Friday, February 14, 2014
This North Coast Weekend
This is the final weekend for Oedipus the King and Women in Congress at North Coast Rep. Last performance is Saturday.
Here's the background on Sid Caesar I wrote at the time of that production.
Shirley Temple's reign as the shining child star of the Depression years is known today mostly by reputation, though the boomer generation will remember some of those movies on TV. Some of her tap-dancing routines with the great Bill Robinson are preserved in video compilations like That's Dancing. In her autobiography, she noted that when she held his hand after one of their dances, it was the first time a white female and a black male had touched on the silver screen.
As an adult, Shirley Temple produced a series of fairy tale films for television, including Babes in Toyland. That production influenced the version that Dell'Arte performed this past Christmas. As I noted, in her introduction to this show she seemed almost a parody of the sweet child she had worked hard to portray. But in the show itself she was almost unrecognizable in her marvelous performance as a wicked witch. There was more to Shirley Temple than the image.
May they rest in peace. Their work lives on.