cried the director, the
fencing equivilant for the referee.
Upon that command, two compet
itors clad in medieval garb of white
armor and mask attack one another
while restrained by the 16 meter by
two meter fencer's strip. The action
lasts from a matter of seconds to
nearly a minute in which the com
petitors are trying . to "kill" one
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By the time the floor exercise rolled
around, it was clear that the Tar Heels
had all but won the meet, and the
UNC gymnasts were beginning to
Bilotta, who has been on a roll the
last couple of meets, capped an
outstanding day with a smile and a
9.15 in the floor exercise to cop
second place in the all-around.
Sigler turned in a dynamic 9.15
routine to tie Bilotta for second in
the event. Despite suffering from a
sinus illness which upsets her sense
of balance, Sigler managed a solid
The meet finished with yet another
amazing performance by Denkins.
The crowd-wowing freshman phe
nom turned in a floor routine which
showcased her athletic ability as well
as the certain intangible something
that makes her such a dynamic
performer. The result? A 9.75, and
a tie of her own school record in the
UNC, having survived a grueling
schedule of three meets in nine days,
now has a two-week layoff which
Galvin hopes will help heal the Tar
Heels ills. In the upcoming weeks,
they will continue to work on their
goal of reaching the NCAA tourna
ment. With both Bilotta and Denkins
performing well, that goal just might
be in sight.
The different weapons used in
fencing reflect the variety of objec
tives that the spectators (beginning
with the monarchs of pre
Renaissance Europe) wished to
Foil is the most common weapon
since the 'men: use it and it is the only
weapon used by women on the
collegiate level. A successful hit can
only be made to the torso area.
"All the good men were getting
killed off (using foil techniques), so
the kings changed the rules so just
drawing blood counted," said senior
epee specialist Sawheny.
So, epee was started.
A hit is scored in epee when any
part of the body is struck by the
weapon. Epee is a much more tech
nical weapon than the others since
the object is to hit but not be hit.
Finally, in sabre, the object is to
make a successful hit on your oppo
nent while maintaining the aggression
advantage. This is derived from
medieval times in which knights on
horseback would charge and try to
slash one another.
Today there are no horses, but
there is much charging and slashing.
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