16 MONTROSE VOICE/OCTOBER 17. 1986
Happy Surprises to be Found in the 'Forest'
James Jeter portrays family patriarch Marcus Hubbard and Bonnie Black
plays his manipulative daughter Regina in the Alley Theatre's Large
Stage production of "Another Part of the Forest"
By Bill O'Rourke
Another Part of the Forest, at the Alley,
Faced with a play about a bickering
Southern family written by The Children's Hour author, Lillian Hellman, I'd
expected heavy flogging through a
musty old morass of regret and oppression. Surprise! There is an oppressive
patriarch, but everyone else is up to a
good fight. Everyone looks forward
with hope. And, all except one person,
end up getting their own way, or something even better. Even he seems to
leave the play with plots for a rosier
It is a terribly witty play. Some horrible events that could be tear-jerking in
another play bring laughter with them.
All of that mirth without the actors ever
obviously playing for the laughs, that is
Director Pat Brown has orchestrated
an odd sort of realism here. At second
glance, one notices that the doors in
Charles S. Kading's set work with such
forced perspective that their tops slope
prodigiously. One of the tactics that
Bonnie Black's Regina uses is that
forced belle cuteness. One wouldn't be
surprised if she said, "Fiddle dee dee."
Yet everything and everyone is so naturally themselves.
The Alley wisely showcases its own
company. Rosemary Prinz is a guest,
but she fits so perfectly into the ensemble that one forgets. James Jeter is back,
magnificently. Brandon Smith, Jeff
Bennett and Cynthia Rider are all in top
The Alley will be touring thi show. I'm
warning my mother in Colorado
Springs not to miss it. You shouldn't,
d The Art Scene
We expect Texas landscapes to be realism or perhaps the Indian influence.
James Busby's lush impressionistic
romanticism surprises us.
Using bold daubs of muted colors,
rather like Seurat's points, and swirling
skies of baby blanket hues, this style
seems best suited to fall forests at
sunset. Most of his pictures are just that,
but an impressive one was of a dirt road.
His eye, like Renior's, finds at least four
colors in the torn up track and his sure
grasp of textures contrasts with a
smooth, well-cared for section of the
lane. These are on display at DuBose-
Rein Galleries, 1700 Bissonnet.
You can see Seurat's own works as
part of two complementing exhibitions
at the Museum of Fine Arts.
In one suite is French clothing from
1700-1900. These are gorgeously flattering garments with their brocade,
embroidery, gold lace, etc.
In another suite hang portraits ofthe
fascinating people who wore those
There are two ofthe most famous lovers of all time, for example. Madame
Pompadour, mistress of the king,
primps in front of her mirror, putting on
a "little" too much rouge. She looks surprisingly perky.
Paul Verlaine, on the other hand,
comes off looking almost like a Puritan.
He and his lover, Arthur Rimbaud (born
Oct. 20), wrote joyously and bluntly
The portraits start with obviously
posed people surrounded by symbolic
detail. Then comes a wonderful period
when the subjects are flatteringly
caught "on the wing" surrounded by
objects from their own everyday lives.
From there, it splits into two camps—
those who focus solely on the person,
washing out the background and those
who concentrate on the way the background reveals the sitters personalities
and minimalize the sitter himself. There
is even one painting of an artist's brother's back, sitting with his hat on!
The Houston Center for Photography is
Showtix celebrates its second anniversary on the 19th....
Get ready for 8x10 Glossy. This is The
Group's first lesbian play and will open
Oct. 27 at Kindred Spirits
Scenes and Revelations has been
postponed til December. ...
This is the last weekend for The Calling of Jericho Jones at Theater Suburbia. ...
The gala opening of Chocolate Bayou's Deep in the Heart (tickets $100) will
feature an apres show "Down Home
Supper and Social" at Carolina,
Carolyn Farb's River Oaks home....
On Tuesday nights, whether at
Comedy Workshop or the Comix Annex,
you can barter your way in by trading
anything worth $2—a piece of your own
creation or a white elephant—for a
The National Endowment for the
Arts gave its largest challenge grant in
the Southwest to the Houston Symphony Orchestra—$650,000!...
The 1987 Houston Festival is coming
together. Musicians, dancers and
B'days: 17—Jean Arthur, Spring
Byington. 18—Katherine Kurtz, Lotte
Lenya, George C. Scott. 19—Divine,
Robert Reed. 20—Bela Lugosi, Arlene
Francis. 21—Ted Shawn, Samuel Foote,
Carrie Fisher. 22—Annette Funicello,
Jeff Goldblum. 23—Johnny Carson,
August von Platen, Sarah Bernhardt.
"All men are forced into one of two
categories: those with eleven fingers
and those without."—Ned Rorem (horn
Blithe Spirit (Company Onstage, 17).
The Flying Karamozov Brothers
(Galveston's Grand, 17)—hilarious
Four Walls, Five States (Houston
Center for Photography, 17)—
exhibition by Walter Hopps, late thirties in the south photos by John
Jerry Lee Lewis (Rockefellers, 17).
La Vie Parisienne (Museum of Fine
Arts, 18, 8:45-?)—Family Day! ONO!
Nina Martin/ Performance (Hamman Hall, Rice, 18)-dance. ONO!
Shadowfax (Rockefellers, 18)-ONO!
Big Mountain Benefit (Fitzgeralds,
19, 5-2)—local musicians The Chainsaw
Party Dogs, The Cruise-o-matics and
Shake Russell! Lots more! ONO!
David Grisman (Rockefellers, 19)—
Bluegrass, rock fusion. ONO!
The Creativity of Man (Museum of
Fine Arts, 21)—the first annual Lorenzini lecture. Given by Pulitzer Prize-
winning historian. Freebies, but
HSPVA Chamber Orchestra
(HSPVA, 21). ONO!
Miss Jane Packer, florist to Buckingham Palace (556-5573, 21)-
(left to right) Claire Hart-Palumbo, Gailee Walker and Susan Vaughan
share moments from the play, "8x10 Glossy,"opening at Kindred Spirits
theater performers must apply by Nov.
1. The four categories in the writer's
competition are poetry, fiction, essay
and drama. Deadline for those entries is
November 11. Call 521-0993....
Arts and crafts people have a little
longer, 'til February. Call Barbara
Metyko at 527-9330....
Oct. 18,1961: A Henry Matisse painting
was hung upside down in the New York
Museum of Modern Art. It took them 47
days and 100,000 viewers to realize their
seminars benefitting the Make-A-Wish
Dana Cooper's DC3 (Jones Plaza, 23,
noon). Freebies. ONO!
Choralis Brass (Jones Plaza, 23,
noon). Freebies. ONO!
The Death of Bessie Smith and Counting the Ways (Alley, 23)—two Edward
Albee one acts directed by the playwright himself.
Deep in the Heart (Chocolate Bayou,
23)—one man show by folk/ political
humorist John Henry Faulk.