Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on June 3, 1960 · Page 6
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 6

Tucson, Arizona
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Friday, June 3, 1960
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PAGE 6 T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N FRIDAY EVENING, JUNE 3, I960 'Time Of Your Life' Not One Of Plavbox Best By M1CHELINE KEATING Citiren Entertainment Editor At the PUybox Theater last night, Richard Snider presented "The Time of Your Life"--which 5t certainly was not for the audience. This William Saroyan comedy is too demanding a play for n.na- tears. Whereas it had its pood moments, they were too few and too far between. This was partly th* fault of the n;sv. which is so loosely written 5-d inadequately constructed that i: requires the most skillful! handing TO keep its seams pinned together. But it was also partly the fault of the direction, which failed to get the action roiling. Back in 1939, when Broadway first discovered William Saroyan, i; was love at first sight for '.'The Time of Your Life." The comedy was given both the Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize--the Centrally located with ample off-street parking. TWri II it Itaw Di«I MA 4-MU Vm E. YMM. Dintter Now York theater world's two lop honor?. It must havp boon a very 'pan sea.eon because the p'ay simply isn't that good, particularly in the retrospective light of two decades. The action takes place in a San Francisco w a t e r f r o n t saloon, · which provides the perfect setting ' for the type of oddball, earthy. ; down-st-the-hw! characters that are sr dear to Saroyan's heart. And, incidentally, the set last r.icht was the best part nf the '. show. It captured completely the atmospheric flavor of its time and place. -As for the Saroyan-type people , who make the saloon their home- away-from-home. there is a guy who seems to have found the money tree and spends it on champagne because die bubbly water gives him "interesting thoughts." There is a dreamy-eyed prostitute who wants honest love and finally finds it with a truck driver. And there are all the usual sa- j loon drifters--the pin-ball addict, | the habitual drunkard, a Negro who comes in and plays the piano so well he makes it a permanent job. There is a young man who wants to be a comedian. Another j who is suffering from unrequited i love. And. for contrast, a society j couple who come down to the i waterfront to find out how the other half get their kicks. i Individually, the characters are j wonderful people, humanly fleshed j and compassionate, but Saroyan : fails to mak" r r r - -- · · ·- ; them. The whole play --which Saroyan says he wrote in six days --is 50 casual it frequently seems ; morf like a wries of vaudeville · sketches than an integrated drama. It does have some p u n p e n t ; dialogue when Saroyan lets the characters speak for themselves and does not inject his own nonsensical philosophy into a scene, Although the over-all acting was no; up to the comedy's requirements, particularly in the leading roles, wme of the smaller parts stood out. Among these were Bill Reese's bartender. E. V. Fors- linp's drunkard, Dick Rfinken- barger's disillusioned cop, Arline and Julian Tuthill's society' couple, Chris Brooks' piano player and j Richard Snider's dockworker. i What the production needs most j is to be speeded up. Played in a j faster tempo, the inadequacies in the dramatic construction and the j inexperience of the players would j be less noticeable. The play continues nightly through Saturday and may be seen again next week Wednesday j through Saturday. Scholarship Winner Will Go To Israel Bette Sacherson, Tucson High School senior, is one of eight na- j tional winners of a $462 scholar-1 ship to participate in a seven- j week institute in Israel sponsored! by the B'nai B'rith Youth Organ- \ ization. j Selected for her leadership; ability, community service, and i scholastic achievement, Miss Sac-! herson. daughter of Mr. and Mrs.! Nathan Sacherson, 63 N. Euclid | Ave., will leave from New York [ for Israel July 9 and will return j in late August. o o o ' Jarcl Hambenne, Catalina High School senior, was named regional winner of the ninth annual Science Achievement Awards contest and was awarded a J75 savings bond. Hambenne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hambenne, 3249 E, Pima Ave., won with his project titled "Examination of Shock Waves in a Supersonic Wind Tunnel by means of a Schlieren System." o o o Thomas Jewett Schetter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry I. Schetter, 2541 E. 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