Friday, October 14, 1977 Weekender 3
Gallery presents Albee
The Gallery Theatre, sponsored by
Carrboro's Art School, hosted the first
amateur performance (outside of London
and New York) of Edward Albee's Counting
The Ways and Listening last weekend. Prior
to this "regional premier," much ado was
made over the Gallery's coup in acquiring
the rights to the new scripts. So it was with
more than a little excitement that the small
but eager opening-night audience awaited
the first "curtain" of the evening.
Some time after 8:30 p.m., after a rather
clumsy clicking on and off of the lights in the
room that serves as the theater, a phantom
hand suddenly appeared, waving a hand
lettered sign from behind a black drape,
By PA TRICIA C GREEN
-Counting the Ways, Listening
by Edward Albee
signifying that Counting The Ways was (at
last) underway. After an ominous crashing
about in the dark, the man and woman who
were to create Albee's scenes from a
marriage were bumbling about on stage and
in the light.
Cornelia Strickland and Gerald U nks play
the wife and husband through whom Albee
parades his most current views of the "loves
me loves me not" scene. Strickland was
quit believable and endearing in the
interlude that came halfway through the
hour-long play. This break in the series of
unconventional marital sketches calls for the
performers to step out of character and
related to the audience as themselves.
UNC Prof. Gerald Unks, as the husband,
managed to appear as natural in character as
out. Unks moments alone on stage were the
most refreshing of the entire evening.
The Gallery's second, more serious
offering of the night was Listening and
featured Betty Setzer as the hard-soft, stable
shaky caretaker of a psychotic young
woman. Setzer was the bulwark of this cast.
Her sheer bravado as an actress was
enough to carry the uneven performances of
the two others on stage.
Kathryn Conway as the patient and
Richard Zaffron as the institution's cook
had occasional arresting moments together.
But Conway was never the picture of the
"delicate butterfly" that Albee called for
and Zaffron failed to excite the audience
with his opening monologue, an essential
and somewhat poetic passage.
The poetic Albee seemed to be carefully
hidden, in fact, throughout the greater part
of this version of Counting The Ways and
Listening. The jagged script and uneven
performances made it difficult to determine
just how the old Albee spirit is shifting about
in these new works.
Yet despite the unevenness of this
production, several isolated moments are
well worth experiencing. Certainly Gallery's
attempts to provide area theater buffs with a
chance to see current American drama, and
to provide students and townsfolk with a
community stage, deserves encouragement.
The Albee plays continue tonight and
Saturday with Sam Shepard's The Tooth of
Crime opening Dec. II.
Creme de cacao nightcap:
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Richard Zaffron, right, and Kathryn Conway star in "Counting the Ways," a new play
by Edward Albee now playing at the Gallery Theater in Carrboro. "Counting the
Ways" and "Listening" are pjaying this weekend, sponsored by the Art School.
TV violence on trial
Television has been under constant attack
over the past few years because many
consider the amounts of sex and violence on
the three commercial networks to be
excessive. The latter of these two "evils" has
made national headlines during the past few
weeks in connection with a Miami murder
-Bv JIMMY WILKES-
Fifteen-year-old Ronny Zamora was
being tried for the June 4 shooting death of
82-year-old neighbor Elinor Haggart. The
trial's connection with television appeared
when Zamora's attorney, Ellis Rubin, stated
that bis defense would rest on the contention
that Ronny had been driven temporarily
insane by excessive exposure to television
violence, and thus, should not be held
accountable for his actions. There was never
any doubt as to Zamora's guilt or innocence,
only to his sanity at the time of the killing.
Rubin began his defense by having
Ronny's mother testify to her son's extensive
amount of television viewing, especially
shows like Kojak, and Baretta. She went on
to add that Ronny became extremely
agitated and nervous when viewing "violent"
shows and that this reaction led her to worry
about his television viewing.
However, the key to Rubin's case rested
not on the testimony of Ronny's mother, but
on the decision of the judge. Judge H. Paul
Baker, as to the admittance of testimony by
Florida Technological University
psychologist Dr. Margaret Thomas.
Thomas was willing to substantiate Rubin's
defense by testifying to the link between
television and violence. Even without
examining Zamora, Thomas was convinced
that his viewing of television could lead to
such violent actions.
But early last week Judge Baker ruled that
Thomas could not testify before the jury,
thus undercutting Rubin's efforts to link
television to the crime. Judge Baker stated
that since Thomas couldn't offer
"conclusive" evidence linking television
violence to any particular crime, that there
was no way for her to link the killing of
Elinor Haggart to Ronny Zamora's
television viewing. Without this expert
testimony it took the Miami jury only two
hours of deliberation before returning a
. The significance of the trial rests not only
; Please turn to page 5.
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