Up & Coming Weekly

February 05, 2019

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4 UCW FEBRUARY 6-12, 2019 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM STAFF PUBLISHER Bill Bowman Bill@upandcomingweekly.com ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER/ EDITOR Stephanie Crider editor@upandcomingweekly.com OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Paulette Naylor accounting@upandcomingweekly. com ASSISTANT EDITOR Leslie Pyo leslie@upandcomingweekly.com SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR Earl Vaughan Jr. EarlUCWSports@gmail.com REPORTER Jeff Thompson news@upandcomingweekly.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER Elizabeth Long art@upandcomingweekly.com SALES AND MARKETING DIRECTOR Kimberly Herndon kim@upandcomingweekly.com MARKETING ASSOCIATE Linda McAlister Brown linda@upandcomingweekly.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS D.G. Martin, Pitt Dickey, Margaret Dickson, Karl Merritt, John Hood, Jim Jones, Shanessa Fenner, Prudence Mainor SALES ADMINISTRATOR/ DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Laurel Handforth laurel@upandcomingweekly.com ––––––––––– Up & Coming Weekly www.upandcomingweekly.com 208 Rowan St. P.O. Box 53461 Fayetteville, NC 28305 PHONE: (910) 484-6200 FAX: (910) 484-9218 Up & Coming Weekly is a "Quality of Life" publication with local features, news and information on what's happening in and around the Fayetteville/Cumberland County community. Up & Coming Weekly is published weekly on Wednesdays. Up & Coming Weekly welcomes manuscripts, photographs and artwork for publication consideration, but assumes no responsibility for them. We cannot accept responsibility for the return of unsolicited manuscripts or material. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the pub- lisher. The publisher reserves the right to edit or reject copy submitted for publication. Up & Coming Weekly is free of charge and distributed at indoor and outdoor locations throughout Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, Hope Mills and Spring Lake. Readers are limited to one copy per person. © 2019 by F&B Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or advertisements without permission is strictly prohibited. Various ads with art graphics designed with elements from: vecteezy.com and freepik.com. Doubt? Doubt? Doubt? HIGH 65 LOW 51 HIGH 57 LOW 34 HIGH 73 HIGH 50 HIGH 65 LOW 47 LOW 29 LOW 49 FEBRUARY 11 FEBRUARY 10 FEBRUARY 8 FEBRUARY 9 FEBRUARY 12 Sunny Cloudy PM Showers Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy PM Showers FEBRUARY 7 HIGH 79 LOW 61 PUBLISHER'S PEN No 'Doubt' about it by BILL BOWMAN BILL BOWMAN, Publisher, UP & COMING WEEKLY. COMMENTS? BILL@upandcomingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. Gilbert eater's new- est production, "Doubt," opened this past weekend to a small audience who undoubtedly enjoyed a huge show. Directed by Matthew Overturf, this thought- provoking drama written by John Patrick Shanley could be the Gilbert's best show of this season. Even though the play was written in the 1960s, it is relevant to the crazy realities we face today. Shanley's piece centers around Sister Aloysius, a tenacious nun who is the principal of a Catholic school in the Bronx in New York. She is convinced the parish priest, Father Flynn, is having an inappropriate relationship with a young male student. Was he? Wasn't he? at is where this drama draws an eerie correlation to what we are experiencing in this politically charged 21st cen- tury. e shameful acts and subsequent cover-up of bad behavior by Catholic priests is not new news. However, viewing the show in relationship to what we are experiencing as a nation gives this play its gut-wrenching impact. Even back in the '60s, there was a hint of a lack of presumption of innocence. Now, with the prominence of the internet and social media — and a political climate that has adopted a slanderous, no holds barred, anything goes, search-and-destroy campaign strategy — this play parallels our country's deteriorating respect for humanity. If you are a well-informed American of any race, religion or political affiliation, you will recognize the parallels in this story to Robert Mueller's Russian investigation; the confirmation fiasco of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh; the accusations lodged against two Covington, Kentucky, students accused of disrespecting Native Americans; the politically charged border security issues, which result in the deplorable treat- ment and exploitation of humanity; and more recently, the explosive issue of legal- izing full-term abortions. All of these present-day issues fill plenty of us with plenty of doubt. Go and see the play and ponder on the similarities for your- self. You will not be disappointed. e show runs through Feb. 17. I would be remiss to not mention the talented cast of "Doubt," who gave stellar performances. Kay Cole plays Sister Aloy- sius. Evie King is Sister James. Deannah Robinson plays Mrs. Muller, and Cole Vec- chio is Father Flynn. All four of these actors performed flawlessly to create a tour-de- force theater production. Fayetteville is certainly the theatrical mecca of North Carolina. No doubt you will be impressed. ank you for reading Up & Coming Weekly. Though it was written in the 1960s, "Doubt" parallels many of today's hot topics, including situations surroun- ding Robert Mueller (top right), Brett Kavanaugh (center right) and Nick Sandmann (bottom right).

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