The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 64, No. 3, Ed. 1 Monday, August 23, 1976 Page: 2 of 8
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Houston may soon be able to refer to itself as the nation's
richest city, but the actions of the audience at Saturday night's
stellar production of Raisin strongly demonstrate that this city
and its citizens have a long way to go before they might also be
referred to as "cultured". Virginia Capers led the Raisin cast
through an outstanding performance — a production marred
only by an ill-mannered audience typical of Houston theater.
Forced to resort to mikes toovercome the poor acoustics of the
downtown Music Hall, the cast found these ineffective against
the constant restlessness of the audience. Although the curtain
was held ten minutes for late-comers, people wandered in
through the opening thirty minutes of the play, disupting sight
lines and rendering the sound system useless. Once seated,
many found it necessary to engage in long-winded conversation,
to the consternation of those seated nearby.
The Houston audience, however, was not the only force which
reduced a magnificent play to mediocrity. Southwest Concerts'
management aided the destruction by allowing the second act
curtain to rise without signalling the lobby. Again, hordes of
people tromped down the aisles and crawled to their seats,
making the first production number virtually invisible.
Not to be outdone, the audience overcame even the most
blatant miscue. During Caper's bone-chilling rendition of
Measure the Valleys a loud "Gawd" outshone the climax of
the Robert Brittan song.
But Saturday night's production of Raisin was indeed
excellent -- the presentation of a poor, fatherless, black family
suddenly with $10,000 of insurance money with which to fulfill a
dream. The dream -- to move from poverty into a white
neighborhood. And to move with pride. In satirical mockery of
the common conception of the black, Raisin is a serious play,
humorous at times, but always searching and awakening.
Laughter from a misunderstanding audience filled the entire
play - a laughter of ignorance.
Some might take this bitter review of Houstonians to be
indicative of only this performance. Not true. Having attended
Cabaret earlier this week, this author was subjected to poor
management; rude, talkative audiences; and yet good local
theater. Perhaps the only serious theater in Houston exists at
the Alley, where no seating is allowed after curtain, and
audiences are polite enough to remain quiet during the
performance. Of course, Alley audiences frequently miss the
point of the play they watch -- laughing through the most serious
scene of A Streetcar Named Desire, for example.
But what else can you expect from people searching only for
entertainment, not enlightenment or knowledge. Perhaps it were
best these audiences remained at home ~ in a characterless
suburban tract house, in front of their RCA color TV's watching
the ever-so-shallow Six Million Dollar Man.
___ — Steve Setser
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m#. 01Y STAKES
Rice students' guide to midnight cuisine
"Munchie Runs" are an old
and hallowed Rice tradition
which you will probably
become all too familar with as
the year drags on. The
following list should help you
when deciding where to go for
midnight (and later) gastro-
The Cafe, located on the
corner of Mandell & Fairview
(north of Westheimer), above
La Bodega, serves includ-
ing a wide range of omlettes,
other egg dishes, toast,
granola, and excellent coffee
seved in soda-fountain
glasses. Excellent atmos-
phere. Open 12-4 am & 8-2 pm.
Capri Pizza (380 Farnham) -
Slow service and rather greasy
pizza; however, Rice students
receive a 10% discount. Open
until 3 am.
Charlie Brown's (Kirby at
Southwest Freeway) has
lights, people, and barely OK
food 24 hours a day. Prices are
about what you'd expect.
Some people hate it; if you're
hard up, though, it's worth
Denny's 3137 Southwest
Freeway) is pretty much like
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Charlie Brown's, but tends to
be deserted at night. 24 hour
Dunkin' Donuts (South
Shepherd near Richmond)
Many different varieties of
doughnuts, both cake and
raised types. "Baked fresh
every four hours," but we
doubt it. Good coffee; cops like
to stop by here. Open 24 hours.
Dobbs House /Steak and
Egg Kitchen (Two locations:
4321 Montrose and 2317 W.
Holcombe) Bad food, good
jukebox. Small and too
expensive. Hookers prevalent
at Holcombe location. Open 24
Hamburgers by Gourmet
(5712 Kirby and Alabama one
block west of Montrose).
Alabama location open till 4
am, Kirby till 2 am. Large
selection of unusually good
hamburgers. Try the onion
rings, they're homemade.
Harlow's Third Ave. Deli
(3100 Hillcroft, between
Richmond and Westheimer.)
Open till 5 am. Sometimes a
wait just about 2 am. Serving
cocktails and deli sandwiches
in the New York tradition
Attracts a large after-club
clientele. Sometimes gets a bit
boisterous in the early
morning hours. Food is good,
portions are fair, but prices are
House of Pies (3112 Kirby) -
Great pies, especially cream
cheese pie. Open 24 hours,
great coffee, better waiters.
International House of
Pancakes (2412 W Holcombe)
All kinds of pancakes, cooked
decently. Other food is OK,
and prices are fair. But the
place is cold, the service cold,
and grouchy. Open 24 hours.
Jack in the Box ( All over
town) serves decent ham-
burgers, fries, and other
franchise foods. You may
have a long wait in line, but
the service is quick. Some
Jacks get your order right at
least half the time; open 24
Kay's Lounge Deluxe pizza
is fantastic; the place to go if
you aren't serious about
studying and want good beer-
drinking company. Open till 2
Las Cazuelas (2219 Fulton
off Main at Quitman.) Good to
excellent Mexican food. Real
live border-town atmosphere,
down to the parking lot
complete with macho-types
cleaning their fingernails with
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CATHERINE M. EGAN
Steven M. Setser
Jim Fowler Contributing Editor
David Butler Editorial Assistant
Barry Jones Sports Editor
Walter Underwood... Photography Editor
Bill Melstrom Ad Production Manager
Frank A. Duca Production Manager
Mark Linimon Back Page Editor
Editorial Staff.... Ted Andrews, Jeff Kerr,
Kim Brown, Martha McLaurin
Production Staff. Eric Freeman,
Jo Simpson, Marty Hood
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McFarland, Carla. The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 64, No. 3, Ed. 1 Monday, August 23, 1976, newspaper, August 23, 1976; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth245294/m1/2/: accessed February 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rice University Woodson Research Center.