14 MONTROSE VOICE/MAY 16, 1986
Houston Goes For Broke!
by Bill O'Rourke
Houston: The Jewel of the Ship Channel
(Comedy Workshop) is an exuberant rol-
lercoaster ride through the dangers of living in our favorite city during the current
The fast-paced first act takes us up to
giddy heights and throws us into hairpin
turns. After a few shows, this time
Comedy Workshop is back on track.
Expect the unexpected!
This is polished improvisation at its
best. The cast (Bill Fagan, Cheryl Holiday, Michelle McCarel, Joe McCutcheon,
Jim Patterson and Michelle Watkins) and
director Kathy Drago have not only performed admirably but also created great
material. It's timely, true on many level,
hilarious and, at times, touching.
But, as with any rollercoaster, you have
to watch out for those dips. The (mercifully) shorter second act is given over to
one long sketch that only works intermittently.
The long sketch that ends the first act
shows a family-owned gas station going
belly-up. This family and its friends are a
bunch of East Texas eccentrics that would
feel right at home in Greater Tuna. The
cast takes their time with these characters
and treats them gently. We identify with
them and really care what happens to
them. We don't laugh at them so much as
we laugh with them. They are the kind of
people who would say, "When life sends
you lemons, make lemonade!" We're left
with an odd, realistic kind of optimism.
The second act concerns a telethon to
aid the ailing oil industry. Instead of three
dimensional people, we are given, for the
most part, colorful cardboard caricatures.
The cast doesn't like many of them. So we
don't either. All too often, we are asked to
laugh at these people, cruelly, bitterly. Our
(L to R) Aliz'e, Richard Moore, Minay
Miller "But She Won't Lie Down" at
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mouths pucker with the taste of alum and
It hardly becomes a theater sitting geographically on the doorstep of River Oaks
to so constantly forget that rich people are
The music is a little busy this time. It's
easier to understand Fagan and Patterson's lyrics. They are delightfully witty.
AH in all, a damn fine show!
I'm going to see The Best Little Whorehouse just after press time. It'll probably
be extended another week, but, if I were
you, I wouldn't wait until after my review
to mosey on over to the Tower for it...
Ben Vereen will be starring in Pippin
here this season. It's replacing Big River
in PACE's lineup...
You can celebrate Fats Waller's birthday (5/21) by going to TUTS revue of his
music, Ain't Misbehavin'...
Stephen Sulich has been appointed the
Music Director for Texas Opera Theater's
The Steppenwolf company from Chicago are performing Orphans in Lobdon.
Meanwhile, you can see it at the Alley...
The May 17th performance of the Foreigner (AWey) will be a benefit fortheChal-
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