Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on December 4, 1956 · Page 23
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Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan · Page 23

Detroit, Michigan
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Tuesday, December 4, 1956
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'THE CHALK GARDEN' Meaning Is Obscure But It's Fine Theater BY J. DORSET CALLAGIIAN Fm treu Drama C rifle It is quite difficult, if not impossible, to discover exactly what Enid Bagnold had in mind in writing "The Chalk Garden," which opened Monday night at the Cass Theater. But once the onlooker lets him self drift on the tide of dialogue and mannerism, the meaning soon ceass to matter. That it is a comedy is evident, but that its participants could ever have existed is open to considerable debate. In any event, the play provides ene of the those excellent eve- Choate Rrn -with Rao1"lnh Hale arranfff mem tth Irene Mirer Selini-k "THE CHALK GARDEN" Bv Enid Raenold Stard b Albert Marre rnrr ajiJ fitim" h B-voo vinery UDeri-.-i by R-iymivj S-ovey Cotume 6UDrvi1 hv Anna Hill Johnson THE CAST 1M Applicant MauLuid 'Jnd Aoulioant Srd Anoli'-ant Mrs si. Maugham f 'livia Tn Judre Judith Anderson Ruin I .handier 1 irdr" 0 n Helen Bnn-tf llp Audrey Ridtrwell Mlan Anderson Kmsrr MurrhT i'redene V."orlock nings in the theater such a3 Judith Anderson is always capable of producing. THOSE WHO HAVE seen ethers in the role of Miss Madrigal will find little of them in this charactetiia tion. For Miss Anderson is first and foremost a creative artist. There is the occasional inspired movement of hand or foot, the mobility of facial expression, or the lilt of a faint Doric accent to make Miss Madrigal a living person. The story is of a pixilated English family at home in the country, with a grano dame at its head. The lady is under the rule of an irritable old pensioner named Pinkbell, who was butler to a couple of generations in his prime. Now, laid up with a "stroke," he plays the dictator from his bedroom. The head of the family and her granddaughter make up the family and the one-man staff consists of an ex-convict named Maitland. The plot revolves on the desire of the girl's mother to bring about peace with her estranged teen-aged daughter. INTO THIS household comes Miss Madrigal, a woraa.. vith a past which gave her training in gardening. Her struggles with the garden of chalk and the problem child provide an allegory in which raising roses in chalk is like raising peace of mind in a loveless environment. With Miss Anderson is a cast of much moment. Dierdre Owens, a young woman familiar to TV audiences, plays the role of the exasperating niece, and does it i to a fine turn. She is a gifted young actress who is quite at Home in uie exauea company about her. Maitland, whose crime was conscientious objection, is played by Stanley Bell, while Audrey Ridgwell takes over the role of the grandmother, originally played by Ruth Chatterton in this company. It is lig-htweieht rare, witn a touch of not so mysterious mur der mystery in it. It comes as an enjoyable event in a season de voted largely to the somber side of life. Riesel Tells Of Acid Attack NEW YORK ;p) Victor Rie sel, blinded labor columnist, tes tified Monday that he had been about to give a quarter to the assailant who threw acid in his face last April 5. He told Federal Judge William B. Herlands and a Jury that he first thought the man was a pan handler. KIESEL testified at the trial of Goldolfo Miranti, Domenico Bando and Leo Telvi on charges of conspiracy in the acid attack. Leo Telvi is a. brother of Abe Telvi, slain hoodlum who alleg edly threw the acid. Riesel said he saw his assafl-ant aproach, but thought nothing of it because it was common for a man to ask for a handout in the neighborhood, on 61st Street near Broadway. "The only thing he said was 'hey'," Riesel testified. "As I turned I faced him and the deluge it was more than a splash, it was a complete sudden burst of liquid-hit my face and for a moment I couldn't quite understand. ' For a moment, I was surprised and shocked. Then came the sharpest, most painful burning- I ever felt. I didn't know what happened." Riesel said that in his bewil derment he stuck out his tongue and the acid began to burn it Then he cried out: I am hit by acid I am hit by acid. I will not be able to read." "My eyes almost immediately ViAivn n li-ir enma f hair i uccau iu tuoc 3uuivi UJ, nn-i, j vision, he testified. . ! mm foci I fii pf aw m I f It f f V DETROIT FREE PRESS Tuesday. Dec. 4. 1956 2 3 WHAT STUDENTS THINK Is Science Wicked? WASHINGTON W3) Do you think there's something wicked about scientists ? More than one high school kid out of 10 does. Do you think scientists would throw you to the wolves if it was in their own self-interest? More than one of four high school students seem to think so. The survey, conducted by Purdue University, covered 13,000 high schoolers. 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