Dr. Paul J. Matte, Thespian!!
Intense Drama Given At Little Theater "THE CAINC MUTINY COURT-MARTIAL" By HERMAN WOUK Cast Lt. Stephen AAaryk Lee Prugh Lt. Barney Greenwald Boh Aden Lt. Cmdr. John Challee Steve MeCall Captain Blakley • Bill Hermann Lt. Cmdr. Philip Francis Queea Frank Mullen Lt. Thomas Keefer Jim Thomas Signalman 3.C. Jtmlus Urban Charming Duvall Lt. (la) Willis S«w«rd Keith Jerry Albert Svendsen Capt. Rudolph Southard Doug Reed Dr. Forrest Lundeen Paul J. Matte, MD Dr. Bird Taylor Reed Stenographer Hebert Cooper Orderly Ray A. Chavez Understudy John Qualman Members of the Court William Black, Robert Laabs, Laurance Sandell. Jim McKenzle Directed by Bob Begam By JOANNE SMOOT \ Phoenicians last night 'saw one of the most intense .and dramatic: plays ever produced on the stage of the Phoenix Little Theater. The play, "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial," had the audience literally holding its breath. Director Bob Begam deserves even more than the usual plaudits for his tremendously successful casting in a play difficult to produce. IT IS THE story of the court- martial proceedings against the righteous Lt. Stephen Maryk, who relieved Captain Queeg of command in the midst of a harrowing typhoon on the grounds that he was psychopathic. Defense Lawyer Lt. Barney Greenwald, played by Bob Aden, proved beyond a doubt that Queeg was directing his ship and its crew to destruction. Both odds and navy traditions are against the lieutenant and his lawyer. Witnesses and experts are both serious and unwittingly comical as they come before the court to testify. Perhaps the best role played in many years of PLT plays was that of Frank Mullen, the Captain Queeg, who, through the cunning and ingenious questioning of lawyer Bob Aden, is stripped of his concealing robe of sanity. ADEN IS THE prototype of TV's oh-so-competent lawyers. His ease and apparent I-couldn't-careless attitude until the showdown frightened the insane Captain Queeg. Through relentless patience and crushed and broken, weeping, trembling and sobbing finally realizing his own psychoneurotic illness. The cast of 17 is an excellent one and should have had a full, standing-room-only crowd. Unfortunately, the theater was not full. However, the actors received three curtain calls. We can only say that this play, of all the plays this season, is not one to be missed. Excellent supporting roles are provided throughout the play. One of the finest was the expert testimony by Dr. Bird, a psychiatrist played by Taylor Reed. His twisted testimony became so funny that the members of the court were forced to hide their, faces to avoid laughing out loud.. questioning, Aden slowly brings out the truth of Mullen's insanity. The climax is that of Mullen, The role of Dr. Forrest Lundeen, played by Dr. Paul J. Matte, is another highlight. ALSO EXCELLENT was Channing Duvall in the role of the uneducated, frightened signalman third-class Junium Urban. Also worthy of note is Captain Blakely,-played by Bill Hermann. His role as head of the court is winning and convincing. The play will run tonight through Jan. 14 with an 8 p.m. curtain time.