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Montrose Voice, No. 325-B, January 16, 1987 - File 013. 1987-01-16. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 21, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1465/show/1452.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 325-B, January 16, 1987
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date January 16, 1987
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 12 MONTROSE VOICE/JANUARY 16, 1987 Ensemble Dramatizes Social Themes in 'Ameri/Cain Gothic' Live Review by Bill O'Rourke Montrose Voice When I went to see The Ensemble's Ameri/ Cain Gothic. I came expecting a gripping drama about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. In truth, this play has next to nothing to do with that. It only uses it to establish ironic context, helping to build sus pense. I also expected the play to talk about the double standard affecting blacks. I compare favorably with many of Tennessee William's women. Director Sterling Vappie has wisely helped to develop every nuance of this well- rounded spinster. The Ensemble is a wonderful theater. People of true talent in every phase of the theater are in the habit of working there. In recent play selections a courageous priority has been given to social relevancy over such other concerns as entertainment value. I: ilHV-1' p Sharon Beck and Michael Washington in The Ensemble's "Ameri/ Cain Gothic" thought it would show the oppression that courageous dreamer helped to lead us from. There were soupcons of that stirred into the ragout. One of the major characters in the play is a detective. He had a lot of trouble getting that job. Was it because he was black? He allows a reclusive woman to lock him in her hotel room and keep him prisoner for a full day while he's on a major case. A major plot turning happens when the woman misses an important train connection when the porter can't lift her trunk. She sees him as a devil. Is it because he's black? Later on she marries Christ due partly to the stirring sermon given by a black tent crusader. Clearly, these two men—the detective and the porter—were not oppressed because they were black, but because they were incompetent. This play's-true thematic priority lies in the double standard affecting women. The woman's blind faith in a male God and her innate sense of fair play (not justice) make her try to play her life by the men's rules. What is for a man an "accident" quickly forgotten, warps her whole life. This is a meaty question, well tackled. Because the man points out early on that he could break that old door off its hinges, his day-long imprisonment is unbelievable. So the priority is clearly not given to the plot. The play would seem to want to be an allegory, but the points it tries to make are continuously muddied by details of character development. So the playwright's goal must have been the characters, right? But the detective is unbelievable for the same reason the plot is, regardless of how well Michael Washington acts the role. Never fear. Playwright Paul Carter Harrison has written a richly detailed, inspired crazy lady. This character, especially as acted by Sharon Beck, can Paul Mathews and Paul Hager in Theatre Suburbia 8 production of "The Button" by Ben Star, playing through Feb. 7 improv troupe: Jan. 17 and 19; Encore Players, 879-7538. Contest: Filmmakers, six categories, deadline March 1. Houston International Film Festival, 965-9955. d Celebrate! Jan. 16, 1796: Sydney: A play by an Irish pickpocket with tickets paid for with meat or rum opens the first European theater ever in Australia. B'days: 16—Debbie Allen, Ethel Merman, Ronnie Milsap. 17—Anton Chekhov, James Earl -Jones, Betty White. 18—Cary Grant, Oliver Hardy, Danny Gailee Walker and Kevin Evans in •'The Dutchman" at Kuumba House 17)—Sam Shepard's characters aren't hungry for food! Delia Stewart Dance Company (Jewish Community Center, 17) It's a Small World (J.C.C., 18, 2:00 p.m.)—international folk dances by children for children, ONO Call 529-8490 and Fou will be in Next Week's Newspaper of Montrose Cynthia Ferrer (Kathy Selden, center) surprises everyone, including (left to right) Elek Hartman (RF. Simpson), Jennifer Smith (Lina Lamont). Donn Simione (Don Lockwood), Alan Sues (Roscoe Dexter) and Brad Moranz (Cosmo Brown) in "Singin' in the Rain " now at the Music Hall a Notes Next season, the likes of Placido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Nicolai Ghia- rov and Julius Rudel will be performing the likes of Aida, Cosi Fan Tute and Tannhauser in the new Wortham Theater for the Houston Grand Opera. Right now you can catch their "Porgy and Bess" at Jones! All remaining tickets to Houston Symphony Orchestra performances are being sold at half-price. Stella Naranjo's Indian Art of the Americas shop shows and sells Kachina. cornhusk and spirit dolls by award-winning artists. It's in the River Oaks Shopping Center. Auds: Fuschia Fandango, Ink.: Kay, A.A. Milne. 19—Robert E. Lee, Dolly Parton, Jean Stapleton. "So what signifies wishing and hoping for better times? We may make these times better if we better ourselves." — Benjamin Franklin (born Jan. 17) a Openings Bordeaux Festival (Inter-Continental Hotel, 16)—tastings and gourmet meals Doll House Miniatures (Museum of Natural Science, 16)—80 re-creations where one inch equals one foot Dutchman and The Jewels of the Shrine (Kuumba House, 16t—two one- acts Storyteller (Black Labrador Pub, 17. 2:00 p.m.) Cane of the Starving Class (Stages. 1420 Westheimer Houston. Texas 77006 522-4485 mm_i WS DELIVER VIDEOS Heads and Tails Above tbe Rest —Luge Selection ot All-Male VHS Tapes -Tues, Thurs and Sun Rentals $2 for Our Members —Now Open Sunday 2 lo 8 OPEN 7 DAYS ■ Amex. Visa, MC
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