"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For background on how this previously unpublished series—introducing all mainstream New York shows between 1970 and 1975—came to be and its relationship to my three The Encyclopedia of the New York Stage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.
CAPTAIN BRASSBOUND’S CONVERSION [Dramatic Revival] A: George Bernard Shaw; D: Stephen Porter; S: Michael Annals; C: Sara Brook (Miss Bergman’s costumes, Beatrice Dawson); L: William H. Batchelder; P: Roger L. Stevens and Arthur Cantor b/a/w H.M. Tennent, Ltd.; T: Ethel Barrymore Theatre; 4/17/72-4/29/72 (16)
A touring production, initiated in London, of an infrequently seen Shaw comedy from 1899, with famed star Ingrid Bergman miscast as the upper-class Lady Cicely Waynefleet, a role written for the unique charms of Dame Ellen Terry (who played it for its American premiere in 1907).
Bergman’s natural abilities helped make her performance more than passable but the production was recognized as being little more than a vehicle and decidedly second-rate one at that. “[T]he production is an example of old-fashioned star-casting at something not far from its worst,” snapped Julius Novick.
Clive Barnes, having observed that “The story is not only incredibly tedious but also somewhat unlikely even by the absurdist standards of Shaw,” went on to note: “Miss Bergman Is both rather more than an actress and rather less. She has comparatively little technique, and she glides through the play like a visiting celebrity opening a garden party. And yet she also exudes that almost unbelievable radiance, that ineffable loveliness, and quintessential womanliness that have always put her acting in its place as a mere secondary consideration. ‘Were Miss Bergman to act as well it would be painting a lily that is all the more beautiful for its ingenuousness.”
The better known members of the company included Pernell Roberts (in the title role), Eric Berry, Geoff Garland, Yusef Bulos, Jack Davidson, and Jack Davidson.
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
Black Light Theatre of Prague
Black Picture Show
The Black Terror
Blasts and Bravos: An Evening with H,L. Mencken
Bob and Ray—The Two and Only
Boesman and Lena
The Boy Who Came to Leave
A Breeze from the Gulf
The Burnt Flower Bed
Buy Bonds, Buster