Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 6, 1975 · Page 80
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July 6, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 80

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A studio contestant jumps for joy after winning the first round on "Rhyme and Reason." Bob Eubanks (right) hosts the show at 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday on ABC-TV. Your One Stop (Head Shop I U$l.iU'»U*e Isaac Haj« CHOCOLATE CHIP Eagles 1 ONE OF THESE NIGHTS HIM MM CtfTWIFMTASTIC IROWNWTCOlllOYl TONIGHT'S ,, THE NIGHT Specials this Week Only Your Choice $3.99 ^-^Wrtfi . · · " ' . . . OniQod Company and Deep Thoughts -- _. . . . -* · · · . . . - . . - » - . - . · .. - . . · · ' . · · ' . * · · · - . By Martha Smith ^ * Some:sober reflections are in order this week, I believe. . I say sober because that is the condition usually following an evening of revelry. Sfch an evening was enjoyed b*4he .cast of "Company" last Friday nipit and by a critic person investigating just what exactly it is Young Stars do after a successful opening.^ Mostly what they do is question, badger and bait critics. In a friendly way, of .cowse. They want to exchange ide1plind1 DeepThoughts. The mofefifpof thei vine imbibed, the deepeiStfielthoughts become. · Such subjects'debated were: 1- Should Charlestonl'audiences expect pro- fessionaren'tertainmeht by local talent? 2 ^Should local shows be reviewed w.ith total honesty or should considerations and allowances be made? 3 - Is the critic (me) jaded ; by having seen too many high/'caliber performances elsewhere? 4 - What exactly is wrong withf'Godspell?" 5 - Why isn't the.Charleston Light Opera Guild going tv do "A Little Night Music?" - L 4 I Here are the answers, as best 1 can recall, from a faint haze brought on by thinking too many Deep Thoughts. . 1 _ Yes. There is abundant talent in this valley in the form of competent directors, tech craftsmen, actors, singers? dancers, musicians. ! After "Man #f La Mancha and I "The Mousetrap" are produced fef a feeble excuse like "We re only amateurs performing for the fun of it." Neither effort was amateurish. Indeed, "La Mancha" was better than some professional versions I have seen. ' ···· 2 _ Yes. Honesty above all else is vitarin,reviews.If a reviewer lies to people arid showers a. show with undeserved accolades, disservice is done to both audience and cast Cast members feel it is impossible to attain anything higher, and is useless to strive for better performances because, after all, :you can't get any better than.gr.eat, right? Wrong. Praise meted out routinely becomes meaningless and the reviewer loses all credibility When an excellent show comes along kudos seem empty against a history of patronizing, prattling critiques. ..- . . . . . . It also is unfair to potential theater-goers when a review promises excellence that a show cannot provide. Many a grumble has been heard from persons who paid to see a turkey because a review laid on the dressing. I have a rule: iwil not endorse a show that I wouldn t pay to see. It's an unbreakable rU3C - No. Jaded? Me? I have seen many fine stage productions h^re and-I believe, without false modes- ty %at a certain reputation of credibility has been developed over a period of several years' reviews. I have never judged a community theater show as stringently as a " level effort^ and I , . u ... r -.ing pros to nonpros. iuu can't compare apples to oranges, but that doesn't mean either has to be sour. Years of seeing fine shows,in:big cities has only made me more appreciative of good theater - wherever it is. 4 - Continuity Tor;a.lack thereot is what basically is wrong with "Godspell." At least that's my belief and it is one shared by seasoned performers whose opinions I value. Rather than jelling as a series of meaningful sketches that move .fluidly toward a shockingly dramatic climax, the summer musical is, instead, more like a disjointed revue Entertaining and fun, but riot really together. Rather than solidarity among the castmembers. Fulllne Record Cleaning _ Equipment -Magazines see to that. . . I A »i,. 11 c,: P S.: They have every right to be I mW. inru rrL proud of 'Company." It is a brillantl Nooo'ti9:00 p.m. cast in a highly sophisticated show" subtle for some Ur|tSdtcliM« OillKMISC Turquoise ISiver kielry Sat.iSw. 3^^-^?|ij!g!«yBR. VyUIllpailJ OgUMl. » * · » · · --- ·· -- I be savored. Like a glass of beer at a good cast party. "ALUMINUM proves distracting: 5 - 1 donM, know. I wish I So there you have it. Oh sure, young actors get together and bend their elbows and wait for the review to come in. But they also carry on lively, insightful discussions about the future of community theater in Charleston. And that s where the warm, secure feeling of satisfaction comes in. There is a bright future for theater here These ambitious talented kids will Serving the Charleston Area lor 31 YEAR! 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