Summer and Smoke 2, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov 1948
ffii PortlY-SUNDAY, NOV. 2 1,1 948 -r - r.' ; - - ax vs VKr i?R0.4DJTir FIND Margaret Phillips, slim 24-year. tiold, fg"flsh-born actress, has won rave notices front New York "rififlfor her performance as the minister's daughter in ffiennessee Williams "Summer and Smoke." The war pre-vntedrher return to-her native village of Ctcngwrach, pMaded JFekifi Player ItlTO Broadwcuy s Toast BY GEORGE TUCKER NE-WT YORK, Nov. 20 JrgaietcrPhillips, who was trapped Jtn the United tates in 1939 by va-war which made it ina-poisible if of her to get back home b Walhas popped up on Broad-V'.aV agjpej'most discussed young ciress la town. , JShe drew rave notices for her performance as the unkissed 'min-fsxirts - daughter who slips from printness to promiscuity in Ten-nefeee - Williams' newest play, Summer, and Smoke." v "r. 'f I'm; Closer to heaven than I tver expected to be and I like it," said Miss Phillips. "I got the part fefccause I had played a southern girl in Lillian Hellman's 'Another Part of the Forest,' and Lillian remembered Tne. '' Test Almost Flunked 'I. .walked into the office and there Stood Margo Jones and Ten-Resseft . Williams, the producer fd-r' play wright. They asked trie to-read. I was. excited and tried rtof read with too much feel-. ing and got all mixed upr" and hd .Jdjstop. Tennessee is very qUiVjt-and "understanding, and he putnfe at ease by saying, 'That's all., right: Now don't get excited. Just start, again. That's how ft ' Miss Phillips, whose friends callher Maggie, is a slim young wnan with chestnut hair and eyes" that may be called green. She js 24, 5 feet 5 and weighs 110. Tp some she seems a little on the thin side, but she says stub- bpmT3T,w"I'm not skinny, hon est I.jt?3t have small bones." if: Broadway Astonished 'Summer and Smoke" is the story of a small town preacher's daughter ' who has loved from childhood the son of the doctor ifeif "floor.'. Hemmed in by nar row custom, repressed oy an m sjeilsltivef ather and a deranged notliershe grows into a frus tf isted n4 despairing young wom- r.Tissl'an exacting role requiring Teal ability, and the astonish- meat'alohg Broadway wa3 quite genetalwhen Miss Phillips was able to get away with it without thA lrperience that is usually a prerequisite' to such finished be havior. -V " t Snccess Not Easy JttwasnC; quite -as simple as it sounds Maggie Phillips was strudlt t.by theatrical lightning sivenT.yea'rs ago when she saw j'The Corn Is Green." She wrote a fan letter to the star, but if the star ever acknowledged it the mailman never delivered it. Then she had a bit in "Cry Havoc," which died quickly. She was later given a part in "The Late George Apley," and it was this.beginning that almost stopped her career before it got started. "When I reported to the office to read there were Max Gordon, the producer; J. P. Marquand, fhe author, and George M. Kaufman, the coauthor. Mr. Gordon was sitting here. Mr. Marquand was over there. Mr. Kaufman was walking tip and down. "Mr. Kaufman looked at me and said to his secretary, I would prefer not to read brunettes un til the very last.' His secretary said, 'Why, she's really the blond type. It's only her jiair that's dark.' So they let me read, and I got the part." PHILHARMONIC AUDITORIUM Igor 10 Gala BALLET Fri. Dac. 10: Sylphidei, 7th Symphony, Baau Sat. Mat. Dm. II: Nutcracker, Cirqu d Dux, Sat. Eve. Dec. 11: Moiartiano, Pa cte Mon. Eve.' Dec 13: Pat cte Quarre, Giselle, . Prices: $3.60, 3.00, 2.50, Tickets: Prices: S4.S0, 3.40, 3.00, Behytsxr Bk Office. 5th A Olive. Hill St.. A All Nightly Intl. Sunday Mats., 1st WK. FRI. nHJC5G2.ES 6AIL6IFFOR0 6 N A NEW COMEDY y Hugh White S. On, ?:vrrm i" y'U THURSDAY NOV. es l rrter Xfr PHILHARMONIC AUDITORIUM SATURDAY EVE. DECEMBER 4 iicmii now f)M. 100. 1 ISO. I.IO. A ma. uo sox omci,Miac SO. CMff. MUIK CO. 7J JO. MILL ST. tl MUTUAL GCW ' Ok ALL nuwm wmm I AIFKCO WAUENSTEIN. (MtkMiaM. RUTH POSSELT, Violin Sotoitt THUR. 8:30 P.M, FRI. 2: IS P.M. mi ma.m.s4tis$. tut. mac t,u mnu acncus PHILHARMONIC AUDITORIUM Set 4meitfctu GREATEST REVUE!