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THE BOSTON SUNDAY GLC: E-??.IL 6. 1932 Guthrie McClintic Presents New Comedy "To Be Continued" at the Wilbur 14 A Barbara O'Neil She Wants to Act in Future By MARJORY ADAMS A dramatic actor encompasses all the great roles of the world when he plays Hamlet, says Barbara O'Neil. But for a woman it is necessary to portray a number of famous parts to get the same rounded feeling of perfect theatrical attainment. True. thi beautiful, dark, romantic looking woman Is playing a role written tor laughs her first comedyin "Affairs of State- at the Plymouth Theatre. What She Wants to Act "But I still can dream of what I want to do in the future," said she wistfully. "First there's Queen Gertrude in 'Hamlet.' And Lady Macbeth, of course. Naturally Saint Joan. And Hedda Gabler. But there's a fifth role the one to be created in the great unwritten play that every actress hopes for all the time she is in the theatre." She admits, however, that it's a heady feeling to get your first laugh from an audience. "Every time the audience la'-ghs today I feel as if I had another pearl added to my string," said she. "Every laugh pays me a few more dollars towards the dream house I am building in Cos Cob, Conn. It's stone, mostly, with dozens of doors and windows. A private entrance to the guest room and bath. A swimming pool. And a big garden where I can work to my heart's content. It's all done but the tile roof and I need a lot if laughs for the expensive tiles the ronf calls for." When Author-Director Louis Ver-neuil first interviewed Miss O'Neil for the role of the wife who wanted a new husband in "Affairs of State" neither she nor Mr. Verneuil was quite satisfied. 'A Gloomy Dame" "I think I'm a rather gloomy dame and certainly not the kind of woman to play the sophisticated comedy the part demanded." she admits now. According to Reginald Owen. Verneuil also had his doubts. "She's charming, she's beautiful, she's Intelligent," he toldMr. Owen. "But she says she doesn't think this play is funny." Mr. Owen, admiring Miss O'Neii's dramatic talents, answered as best he could. "All right." he pointed out, "she says you ask her to play a beautiful woman, married to a man of 70. who falls in love with a younger man. She can't believe this is amusing it's a tragic situation. That proves she thinks things out. f winter?, MM KIRK DOUGLAS stars in "The Big Trees," drama of the lumber camps, at the Paramount and Fenway Theatres. COLONIAL 3 ViKS. DENNIS ESTELLE WINWOOD DENNY ELLERIE KIATS Safaris, to MO. HAN tXOVB SEATS na7 BDX OFFICE t ' . I 1 I J'W" IN Ttt& ijoimmr, t I) BRATTLE'S GREATEST SUCCESS! A Dramatisation of Herman Melvlllt'e Navel RETURN ENGAGEMENT STARTS WEDNESDAY APRIL 9 HARVARD SQUARE CAMBRIDGE Reservation. TR 6-4228 at. it I A 9 P. E. Sun. at 8:30 A 8:30 P. M. Nightly except Mon. Enria today 3-30 8:30 Pirandello's "RIGHT VOU ARE J CTrtD 7RESJ0NT T BHYISTM H9 lUlt PIUS SHORTS JOAN tftNTAINE, RAY M1LLAND "ERESA WRIGHT "SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR" 2ND AND FINAL WEEK SUSAN HAYWARD-RORY CALHOUN Starts SATURDAY APRiL 12 Dreams of What Let her take the role and go on from there." Which Miss O'Neil did and found, to her own surprise, on a try-out night In New Haven where the laughs came, what amused the audience, and how you timed I comedy line for the most response. It was a technique she had not learned in 18 years of the theatre but which she prizes today. Her previous plays were "Search' BARBARA O'NEIL ing Wind." "Deep Are the Foots" and "Under this Roof," to name a few. Per Films As for her picture, they are numerous and