14 MONTROSE VOICE/FEBRUARY 13, 1987
The Ensemble Remembers Slavery
Review by Bill O'Rourke
To make Do Lord, Remember Me (The
Ensemble), playwright James de Jongh
took recorded interviews with black
men and women in their eighties and
nineties. He excerpted the best, most
representative stories and then molded
them into some dramatic unity.
This is basically the same process
with which A Chorus Line was written
about Broadway dancers. It has
resulted in the same rich, quiet, quasi-
While the violence is never far
beneath the surface, these tales also go
into detail about the everyday and even
the happy times blacks were able to
achieve under this harsh system.
Texas state government is facing a
huge budget deficit. All arts appropriations will be under stringent review.
Feb. 18 is Arts Day. Anyone who can,
please go lobby in Austin that day, or at
The Ensemble's "Do Lord, Remember Me" by James de Jongh features
Michael Ballard, Brenda Wilson, Deanna Woods, Travis Willis. Keith
Kirck, and Adorn Blye
documentary style that made that show
There is also a lot of singing. The six
member cast does some moving, lyrically beautiful renditions of gospel
This is not a fervently anti-white
show. It condemns the whites of that
time, but white audience members are
not made to feel personally guilty and
Michael Ballard is a stand-out in a
uniformly exceptional cast. After many
stories of what slavery is like, he
appears with a story promising equality. Then he becomes Nat Turner lead-
Steve Epstein is one of the Outlaw
ing a doomed uprising. Finally, he
becomes one of the black men who
fought victoriously for the North.
The play stops at the end of the War
Between the States. Slavery is over! The
emotional and physical scars on those
who actually lived through it never
quite healed and should not be forgotten. But now there is a possibility of
healing the scars on the national
least call your legislators. To coordinate
with everyone else, contact the Cultural
Arts Council of Houston.
If you don't know how to have sex
safely, look at our classified ads in the
"Personals" section. If you don't know
why you must play safely, see The Normal Heart downstairs at The Alley. 228-
Children's theater is really active
right now, what with Tom Sawyer at
The Alley and Charlotte's Web at
The 87-88 Houston Symphony season
has been announced. There will be the
world premieres of a piece by Dutch
composer Tristan Keuris and of a cello
concerto by Knussen.
David Eisler was originally scheduled to sing in Houston Grand Opera's
comic hit Orpheus in the Underworld
earlier this season. But he got sick and
had to be replaced. Next weekend he will
appear in Falstaff. replacing ailing
Richard Leech. Karma.
Both productions were directed by
Peter Mark Schifter.
Housekeeping: Diane Fox is the new
managing director of Main Street
National Short Film and Video Competition: deadline March 2, info: USA
Film Festival office, (214) 744-5400.
Third East End Show: juried art exhi
bition: $500 first place; deadline: Feb.
21., info: East End Progress Association
926-3305 or the Lawndale Center 921-
Interviews: Astroworld technical and
wardrobe personnel; Feb. 14.
How often does midnight separate Friday the 13th and Valentine's Day? To
celebrate Valentine's Day, be it lover or
just best friend, please hold hands in
B'days: 13—Tennessee Ernie Ford,
Stockard Channing, Oliver Reed. 14—
Jack Benney, Thelma Ritter. 15—
Harvey Korman, Susan B. Anthony,
Melissa Manchester. 16—Katherine
Cornell, Patty Andrews, LeVar Burton.
17—Simon Raven, Hal Holbrook, Alan
Bates. 18—Cybil Shepherd, John Travolta, Matt Dillon, Adolphe Menjou.
19—Carson McCullers, Copernicus, Lee
"I have never met a man so ignorant
that I couldn't learn something from
him."—Galileo Galilei (born Feb. 14)
Close Ties (Company Onstage, 13)
Graiman, Kelly, Waldon (Comix
Annex, 13 & !4)
Mozart, Ravel, Berlioz (Jones, 13)—
Sir Georg Solti conducts the Chicago
Symphony Orchetra. ONO! (One Night
No More Sequels, Part II (Comedy
Workshop, 13)—Hilarious hijinks!
Lisa Schlett's puppets (U. of St. T.
Bookstore, 14, 11:00 a.m.). ONO!
Choralis Brass (First Presbyterian,
14)—Family Pops concert. ONO!
Chrysalis Repertory Dance Co. (Jewish Community Center, 14). ONO!
Pinocchio (HITS Unicorn, 14)
Andras Schiff, pianist (Jones, 14)—
Neville Marriner conducts the HSO.
Paris-Montevideo, 1924-1944 (MFA, 14).
Meet the Artists (MFA, 15,1)—HGO.
"Torres-Garcia" (MFA, 15, 1 )—
lecture. Freebies. ONO!
The Outlaw Comics Get their Balls
Busted! (Blythe Spirits, 15). ONO!
Diane Fox is new managing director of
Main Street Theater
Concert Chorale (First Presbyterian,
16)—Swedish music conducted hy Eric
If This Be Treason, Let Us Make the
Most of It (Fitzgerald's, 16)—The Outlaw Comics get political. ONO!
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off!(Houston House, 16)—Musical revue about
reunion. Marsha Carlton and Randy
Jobe. Plays Mondays through Wednesdays.
My Fair Lady (Music Hall, 17)—
The Dining Room (U. of St. T's Jones
Much Ado About Nothing (Main
Street, 19)—jolly classic.
Paul Polk (foreground) is narrator; (background left to right/ Mitchell
Gossett is Joe Harper; Dennis Paton is Tom Sawyer, and Roger Mangels is
Hack Finn in Timothy Mason's adaptation of "The Adventures of Tom
Sawyer,"play through Feb. 21 on the Alley's Large Stage
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