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42 Thi Afteoft* Republic _. Phoenit, PH., April 4, im i||lii!l|i|p|llP^ MAN- Vic • • ;-' -T» Negro Ensemble ends season Wilmot jwi!BRnnii!»*fiT BATT(L)ING THE BREEZE: The law suit building between Bob Ennis and ex-employer Rusty Warren may not be the biggest of the season, but it's taking shape as the bawdiest. For mature audiences only! . . . Wayne Newton steps into his first movie role come May Day in Reno, tra la. Wayne has the lead—not an overly clever coup because he's also the coproducer. The flick is "Eighty Steps to Jonah," with Newton as a loser among a group of blind children. . . At Star Theatre, Buster Bonoff is double-checking the head count for his musician lineup slated to back Jerry Vale beginning Thursday. That's because Buster knows all about Vale's walkout on a Syracuse date recently—because management didn't provide a promised qouta of violins. Vale will share his three-night stand here with Norm Crosby, who's also funny. LOOKING BEYOND his Las Vegas sport sheet. Jimmy (The Greek) Snyder—an oddsmaker first, sports writer second—discovers this kind of mo(u)rning line developing for the Apr. 14 Academy Awards: Best Picture: "The Lion In Winter," even money to win. Director: (for the same film) Anthony Harvey, even money. Actor: Peter O'Toole. Lion In Winter) 6-5 favorite with Cliff Robertson (Charly) next at 4-1. Actress: Patricia Neal (Subject Was Roses) and Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl) cofavor- ites at 7-5. Supporting Actor: Jack Albertson (Subject Was Roses) 8-5. Supporting Actress: Ruth Gordon (Rosemary's Baby) 8-5 with Sondra Locke (Heart is a Lonely Hunter) at 2-1. As By CLIVE BARNES New York Times Service NEW YORK-The success of the Negro Ensemble Company, which at its St. Marks Playhouse presented "An Evening of One Acts," the final offering of the present season, is so assured, that the company must already stand the victim of its standards. There is a lot of pleasure and a lot of interest in this current triple bill, and it is certainly worth seeing. But this is not, I suggest, the NEC at its best. HOWEVER, the whole object of the evening — I presume v/as specifically not to show the NEC at its best, but to give a chance to a trio of black playwrights, two American and one West Indian, whose work has not previously been produced by the company. By far the most experienced of the writers was Alice Childress, who offered the first one-act "String." This was suggested by the Guy de Maupassant story of the normal peasant Hauchecorne, called "The Piece of String." The short story is concerned with the ironically narrow balance between guilt and innocence and Maupas- sant, with that crisply impersonal cynicism that is almost the crest of romanticism, treats it with a brief wit and a long compassion. The play does not. THE PLAY in fairness is completely different. Only the memory remains. Miss Childress has set her play at a black block party picnic. The characters are nicely judged. The fault of the piece was simply that it was too prolonged for its subject. Ted Shine's "Contribution" was bright and funny, providing the highlight of the evening. It is the time of the sit-ins in the South and a young college student comes from the North to stay with his grandmother while helping in the fight for civil rights. AT FIRST the grandmother seems something of an Aunt Thomasina, but it eventually becomes apparent that she, too, is making a contribution — which it would be unfair to disclose—to the cause of black militancy. The humor is at least as much in the situation as in Shine's writing, but there is no doubt at all about the ingenuity of the idea. The final play, Derek Walcott's "Malcochon," is an almost incomprehensible, dark and moody piece, treating vast themes with a gusty vagueness. A man has been shot, a legendary folk hero is about to be murdered, four people are at a moment of truth on the brink of guilt. There is a flamboyance to Walcott's poetic writing that is perhaps the most hopeful thing about it, and he also occasionally suggests the atmosphere of the rain-swept West Indian island in which his play is set. THE STATING of the plays was up to the NEC's high general level, and the acting, as ever, was exemplary. Clarice Taylor as the grandmother in "Contribution" and a neighbor in "String," was delightfully comic. Other notably good acting came from Arthur French as the victim in "String" and as a legendary woodcutter in "Malcochon." ; Valentino' set to music Streisand for the Best Actress, I see Streisand, by a nose. * * * THE HORSEY SET is cheering the Desert Show Horse Association which now confirms their first nationally oriented showing in an all-English Class. The 4-year-old association kicks it off the 12th and 13th at the Wilnor Farm, way east on Indian School. . . That's owtherwise controversial show producer David Merrick, agreeing with everybody over beef at Camelback Inn. . . When Dick Smothers' auto racing partner, Lou Sell, remarked in TV Guide, "He collects cars like Tommy Manville collected wives," Dickie quiped: "Yeah, but I keep them longer!" Right. More zip, less lip. ONWARD: Art Brophy goes worldly come the 17th. He moves out on a tour that includes Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro. Arthur expects to return to a Valley date in October, after looking at Atlanta and Dallas. . . And the local folowers are miffed because they want him here. . . Jeanine Dougherty, her vocals and her skirts, moves out of Camelback Inn on the 13th. Boo! But she and the Connie Conway orchestra take over the French Qrtr. May 12th. . . And there's Burt Taylor going into his second week at Playboy, and telling like it was: "Last year I was a regular on the "Good Morning, World!" series. It was good to get up every morning and know where I was going.". . . Actress Vera Miles, due to check in early for the premier of her "Mission Batnagas" (Indian Drive-In), checked in late instead with the Hong Kong flu at her Beverly Hills digs. Husband and costar Keith Larson makes today's apearance for her. . . And Tom Barton, at Exec House, says he's in the throes of a depression. "I just saw my karate instructor beaten up— by my interior decorator!" New York Times Service NEW YORK-To some, it may seem like only yesterday that Anthony Dexter wooed Eleanor Parker in "Valentino." But the film about the screen's hottest lover was actually made 18 years ago. And now, aging fans of the 20s' idol, as well as the curious (younger) set, have another treat in store for them. Jule Styne, the composer of "Funny Girl," "Gypsy" and other hit musicals, will make his movie production debut with a song and dance treatment of "Valentino," the 1967 biography by Irving Shulman. "Rudolf Valentino was a real person," Styne said, "and his story should lend itself easily to the style of today's movie musical, in which the 'June' and 'Moon' theme is replaced by lyrics that are an extension of the screen-play. I've already composed two of the songs, and Bob Merrill will write the words once I finish my treatment. I plan to Roddy McDowall turns director NEW YORK (NYT)-Roddy McCowell, who has been an actor for 35 of his 40 years, will soon make his debut as a movie director. "Tarn Lin" is the title of the film, and it's based on an original script by a British writer, Gerald Vaughn- Hughes. Alan Ladd Jr. and Stanley Mann will produce for Jerry Gershwin and Elliott Kastner and presentation by Commonwealth United. 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