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illing Memorial Hall with his voice for the last song
Saturday night, sophomore Anoop Desai of the Clef
Hangers sings a solo from “I’ll Make Love to You” by
Boyz II Men at a sold-out concert. The Clef Hangers was one of
the last groups to perform in pre-renovation Memorial Hall.
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All-female cast cultures a pearl
BY ANDREW CHAN
An impressive all-female cast
takes the stage at the Paul Green
Theatre for Play Makers Repertory
Company’s second production of
Michele Lowe’s “String of Pearls”
seamlessly blends universal emo
tions and bawdy humor.
Its narrative structure, which
hinges on a string of pearls that
ends up in the hands of several
owners, threatens to be irredeem
But Tony-winning director
Trezana Beverley highlights a
looseness and dynamism that dis
tracts the viewer from taking the
plot device too seriously.
The play is a refreshing opportu
nity 7 for Play Makers to emphasize
the Paul Green Theater’s thrust
stage, which unlike the typical
platform moves out into the
The four actresses take advan
tage of its shape and space with
energetic, choreographed move
Lowe’s play is a collection of
vignettes, and, perhaps inevitably,
some stories are stronger than oth
It starts on a high note with
a woman who first received the
pearls from her dead husband. The
jokes about female sexuality in the
scene are as cheerfully raunchy as
“The Vagina Monologues.”
Later parts are reminiscent of
the cancer-themed play “Wit” and
gal-pal movies such as “Waiting to
The main flaw of the material is
that the characters and their lives
almost never rise above the anec
dotal. Lowe’s writing speeds past
27 women who are affected by the
pearls without staying long enough
to fully empathize with them.
Lowe mostly relies on solilo
quies instead of dialogue to com
municate backstory and feelings.
In a play about the unexpected
STRING OF PEARLS
connections among women, the
characters oddly are solitary speak
ers and their relationships are left
Lowe also is too quick to pull
out her bag of archetypal female
symbols such as moons and
Yet the play delights when it
succeeds against the odds. Often
it flirts with ridiculousness and
Police press on robbery probe
FROM STAFF REPORTS
An elderly Chapel Hill woman at
University Mall was approached by
two women Wednesday who took
SB,OOO from her and got away.
According to information from
the Chapel Hill Police Department,-
the suspects approached the 80-
year-old victim at about 2 p.m.
and asked her to accompany them
to their vehicle, where they urged
her to write a check for SB,OOO.
The suspects first drove the vic
tim to the Sun Trust Bank at the
mall, where one of the suspects
gave a teller the check, receiving
$4,000 cash and a $4,000 cashier’s
check, then drove the victim to
the Sun Trust Bank at University
Square on Franklin Street, where
■ McArthur Davis, Pastor
Herbert Davis and Richard Brown
will discuss black philanthropy and
how it begets self-determination at
9 a.m. today at the WCOM Radio
station, 201N. Greensboro St., in
■ Nelson Schwab, chairman of
the UNC Board of Trustees, will be
speaking on the Board of Trustees
and its relationship to the UNC
Board of Governors at 11 a.m. today
in the Kresge Foundation Common
Room of Graham Memorial.
■ The Chapel Hill Downtown
Partnership will host “Be Safe 101,”
a personal safety workshop, from 1
p.m. to 5 p.m. today at University
Presbyterian Church’s fellowship
hall. The event is free to employees
of downtown businesses.
■ John Edwards will deliver
a speech at 4:30 p.m. today in
Murphey 116. After the speech,
Edwards will be available for ques
tions and chatting with individual
■ Two teens were arrested
Friday at Pantana Bob’s Restaurant
and Bar, 300 W. Rosemary St., on
charges related to drinking, accord
ing to Chapel Hill police reports.
Jack Magee, 18, of 204 Granville
Towers East, was cited at 11:20 p.m.
for underage possession of a malt
beverage, reports state.
Jonathan Worth Morgan, 18,
a University student, was cited at
11:30 p.m. for fraudulent use of an
ID, according to reports.
Morgan and Magee are sched
uled to appear in Chapel Hill dis
trict criminal court Jan. 24.
