Friday, November 4, 1977 Weekender 3
Crawford stages second comeback at dinner theatre
The Second Time Around proves better
than the first for widower Broderick
Crawford and widow Mary Alice Moore at
the Village Dinner Theater this month even
though the old folks "wished we had met
sooner so we could have drunk coffee
together instead of Sanka." And veteran
actors Crawford and his real-life wife. Miss
Moore, make an engaging pair indeed when
they confront their uptight children with the
startling announcement that they plan to live
together instead of marry so they won't lose
their Social Security benefits.
His applauded appearance at the Village
Dinner Theater is the "second time around"
in another way for Broderick Crawford, who
won an Academy Award for his leading role
in All the King's Men (Huey Long) back in
1949, played Lennie in Steinbeck's Of Mice
By WALT SPEARMAN
Second Time Around
Village Dinner Theatre
and Men, and had long television runs in
Highway Patrol and The Interns. Illness and
an automobile accident in the 1960's slowed
Crawford down, but he is now back on his
"second time around" with a successful tour
with his wife after recently completing three
new movies: The Howard Hughes Mystery,
a thriller entitled Proof of the Man and The
Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover, in which he
plays the controversial director of the FBI.
As Samule Jonas, the middle-aged lover
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who doesn't really want to get married,
Crawford is having a high old time at the
Village and makinga lark of the whole thing,
bringing gruff joviality to the role that
delights his audience. And his wife, Mary
Alice Moore, makes her role of Laura Curtis
(widowed) so warm and supportive that it's a
joy to watch this superb team work together
The first act sets up what plot there is and
gets the show off to a good start, but in the
middle of the second act the plot
disintegrates into a very funny series of one
liners, double-takes and slapstick comedy
without bothering to be very coherent. By
that time Crawford and Moore have their
audience and make them like it.
The best support comes from Jerry
Grayson as Mike Curtis, Laura's neurotic,
mother-pecked, thumb-sucking son, whose
facial reactions, impeccable comic timing
and hilarious mugging constantly bring
down the house. He is the best comedian to
appear at the Village in months and would
have stolen the show from anybody but the
professional Crawford and Moore. His wife
Eleanor (played amusingly by Ann Hodges)
is hung up on "simultaneous orgasms" and
goads her husband to comment "Other men
go to bed with a woman; 1 go to bed with a
book of instructions."
In the role of Cynthia Morse, daughter to
Samuel Jonas, Sue Garrett-Hall is just as
repressed and analyst-ridden as Laura's son
Mike; and to cap it off, she is married to her
analyst. Dr. Arthur Morse, played by
Eugene A. Texas in an incredibly phoney
style, all surface tics and no internal
character. In a brief scene at the end of the
third act Jonas' grandson, Bruce Morse
(Jerry Colbert), and his girl friend Angelique
(Kathreen Harrison), play a charming bit as
the uptight third generation who gladly use.
Grandpa's apartment for their rendezvous
but rather disapprove of Grandpa's doing
the same thing. Colbert is a graduate of
UNC-G, and Harrison is a student at
Queen's College in Charlotte.
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