some of them are noteworthy such as "All This and Heaven Too," "When Tomorrow Comes" and "I Am the Law." In "Gone With the Wind" she was Scarlett O'Hara's young mother, married at the age of 15. It was while she was a student at Sarah Lawrence College that she received the first important encouragement in her future career. Harriet Slate was her teacher, confidante and mentor, and Miss O'Neil treasures the time she was playing a part in "Peer Gynt" and was discovered by Miss Slate pinching pillows and other equipment from a locked part of the college property. Miss Slate stopped her. "Do you realize you are stealing college property? she asked so fiercely that emotional Barbara dissolved in tears. "Come to my room." commanded Miss Slate. And in her room she condoled the girl with a heart-felt exclamation. "Thank God I have found some one who really cares enough about the theatre to steal for it." Now Miss Slate has reached the age of 80 She is suffering from a serious illness and Is at the Hale Hospital in Haverhill. Every day but Thursdays and Saturdays Miss O'Neil takes an early train and goes to the hospital, to sit at the bedside of the woman who gave her the understanding which led to her becoming a professional actress. Wonderful Woman "If she enjoys having me with her it is a small recompense for all BEG. MON., APRIL 14 KING NEVA PATERSON IKWOO0VWT I Zri. 4TwJfl vrTmmrW U Inilosi: trek. $3.0: 1 Bsta. S3 .00. 2 40. 188; 2st tilt. $1.20. NltllHt: Tlnr.-Sst : arts. 13 00; 1st Sals. $2.40. 1.80; 2a4 SsM. $1.20. Tag last, I .!. I MNAIDJOH M I 'Vn I AWAM WINNER flM "Nlaterly" Globe mr"9Ttnx production" Traveler T r "0n of the finest, moat moving, M LI provocative playe I have seen." Herald 1 1 uPTomnN mm IN I ini mimi imrus R" 'm awsw- . aa.wsraa luta m cAStfYM SM RICHARD WIDMARK'CONSTANCESnlTHI IAS V6A$ STOSY DAVID VYAYNE-THELMA RITTER f inn ? OPENING TUESDAY EVENING "TO BE CONTINUED" Wilbur Theatre. William Merchant's new comedy about a prosperous bust ness man, his country-loving wife and his mistress in the city It will be seen here for two weeks before going to Broadway. Pro duced by Guthrie McClintic, "To Be Continued is also the 85th production which be has staged The cast is headed by Dorothy Stickney, Jean Dixon, Luella Gear and Neil Hamilton, with Grace Kelly, John Drew Devereaux and Mary Gildea In supporting roles. Donald Oenslager has designed the setting of a Greenwich Village studio living room. Costumes ty Motley. WEDNESDAY EVENING BILLY Bt'DD" Brattle Theatre. Cambridge. The dramatization by Louis O. Coxe and Robert Chapman of the novel by Herman Melville, will be presented again for two weeks. The cast will include most of the players who were seen In "Billy Budd" last rail, including John Kerr in the title role, jerry Kilty as Capt Vere, Peter Temple, Earl Montgomery, Paul Sparer, Ed Finnegan and Albert Duclos. Settings by David Hays. Costumes from the original New York production. Directed by Albert Marre. . i she did for me this wonderful woman," says Barbara O'Neil. I love 'Affairs of State and am very happy in it." continued the actress. "But I also hope that some time soon I shall be appearing in what I call a 'higher risk' type of play this comedy is almost bound for commercial success. It can't fail to appeal to audiences all over the country. But as poetry is a higher risk for commercial success than a mystery novel. let us say. so there are high theatrical ventures which are exciting to be connected with. Death of a Salesman or even the Grass Harp.' Not plays that you can be sure will succeed but which give you such happiness when they do" Awe Falmouth