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ripen in comedy
When Same Time, Next Year opened on Broadway in
March 1975, playwright Bernard Slade was an unknown,
and the future of the comedy was equally unknown.
Now, almost three years later, Same Time, Next Year
remains one of the hottest tickets in New York. The highly
acclaimed comedy will be presented in Memorial Hall
Monday Jan. 16. Tickets are on sale at the Carolina Union
Kathryn Crosby, wife of the late Bing Crosby, will star in
the production, which centers on a man and a woman, both
married to others, who have a once-a-year affair in the same
inn. Over the course of the 24-year relationship mere
physical attraction ripens into love. This scenario makes for
a theater piece which, while extremely funny, is also filled
Same Time, Next Year has received critical acclaim in
openings in cities from New York to Boston. Clive Barnes,
writing in the New York Times, said, "The funniest comedy
to come to Broadway in years. Don't put off till tomorrow
what you can do today. Get tickets for Same Time, Next
Year." Brendan Gill said in the New Yorker, "1 predict Same
Time, Next Year will run for twenty years. Twenty years?
Fifty!..." Theodore Kalem in Time said, "The kind of
theatrical fare that marrieds have been starved for. . . Rarely
have a man and a woman on stage mixed the honey of love
and the glue of marriage so deftly that both are bonded in
sweetness and surety."
Same Time, Next Year not only made an enormous
impression on the New York critics but also on the public at
Playmakers' 'Hamlet' probes
timeless psychological themes
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Kathryn Crosby, wife of the late Bing Crocby, stars in Bernard
Slade s hit Broadway comedy, Same Time, Next Year, produc
ed by Tom Mallow and coming to Memorial Hall for one show
Monday night, Jan. 16.
large, not only in the United States but around the world. In
three years the comedy has grossed approximately $9 million
on Broadway and more than $20 million worldwide.
Walter Crane directs the production, and Tony Russel co
stars. Tickets are $5.50 and $6.50.
PDQ Bach show
at Duke tonight
We are all familiar with Johann Sebastian
Bach, one of the forefathers of classical
music. Professor Peter Schickelc, however,
has undertaken the task of bringing a less
celebrated Bach into the spotlight.
In a fiendishly clever spoof of the world of
classical music, Schickele, along with the
Duke Symphony Orchestra, presents the
slightly off-the-wall compositions of P.D.Q.
Bach, a hitherto unheralded illegitimate son
of the aforementioned genius. Showtime is
tonight at 8:30 in Page Auditorium, and
tickets priced at $6.50, $5.50 and $4.50 are
available at the Page box office.
Peter Schickele is extremely closely
related to the serious composer Peter
Schickele, who studied composition with
Sigvald Thompson, Roy Harris and Vincent
Persichetti. Although recognized primarily
for his humorous artistry, Schickele did
receive degrees at Swarthmore College and
the Juilliard School of Music. His free-lance
work in composition has included
symphonic pieces (including commissioned
works for the St. Louis Symphony),
television and theater (he was one of the
composer-lyricists for Oh! Calcutta). His
moonlighting as the "dignified" Professor
Schickele is somehow squeezed in to a very
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Continued from page 1.
Shakespeare's timeless classic,
Hamlet, wHl b-P4ftymakerr Repertory
Company's first production of the new
year. The story examines a man's
attempt to control his passions in orOei
to meet society's expectations. Hamlet
begins its run Jan. 19, with
performances continuing through Feb.
The title role is played by Ray Wise,
coming to Chapel Hill directly from
Broadway, where he was Damis in
Tartuffe with John Wood and Tammy
Grimes. Soap opera fans will remember
Wise from his role as Jamie Rollins on
CBS-TV's Love of Life.
Carolyn Coates portrays Hamlet's
mother, Gertrude, Queen of Denmark.
Coates has worked at regional theaters
throughout the country and appeared in
Broadway productions of Albee's The
American Dream and The Death of
Claudius, King of Denmark,
Gertrude's husband and Hamlet's uncle,
is played by James Noble. A versatile
actor who has appeared, on aiid off
Broadway, he was most recently seen in
the ABC television presentation,
Frank Baiter rejoins the company as
Polonius, counselor to Claudius. PRC
audiences saw him earlier this season in
Equus and A Streetcar Named Desire.
Catherine Burns appears as
Polonius's daughter, Ophelia. In her
first film role, Burns received an
Academy Award nomination as Best
Supporting Actress for Frank Perry's
Last Summer. She also co-starred with
Richard Thomap and Desi Arnaz Jr. in
the" film Red Sky at Morning.
Tom Haas, PRC's Artistic Director,
directs Hamlet, which will be performed
Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8
and Sunday afternoons at 2 at the
Playmakers Theater. For more
information and ticket reservations,
visit or call the box office in Graham
Memorial at 933-1 121. Group rates are
also available, and the special feature,
studerit rush, allows UNC students with
IDs to pick up remaining tickets at the
door for a reduced price. Student rush is
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Though drama faculty deny that undergraduate
opportunities for acting have been significantly
reduced, Arthur Housman', chairperson of the
department, says he expected more productions
for undergraduate actors.
