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8The Daily Tar Heel Thursday, March 30, 1989
Comedy 'Right You Are' to open at
The cast features Rob Vanderberry ;
as Laudisi, Jeff Untz as Ponza and
Elizabeth McDonald as Signora'
Frola. Other cast members include
Margaret McLane Hoff, Eric Rosen,
Susan Bowen and Maria Francesca
Right You Are (If You Think You
Are) will play March 30 through
April 2 at the old Playmakers Theatre
on Cameron Avenue. Performances
are scheduled at 8 p.m. with an
additional Sunday performance at 2
p.m. Tickets are $7 and are available
at the Paul Green Theatre box office
or one hour before each performance
at the theater. '
Gy RODERICK CAMERON
'The truth cannot be known, and
in any case it should not be revealed.
One might not want to build a
political system upon such a state
ment, but it makes for good drama.
The relativity of truth is the theme
of Luigi Pirandello's "Right You Are
(If You Think You Are)," which will
open Thursday at the old Playmakers
The play, which is presented by
students in the Department of Dra
matic Art, centers around the conflict
between the gossip-loving residents of
ah Italian provincial town and three
individuals Signor Ponza, his wife
and his mother-in-law, Signora Frola
who are the victims of their
neighbors' unchecked curiosity.
It appears that Signor Ponza is
keeping his wife locked up in his
house, while his mother-in-law stays
conveniently out of the way in a plush
apartment. Ponza makes sure that the
women do not speak to each other,
but as a grand concession, his wife
is permitted to come out to the
balcony and converse with her
mother in the street.
The moiher-in-law's pillar-of-society
neighbors are scandalized and
demand to know what it's all about.
law is insane, settling the issue. As
soon as he has left, however, his
mother-in-law comes in to explain
that she is not in the least insane and
it is Ponza, rather, who suffers from
delusion and must be allowed to carry
on with his charade.
In each case, convoluted and
convincing arguments are given to
support the mutual accusations of
lunacy. Both versions of the facts
revolve around the identity of Ponza's
wife, which remains a mystery.
At the center of this conflict is
Lamberto Laudisi, an equivocating
philosopher who claims that truth is
table ladies are horrified bysuch
preposterous ideas, and their spines
snap into pillar mode to support the
flimsy structure of their conventions.
"The play functions like a detective
story even though it is rooted in
stylized comedy," said Adam Verse
nyi, who is visiting assistant professor
in the Department of Dramatic Art
and dramaturge for PlayMakers
"We are setting the play in Italy,
1989, but as a contemporary version
of a 1940s film ior,"'he said. "We
will be playing on the expectations
the audience might have with respect
to the mystery genre."
While the play (Pirandello's first)
was written in the tradition of Italian
comedy of the time, the philosophical
issues it addresses are contemporary
to a modern audience, Versenyi said.
"In our production we have tried
to maintain the tension between the
theatricality of the comedy and the
philosophical content of Pirandello's
ideas," Versenyi said.
Versenyi has worked in Colombia
on a Fullbright scholarship, lecturing
at universities and working with
theater groups such as "Teatro
Libre," a group with strong political
roots. He is writing at book on the
influences of religion and politics on
theater in South America.
Ponza explains that his mother-in-
relative to the beholder. I he respec
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iWalks help baseba
aveoge loss to Pace
By BETHANY LITTON
Little did the UNC baseball team
know that they were in for a walk
on the wild side Wednesday
But that's exactly what they got in
the sixth inning, when Pace Univer
sity pitchers Bradley Bedell and Jim
Rooney walked five of the eight Tar
Heel batters they faced. This sparked
a rally that allowed UNC to come
from behind and clinch a 3-2 victory.
J Bedell began his streak of wildness
by walking Todd Nichols, Darren
Villani and Ryan Howison in succes
sion. Rooney joined the call of the
wild when he walked Dave Arendas,
bringing Nichols home for the tying
After Tom Nevin struck out, Jesse
Jevis knocked a line drive into the
glove of the Pace right fielder,
flowing Villani to score to put the
Ijar Heels in the lead for good. Next
! Rooney walked Brad Woodall before
'.finally retiring the side by forcing
.Mark Kingston to ground out.
With the end of the sixth came the
!f nd of the scoring. UNC's 3-2 victory
I w as an answ er to their 2-1 loss to
Iace on Tuesday.