Manager James Awe. who has been serving on the staff of the Falmouth Play house since it was first opened in 1949. has been engaged as general manager of the Summer theatre for the 1952 season, it was announced by Richard Aldrich, managing director. JOHN FORSYTHE portrays a crime reporting newsman in "The Captive City, at tha KKO Boston Theatre. PRI. IVI APR. 18 at 8:30 tiSS DESTINE AND HI8 DANCIRS IN FIESTA IN HAITI SMts: $1.20 $1.80 S2.40 N-380 w , r r OPR. PARKER HOUSE nmiinaii-ij gab". "LONE STAR" "Son if Dr. Mrll" with IwH Kifwtri THEATRE . If & V- f ' " V Si A V v - j i ! ar QtVSSSC M.I. ! TIIISEV' "THE RAZORS EDGE"! ii.tii . MHSS0I iiessn cs.fi I I t "HOUSE OF STRANGERS" p . I a UK , U Si W v X SPRING COAiiiDi Jean Dixon of Annisquam, Neil Hamilton and Dorothy Stickney are the leading players in William Marchant's comedy, "To Be Continued," opening Tuesday night at the Wilbur Theatre. It Takes Exceptionally Appealing Play to Lure Jean Dixon Away From Annisquam Producer-Director Guthrie Mc - Clintic has found that It takes an exceptionally appealing play to lure Jean Dixon away from her comfortable life at Annisquam. He has succeeded in doing so with William Marchant's new comedy, "To Be Continued," which he is producing and directing at the Wilbur Theatre Tuesday night. Dorothy Stickney, Neil Hamilton and Luella Gear are among the Hiifi i iiiriiN i trii n i r jiiiiiiiik uic Dixon in the comedy about a oust . ... - - ness man who has maintained a country wife and a city mistress for over 25 years, without being de tected. The warm-hearted Miss Dixon, known to residents of Cape Ann as Mrs. Edward Ely. was last seen in Boston two seasons ago in another McClintic production, "The velvet Glove," in which she appeared with Grace George and Walter Hampden. In that comedy Producer McClintic cast her as a caustic teacher in a convent. In "To Be Continued, she ap pears as a reserved Connecticut matron who Teveals a kindly and humorous understanding of human foibles underneath a rather stiff and inhibited exterior. Admires Author Like Guthrie McClintic, Miss Dixon is an ardent advocate of giving young people in the theatre every opportunity to display their talents. In talking to a reporter the other afternoon she expressed a particular faith in young Bill Mar- chant, author of "To Be Continued." Bill has a rare gift in his flair for comedy. The first time I read his script I chuckled aloud, she commented, with a contagious smile. He has a keen sense of characterization, too; which was shown in his play 'Within a Glass Bell,' produced at Westport two years ago. I think he's developed tremendously since that time, when he showed so much promise, and I predict he'll go far In this funny world of the theatre. "Bill writes about everyday peo ple whom you feel you know: he's not always championing a great cause, or delivering a lecture. I think the theatre needs more of this kind of writing, it's truly refreshing!" stalwarts who will appear with Miss,1!"" "er.n0?n. i A Jn"An. S! THE ORIGINAL BROADWAY COMPANY DIRECT FROM 2 YEAR RUN Ifl HEW YORK Xcrcl Coming's Lorelei Leo is tha most fz$ ccaus crcatlsn cf this gensratJon,'1 BROOKS ATKINSON, Ntw Vork Kim i (tci cnf.:::iST, eon'T WAIT UNTIL BOX OFFISE SALE , ' aawJoa. stamp.'. mH-)4rnfi nwrhpa with aaaf aWan. Tt fahutt mu hllimt tut oritn, kiaihf tfafy mrtl mlttrmtn ittei. PRICES An; E': 0rci' 1,1 W- U9- ' bA tlM. Fri. m.i Sat rnlV" Or.k. $6.00. 