"I knew when I came that there were not many
opportunities for acting here," says Julie Plott. a
junior transfer from Appalachian State
University. "They made it very clear to me that
there would be lew chances' to act. I wanted to get
the technical side of drama so I transferred. I had a
lot of parts and leads at Appalachian. It is
frustrating not to be able to act. but 1 knew what I
was getting into."
Joseph Coleman, PRC managing director and
drama department lecturer, says he believes
undergraduate acting opportunities have not
diminished as a result of the changes. But he adds
that a high school senior interested only in acting
should not come to Carolina. Coleman says the
North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston
Salcm provides more of the conservatory
atmosphere necessary for studying acting at the
"To prepare students 'for professional theater
takes intense courses in the art ol acting."
Housman says. "We can't do this. 1 he School of
the Arts provides this kind of intense tiaining in
acting at the undergraduate level. The MI A
program here is designed to provide this kind of
intense training, but at the graduate level. We feel
decisions on a career in acting should be made
later in life. Most professional actors do not really
mature as actors until they reach the age of .15.
"The implications of the HI A program were
that we could prepare the undergraduate lor work
in professional theater. I his is something we just
can't do. The faculty chose unanimously to drop
the BFA. and we have been in the process of doing
that over the past two years."
All undergraduate drama majors interviewed
agreed that Carolina was not the school to attend
if acting as an undergraduate was what one
wanted. They suggested that incoming drama
students look somew here else. 1 he drama faculty
members say they feel the BA at l.'NC is a good
"1 think the temperament ol the youngster
should determine what type of diania school will
be right." Graves says. "I have seen students who,
from the minute they get here, are interested only
in acting. Other students are more well-rounded
with wide-ranging interests. Our HA program is
meant to provide a general liberal education for an
undergraduate plus courses in acting technique.
"The real issue is a good education. I don't think
it is up to the undcrgi ad to ask whether he gets to
act, but are funds being diverted from his
education that effect its quality."
Some students, however, feel differently.
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"Teachers can only teach you so much in
acting," says Tom Sasser, a senior drama major.
"You have to get in front of an audience and feel it.
You have to sense whether the audience believes
you. You can't be taught that."
The introduction of the PRC is viewed by many
undergraduates as a major reason for the
reduction in their chances to act. The professional
PRC has taken over the dominant position in the
drama department that was once held by the
amateur Carolina Playmakers.
"The Carolina Playmakers hold a very special
position in the University's history," Housman
says. "It means a lot to the alumni." The Carolina
Playmakers started as a local community acting
group working out of the drama department. It
gained a national reputation for its productions,
and many of the finest actors to graduate from the
University gained experience in the Carolina
Playmakers. Roles in these productions w ere open
to faculty, graduate students, undergraduates and
"We want to retain the Carolina Playmakers
tradition while at the same time supplementing
and modernising it," Housman says.
Undergraduates, however, feel that they are
taking a backseat to the professionals and
graduate students. "There needs to be a balance
between undergraduates, MFAs and the PRC.
Undergrads get stuck with the garbage work
few get into positions of responsibility," says
Marshall Ballcw. a senior drama major.
"In scenery class you are working your tails off
fixe hours a week for free, making props for the
.PRC, and all you get is your name in the
program," Sasser says. "Why can't the PRC be a
business separate from the University? Right now
the students are doing the work for free while
UNC is paying the bill. Don't make the students
do the work without pay; make it a business."
Another drama major, Jcanine Jackson, puts it
bluntly: "Is the University for teaching or
providing jobs for actors?"
"The undergrads may feel that they are not
appreciated by the professionals, but every
, professional actor knows how important a stage
clean of cigarette butts or a clean coffee cup to
drink out of is," Housman says.
Despite a consensus amount those undergrads
interviewed that the PRC has hurt their chances,
to act at Carolina, there is some ambiguity in their
feelings toward the PRC.
"I was really against bringing in the professional
actors at first, but contact with the pros has been
beneficial," Jackson says. " Through working with
the pros, even if it is just as a walk-on, you learn
some of the tricks of the trade. You also get to see
what you will be up against in real professional
theater. You have to be aggressive and really put
out the effort to get a part here, but that is the way
it is out in the world."
Some undergraduates seem to feel that the PRC
may upgrade the overall drama program. The
rapid changes in the drama department have
confused some students. And some programs that
might benefit the undergraduates have not gotten
completely off the ground.
Housman agrees that there has been some
confusion as a result of the changes. "Any change
causes dislocation. There are always people who
will be put in an uneasy position," he says.
But as one senior puts it, "1 would appreciate
four big plays supported by the drama department
for undergrads. 1 feet ready to do some real work
on the stage in front of a real audience. It's selfish,
but I feel that I deserve more."