! "Coming from behind is a
I'confidence-builder," UNC coach
Ilike Roberts said. North Carolina
;has had trouble overtaking oppo
nents who establish an early lead.
;XJNC usually has more success when
'.Vhey gain the edge first, he continued.
! A key factor in the Tar Heels' win
;Iwas rejieying pitcher Rich Fernandez,
'.who came in for Scott Lodgek in the
'top of the third to hold the Setters
Scoreless for the remainder of the
Igame. Fernandez retired the last 14
batters handily, making it easy for
jlhis team to retain their lead.
;I "We were really looking for him
J to get tired, and he actually, got
stronger," Roberts said. Fernandez
Jhasnt been pitching much, and they
; J wanted to give him some time on the
J mound to build his confidence, the
J coach explained.
"1 got out there and just started
jjto throw. I was doing a better job
; J of locating the first pitch," Fernandez
; Right fielder Scott Hughes also
j( played well for UNC, hitting two
singles and making a crucial third-
out catch in the seventh inning, when
he dove into right field foul territory
to bring his team closer to victory.
"1 just go out and play hard,"
Hughes said. "I feel really confident
"Scott is a very aggressive player,"
Roberts said. "We need some more
people with Jesse Levis' and Scott
The game was primarily a defensive
battle, with the two teams combining
for only twelve hits. Both teams
stranded a number of baserunners.
Pace had a strong offensive start,
when Brian Kelly singled, stole
second, and then took third when an
attempted pick-off by the Tar Heels
resulted in an overthrow. Kelly's
teammate Michael Pisacreta batted
him in with a strong double, estab
lishing an early 1-0 lead.
In the third inning the Setters
increased the margin, scoring on a
single from Tony Iurilli and an RBI
double from Pisacreta. They finished
the game with zero errors, while UNC
The Tar Heels' first run was the
result of Levis' single through the
infield and a powerful double to the
fence from Woodall, which brought
Levis hitting .419 on the year
had another hit, a second-inning
single, to continue his batting streak.
Todd Nichols also hit well, driving
the ball down the first baserlin. for:,
a double in the seventh.
Roberts said the game was similar
to Tuesday's match-up with iPace,
because UNC executed excellent
pitching and defense but fell short in
Playing non-conference teams like
the Setters helps increase the Tar
Heels' depth, he said, preparing them
for ACC games like this weekend's
road trip, in which they will lace
Maryland and Virginia.
Roberts added, "It's very impor
tant that we win three ball games at
Maryland and Virginia. I think
they're capable because of pitching,
but offense is the key to coming home
Hughes agreed. "I think if we can
get our hitting together we can come
away with three victories," he said. 1
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DTH David Surowiecki
Members of the dedicated UNC men's crew team work hard at a 6 a.m. practice. Rowing is one of UNC's most popular club sports
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Early morning mist rises off Uni
versity Lake. Crickets and larks usher
in the first light. The only movement
is a cool wind in the high pines.
Silence is broken by a sharp splash,
and then by the sweep of oars slicing
through the glassy water. It's 6 a.m.,
and UNC's crew teams are up and
While most students are sleeping
soundly, these dedicated athletes are
practicing for a club sport that they
take as 5 it were varsity with a
national title on the line.
"Varsity is varsity only in name,"
said Susanna Butler, a freshman from
Oak Ridge, Tenn., who rows for the
women's crew. "We compete against
varsities of other schools, but we're
just a club."
UNC has two rowing teams, men's
and women's, divided into two
brackets novice and varsity.
Novice rowers must have rowed for
less than one year.
By NEIL AMATO
"Forget predictions. I don't like to
get into predictions at the national
level when there are 60 schools
That's UNC swimming coach
Frank Comfort's outlook on this
weekend's NCAA Men's Swimming
Championships, which begin today
and run through Saturday in
North Carolina, who finished 19th
in the NCAAs last year, hope they
perform better with more swimmers
competing in more events than last
year. But Comfort doesnt want to
make any promises about his squad
that has captured the ACC crown for
the last two years.
One reason Comfort was hesitant
to predict a finish may have been the
women's NCAA snowing. UNC
finished a disappointing 36th.
The men's team is coached by Mike
Nichols, a graduate student who
rowed for the University of Minne
sota as an undergraduate.
"Mike is a great coach with a lot
of rowing experience who has
brought us to a different level," said
Sam Wheeler, president of the men's
club. "We can now compensate for
our lack of technique with physical
Because UNC's crew club does not
receive funds from the athletic depart
ment, it must go through the Student
Activities Fund Office just like any
other club for funding. And crew is
not a cheap sport.