1st fcal. UM. 4M, I3.M, $3.08; 2a! fc.L $138. Mats. Wti. mmi Sat Orek. $3.68, lat 1.1. $3.09, $140; Zni aL $U9 (All iricas raclids tat.) shubert ummMT beg. april 21 JORDAN HALL MON. EVE., APRIL 14 BABOOODS arasaasa KROLL QUARTET Flawless" N. Y Hars'ij Tribune TICKETS AT I0X 6FFICE NOW . Miss Dixon, who had a good solid ! background in stock before ap- pearing on Diuauwuy. nds oeeii seen in such notable plays as '"Once in a Lifetime. June Moon, "George Washington Slept Here," "Dangerous Corner" and "The Deep Mrs. Sykes." Concert at Brandeis . The Boston Salon Orchestra Con cert at Brandeis University will be ....... - i varnin noiiBr Hiinirnnnm rrt in Nathan Seifer Auditorium on 'the University's Waltham campus. The concert is open to the general pub-lie without charge. Soloists at the concert will be Miss Emmalina DeVita, soprano, and Wil-lem F.. Frank, pianist. The orchestra is conducted by Samuel Seini-ger. Movie Schedules ASTOE "Something to Uve Tor." 1:00. 3:05, 5:20, 7:35, 9:90; plus Selected Shorts. 9 BEACON HlU-'The River." J1. 4 40. 6 59, 9:18; "The Guest," 1:48. 4.07. 6 26, 8:45. BOWDOIN "The lent SUr," 2:45. 5:50. 8:00i "The Harem Girl." 1:30. 4:30. 7:45. CEVTE 7:40; "House nf Strangers." 3:26, Razor'i Edge." 1:00. 5:09. 9:20. EXKTEB "Hasho Mon," 2:43. 4:35. 7:10. 9:20: News and Shorti, 2:00, 4:10, 8:25. 8:35. FFN'WAY "The Big Trees. 9:30; "Hangman's Holiday, 50, 1:00. 8 20. 4 25 7:35. KEITH MEMORIAL "Steel Town." 1:05. 4 05. 7.05. 10:03; "Kisenga, Man 01 Africa," 2:27, 5:Z, 8:89. KENMOBE "Carnegie Hall." 12 45 8:05; ' Kind Hearts and Coronets,' i 4:25. ' 2:40. e:2U. io:uu. MAYFLOWEB "Las Vegas Story." 1:05. 3:55, 6:45. 9:30; "Flaming Feather," 2:35. 5:20, 8:10. METROPOLITAN' "The Greatest 8how on Earth," 1:00. J:55. 6:15. 8:55. ORPHEl'M "African Queen." 1:00. 3 15. j:ju, :. iu:uu; selected snort wuo-jects. PAB AMOUNT "The Big Trees," 3.00. 6:15, 9:35; "Hangman's Holiday." 1:25. 4:40. 8:00. PILGRIM "Retreat. Hell!" 1:00, 4:00, 7:00. 10.00; "Scandal Sheet," 2:30, 5 35, PUBLiX "Gung Ho." 2:50. 8:00. 9:25; Destry Rides Again." 1:00. 4 20. 7 40 KQ BOSTON "The Dark Man." 2:50, 9:80. 8 40; "Tne captive city, i:m, 4:20. 7:10 9:53 STATE 'African 5:30. 7:45, 10:00 Oueen 1-00. S:15, ; Selected Short Sub- Jects TELEPIX CINEMA Land Behind the Dikes; Iron; Sports; Disney; Popeye Newsreels, Continuous 10:30 a. m. to midnight, tsunaay from 1 p m.) TRANS LUX "Lone Star." 12:45. 6:45. 8 45; "Son of Dr. JekyU." 3:45. 2:25, 3:X3. 8:25. UPTOWN "Lag Vegas." 1:1S. :15, S:W "Red SHiet of Montana." 1:00. 3 S0 6:45. 9:45. HEvrMAH leVM and OUVEX SWTH pfSanf m m mmm Wish WW ' Book by Musk by Lyrics by JOSEPH FIELDS & ANITA IOOS JUIE STYNE LEO ROBIN Adopted from Nov by ANITA LOOS Daeew md tMcoi bbb by AGNES dtMULE ENTIRE PRODUCTION STAGED BY JOHN C. WILSON gayest uusical m seen m years: - JOHN CHAPMAN, Nsw York Dotty Mown MAIL YOUR OPENS! OPENS MONDAY for ONE WEEK Hlil!i;iliH:l:ilKlj ; Gr, STOHYVILLX ! HOTEL BUCKMINSTCR 'yKiwwom squaw e copiaj 7-oaoo j j - CONTINUING ' "TWO ON THE AISLE" Shubert Theatre. Bert Lahr, Dolores Gray and Elliott Reid are the leading fun-makers in this revue presented by Arthur Lesser. It provides a gay, amusing evening, with plenty of laughs and no problems, and comes here after about eight months on Broadway. The music is 'by Jule Styne, and the lyrics and most of the sketches by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Also in the company are dancers Kathryn Lee and Ray Harrison. Fourth week. "AFFAIRS OF STATE" Plymouth Theatre. Louis erneuil's farce-comedy of romantic and political didoes among people highly-placed in Washington, acted by a fine cast. June Havoc at their head. Others are Shepperd Strlidwick. Reginald Owen, Barbara O'Neil and Harry Bannister. It is light as a fresh meringue and a good show for laughs. Second attraction in second Theatre Guild