20 MONTROSE VOICE/FEBRUARY 27. 1987
'Full Tilt' Leans Toward Theater's Best
(left to right) Phillip Hafer as Pete Keating, Melba O'Banion as Roe and
Eoghan Ryan as Ken in Chocolate Bayou's production of P.J. Barry's
Houston Live by Bill O'Rourke
a Full Tilt
Full Tilt playing at Chocolate Bayou
Theater Company, was developed in
CBTC's Preston Jones New Play Symposium last summer. This is its world
premiere. I have little doubt that news of
its performances elsewhere will get
back to us. It's that good.
When a group of people become a mob-
it is a form of mass hysteria. They may
feel closer to each other for the short
time that they lose their reason, but
what happens later? What do they feel
towards each other when they can see
clearly again, if they ever can?
The Ballet Eddy Toussaint de Montreal debuts at Jones Hall on March 3
Years before this play opens, a small
group of policemen—friends and
comrads—have gone out of control, into
"full tilt." Between them, they killed a
man in a fight over a girl (played by
Now a women's magazine reporter
(Ginny Lang) has come to town. She's
spending money left and right to bribe
people into reopening the story. She
interviews them to see if she can find out
what really happened.
With one exception, these are all the
and pity, is somehow not as emotionally
affecting as it is intellectually probing.
Maybe that's because we spend much
more time watching people grow apart
rather than together. Still, it is impelling. We try to see the whole diorama at
once, try to chart all these lives and how
they went wrong, try to identify that
mysterious force that seems to make it
all inevitable. How can we reverse its
effects if we can't identify them? Barry
offers no pat, simplistic answers, only a
chance to analyze it for ourselves.
Director William Burford sweeps the
action across Tom King's set almost
cinematically, they way we deduce
Shakespeare must have used the Globe.
Kurt W. Garabenstein's sound design
adds to the versimilitude, but it is
Eoghan Ryan's lights that really grab
the eye. (Ryan also doubles effectively
as an actor in the piece.)
A very good show.
d The Anshutz
The masterpieces from the Anschutz
Collection of western art now exhibited
at the Museum of Fine Arts provide education as well as entertainment.
The style of Remington and Russell is
very recognizable. It leads one major
school in its high drama and dynamic
peripheral people. They were affected
by the violence but they had no hand in
They're all orbiting each other in a
small town. Two of them fall in love for
a short while, but for the most part, they
react to each other with a kind of magnetic repulsion.
When the reporter gets personally
involved with the bartender (Timothy
Hanson), she sets up a meeting which
evolves into another mob scene with
everyone but the bartender personally
involved. What will happen now? Will
violence beget violence? (There is some
believable wife beating between Phillip
Hafer and Cathryn Pisarski.) Or will
love be possible again?
P.J. Barry's script, for all its power
When their works do include people or
animals, they have to be hunted for— as
they would be in the wild. Their
statuary—by Shrady, Deming, Putnam
and Huntington—focuses on the
strange new animals the explorers were
In the mid-1920s, around the time of
Russell's death, the luminous land was
still the subject matter, but the style
embraced impressionism. This is the
West of Hunter, Sloan and O'Keefe.
I heartily recommend this excellent
The Outlaw Comics have been "outlawed" again. The room in Baton Rouge
which had booked them for this Mon
day chickened out. That's Jimmy Swag-
Pat Nesbit is Rowena and Geoffrey Nauffts is Eugene Morris Jerome,
aspiring writer, in Neil Simon's comedy Biloxi Blues, opening March 3 at
the Music Hall
action. It's a group of rich tradition with
paintings by Couse, Maurer, Schrey-
vogel, and Frank Tenney Johnson; and
statues by Berke and Barye (a Frenchman whose only brush with the living
West was Buffalo Bill's Wild West
But there is also another school that
we often forget. I overheard one lady
compare it to the various renditions of
Tolkien's world. Indeed, it was the new,
unspoiled land that intrigued these
artists with its fantastic wonders. Their
canvases, many of monumental size to
match the subject, are obsessed with the
play of light on these new landscapes.
Some are so luminous they look almost
as if lit from behind. This is the school of
Bierstadt.Tavernier. Innes, Herzog and
gert's hometown, isn't it? Well, their
loss is our gain! The O.C. are bringing
this performance back to the Comedy
This is the last weekend forTUT's My
Fair Lady at the Music Hall.
Auditions: Deathtrap, two women,
three men, all over 35. March 1-2, 7:00
March 3—Fat Tuesday. March 4—Ash
Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
B'days: 27—Barbara Love, Elizabeth
Taylor, Longfellow. 28—Zero Mostel.
Bernadette Peters, Tommy Tune. 1—
Harry Belafonte, David Niven, Lytton
Strachey. 2—Karen Carpenter, Dr.
Seuss. Kurt Weil. 3—Cyrano de Ber-