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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 78

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 16, 1972
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Downtown Movies CAPITOL -- "Dr. Phibes Rises Again," with Vincent Price. KEARSE -- "Now You See Him, Now You Don't." LYRIC -'"Sex and the Of- fice Girl," with Mary Worthingtcn; "Let's Play Doctor." OWENS MIDTOWN -- "The Headless Eyes" and "The Ghastly Ones." AMES GANG WITH SPECIAL GUEST STARS CANNED HEAT arid tl IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY" SUNDAY, JULY 30TH 8:00 P.M. CHARLESTON CIVIC CENTER TICKETS. $3.50, $4.50, $5.50 ON SALE NOW CIVIC CEHTEI · TURNER'S · COIIT'S · AtLAMS · AAA SILVERRRAND S · TAPE COTTACE · SEARS · IHHUNT. · SEARS * K»N JEWELERS · AHD STATIONERS FOR RESERVATIONS CALL 347-6852 COUPON JCenneys iyi 1.09 Coupon Special (Son., Mon., Tues. Only) · 3 PC. CHICKEN DINNER with Cole Slaw, Fr. Fries, *"»h Biscuits Honey, coupon Reg. $1.35 · 9 PC. Family Pack · 18 PC. Bucket '2.55 '4.35 PLANNING AN OUTING? VISIT KENNEY'S DUNBAR 9th * DUNBAR AYE. COUPON By William Glover N E W Y O R K -(AP)Whatever happens next in theater is more than all right with Eugenie Leontovich. Even if the noted stage veteran doesnt approve. "I have a privilege like anyone to walk out if I do not like what I see," runs her seasoned Slavic logic. "But what we are going through in this time 'of change is not to be ignored." The statement fairly capsules the motivating thrust that keeps Mme. Leontovich still restlessly seeking new challenge after a half-century of activities that have made her a legend in the theater. Rather than act now, however, her enthusiasms trend to teaching and directing. "For years and years my work has been with young Americans," she says. Statistics make her impatient, but protege-aide Catherine Ellis estimates that student count at somewhere in the thousands. "All I know is I get dividends from my children when they come from far cities to sea me again," asserts Mme. Leontovich. 'The James Gang" will appear at 8 p.m., July 30 at the Civic Center Eugenie Leontovich thrives on change JAY GOULD i PRODUCTION l O m H E K T H E A T B E ' CLOSED .MONDAY NIGHTS LAST OF HE RED HOT LOVERS Neil Simon's Comedy Hit NOW THRU JULY 30th h* f ,*° v^3 , ?^ .'-O* r '!^' '15^^ i,,*'·'·· i.',," 1 ' ,·$* k . '·. j *·« «;''''·· ·',,/;*·''·''* '··..:«· I"***,, Special Prices to Groups Please call for information PHONE FOR 755-3811 AIIOW. /^-J5i i ssrssssa SOUTH OFF 1.64 - EXIT 9*" ***'"" ~* =3 ° 10s CHARLESTON, W. VA. According to the record books, the spry blue-eyed anti-traditionalist was bora in Moscow sometime between 1894 and 1900. Ask her about the energy with which she bustles through' 13-hour days, however, and she retorts in Russian-ripe accents: "The only time I know my age is when I read about it." A few weeks ago the Leontovich ensemble arrived at the off-Broadway Actors Playhouse in "Anna K," her rather mod adaptation of Tolstoy's "Anna Kai- enina." Despite some critical disagreement, the opus has settled down to steady business and there has been talk of moving it up to Broadway's Biltmore, from whence the rock musical "Hair" has just departed. "Well, we did Anna in a rather 'Hair-like' way," she comments. The project has been under way for nine years, with prior tests in Chicago, v.-herc she formerly taught at the Goodman School, and in London. · "Doing Tolstory is a very drastic thing," she describes creative dilemma. "There are such depths to his understandings. Quite evidently the project bugged me, it took so much change." Her eventual solution was to turn the story of politics and romance in old Russia into a mock-contemporary happening. The cast, in casual rehearsal garb rather than chronicle costume, periodically interrupt events to rap about relevancies between the vintage plot and current concerns. At almost every performance, the inventive Leontovich inserts new business, while the stern disciplinarian keeps after top ensemble effort. "Indifference or sloppiness are the things that send her into a tantrum," Miss Ellis pinpoints her mentor's method. "She's flexible in what she wants done, she's always changing. But she can be a tiger if you don't get something right." Miss Ellis ranks as Mme. Leontovich's prime pupil, companion and countergoad. "I've been a thorn in her side for 16 years and she bawls me out more than any of the others," she asserts. "Catherine is an unusual combination for me--she at- tacks tragedy well and is essentially a fine comedienne, replies Mme. Leontovich. "So I take her apart." Miss Ellis initiated the present project two years ago, shared the extensive transitional development and now is assisting in efforts to follow "Anna K" with creation of a permanent repertory group. As chief operational aide, the 33-year-old actress from Beverly Hills did an usherette s t i n t at "Oh! Calcutta!," reporting back any performing innovations she felt would be helpful in keeping her guide updated. The lady herself constantly investigates much of the current scene at first hand. Her opinion is not always complimentary a b o u t . trends, but "you must go with the times." The abiding ideal is V.E. Meyerhold, who along with Stanislavski made Russian stagecraft a global force in her own apprentice years. "He said," and her eyes brighten with disciple zeal, "that the only thing which is constant is change. In theater you must go with the times. You say 'this is today,' and you go with it." Mme. Leontovich began her American career in 1922, as a show girl in "Revue Russe," a phase during which her nickname was "Silence" because she knew no English. But already she was observing with educative zeal. During the decades of marriage to Gregory Ratoff and appearing in such hits as "Tovarich," "Grand Hotel" and "Twentieth Century," Mme. Leontovich took on students and indulged in several pieces of collaborative playwriting. She has no plans to do any adaptation after "Anna K," but fnr several years has been collaborating with Mrs. Charles Dugan on a volume of memoirs. "The working title is 'Madame from Moscow," which is a very, very ordinary, corny title," she comments, "but it is a long way from being finished." Meantime there is plenty to do to further on stage change. "My endless hope," she admonishes, "is that we are coming into a renaissance of American theater." timvooi) lOOgQuafrierSt 346-0041 RATED ADULT ACTION FILMS 21 and over DOUBLE FEATURE PROGRAM Show Changes Each Wednesday 11AM thru 11:OOPM SHOW STARTS AT DUSK VALLEY DRIVEINST.ALBANS NOW SHOWING Sugargcls what she wanfsjwhenshew«nts«: Hwmidirfe isn't Jwonly weapon Their \twM_ spbuitalini Who Rtads Want Ads? 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