In a week when I saw a musical revival at Goodspeed, a touring road show, and a dance event, my favorite going-out experience was an intimate play presented n the basement of a
Yes, it was the
The problem -- at least for me as a theater writer -- is that by the time I catch a show, the super short run of the Cabaret (three days, five performances) is over. If theater is an ephemeral art,
And there's something to be said for that. It creates Demand. Exclusivity. Hipness. And who can prove you wrong?
I dont mean to say that the show I saw, "Cowboy Mouth" by
The company at my table was swell. The food (they serve dinner, drinks and dessert, too) was mighty fine. And the Yale School of Drama actors performed admirably, if slightly miscast (which is an occupational hazard when you're dealing with an essentially rep company where not every performer is perfect for the works selected -- which makes one ask the question, which comes first: Picking the play, or seeing what works the terrific actors are best suited. I suspect the former which is great for an actor "stretching" their talents but might not always result in theatrical bliss.
Still, I was clear that these two actors -- Michelle McGregor and Mickey Theis -- certainly had killer chops and it was fascinating to see them let loose on stage. Jackson Moran kept the long fuse well lit. I also loved Meredith Ries' down-and-dirty set thoiugh I felt like taking a hot shower.
It also gave me an opportunity to muse about this 1971 collaborative work between these two rebel icons, creating roles that one could easily imagine them playing (and they did).
Which made me start Googling when I went home.
This from an After Dark magazine interview with Smith about the play:
We writ a play together called "Cowboy Mouth." We writ it together on the same typewriter, you know, like a battle. We were having' this affair. He was a married man, and it was a real heavy passionate kind of thing. We writ this play and took it right on the stage...So we did this play at American Place Theater. "Cowboy Mouth." That was my title, I took it from
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