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Slinky, silver-gowns, white tie and palm trees are
artifacts of the art deco 1930's, a era currently riding
the nostalgia wave;
But there was more to the era than that. ,
"I don't believe in camping up Coward," said
William Glover, guest director for the Nebraska
Repertory Theatre production "Private Lives."
Glover; a professional actor turned director from
Los Angeles, said Noel Coward's play has a message
under all the trappings. .
Ticking human beings
"Too many people think just comedy and use a lot
of arm-waving, cigarette holders, beauty spots-that
kind of tiling. Coward had insight into people, the
fact that they are ticking human beings with huge
hearts," he said.
Although he has not directed "Private Lives"
before, Glover starred in the 1969 Broadway revival
with Tammy Grimes and Brian Bedford. He said it
was "quite successful," noting that Tammy Grimes
received a Tony award for the play.
Glover, just out of a Sunday morning rehearsal,
said he was excited about the show.
"If the characters don't gel, the play doesn't work.
The chemistry between Conoie and Roger has got the
right quality," he said referring to lead players in the
small cast. . .
Newly wed couple
"Private Lives" is the story of a newlywed couple
who encounter their previous spouses honeymooning
at the same resort.
In the Repertory production, Roger Johnson plays
Elliot, the part originally played by. Noel Coward,
Connie McCord is Amanda, the character that
Coward's wife, the American actress Gertrude
The second couple in the play, Victor and Sybil, is
portrayed by Mitch Tebo and Missy Critchfield,
Louise the French maid is played by Susan Baer.
The Repertory cast is a talented group, Glover
said, and he encourages them to find their own ways
to play the parts. " - '
"I always think of the director as a piece of litmus
paper. The actors bring things and I edit what works
and what doesn't," he said.
"Too many directors are involved in theatrical
overkill-deadly theatre- I hate director-oriented
plays where the actors are used as puppets.I hate it
like poison and I'm on a crusade to stop it," he said.
"The actor has to take hold more," he continued.
"Theatre is an art form and the artists should take it
Glover has directed plays at regional theatres
around the country, doing everything from "Romeo
and Julliet" to modern Tom Stoppard plays.
Comedy and farce
"I seem to be more successful with comedy and
farce," he said. .
Glover will be returning briefly to Los Angeles
once the Howell r'ay nas started, and then he will
spend nine months directing a professional actors
training school in Ohio.
"Private Lives" will be performed on Aug. 8, 9,
12, 13, 15, 19, 21, 23, 26, 27, and 30 and Sept. 1.
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Architecture school searches
for greater space solution
By Lynn Roberts
UN-L's College of
Architecture, which Is housed
in the oldest building on
campus, does not want to leave
that building, even though
additional space is needed, said
the school's dean.
"We have significant needs
for space that this building
can't provide, but we're not
anxious to leave it," said W.
"We're concerned with
putting existing buildings to
their best use and we think we
can do the best job of
preserving this building," he
i $25,GOO requested
Money has been requested
to do a detailed study to
determine what approach
should be used to provide
additional room for the
college, Steward said.
Ray Coffey, assistant UN-L
business manager, said about
$25,000 has been requested for
the study, but no action has
been taken on the request.
Included in the study will
be the possibility of building a
new school, along with the use
of the old law college building
which has been assigned to the
College of Architecture for
temporary use, Steward said.
"I think it would be a
mistake to request a new
building without evaluating
what other options we have,"
Steward added he thinks a
move to east campus as was
done with law and dentistry
would hurt the program.
Law and dentistry are more
architecture, which needs
access to city campus, he said.
Steward said there are
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problems in making use of the
old law college building.
"It's hard to take a building
that was designed for one thing
and use it for another, but as
long as we know . it is
temporary we can make it
work," he said.
An inadequate fire escape,
leaking., roof and need .for
repainting and other
maintenance add to problems
in using the building, Steward
One good quality is ihat the
old law college is air
conditioned and the school of
architecture is not, he said.
Plans are being made to use the
third floor of the law college
for graduate design and
The air conditioning will
make work in the studios much
more comfortable, especially in
the summer, Steward added.
In addition to an increased
enrollment, in architecture, an
increasing of the size of the
library is adding to space
"Within one "year the size of
our library is going to double,"
Steward said. ,
He . added that although
enrollment has been steadily
Increasing for v the past five
years, large increases are not
expected in the next 10 years.
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