Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 17, 1975 · Page 89
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 89

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 17, 1975
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Highlights of Sheen, Adler and Gov. Grasso By Martha Smith NEW YORK-A11 the things the critics have been saying about George C. Scott's brilliant interpretation of the Willy Loman role in "Death of a Salesman" are true. Even more exciting to me, however, is the addition of Martin Sheen to the cast. He replaced Harvey Keitel as Hap, a Loman son, Aug. 1. Sheen has close ties to West Virginia. He has made a number of films here with director-producer Clyde Ware and has actively participated in the Morris Harvey Appalachian Festival. He is a vastly talented young man and those of us who have watched his career with interest have noticed a decided upswing in the number of important television and film roles acquired lately by Sheen. To work with George C. Scott as fellow actor and as student--Scott also is director of "Death of a Salesman"--is a splendid addition to Sheen's growing list of impressive credentials. For me, seeing Scott was seeing one of America's greatest actors in a. monumental performance. But most gratifying was seeing Martin Sheen come fully into the spotlight. Deservedly so. REUNION: It was like a down- home reunion on the porch of the Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater Center in Waterford, Conn, last week. I had thought of myself as the lone mountaineer amongst the mostly-New York throng of actors, playwrights and directors. Lo and behold, who but two fellow West Virginians joined me among the Connecticut Yankees? Two fine actors came to the O'Neill, each to do one special premiere play. First, Ed Setrakian, a lit one ear; create the role of Pvt. James W. Newton in the gripping black historical drama "The Brownsville Raid," by Charles Fuller. In association with the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Charles has produced and directed more than 20 productions. He has been artistic director of C i n c i n n a t i ' s New Theatre for six years and he recently taught a master class with director Hal Scott. WINNER: One of the most distinguished credits listed by participants in the National Playwright's. Conference is an Emmy Award, won by Lee Kalcheim for his scripts for "All in the Family." Kalcheim's two-act farce "Win With Wheeler," focusing on a totally foiled up political campaign, was premiered at the O'Neill. Among the dignitaries present for the premiere (and a fund-raising banquet to benefit the O'Neill Foundation) were Connecticut Gov. Ella Grasso and legendary actress and teacher Stella Adler. I will unashamedly admit to being overwhelmed by Miss Adler's presence. She has taught and guided the careers of some of America's most distinguished actors. PERSPECTIVE: When reference is made to "the big house on the hill" in Eugene 0~Neill "A Moon for the Misbegotten," the house is the present site of the O'Neill theater center. The old mansion to which O'Neill looked as he broodingly wrote the powerful piece, later was purchased and transformed into a memorial to the man who seemed, through his writings, to loathe the monied types who inhabited the world's big houses on hills. Martin Sheen. TERMITES SWARMMG? FREE INSPECTION CALL 925-6624 STAHDARD EXTERMINATING COMPANY, INC. 5619 It !Uf. SI. native of the Bluefield area, appeared to play a major role in the ethnic slice-of-life play "Lament for Doon-Doo." Setrakian, of Armenian extraction, made a tall, dark and handsome addition to the cast. Charles- tonians will remember him from his appearance here three years ago with Baltimore Center Stage in "The Petrified Forest." Since then, he's been doing well, performing for the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Open Theatre, the La Mama experimental theater and in television soap operas. Most recently, Ed played principal roles in "Three Days of the Condor" with Robert Redford and in "Dragonfly" with Beau Bridges. In Boston, he played Butcher in Brecht's "ArturoUi" with Al Pacino. . Next to appear on the scene was Charles Holmond, a Williamson native, who came to the O'Neill to Question Box Q. - I'm confused. Didn't William Holden play the leading part "ROMANCE OF A HORSE- THIEF," (1972), *, 9 p.m., CD ®. Yul Brynner and Eli Wallach star in this misfit comedy about Cossacks and Jews in turn-of-the-century Poland. Everyone is optimis-^ tic despite the horrible persecution' and all have hearts of gold (including Lainie Kazan as a madam). Different accents add to the confusion. "A WALK WITH LOVE AND DEATH," (1969), *, 11:30 p.m., O (D. Slumbering melodrama misguided by the usually astute director John Huston . . . casting of daughter Anjelica Huston and Moshe Dayan's son Assaf Dayan as the principals doesn't help matters, either. of Bumper Morgan in the TV version of Joseph Wambaugh's novel, "The Blue Knight"? Now I see that George Kennedy is playing the role in a TV movie titled "The Blue Knight." Is it the same Wambaugh story?-R.C., Largo, Fla. A. - William Holden won an Emmy for his performance in the TV mini-series based on Joseph Wambaugh's "The Blue Knight." A TV movie pilot for a regular series starring George Kennedy in the Bumper Morgan role was also produced. Inside sources indicate George Kennedy's "Blue Knight" has a good chance of replacing one of the failing shows in January. · ^ Q. -- How many movies have Natalie Wood and Robert Redford made together? I saw "Inside Daisy Clover" on TV and loved it. My sister says they made other films.-J.B., Roseville, Calif. A _ The Wood-Redford team has made only one other film so far . . . "This Property Is Condemned." Natalie Wood also made a brief appearance as herself in Robert Redford's film, "The Candidate," but that hardly counts. 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