DECEMBER 30. 1986/MONTROSE VOICE 17
A Few Notes as the Curtain Closes on 1986
Review By Bill O'Rourke
There aren't many openings during
Christmas week. Too many people are
out of town. Not only are audiences hard
to find, but it's also difficult finding a
cast. Performers are people, too.
Most Christmas shows end their runs
just before Christmas. Those that don't
are the large, established theaters that
can afford to pay their employees livable wages-like TUTS, the ballet or the
I don't have anything hrand new for
this week as I. too, am out of town. So
this is just a friendly note to let you
know that everything will work out Cor
us. Houston, the city we love, will survive.
Sure, it looks tough. We're having can
drives to feed starving fellow citizens.
We all have responsible friends who we
know really want to find work but can't
seem to land a job.
But when I look at the only thing I
really know—my profession. I see that
we're a lot better off than we were last
Chocolate Bayou's found a new home.
No more wandering around for them.
The Ensemble has their home running
smoothly. (Thanks in large part to collections at various churches.) Radio
Music Theater has a new home all its
own, too. Right in the neighborhood.
Houston House didn't even exist
before. Now it does. So does Panda
Monium Players, though not in as large
a way. That's the group I'm working
with. This publication has grown to the
'You don't vaccum gravy"
Even holidays are given a satirical edge in Christopher Durang's comedy
"The Marriage of Bette and Boo" presented on the Alley Theatre's Arena
Stage through Jan. 18. I-eft to right (foreground) Marilyn Mclntyre as Bette
and Adam LeFevre as Boo and Leigh Selting as Matt.
point I don't have the time needed to
perform at any other theater.
The Alley was refurbished. So was
Miller Outdoor. Main Street Theater
has a larger lobby — including
bathrooms for the audience. Remember
when you had to walk backstage or,
sometimes, across the alley to a bar?
Sister Mary Ignatius is proving that
open ended runs can work in this city.
Flush '86 and Bring in the
New Year with Us!
NEVER A COVER!
Appearing, Friday, January 2
10pm until You've had Enough!!
When she was crowded out of her own
home. Comedy Workshop gave her a
place to stay.
The symphony has been breaking
ticket sales records. Pm sure they're not
Being a theatrical traditionalist, I
save my list of "bests" for around June,
the end ofthe season. 1 just wanted to let
you know. We're gonna make it after all.
Thank you for reading my column.
Keep those cards and letters coming.
One theater party New Year's Eve is at
the Actors Workshop. The audience for
the opening night of PS. Your Cat is
Drat/ is encouraged to come in costume,
then stick around after the show for
unlimited champagne and dancing.
No costumes please, at the Houston
Buffet, but probably no champagne,
at A.I). Players.
If your resolution is to finally write
that play, you still have time for two
major, local contests. Chocolate Bayou
is accepting scripts until Feh. 28. Ifit'sa
comedy, you have one day longer, until
March 1. to get it to Theater Southwest.
Happy New Year!
B'days: 31—Joe Dallesandro. John
Denver, Donna Summer. 1—E.M. Fors-
ter, Joe Orton, Frank Langella. 2—
Isaac Asimov, Roger Miller, Renata
Tebaldi. 3—Victor Borge, Mel Gibson,
Zasu Pitts. 4—Dyann Cannon, Everett
McKinley Dirksen, Jane Wyman. 5—
Seymour Kleinberg, Alvin Ailey, Diane
"Frodo was alive but taken by the
enemy." (One of the most often misquoted lines in literature, leading the
ringing cries of "Frodo lives!")—J.R.R.
Tolkein (born Jan. 3).
P.S. Your Cat is Dead (Actors Workshop, 31)—Out of work actor captures a
Vienna Swings! (Jones, 31)—Newton
Wayland leads the Houston Pops in
Viennese waltzes and big band sounds.
Dancing and free champagne in the
lobby afterwards. ONO!
Interart Performances and Installations (lawndale, 3)—Winners of Lawn-
dale's competition for art works
combining several disciplines. Guil-
lermo Pulido: Elizabeth Ward and Beth
Secore; and Rosalind Live-ly Bergerahd
Sara Epple. This night the art will be
part live. For the rest ofthe run, it's all
Jose Feghalli. pianist (Jones, 3)—
Shimada conducts the HSO in works by
Liszt and Tchaikovsky. Fanfare by
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