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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 98

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Friday, August 14, 1970
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Summer theaters 'in' with chic resort crowd Columnist's B.WSs instant facelift By WILLIAM GLOVER AP Drama Writer EAST HAMPTON, N.Y.- There are good reasons for the new look in summer theater at this chic resort—or, at least, one good reason and one strong hunch. "Straw-hat entertainment is dead," reports Enez Whipple of that combination of familiar play and. famous star long regarded by nervous managers as infallible box office. Mrs. Whipple presides with restive devotion over the civic culture schedule at Guild Hall, where a company of actors from Yale University is displaying novel wares through Aug. 29. "We've proved ourselves to a lot of skeptics," says Leslie McAllister, bearded business chief of a rival troupe of thes- pic nonconformists who are doing their thing through Sept. 12 in a renovated old post office building down the street. THE SIMULTANEOUS emergence of two such stage ventures was accidental and each expresses pleasure at the other's presence, true to the old Broadway bromide that the more theatrical excitement there is around, the more business for everybody. The Yale Repertory Summer Company, which specializes in a technique labeled "story theater," indubitably has demonstrated its- pulling power with SRO attendance in the Guild Hall's 400-seat John Drew Theater. Part of its appeal may derive from that Ivy League tag, for East Hampton is one of Long Island's very "in" havens for elegantly affluent refugees from the summer rigors of New York City, 110 miles away. But the novelty of the shows and craftsmanship of performances are solid assets. Instead of doing formal plays, classic or modern, the 14 actors perform free-form dramatizations of 1 i t e r a r y standards ranging from Ovid's "Metamorphoses" to Bram S t o k e r's "Dracula," and stories by Philip Roth, Dashiell Hammett, Isaac Singer and Gustave Flaubert. "Story theater is a genuine discovery," says Robert Brustein, Yale Drama School's dean who accepted Mrs. Whippie's invitation to residence. THIS IS the first time in his four years of academic administration that winter college work has had such an extension. The results so far have him hoping for an enlarged company another summer. Most of the ensemble are past or present Yale students. The rest are faculty members. Larry Arrick has directed all four of the Drew programs and collaborated with Kenneth Cavander on the adaptations in which action, time and place merge and overlap, with the performers serving in both specific roles and as narrators. The technique, devised initially by Paul Sills and developed, according to Brustein, by Arrick, "trains damn good character actors, rather than requiring the old behavioristic methods." The Old Post Office company offers a different sort of theatrical stimulant. The focus is upon avant-gardist dramas beginning with August Strindberg and Ring Lardner through lonesco. Arrabel, Pinter, Van Itallie, Tardieu snd McNally. "The one-act form they work in affords a perfect combination of entertainment and provocative substance," declares Thomas Ewing, McAllister's partner. "Summer theater doesn't have to be just 'Irma La Douce' or 'Hamlet.' " THE TWO MEN have been nurturing their hunch for offbeat summer repertory since meeting eight years ago in off-Broadway work. Ewing is a writer, McAllister an instructor in drama at Boston's Emerson College. HAWAIIAN NIGHTS AT THE AIRPORT THURS., FRI. & SAT. 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W. tells it herself, which (with her volubility) makes it less than secret. Mae West had come to town for the "Myra Breckinridge" opening and the B. W. met a makeup specialist with her who said he could give a gal a "temporary facelift" with rubber bands, paper clips, adhesive tape (and chewing gum, I imagine) which would be terrific for 12 hours. "I'll be glad to give you one," the nice man said. WE WERE DUE in Washington for a big Nathan Cummings dinner dance. I would come in from Ohio, she from New York. We would meet at the Washington Hilton where I would see for the first time her temporary facelift. "Now what does a husband say?" I kept wondering. Does he say "You look sensational"? If he does, that implies she didn't look sensational before. If he says "It worked wonders" that also suggests it's been an improvement. Her plane was late and she told a tragic story. "As I was sitting in the taxicab on the way to the airport," she reported, "I heard a snap, crackle and pop. 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