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Story by Alexis Einerson
Photos by Nate Wagner
separates class, love
■The play's back to turn the
audience's attention to the
coming of age of the characters.
Romance, affairs, true love
and comedy - these are the
things that make up “The
The story of a woman from a
very wealthy family in
Philadelphia, Tracy Lord, and
the three men in her life is really
a coming of age story, director
Virginia Smith said.
“Tracy has really high stan
dards,” Smith said. “During the
course of the play, she realizes
that what she wants to be is a
whole human being. She wants
to have an understanding heart
- a compassionate heart.”
The play, based on a 1940
play and the subsequent 1940
movie, starred Katherine
Hepburn on both stage and
screen. It won the Academy
Award for best picture.
Each of the men in Tracy’s
life has a different function, said
Steve Barth, who plays Tracy’s
ex-husband C.K. Dexter Haven.
And, he said, each one of these
men is the source of enlighten
ment for IVacy.
Amber C. Irvin, who plays
Tracy Lord, said she felt "The
Philadelphia Story” is a coming
of age story for a lot of the differ
ent characters, not just "IYacy.
“We all start off with faces
that we want to hide behind and
bit by bit the play chisels away
those layers until you get to an
actual person,” Irvin said.
Richard Smith, who plays
Tracy’s fiancg George
Kitteredge, said he felt that his
character had a lot to do with
the social classes.
ueorge is a woricer ior iracy s
father who has worked his way
up the chain of command, and
now he is marrying Tracy,
Richard Smith said.
“Although I think there is a
general attraction,” Richard
Smith said, “I think a lot of it has
to do with George’s aspirations
For the character of
Macauley (Mike) Conner,
played by Kyle Johnston, social
standings and love involve the
Mike falls for Tracy, Johnston
said, and he has to give up his
preconceptions about the rich
and the Lord family.
But Barth said he thought
the story was a true love story,
and class didn't have anything to
do with love.
“I don’t necessarily see th$
love and class going hand in
hand, but they both play an
intricate part,” Barth said. “I
think that the enlightenment
that Tracy undergoes is the
enlightenment that love exists
beyond all (classes).”
Irvin said she agreed with
love being the true story line.
The class just sets the story up,
"It really is a true love story,”
Irvin said. “It's such a great story
for Valentine’s Day.”
TOP RIGHT: Amber Irvin laughs at a
comment as she plays Tracy Lord in
"The Philadelphia Story."The character
Lord b a socialite being pursued by
LEFT: Kyle Johnston and Katherine Nora
LeRoy exchange a kbs in character as
Macauley Connor, the reporter, and Uz
Imbrie, the photographer."The
Philadelphia Story*has been put
together over the last six months.
Cinema covers deaf culture
BY CASEY JOHNSON
The film “Sound and Fury” is
a searing look at the best interest
of children against the survival
of a way of life. It is a gripping
film about an issue few of us
The Cochlear implant, a
controversial device that allows
deaf people to hear, is the light
ning rod that separates a family
about what is best for the chil
dren and what will become of
Filmed mostly on Long
Island Sound in New York, the
film tackles the 250-year debate
between those among the deaf
cpmmunity who lip read and
speak and those who use sign
Peter Artinian, a leader in
the deaf anti-implant commu
nity, and his brother, Chris, each
face the difficult decision of
whether or not the implant is
right for their respective chil
When Heather Artinian,
Peter’s 5-year-old daughter,
approaches him about getting
an implant, he is shocked but
decides to keep an open mind.
He and his wife Nita (also
deaf) believe that the implant is
a rejection of deaf culture, a cul
ture they believe is not limited.
Chris Artinian and his wife
Mari, a child of deaf parents,
have newborn twins, one of
whom is deaf.
The documentary also
focuses on their decision to give
the 11-month-old child an
implant, a decision that Mari’s
parents think is not up to her
and her husband Chris.
Peter and his wife are con
cerned that their daughter may
reject them and abandon the
“deaf way of life,” while Chris
and his wife only want their
child to have all of the opportu
nities they can give to him.
The film is loaded with real
life emotional power that pulls
you into the relationships and
soon the debate.
As the documentary devel
ops, it is hard not to want to
scream back at the players and
their arguments on die subject.
At its core, the issue is the
survival of deaf culture against
progress and the implant, which
dead people believe will render
their way of life extinct.
Unfortunately, this is where
the film bogs down.
The family becomes divided
on the subject, and although the
rhetoric is interesting at first, too
much of it in the end becomes
the film's only downfall.
It is understandable that the
film was nominated for an
It is a hard-hitting piece that
forces thought. Everyone should
see this film in order to gain
insight into an often neglected
segment of our population.
"Sound and Fury” Not
rated. Directed by Josh
Aronson. Now playing at the
Mary Reipma Ross Theatre.
'Left Behind'faces end of world
; i • t
■The movie starring Kirk
Cameron delves into the what
its and forgiveness.
BY SARAH SUMNER
The end of the world is com
ing. It’s landing in the Middle
East and everyone is in deep,
deep crap. You better get your
butts to church because the
Anti-Christ is taking over, and he
“Left Behind” may not scare
you, but hopefully it will make
you think about why the world is
so violent and what we need to
do to rectify it.
The Middle East is bombed,
but no one is hurt. People are
disappearing without a trace out
of airplanes, cars on highways
and their homes. What is going
on? To find out, people are look
ing to the Bible in Revelations.
This is the beginning of the
seven years of peace, and the
end is near.
"Left Behind” is based on the
New York Times best-selling
novel of the same name. It is the
first in a series of novels that
continue a count down to
destruction. Those left on Earth
are the ones who will feel the
horrors of the end of time; those
taken were the ones with faith
and are being saved from the
Kirk Cameron, the lovable
Mike Seaver from “Growing
Pains,” heads up the cast as Buck
Williams. He is a lead reporter
for the fictional GNN news
channel. He finds a connection
between the United Nations, the
strange disappearances, the
rebuilding of the Jewish Temple
in the Middle East and the Bible.
Cameron is trying, but noth
ing could keep the movie from
seeming like a Monday night TV
show or something that should
be on the Odyssey Channel. The
story is interesting, but the act
ing is tedious and slow. The
actors perform as if they are
reading lines off cue cards. It is
like the films the teachers at Pius
X High School used to show us in
Chelsea Noble, Cameron’s
real-life wife, plays a flight atten
dant who attains a job at the UN
and is having an affair with a
pilot whose family disappears,
except for his daughter. Noble
isn't in the film much. She does
deliver a decent performance,
but it is kind of like an after
school special performance.
I have to admit that it is a
good try. This is an interesting
and important issue for those
who want to embrace it. It moves
a little quickly and lets the audi
ence hang in the balance, but I
think that it is supposed to be
taken as suspense (it doesn’t
“Left Behind.” Starring Kirk
Cameron, Brad Johnson, and
Chelsea Noble. Directed by Vic
Sarin. Not rated (violence).
Playing at the Cinema TWin.
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