American Theatre Society series. Fifth week. "RIGHT YOU ARE (IF YOU THINK YOU ARE)" Brattle Theatre. Cambridge. Eric Bentley's new production of the enigmatic comedy-drama by the late Luigi Pirandello, done in its original period of 1910. Mr. Bentley has provided a new translation and has directed. Thq leading roles are acted by Mildred Dunnock, Philip Bourneuf and Martin Gabel with members of the resident company in other parts. Last per formances today at 3:30 ana a:io. Tanglewood Auditions Boris Goldovsky will hold audi tions for applicants to this Sum mer's session of the Opera Department of the Berkshire Music Cen ter in Tanglewood next Wednesday at Svmphonv Hall. Boston, from 2 to 4 p. m. An accompanist will be present 1952-53 Celebrity Series Aaron Richmond's Celebrity Series subscribers have until April 19 to renew their seat locations for next season's series, which includes such popular attractions as Robert Merrill and Roberta Peters. Heifetz, Rubinstein, George Gershwin Festival, Monique de la Bruchollerie. Victoria de los Angeles. William Warfield, and the Vienna Choir Boys. Seat locations for new subscribers will be assigned beginning April 21 in order oi their application. Ticket headquarters for the Celebrity Series are at 143 Newbury st.. and mail applications are being given prompt attention. -4 HOWARD DUFF stars in "Steel Town," on the Keith Memorial screen. ORDERS N0W1 Msar snaM . uMcm Km "GUMS HO" JAMES STEWART in 'DESTRY RIDES AGAI V ? . . : 4 es fi; s I .. AW IkJ. - -. LI l! -1 Neva Patterson's Career Has Taken Her From Dance Bands to "Cocktail Party" The unexpected breaks in the theatre both good and bad undoubtedly provide much of the fascination to those who toil therein. Overnight a star is born and every ac-tress, trudging the pavements in search of that elusive job, has hope renewed in her heart that it can and wUl happen to her. Neva Patterson probably had one of the worst breaks ever experienced by any young actress, and yet less than two years afterward her name has joined those of Dennis King and Estelle Winwood as co-star in "The Cocktail Party" which comes to the Colonial Theatre, April 14, for a three weeks' engagement. Miss Patterson was engaged for one of the five roles in "The Moon Is Blue," which opened in Boston. During the tryout here, her part was "written out. Everyone By LOVELY Neva Patterson has leading role in T. S. Eliot's "The Cocktail Party," coming to the Colonial Theatre, April 14. now knows that the comedy received a fabulous welcome in New York and settled down as a solid hit at the Henry Miller Theatre, even as the previous occupant or mat play house. "The Cocktail Party" had done a season earlier. But being of the stern stuff, of which success is born, Neva Patterson kept going. The same season she played, with great personal success, one of the leading roles in "Ring Around the Moon," and later was seen in "The Long Days." Most recently, prior to joining the T. S. Eliot comedy, she played a leading role in "Lace on Her Petticoat." Once Band Singer It was during the 1946-47 season that Miss Patterson, originally from Nevada, Iowa, ended a session as a singer with dance bands, and as a radio actress in Chicago, to join the battle of Broadway. She made her debut playing four small roles, in "Cyrano de uergerac. dui Deiore that production reached New York left to appear as the Flayer queen with Maurice Evans in "Hamlet. When she made her initial Broad way appearance in John Van Dru-ten's "The Druid Circle." one of the more astute columnists pre dicted, one a cincu 10 uetuuie an important legit star." How right ne wasi Miss Patterson replaced Joan Tet- zel in "Strange Bedfellows," and CUTHRfE M4tlNT ' IMJIL-H .11.11 ; f ( w I ill J Paw. f Tf m ' '. 