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being abused by the system that is
supposed to protect her life and rights
as an American citizen.
Domestic violence is not just a fam
It is a widespread social problem.
It affects those who hear dishes
crashing against a wall and screams of
pain on a warm summer’s day when
the windows are open, and it affects
others when a husband belittles his
wife at a party in front of them.
What is so sad is witnesses will not
call the police or do anything to help
the victim because they think they
should not meddle with that family’s
Please, people, do something.
If you know of any woman who is
being abused, call the local police de
partment or try to talk to the abused
about getting help. The dark secret of
abuse needs to come out and be put to
Facing reality is tough. No woman
wants to admit that her husband is
The law needs to wake up and
realize that an estimated 28,000
spouses are battered every year, ac
cording to the N.C. G)uncil for Women.
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usually dressed in white, frilly dresses
and would never be seen in the short
pants outfit that Slaby wears to ride her
bicycle. 'This Hero wouldnever straddle
a bicycle (she might ride it side-saddle),
but would rather play a lady-like game
- Christina Peoples
Larson stole the stage from Slaby in
the beach scene by delivering lines,
playing badminton, and following
Beatrice around on stage all at the
same time. Larson demonstrated some
of Hero’s frustrations about being in
theshadowofher intelligent, respected
cousin. As she beat her badminton
racket on the beach umbrella under
which Beatrice hid, and in essence
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beat Beatrice, Hero took control, gained
power, and became assertive; for the
moment she took on the traits of
Beatrice, who was then the more con
fused and naive woman on stage.
- Kristen Tyvoll
Beatrice and Benedick;
The dance between Benedick and
Beatrice is an assertion of Beatrice’s
dominance in their relationship. Slaby
whirls Hickle-Edwards around the
dance floor like a rag doll. She is so
excited to have someone listen to her
complain about Benedick that Slaby
speaks her lines in a heated rush.
Hickle-Edwards plays along with be
ing the good listener and delivers his
lines quickly. The strong, hot tango
that is played in this scene is also an
indication of a more passionate under
tone between these two characters,
which emerges later.
When Beatrice appears to summon
Benedick for dinner, he tightens his
bathing robe around his full-body red
and white striped bathing suit, to main
tain his decency and not turn her on.
But when Slaby asks him if he has no
stomach for dinner, Hickle-Edwards
throws open his robe and sucks in his
stomach to display his manliness for
- Christina Peoples
Elizabeth Slaby did a good job mak
ing Beatrice seem a little too quick to
the attack, but then she added dimen
sions to Beatrice by showing her as
witty and tough one moment and shy
and emotional the next. For instance,
when Pedro, played by Mark Kincaid,
asks Beatrice if she will have him, Slaby
made it obvious that Beatrice was both
moved and embarrassed by Pedro’s
sincerity. The tough and witty Beatrice
was exposed in that moment as some
thing other than the independent
woman she has pretended to be.
The three-hour performance
seemed to fly through the first acts
until intermission. The action moved
smoothly, and laughter filled the the
atre as the magic on the stage seemed
to grab the audience, absorbing them
and pulling them in. After intermis
sion, the magic disappeared as the acts
dragged on and on. Dialogue between
Dogberry and the other policemen
became long and monotonous. It was
hard to stay awake, which made these
acts seem to go on for days.
If you’re looking for a replica of
Kenneth Branagh’sversionofthis play,
you don’t need to attend this perfor
mance. The NCSF made this comedy
their own dramatic work by choosing
an unusual time frame and location.
'The audience gets another interesting
view of how a Shakespeare play can be
performed and sees that there is not
just one way to interpret a play. To
many, this version is a break from the
normal “men in tights” way of per
forming Shakespeare, but to others it
might be a disappointment if they are
looking for a comedy presented as it
would have been at the Globe Theatre.
- Clarity Lucas
Marry, sir, there were a couple of
tissues complementary out of the
actor’s and moreover the director’s
hands that I must address. Second
arily, the unorganized way people were
(or were not) subsisted in finding their
seats was largely reprehensible for the
play’s starting 15 minutes late. When
patrons are kept waiting that long, the
play begins with them in a frame of
mind not conducive to gluteous maxi-
mus enjoyment of the performance.
Sixth, and lastly, I was repealed at the
sight of people sprinting up the aisles
during the cat-call. And to conclude,
never in all my 17 years of pretending
theatre have I ever seen such a display
of dissuspect and ill manners, and I
hope that I shall never bear witness to
such a sight again! O that they had
been writ down an ass!
- Suzanne McNinch Puchley
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