Monday, May 4, 2020

76. THE CANDYAPPLE. From my (unpublished) ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE NEW YORK STAGE, 1970-1975

John Beal.
 "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For background on how this previously unpublished series—introducing all mainstream New York shows between 1970 and 1975—came to be and its relationship to my three The Encyclopedia of the New York Stage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.

Ray Edelstein, Raymond Singer, Irene Bunde.
THE CANDYAPPLE [Comedy/Family/Religion/Romance] A: John Grismer; D: Stuart Bishop; S/L: David R. Ballou; C: Sara Brook; P: William F. De Seta; T: Edison Theatre; 11/23/70 (1)

This “pathetic little comedy,” as Douglas Watt put it, was about an apostate priest (Ray Edelstein), scheduled to officiate at his brother’s imminent marriage, only for his apostasy to be discovered. The priest is himself planning to marry, and arrives on the scene by motorcycle, his girlfriend (Joy Garrett) in tow. When he makes the potentially shocking announcement of his plans, his father (one-time movie star John Beal), a supposedly devout Catholic, reveals surprisingly negative feelings about faith; in fact, he converted so he could marry his wife. (Catholicism is considered here the “candyapple of religions.)

Clive Barnes, calling this “a quite astonishingly bad play,” noted that it was the kind of work that explains why critics can often be cruel. Richard Watts said the work was “incredibly clumsy and tiresome,” and Martin Gottfried decided it was “a perfect script for the Ridiculous Theatrical Company.”

Previous entries:

Abelard and Heloise
Absurd Person Singular
“Acrobats” and “Line”
The Advertisement/
All My Sons
All Over
All Over Town
All the Girls Came Out to Play
Alpha Beta
L’Amante Anglais         
American Gothics
And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little       
And They Put Handcuffs on the Flowers
And Whose Little Boy Are You?
Anna K.
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
Barbary Shore
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
Black Girl
Black Light Theatre of Prague
Black Picture Show
Black Sunlight
The Black Terror
Black Visions
Les Blancs
Blasts and Bravos: An Evening with H,L. Mencken
Blue Boys
Bob and Ray—The Two and Only
Boesman and Lena
The Boy Who Came to Leave
A Breeze from the Gulf
Brief Lives
Brother Gorski
Bullshot Crummond
The Burnt Flower Bed
Button, Button
Buy Bonds, Buster

The Cage
Candide (1)
Candide (2)