1 A Uiil ff ftJJ Igy WRIIAM MARCHANT IX 2 DOROTHY STICKNEY JEAN DIXON LUELLA GEAR mt NEIL HAMILTON Sf8f br MX. McCUNTIC Sv 80NA1P OCMSUOft - - WILBURo2Yks. COM. APR. 8 "SHOYt Busmm "Thanks to Bart tho Shubart Thoatro will bp a swo on ma iib cs mm averting of relaxed fun, quick-paced, and spirited, aN laughs and no problems." Globe "Cotch Without IN whs SHUBERT Last with 'It Kept the Audience in THE PUHXED P1REHTH00D LEAGUE OF MASSACHUSETTS reaanla Distinguiahad P.nal en "Population, Point 'Four And Peace" D. ABRAHAM STONC (Planned Parenrhood f ederation of Mas. VIRA MICHELEO DEAN '.Foreign Pnltru A53o' ntion P. K. WMILPTON (Poguifxnon O.i'tstois of t nifrrf Tintwns) Dm. THEODORE H.. INGALLt (of Honard Si-hooi of Public Htauh. as Moderate' t Tl'ESDAY. APSIL tt. S F f. JOHN HANCOCK HALL. BOTON r setters rT tyf.t Mall Or.rrs .'; BrrkrltT St.. ar Pbana K( -T'jO 11111 11 1 Jy..'. '.! ill r-lURJ W iwfaapwpaaasaspaiaawai l'l I LAST 2 WEEKS PLYMOUTH . . Malwst Tr.-Sat. J had a season, in 1950, with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne In "I Know My Love." In between those activities Miss Patterson became a well known TV player. When she arrived in Baltimore, several weeks ago, to Join '-The Cocktail Party" Company in the role of Celia Copehrtone (which she had played with great success last Summer at the Ann Arbor Festival) the taxi driver peered at her curiously and then said, "I saw you on TV last week and the week before, didn't I? Isn't your name Patterson?" Neva agreed that it was and somehow felt that she had arrived. whpn a taxi driver in a strange town recognizes you, that is fame!- Boston Civic Symphony The Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston conducted by Paul Cherkas-sky, will close its 26th season with a concert in Jordan Hall Thursday evening, April 17, at 8:30. The program is as follows: Overture to "Leonore," No. 3, Beethoven; Symphony No. 93 in D Major. Haydn; Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major. K. 488. Mozart (Soloist: Phyllis Knox): Russian Easter Over, ture, Rimsky-KorsakofT. Remaining tickets are on sale at the Jordan Hall box office. B. U. Concert Band The Boston University Concert Band, under the direction of Prof. Francis Findlay. will present the fourth in the series of Music Festival concerts Wednesday evening, April 16 in Hayden Memorial Auditorium at 8:15. Prof. Findlay has chosen numbers from the standard repertoire of band literature, including works by Hoist, Richard Strauss. Weinberger, Prokofleff, Bach and Schumann. First Piano Quartet It will be 1954 before the First Piano Quartet, which plays in Symphony Hall. Friday night April 18, makes another appearance in Boston. The program on April 18 will include works of Paganini, Bach, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mozart, Chopin and others, arranged for four pianos. r u a ra l. .. i i: . f inun .cirw. I and dancer in "The River," which nas Teturnea to tne Beacon hui Theatre. NJOi VO MOJDftMT MfWhfM at its best" -AM ERIC AM Lahr and Dolores aray ohaarful placa thasp itays. A BERT LAHR DOLORES GRAY THI HlIOU$ MUSICAl SMASM Elliott Raid i Ksthrys Lts tiiion hs:s 2 7ks. EVENINGS l:M mats, wed, sat. 71 Stitches" Pott LONGY SCHOOL OF MUSIC . SPRING FESTIVAL SECOND CONCERT. Monday. April 7. at 8;30 P. M. SANDERS THEATRE OLGA AVERINO. soprane I AMES PAPPOUTSAES. lute EALMAN NOVAK, piano . ROWLAND STURGES, picme GEORGE FINCZEL, 'eeUe TrCKETt ft 00, 10 STUDENT TICKETS 7B

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