Each boat, called a shell, costs
between $10,000 and $15,000. And
the team travels often, to places like
Philadelphia, Washington,? D.C and
"We run on a $2,600 budget per
year," Wheeler said. "For soccer, that
would be a lot of money."
The team has one four-seat shell
and two eight-seaters that are rapidly
aging. For a school the size of UNC,
that's "laughable," said Wheeler.
"Duke has 15 beautiful boats and
a three-mile river," he said. "We're
the extreme underdog when we go
over there. It's like UNC-G playing
Chapel Hill in hoops."
The club cannot use University
Lake for competition because it is too
small, which becomes a disadvantage
Racing against varsities or other
clubs that receive more funds and
have greater facilities can sometimes
be embarrassing, said Wheeler. "It
makes recruiting difficult if we look
like a second-class team," he said.
Recruiting is another problem
altogether. Because crew is a club
sport at UNC, there are no scholar?
ships available. Ivy League schools,
Harvard in particular, have the
decided advantage in recruiting
because most rowers come from New
England prep schools.
Nevertheless, each year at UNC the
demand for positions far exceeds the
number of spaces available.
"The most important thing about
being on crew is responsibility,"
Butler said. "It's a lot of hard work
and a lot of sweat. You really have
to love this sport."
Still, rowing offers many rewards:
According to Wheeler, each crew
member is dependent on the people
in his or her boat.
"They become your best friends "
he said. "You're with them at 6 a.m.
and spend eight hours together in a
car on road trips, so you know right
away who's committed."
Aside from the hard work, Wheeler
said the crew members party it up
now and again. "We have four
weekends of road trips . . . they're a
lot of fun," he said.
Wheeler added that the greatest
reward from rowing is the feeling of
accomplishment after a race. "IVe
played sports at all levels, and
nowhere else can you get the kind
of high you feel in crew," he said.
If he's right, maybe the crew
members aren't so crazy.
"We just want to swim the very
best that we can with what we have,"
Comfort said. "The variables (at
NCAAs) are totally beyond concep
tion; they're endless."
Besides the variables, another item
that seetns to be endless is the number
of events Tar Heel super-soph John
Davis is swimming. Besides contri
buting to five relays, the Weston,
Conn., native will compete in two
individual events ones he won at
ACCs the 200-yard individual
medley and the 200-yard freestyle.
Davis, who was a strong candidate
for ACC Swimmer of the Year
honors, will be a key if the Tar Heels
want to improve on last year.
One North Carolina swimmer who
didn't hesitate to offer a prediction
was co-captain Chris Himebauch.
The San Dimas, Calif., resident will
compete in both the 200- and 400
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"I'm really excited to go and swim
against the best people in the coun
try," Himebauch said. "I'm almost
positive well do better than we did
last year. With the people weVe got
going and the number of events we're
swimming, there's no reason we
should do any worse (than last year)."
The youthful UNC squad has but
one senior, Himebauch, competing in
his last meet. Himebauch, who has
always been an out-of-the-pool
leader, is looking to close out his
career in style.
"This is the biggest meet IVe had
a chance to go to, and I'm really
looking forward to swimming on the
relays," Himebauch said. "Hopefully
I can do my best times and finish
out my career."
Today's competition will include
the 200-yard freestyle relay, in which
the team of junior co-captain Jed
Guenther, Davis, Himebauch and
sophomore Matt Countie will com
pete. Besides Davis in the 200 IM,
UNC will also enter a 400-yard
medley relay team of junior Rich
Gleason, freshman Gary Gauch,
Davis and Guenther.
On Friday, UNC has the same
foursome in the 200-yard medley
relay and junior Tony Monasterio,
Davis, sophomore Ralph Vick and
Guenther going in the 800-yard free
relay. Also, Marc Ferguson will swim
in the 400-yard IM, Davis will go in
his specialty, the 200 free, and Gauch
will swim the 100 breaststroke.
Countie and Gleason are slated for
the 100 backstroke.
The April Fools' Day lineup wjll
be headed by the 400 free relay, ,in
which Guenther, Davis, Monasterio
and Himebauch will compete. Fer
guson will tackle swimming's mara
thon event, the 1,650 free, and Gauch
will swim the 200 breaststroke. The
backstroke duo of Countie and
Gleason will swim the 200-yard evept.
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