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FROM THE FOOTLIGHTS - January 1997

ANGER IN WINTER

On Thursday, January 16, 1997, Footlights kicks off a series of plays on anger & provocation with "Look Back In Anger" (1956), by British playwright John Osborne. The NY Daily News called "Look Back In Anger" "virile & exciting, sexy, witty, funny, profound." With its lead character a "tousle-haired, dirty-sweatered, violently embittered sadist"--but a man who "is absolutely alive" (NY Herald Tribune)--"Look Back In Anger" sparked the rise of the anti-hero in Western drama & inspired a generation of British & American playwrights.

Our discussion will feature director Susan Einhorn. On January 13, Professor Einhorn will begin rehearsals for the Studio Theatre's production of "Look Back In Anger" (see next story). Among her many accomplishments, Professor Einhorn has directed Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis & was assistant to Alan Schneider, the director who brought "Waiting for Godot" to the United States.

We will meet @ Luna Books, 1633 P St., NW (3d floor of Cafe Luna, 3 blocks E of DuPont Circle) (202-332-2543). Dinner is @ 6:30 p.m. & our discussion @ 7:30. Make your reservations early by return e-mail to dsobelso@counsel.com or by calling Mark Gruenberg (202-338-7013, eve & 202-638-0444, day). You can get a special Footlights member discount for "Look Back In Anger" in northwest DC @ Chapters, 1512 K St.; Olsson's, 1307 19th St.; Politics & Prose, 5015 CT Ave.; & @ Super Crown, 5110 Nicholson Lane (in the White Flint Shopping Center)

SEE THE PLAY

At 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, Footlights will attend "Look Back In Anger" @ the Studio Theatre, 1333 P St., NW, DC (6 blocks E of DuPont Circle). Tickets are $19 & include a group discount & a post-performance discussion with members of the cast. Make checks out to Studio Theatre & mail by January 31 to Robin Larkin, 5403 Nibud Ct., Rockville, MD 20852 (240-669-6300).

"BUFFALO" HELD BACK; "J.B." ON TRACK

We have rescheduled our discussion of David Mamet's Obie-winning "American Buffalo" for Monday, February 24, in Bethesda. Our theme of anger & provocation continues on Tuesday, March 18, with Archibald MacLeish's verse play "J.B.," winner of the 1959 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

"BUFFALO" ON VIDEO

Last summer Samuel Goldwyn Pictures released a film version of "American Buffalo," starring Dustin Hoffman. By late February we expect the video to be available. We would like to schedule a viewing of the video for sometime after our February meeting. If you have access to a wide-screen TV, your generosity will be amply rewarded. Please reply to dsobelso@counsel.com or call me @ 202-484-8303.

NEW PLAYS: FREE TIX

The Potomac Theatre Project @ the Olney Theatre specializes in area premieres of provocative & challenging new works. The PTP minimizes barriers between a play & its audience by seating the audience on stage & not charging for tickets. From January 10 to February 2, 1997, PTP will present, in repertory, "Closet Land," by Radha Bharadwaj (directed by Jim Petosa); "Vampire," by Snoo Wilson (Britain's foremost fantasist); & "Cigarettes & Chocolate," by Anthony Minghella (screenwriter for "The English Patient"). For reservations or further information call the Olney Theatre @ 301-924-3400.