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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 13

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;THE BAYTOWN SUN . • - It's a '.Play, "S Decem -of wint JSteaming' Is I Called Serious ^. \ Production : ByJAYSHARBUTT ~ AP Drama' Writer ! NEW YORK CAP) - "People often use clothes as disguises," Nell Dunn was/saying. "But when you take all/ that off, well, you - can't really/help but be yourself, •can you?" H fcnt she makes in her ming." Opening in r, W hen the chilly winds r start blowing here, it has foi^ of the six women in its • cast emoting in the altogether. : Byrti the play, set in a London bathhouse for women of all cl jsses is a serious work a . ecfthedy-drama, not a variation on B/roadway's only other night of Wide, "Oh! Calcutta!," a bawdy Aeries of ski ts spoofing sex . . j Miss Dunn, a tiny, soft-spoken I woman of 46 with gray, ; neatly-trimmed hair, says -•• "Steaming," a British import now in its second hit year in London, has two basic themes. One is that while "we've made intellectual pursuits and intellectual satisfaction so respectable, so important in our culture, we've forgotten and disregarded all physical ; pleasure, particularly among , women. ;• "I wanted to put back how lovely it was to get sweaty, get naked, the importance of pleasure, of being alive." . i The other theme, she continues, ; "is the idea of women giving one ; another support and energy and a • sense of strength through shared • time, shared conversations and experiences." Hence, her play, in which both . themes come together in a show ' that among other things features ; Broadway's first real swimming pool since 1952's "Wish You Were -'.Here." V "' ' All the players in the Broadway ; edition of "Steaming" have solid stage credits. But they aren't familiar names, save perhaps Linda Thorson, who succeeded Diana Rigg in TV's "The Avengers" series. According to a spokeswoman for "Steaming," one young American star, Bernadette Peters, expressed interest in doing the play. But she didn't sign on. He didn't know if its nude scenes were the reason. Miss Dunn isn't sure if nudity in theater here causes much of a stir in these post-"Hair" days. But it caused no uproar, she says, either in London or Sydney, Australia, where "Steaming" just opened. She doesn't mean it to be shocking, anyway, she adds. "I've tried to integrate the nudity with the characters, to take you into a closed world, and t'ie audiences feel very much at home, at ease, it seems to me." 'No ve I ' M ore L ike Scientific Treatise *2010: Odyssey Two. By Arthur C. Clarke. Ballantine. 294 Pages. ..$14.95. "2010: Odyssey Two" is billed as a novel, but it would be more " accurate to describe it as a scientific treatise, a very dull scientific treatise. . The book is a sequel to Arthur C. Clarke's "2001: A Space Odyssey," a story which caused • somewhat of a stir when it appeared in book and movie form in • the late 1960s. In this new volume, Clarke sets out to answer some of the questions which were left hanging at.the end of "2001." And he does answer them, but • the reader may well wonder if • having to plod through nearly 300 pages of turgid prose to get the " answers is worth the effort. While Clarke-has any numBer of moderately interesting scientific . and philosophical points to make, , he does so at the expense of what • should be a highly exciting nar- • rative^ but isn't because the "• author keeps interrupting the action with his discourses. They do not mesh smoothly with the tale's structure but are nailed on, seem; ingly at random. This does nothing to heighten • interest, nor do the stick figures • with which Clarke populates his story. They are all drawn in one' dimensional tones and there is little to differentiate one from the other. "The story, such as it is, deals 'with a space ship and its crew • sent out to Jupiter to find out what happened to a previous space probe and its crew. ; / They find out. j Phil Thomas / AP Books Editor Thursday, December 2, 1982 Astro-Graph Bernice Bede Osol ^Birthday D*c*mb*r 3,1982 This coming year you will make several important contacts with persons who have clout. These connections will prove helpful in furthering your worldly ambitions. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) Your good fortune could come about today from sources which may not be readily recognizable, so don't lose heart if your first attempts don't pan out. Astro-Graph predictions for the year ahead make a great stocking-stuffer. Send 51 to Astro-Graph, Box 489, Radio City Station, N.Y. 10019. Be sure to specify birth date. Send an additional $2 for the NEW Astro-Graph Matchmaker wheel and booklet. Reveals romantic combinations and compatibilities for all signs, plus more. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) In working out agreements today, don't be too sell-serving or you might jeopardize the deal. However, making concessions will prompt your counterpart to do likewise. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) Be careful not to anticipate problems today. You could find ways to bring them into being! Instead, have the outlook of a winner and you'll be one. • PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) You may become involved competitively today with someone who displays poor sports- manship. Fortunately, your easygoing nature will smooth things out. • ARIES (March 21-April 19) Adopt an easygoing attitude today and everything will go your way. However, if you set rigid rules you can expect repercussions, not cooperation. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) There is a good chance you'll meet with opposition to your plans or ideas today, but charm, not an argument, is what will turn such thinking around. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) There is an easy-out to your financial dilemma today, but it's not to be found in borrowing. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Pleasing your mate today may not be the easiest of tasks, but don't give up. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) If you stop and think about who is unappreciative of your work and efforts, today, you'll realize It 'won't be anybody who really counts or matters. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) A friend may do something today which you might consider spiteful, but your discomfort won't last long. Your other pals will be on your side. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Don't let pent-up urges to succeed turn you into a pushy person today. Pour on the charm and you'll have everybody eating out of your hand. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Conduct yourself in a manner everyone can respect and, whether they agree with your ideas or not, they'll still support your right to express them. (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) Bridge NORTH * VAK975 » A 4 + 1097652 12-2-82 WEST * KQ4 32 » 102 *Q865 + J8 EAST + 10865 *QJ64 + K 103 + Q3 SOUTH * A J97 T83 « J 972 + A K4 Vulnerable: Both Dealer: South West North East South 1 1+ Pass 1* Pass 14> Pass 3+ Pass 3 NT Pass 6* Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: By Oswald Jacoby and James Jacoby Here is another hand from that "Bridge World" anthology. It was from an article by Jeff Rubens and Bob Ewen. The article is a takeoff on some of Don von Eisner's fine bridge stories. The villain poses as the great player David Damning, but the life-master detective unmasks him because the imposter is only a fairly good player as evidenced by his analysis of four very tricky hands. In the first one he is asked to defend as West and says, "After the diamond lead declarer simply takes the top clubs, discards a diamond from dummy on the spade ace. ruffs one heart and eventually loses one heart, but has 12 easy- tricks." The life-master detective points out that if West drops the jack on the first club lef', South will almost surely decide to play safe against either Q-8-3 or 8-3 as East's original club holding. He will play three rounds of hearts ruffing the third one with the four of clubs. West will then score his eight. South will have no way to ruff dummy's last heart except with his remaining high trump. East will score the setting trick with a heart or the club queen. Maybe South wouldn't fall for this, but this would be the only play to give the defense a chance. (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN ) Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Radar screen image 5 Cerulean 9 Watch secretly 12 Lubricates 13 Horse food 14 Chinese philosophy 15 Sash 16 French women (abbr.) 17 Hockey great Jimmy 18 U-boat (abbr) 19 Recede 20 Exult 22 Over (poetic) 24 "Auld Lang" " 50 The briny deep 52 Make angry 55 Star 56 Oil exporter 58 Responsibility 59 Go wrong 60 :_ Con- tendere plea 61 Weight units 62 Augment 63 Precious stones 64 Shoe form Answer to Previous Puzzle DOWN 26 Dipped out 29 Seas -33 Vice 34 Amorous look 36 Go to court 37 Wine (Fr.) 38 Neb 39 Liver fluid 40 More nervous 42 Hobs 44 Carpentry tool 46 Common tree 47 Homeric epic 1 Wobbles 2 Stead 3 Predicting — doom (comp.- wd.) 4 Time zone (abbr.) 5 Atomic device 6 Baby sheep 7 Colorado Indian 8 Perfume 9 Porch. 10 Segment 11 Long ago 19 Poetic preposition 21 Shelter 23 Room shape 25 Egg part (pi.) 26 Lifted (Fr.) 27 Keenly eager 28 People of action 30 Mediterranean subcontinent (2 wds.) 31 Non-existent 32 Watches 35 Peach state (abbr.) 38 Upholstery, need 39 Babylonian deity 41 Biblical character 43 Beverage 45 Religious poem 47 Phrase of understanding (2 wds.) 48 Move furtively 49 Regarding (2 wds., Lat.. abbr.) 51 Adams' grandson 53 Ancient writing being 57 Spawn 58 Baseball player Mel TOJ-D YOU YOU'P EXCUSE ME, BOYS.. ...GUZ.WTLLVOU LOAN ME A COUPLE /• WHV OF BONES. / SURE, PLEASE? ( UMPA! ..AND HURRY IT UP, PET. 1 HE ONLY HAS f WHATCHA ONE LEFT. 1 I GONKJA BUY? A COPY OF "FLABLESS CONCOCTI ON S," STRETCH'S NEW DIET COOKBOOK! I'LL KILL \ EASY, SUZ! HIM, SO GET A HOLD OF HELP ^ YOURSELF.' WHATSOMEf! o 01 Jenny Lu's playing a waiting game--- Longing -for CaHyle to K\z& her cheek. My waiting }<=, pretty much the same, Except it's -for NJational Library Week X W|NP U? NEXT TO HIM MY JAR OF STRAWBERRY I WONPERED WHV EVERYBGPV r BUSSED WAS REDHEADED WHAT5 THE MATTER WANNA WOKP BE-6T TWO OUT OF W-U (3166: TO VH5PICT BUT r OWN TH£ THIS D£tAM HAS SCREENED BV VDUR fOAnOIOAL aUBUMIrJAL ASSOCIATION

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