|Black Light Theatre of Prague.|
"In Lieu of Reviews"
For background on how this previously unpublished series—introducing all mainstream New York shows between 1970 and 1975—came to be and its relationship to my three The Encyclopedia of the New York Stage volumes (covering every New York play, musical, revue, and revival between 1920 and 1950), please check the prefaces to any of the earlier entries beginning with the letter “A.” See the list at the end of the current entry.
|Black Light Theatre of Prague|
BLACK LIGHT THEATRE OF PRAGUE [Musical Revue/Czechoslovakian/Foreign Language] B: Jiri Srnec and Frantisek Kratochvil; M: Jiri Srnec; S: Jiri Srnec and Frantisek Kratochvil; P: Pacific World Artists, Inc. i/a/w City Center of Music and Drama; T; City Center; 9/27/71-10/3/71 (10)
A two-part “musical novelty” from a 10-year-old central European country specializing in mime and magical techniques in which luminescent effects were painted on black backgrounds and costumes and made to seem as if they are floating in the air. Something similar would be done in the 21st century with computerized costumes. The program described the show as “the musically organized movement of objects in combination with live action on the stage.”
Following a first part in which a series of conventional sketches called “Introduction,” “Washerwoman,” “Horse,” “Dialogue,” and “Ghosts,” a lengthier piece called “Fair of Hands” was given. This symbolic work, seen by Douglas Watt as suggesting a critical reaction to totalitarianism, had to do with a villainous fairground barker and his dwarf assistant who, by conning people into putting a mysterious green glove on their hands, turns them into puppets under the barker’s control. When a single heroic individual resists, the barker’s plans are foiled.
The evening was too insubstantial to hold attention throughout, wrote Watts, and Martin Gottfried scorned the show as a “silly entertainment” for tourists.
Abelard and Heloise
Absurd Person Singular
“Acrobats” and “Line”
All My Sons
All Over Town
All the Girls Came Out to Play
And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little
And They Put Handcuffs on the Flowers
And Whose Little Boy Are You?
Anne of Green Gables
Any Resemblance to Persons Living or Dead
As You Like It
The Au Pair Man
Baba Goya [Nourish the Beast]
The Ballad of Johnny Pot
The Bar that Never Closes
The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel
The Beauty Part
The Beggar’s Opera
Behold! Cometh the Vanderkellens
Be Kind to People Week
Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill
Bette Midler’s Clams on a Half-Shell Revue