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By JESSICA YATES
You may not run into Anton
Chekhov. Harold Pinter and William
Shakespeare on campus every day.
But beginning next year you can catch
them on stage at the Paul Green
Season tickets for PlayMakers
Repertory Company's 1989-90 sea
son, which will include plays by
Chekhov, Pinter and Shakespeare, go
on sale March 28 at the Paul Green
Theatre box office.
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PlayMakers' 1989-90 lineup of classics,
Chekhov's comedy "The Cherry
Orchard" will be the season opener.
First produced in 1904, the play is
a modern sketch of the Soviet Union,
and will be performed Sept. 13
through Oct. 8.
The next production is "Old
Times," a contemporary drama by
Britain's Pinter. This play, which will
run Oct. 25 through Nov. 12, tells
the story of a husband, wife and
friend who at dinner one evening are
confronted with doubts and fears
from their pasts (as ghosts).
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life from each side of the
If you really want to know what
latest trends people are talking about,
the newspapers probably aren't the
source. I hate to say it, but Phil and
Oprah probably rank right up there
as the epitome of the latest cocktail
chitchat. Like this Elvis Presley thing.
Everyone talked about it: Is he really
alive? Well, who really cares?
I certainly wouldn't want to see a
man of his condition, dead or alive,
gyrating and swinging his fabled
pelvis.' And the world doesn't need
any more of his B-movies because,,
after all, the world barely survived
all the productions of Ronnie Reagan
during the last eight years.
So face the facts, get a grip on
reality: Elvis is dead. But Queen Elvis
is alive and well and living in your
local record store. Queen Elvis is the
fourth and most recent LP from
England's Robyn Hitchcock and the
Egyptians. The group is one of the
opening bands on R.E.M.'s current
tour, and this album features addi
tional guitar work from R.E.M.'s
Peter Buck on four tracks.
If 1 were to name bands from the
last decade that played a big influence
on the shape of today's pop music,
the Soft Boys probably rank up
somewhere with Big Star and the
What is usually considered a classic
ballet is next in the lineup for
PlayMakers' season. "The Nut
cracker: A Play for Christmas," based
on the 19th-century fairy tales by
E.T.A. Hoffman, will be performed
Nov. 29 through Dec. 23.
Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's
Lost," will be staged Jan. 31 through
Next on the program is the story
of the rivalry of two brothers and
their struggle to achieve conflicting
goals. "True West," by American
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Velvet Underground. Well, all right,
that might be a bit of an exaggeration.
But the Soft Boys were formed in
1976 by Hitchcock and the two other
members of the Egyptians, Andy
Metcalfe and Morris Windsor, and
were then playing their unique blend
of post-punk pop that remains in their
current lineup. The only thing is that
during 1976 the British punk move
ment was barely underway. The
music world wasn't ready for post
punk before it had been hit by punk,
and the Soft Boys literally marched
to their own drumbeat.
The Egyptians, however, are a little
more accessible than the Soft Boys
ever were. Changing tastes probably
play a part, but the Egyptians also
have a much less harsh sound than
that of the Soft Boys. Queen Elvis
is a mid-tempo pop record, with
catchy little melodies and that unmis
takably hypnotic Hitchc.ockian voice.
But though pleasant and accessible,
it's certainly not Top 40; the harsh
ness may be gone but the attitude
playwright Sam Shephard, will be
performed March 7 through March
The last play of the season, "The
Rivals," will be presented April 18
through May 13. Written by Richard
Brinsley Sheridan, this British
comedy will make a timely showing,
as it features the themes of love and
aging set in the springtime of 18th
The 1989-90 season includes 30
more performances than were orig
inally scheduled, according to PRC
remains. Whitney Houston would
probably never sing a song about
"The Veins of the Queen," but these
college radio faves have no qualms
The album is also eclectic but not
disjointed. "The Devil's Coachmen"
uses a full string quartet with a
spacey, plunky sound but that same
quartet, with an acoustic guitar, is
also used on "Wax Doll," with a much
slower effect. The song "Swirling" is
a beautiful, almost love song with
dreamy melodies and lyrics.
But the song "One Long Pair of
Eyes" is definitely the single: The
danceable melody but especiallythe
obscure lyrics sum up the style of
Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians:
"You turn me on like light A liquid
silver light That emanates inside of
you, decorates the room around and
Just before the curtains part for
dawn And everything's gone She
had one long pair of eyes."
Jumping across the Atlantic and
landing smack dab in the middle of
Americana, Richmond's own House
of Freaks just released its second
album on Rhino Records, Tantilla.
This much acclaimed duo escapes
musical generalization: Rock, yes,
executive producer Milly Barranger.
Tuesday evening performances will
be continued, as well as the periodic
discussion sessions of the plays. "The
audience discussions following the
second Wednesday performance of
each production continue to be
popular with classes and instructors,"
PlayMakers' artistic director
David Hammond will celebrate his
fifth season with the company in
1989-90. PlayMakers is a full-season,
professional company and is a pro-
pop. yes. but who cares? Sounding
somewhat similar to that Southern
regional sound made famous by
R.E.M. and other times sounding like
those pop preachers the Alarm, the
House of Freaks still has its own
distinct sound a much more spare
and minimal one, which may be. ;
because there are only two members';
in the band.
The album is predominantly the X
vocals of singerguitarist Bryarv
Harvey, rounded out by the steady
beat of drummer percussionist
Johnny Hott. From the upbeat of the
prereleased single "Sun Gone Down?
to the country-influenced "Big
Houses" to the slow and haunting
"Broken Bones," the album has d
general feel of roughness.
Produced by John Leckie, who has
done work with such different groups'
as XTC and Let's Active, the true
sound of House of Freaks shines;
through on the album without the
filmy glaze of studio over-production.;
House of Freaks sing songs about
common experience death, love,
history and future but without
sounding self-righteous or corny.
Real life, not chitchat, but hey, we've
got Phil and Oprah for that.
gram of UNC's Department of Dra
matic Art. The group holds its
performances in the Paul Green
Theatre and operates as non-profit
The company will hold auditions
for professional actors May 27 and
28. Interested actors should call 962
1132 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to
schedule an appointment. Each actor
must have prepared one selection by
Shakespeare and one modern selec
tion, which in sum can not exceed
five minutes. The deadline to arrange
for an audition is May 20 at 4 p.m.
The prices for season subscriptions
are as follows: $55 for preview
Wednesdays and Fridays; $65.50 for
other Wednesdays, Thursdays and
Sundays; $78.50 for Fridays and
Saturdays; and $95 for opening night
Single tickets are $7 for Tuesdays,
a general admission seating night with
no subscriptions available. Other
single ticket prices go as follows:
$12.50 for preview Wednesdays and
Fridays; $15 for other Wednesdays,
Thursdays and Sundays; $17.50 for
Fridays and Saturdays; and $25 for
opening night galas.
An "Incredible Student Pass"
admits students to all six plays for
$45. Other discounts apply for senior
citizens, children under 16 and
groups. For more ticket information,
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