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Montrose Voice, No. 321-A, December 16, 1986 - File 013. 1986-12-16. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. June 5, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/5757/show/5756.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 321-A, December 16, 1986
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date December 16, 1986
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript 12 MONTROSE VOICE/DECEMBER 16, 1986 Stroll Over to Main Street During 'Christmas Times' Review by Bill O'Rourke Montrose Voice o Christmas Times Main Street Theater's Christmas Times is the best Christmas show I've seen this year. Aren't there a lot of them suddenly? Seems like none of the theaters used to pay much attention to the season. Well, Theater Under the Stars has had special performances and the Alley did Seasons Greetings. But this year there is a rush to plays specifically about Christmas. And this new musical revue is the best of the lot. These are all new songs by Phillip Charlton (with some assistance on the lyrics by Max Pearson). They are all so good that it's something of a dilemma. The show is just a little too long. They ought to cut one song. I know the one I'd suggest, but I'm sure it'd be someone else's favorite. This is a very mellow show. Many of the songs are ballads and several are even blues. They are very touching while you hear them, but the show's end result is far from sad. There are also patter songs reminiscent of Sondheim and a gospel number for the eleven o'clock song. The first act ends with a medley of counterpointed Chritmas carols, like those wonderful duets Carol Burnett used to do. Remember Carol and Bubbles? Carol and Julie? If not, grab an old record. After you see this show, of course! Pearson has also written a scene to introduce each song. Most of them would stand alone, but they mean more in context. The scenes are very good in and of themselves, too. Tammy Gilbert and Philip Hafer are chameleons. Much of the joy in this show comes from watching them take on the colorings of each character. They are ably surrounded by such as Jared Dean Cooley, Ginny Lang, Steve Garfinkle and Gary Powell (that tall man with the beautiful voice formerly seen at Risky Business). Also, Melissa O'Connel, Chandra D. Wilson and Tam- ara L. Siler (who here does a quiet, warm, controlled performance in contrast to, and just as good as, the Minelli- like super-exuberance I have seen her cut loose with before). Jon Eisenstein, the youngest member of the cast, is cute and funny. He alternates performances with Michael Waghalter. So here's an egg nog toast to director John Vreeke. This show would stand a good chance of putting the Grinch himself into the right mood. □ The Marriage of Bette and Boo If you like Christopher Durang's work, you'll probably love the Alley's The Marriage of Better and Boo. Many ofthe flaws found in his other plays are corrected here. Many of his characteristic strengths are shown off, too. For the first time, he has found an ending to a play. So far he's been great with beginnings and middles, but this is the first truly satisfying ending he's shown us. Everything is believable! That is not to say that any of this could actually happen in the "real world." But, in con text, even the dead baby jokes make sense. Durang reserves his fantastical characters for those in positions of authority, particularly the church. One of the protagonist's grandfathers cannot Houston Live is very, very rarely to my taste. But t know many of you love his work. So. like the old reviewer who had the bad luck not to like Carol Channing, I can only say that if you like this kind of thing, you like it. □ Notes Caught sight of Timothy Arrington going in the stage door on crutches. Seems he fell and hurt his foot, but not so that you'd know while he's onstage at in the Alley's Trelawney of the "Wells." □ Celebrate B'days: 16—Arthur C. Clark, Noel Coward, Georgey Santayana. 17—Paul Cadmus, William Safire, Dorothy L. Sayers. 18—Betty Grable, Henry McClurg. Steven Spielberg. "The United States has the power to destroy the world, but not the power to save it alone."—Margaret Mead (hern Dec. 16). □ Openings Tammy Gilbert and Phillip Hafer in "Christmas Times" at Main Street Theater speak an intelligble word (Wyman Pendleton). Neither can a divorce trial lawyer. When a priest (Iggie Wolfington) holds a marriage seminar, it soon degenerates into watching him give hilarious impersonations of bacon frying and coffee percolating. Durang has no sympathy for those who make their livings by counseling others on how to live. The subject is one of the strongest Durang has dealt with yet—alcoholism. The alcoholic (Adam LeFevre) gradually loses touch with reality. Thespouse (Marilyn Maclntyre) loses all the kindness she once had and becomes a shrew. The son (Leigh Selting) is left with little but confusion and dread of his own destiny. As an ex-shrew, I can tell you that this play is very, very real. Durang also gives the wife an obsession of her own. Due to the Rh problem, she cannot bear children. Her first son lives, miraculously. But then she has four miscarriages in a row. That alone would be a large enough problem to tear her family apart, but she was never trained to be anything but multiple- mother. So she cannot quit her futile attempts. The cast is phenomenal. Director Beth Sanford has her principals surrounded by some of the best character actors in town like Judith Helton, Bettye Fitzpatrick, Bob Marich and Marietta Marich, and Sarah Hall. Though there are quite a few laughs along the way, the end result is a tragedy. Don't tragedies belong in March or October? Actually, Durang, like Ray Bradbury, The Nutcracker (Jones, 16)—Young Clara falls asleep under the Christmas tree and dreams of meeting a handsome prince. Music by Tchaikivsy, staged by Ben Stevenson, Houston Ballet. Peter Pan (Music Hall, 16)—Clap if you believe in fairies! Christmas Customs (Dow Elementary Fine Arts Magnet, 16, 7:30)— Dance, song and gymnastics. Freebies. ONO! (One Night Only!) HSPVA Wind/ Percussion Ensembles (HSPVA, 17), ONO! Leonard's Mime (Al) Players, 18, 10:30)—children's play about a boy and great joy. Holidays in the City (between Transco Tower and the Water Wall. IS 20, 6:30-9:30)— Lots of music! Freebies. Janie Parker performs in "The Nutcracke The Montrose If s The Place to Advertise
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