The soul show that opened Friday at Loew's Palace Theater and runs through Thrusday seems to be designed for peopled who are tired of spinning their golden oldies alone at home.
The acts - the Four Tops, Eddie Kendricks and Walter Jackson - have all been around since at least the early '60s and have reached the stage where they rest primarily on past laurels and introduce little new material at performances.
But that apparently is what their audiences want. At the opening performance, the loudest applause occurred when the performers reached into the past.
In a rare occurrence for an opening act, Jackson received a standing ovation after closing his performance with two of his hits from last year, "Butterfly" and "Feelings." Long a favorite of Washington audiences, Jackson seemed to return their warmth. "D.C., I love you," he said before exiting.
The Four Tops also received an ovation. They sang a medley of such 10-year-old hits as "I'll Be There," "Standing in the Shadows of Love," "Ain't No Woman Like the One I Got," and "Baby I Need Your Loving," then concluded with their current disco song "Catfish." Resplendent in gangster-white suits, the Tops performed with a Zest that made even their old material seem fresh.
Although Kendricks was billed as the show's star, the falsetto-voiced singer was the only act that did not receive an ovation. He was hampered by a hoarse voice and ear-splitting feedback from his sound system.