■ A Carrboro woman was
arrested Friday on charges of shop
lifting, Chapel Hill police reports
Melissa Ann Taylor, 28, of 100
Crest Drive, was cited for shoplift
ing $353.72 in assorted items from A
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comes through as funny and
Diane Ciesla stands out among
the fine cast as an actress who can
straddle comedy and drama, self
satire and self-celebration.
This production is also fascinat
ing for its casting of two white and
two black women, which results in
randomly interracial combinations
of families and friends.
What might have seemed like
a naively utopian depiction of sis
terhood between the races actu
ally leads to subtle observations on
There are moments when the
gimmick of pearls feels too old
fashioned to address the modern
the same suspect accompanied the
woman into the bank to cash the
cashier’s check, the release states.
The police information indicates
that the suspects returned the vic
tim to University Mall after she gave
them SB,OOO cash. One suspect is
a female of average build possibly
between 30 and 40 years of age. The
other is a light-complexioned black
female, 50 to 55 years of age with
a large build and light brown hair.
She was wearing a purple turtleneck,
dark pants and glasses.
Anyone with information about
the incident is encouraged to call
either the police at 968-2760 or
Crimestoppers at 942-7515.
Any help might involve a reward
of up to $1,200.
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■ The Chapel Hill Town Council
will convene at 7 p.m. today at
Town Hall to discuss, among other
things, an application for a special
use permit modification from the
University’s cogeneration plant
and a request from the Mason
Farm neighborhood association to
establish the area as a neighbor
hood conservation district.
■ There will be a film screening
of “Venus Boys” from 7 p.m. to 9:30
p.m. today in the Pit to conclude
last week’s Transgender Awareness
■ The Carolina Union Activities
Board will present a self-defense
workshop at 7:30 p.m. today in the
Student Union Cabaret. The free
workshop will be led by Lt. Angela
Carmen, who will demonstrate self
defense movements and tactics.
■ Overeaters Anonymous
will hold a meeting from 7:30
and was trespassed from University
Mall, according to reports.
Taylor is scheduled to appear
in district criminal court in
Hillsborough on Jan. 23.
■ A Chapel Hill man was arrest
ed Friday on charges of failure to
comply with a court order, Chapel
Hill police reports state.
Ray Matthew Norwood, 41, of
1105J4 N.C. 54, was arrested on
Whitaker Street for failing to comply
with a court order to stay away from
that street, according to reports.
Norwood was remanded to
Orange County Jail on a SSOO
secured bond and is scheduled to
appear in Hillsborough district
criminal court Jan. 16.
■ Nirmal Khandoobhai, 22, of
Gamer, was arrested and charged
with felony possession of stolen
goods Thursday, according to
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IF YOU GO
Time: 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
Date: Tuesday through Sunday,
Location: Paul Green Theatre
concerns with love, sex, death and
responsibility that the play seeks to
But when “String of Pearls” gets
at pathos through unifying laugh
ter, it is an honest acknowledgment
of suffering and a buoyant affirma
tion of life.
Contact the AdE Editor
COURTESY OF CHAPEL HILL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Police investigations into an SB,OOO
robbery Wednesday continue. The
department released this photo of a
woman suspected in the incident.
p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at 300
E. Rosemary St. in the Augsburg
Room. For more information call
■ UNC’s Charanga Carolina
will perform from 8 p.m. to 10
p.m. today in the Great Hall of the
Student Union. The group special
izes in classic salsa music from New
York, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Doors
open at 7 p.m.
■ The Somerhill Gallery’s 28th
annual holiday collection of art
work for seasonal gift giving will
be on display through Jan. 7. The
exhibition, which opened Sunday,
features paintings, sculpture, pho
tography, art jewelry and artist
created ornaments. The gallery is
located at 1800 E. Franjdin St., in
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University police reports.
A Proxima projector owned by
the University, valued at $6,500,
was found in his room, 2132
Granville Towers South, reports
Khandoobhai was remanded to
Orange County Jail on a SI,OOO
■ An intoxicated man was
arrested on a charge of second
degree trespassing Saturday out
side gate five of Kenan Stadium,
according to University police
George Hall, 21, of 505D N.
Greensboro St., was told to leave the
premises repeatedly, reports state.
Hall left but was found by offi
cers again an hour later and was
arrested, according to reports.
He was released on a written
promise to appear in court Dec.