THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, September 24, 1970
Page Two THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, September 24, 1970
The Americanization of Darling'
OPEN 12:45 P.M.
SHOWS at 1-3-5-7-9 P.M.
Program Info: 662-6264
GETTING JUST ABOUT
EVERYTHING BUT THE RENT.
State & Liberty Sts.
HELD I OVER!
British comedy hits have a
nasty habit of wending their,
way across the Atlantic with a
great deal of advance publicity
and high hopes, only to be dash-
ed to pieces when they actual-
ly set up for business. One such
was Boeing, Boeing a few sea-
sons back which, I enjoyed
heartily in London and was sur-
prised to fipd it closing early in
New York. Even the movie flop-
ped. W h a t happens to these
shows? Do they behave like fine
wine which will not travel from
its native shores, a n d if so,
what happens to them in tran-
Not Now, Darling, at the Fish-
er Theatre in Detroit, is billed
as the "around the world hit."
It's almost a challenge to the
critic to strike it do wn. For,
reasons I, will enumerate later,
he probally must do so. But is
this really the show that was a
hit in London and Sydney?
Frankly it is hard to believe.
Farce comedy is a form which
makes an American audience of
the 1970's a little uncomfort-
able. We are a little embarras-
sed to seekrout simple escapist
entertainment in t h e theatre,
thinking all the while about all
the terrible things going on out-
side the theatre while we waste
three hours amusing ourselves.
This need not be, however, if
the play is truly excellent and
performed w e 11. A farce is a
machine which must operate
'with precision from the start
and grab the audience instantly
into the life of the protagonist
to share his trials through any
amount of improbable adven-
tures. The laughs and the comic
business m u s t stem naturally
from this character, and any
deviation from the truth of his
acting or part will confuse the
audience in the middle of their
laughter. Even bits t h a t are
funny in themselves must be
deleted from the show if they
serve to confuse. Author-Direct-
or, Ray Cooney has n o t yet
learned this restraint.
Arnold Crouch (Norman Wis-
dom) is a very straight a n d
moral man who is outraged by
his business partner's amours
and even more outraged when
he is asked to help out in the
process of giving the lady in
question a fur coat from the
company stock. Throughout the
play Crouch gets more and
more involved with the plot and
takes a greater and greater part
in it, but does not ever accept
its morality. Y e t scattered
throughout the show we see him
with great glee discover h i s
hand inside a fur which covers
the bare breasts of the g i r 1
within and no more. Some very
comic business develops f r o m
this at first innocent mistake,
but it takes a lewd turn which
is totally out of character for
Arnold Crouch. We are upset
by this and he loses credibility.
In assessing this problem, we
place the blame equally at
Cooney the author, for not giv-
ing us clearer definition of
character (This happens with
his lead - whit he doesn't do
for his other characters should-
n't be mentioned.); or at Coon-
'ey the director for poorly con-
cealing the weakness of the
script he gave himself to work
The central gimmick in the
plot is funny enough. We have
the requisite farce set with at
least three doors for people to
hide behind (one of them con-
ceals an opulent bar which I
could die for), and an assort-
ment of girls who hide there
because they don't have on any
clothes but the fur coats which
appear from everywhere. But he
takes an interminable length of
time with a rather tedious ex-
position to set up all this tom-
foolery in the first place. Fur-
thermore, as a director he makes
some incredible mistakes of
convention. Asides a r e giv: n
only to one character in the
first act; by the time the second
rolls around, everyone is keep-
ing score on the invisible fourth
wall. They are misplaced and
overdone, hindering rather than
helping the overall effect. One
girl who is a London secretary
is given a New York accent for
no explainable reason excent
perhaps to help bring her across
the Atlantic. And many of the
characters have only one line
which they repeat over and ov-
Some of t h e s e defects are
clear weaknesses of conception
in the play. Others, I fear, are
attempts to make the New Y(rk
audience feel that those people
in London are just like us, so
let's go and watch a play about
them, or some such claptrap.
Much of the play is very fun-
ny. I laughed a lot, especially
during the second half. But it's
only half there and I wonder if
somewhere, on the floor of some
hotel suite, the rest may not
have been left in an attempt a c
Americanization. I wonder what
jt would be like to see the real
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