Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 20, 1975 · Page 7
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July 20, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 7

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Jab 20,1975 A*vt V*9«u» ---- Otherwise.. Tom Fesperman Chicken and Dumplings In Wine Sauce, Indeed We're in the American West, which is now acquiring French restaurants featuring crystal chandeliers. I avoid them. I'm not so good with the French, beyond beaucoup and merci. I'm afraid I'll order something unpronouncable by pointing mutely at an entree, and wind up with good old-fashioned chicken and dumplings in wine sauce. If there's one thing I'm not ready for, it's good old-fashioned chicken and dumplings in beaucoup wine sauce. Merci. So, to play it safe, we go to a restaurant that's made up of four old railroad boxcars and a caboose. There was a time when we wouldn't be caught dead sitting around in boxcars like hoboes. But now it's chic. Besides, the menu is in English, so you really know what dish is coming in on Track No. 2. From the parking lot you can see the boxcars and caboose. They're held together by plywood, planking and Epoxy. These freight cars give you what's known in the restaurant game as atmosphere. We are willing to pay dearly for atmosphere. * ** IN MANY newspapers, restaurant critics go around testing food and waitresses, and they also evaluate the atmosphere. The atmosphere they refer to is not the smoke from burned bacon. It's the decor, pronounced day core. It's the theme of the joint, the doodads on the walls, the train timetables hanging around. , Well, outside you can see the boxcar atmosphere, if you know what I mean. But you're led inside one boxcar, and it's hard to tell that you're in a boxcar. If you didn't already know better, you'd think you were in a very narrow dining room without windows. Still we go to great trouble to eat in such atmosphere. Some people happily exit Cadillacs to enter boxcars. This country is dotted with restaurants in 100-year-old clapboard houses. The food may taste like Grandma's leftovers, but the floor sags in a quaint way, and a joint with a sagging floor can't be all bad. We flock to restaurants described as parts of old cattle stockyards, though we steer clear of stockyards under any other circumstances. You know what I mean? Some restaurants have swinging doors, as in old Dodge City, and sawdust ankle deep. These are favored by housewives who would become emotionally disturbed if they found any dust in their own dining rooms at home. I know a joint so classy, so with-it and all, that it has its salad in an antique bathtub. * *» AFTER YOU take the cucumbers out of the tub, leaving a strange ring, you eat the salad in a booth which is actually a discarded packing crate. In such a setting, you've got to expect to pay beaucoup francs for dinner. Any man who thinks he can eat cheaply in a packing crate, his thinking is un-American. You know what I mean? CRITIC Crop Being Cultivated In Waterford Is Talent Martha Smith, the Gazette and Sunday Gazette-Mail music columnist and critic, is attending the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater Center in Waterford, Conn. By Martha Smith WATERFORD, CONN. - There is a mansion here situated on a tranquil beach edging Long Island Sound. There also is a big red barn and a rolling lawn dotted with shrubs, lush beech trees and assorted farm outbuildings. But the barn contains no livestock and the only crop being cultivated here is talent. The mansion is the focal point of the Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater Center. The barn is a theater and the outbuildings are production labs, rehearsal halls and galleries. The spacious lawn has numerous .amphitheaters -- miniarenas -where daylong rehearsals.are in progress. The O'Neill, indeed the entire village of Waterford, is alive with the National Playwrights Conference, being held in conjunction with the National Critics Institute. There are approximately 100 professional actors, designers, technical personnel, playwrights and directors present. There are nine critics. The schedule maintained by everyone here is designed to make Attila the Hun weep. Up at 7 a.m. Hearty breakfast -- the food is excellent and plentiful -- and off to the races. Thirteen plays are in rehearsal. They are new works being directed by young directors, acted by young actors 'and reviewed by young critics. * * * EVERYTHING counts here. Everyone studies. The tech people are building, wiring, sewing. The performers are limbering up, running lines and blocking over and over. The playwrights are rewriting scenes. The directors are pacing and talking out ideas. The critics are reading all the plays, serving as consultant dramaturgs for the productions (one critic fellow spends tive days associated with one play from its first run-through to performance). The critics are writing reviews each night and into the morning. After breakfast, tutorials to locate the skills and flaws of the critics' work are conducted by Ernest Schier, critic for the Philadelphia Bulletin, and Larry DeVine, critic for the Detroit Free Press. Everybody learns and questions and learns more. . " Cold cuts for lunch. A quick look through The New York Times. A longing glance at the beach, each person wondering if he'll ever get time to get to the water. A run to the office to check the work schedule. Fifteen minutes at part of a rehearsal. Back to the critics' group for a seminar. Monday the lecturer was Fred Voelpel, designer of "And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little," and the recent Edward Albeeplay "Seascape." Tuesday, music in the theater was the topic of Louis Chapin, critic for the Christian Science Monitor. * * * MONDAY NIGHT'S'junket was to New London to the American Dance Festival at Connecticut College where the critics witnessed an incredible performance of traditional hula dancing by an 80-year-old Hawaiian princess. A quick dinner was planned for Tuesday evening because the critics were to be bused to Stratford to review "Our Town" starring Fred Gwynn and Geraldine Fitzgerald. It never ends. It's 7 a.m. to at least 2:30 a.m. every day. Everyone here runs on adrenalin and enthusiasm and hope. It's the Big Chance for the participants. The playwrights are hoping for a potential Broadway hit. The young directors and actors reach for stardom. The critics seek respect and credibility and professionalism. It's all attainable if we can just live through Aug. 10. STARTING MONDAY JULY 21, NEW STORE HOURS M KOK or MM t HUE-raw HIIIM »TS ALL KAHAWHA VALLEY STORES OPEN 8A.M. 'til MIDNIGHT MONDAY THRU SATURDAY OPEN SUNDAY 10 A JR. 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