Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Television shows don't quite rate searchlights yet. But the premiere of Norman Lear's latest, "All that Glitters," did rate a Kennedy Center bash last night. Lear himself led the pack of glittery people on hand, saying "its home here" in Washington.
The first episode of the series about sex role reversal, and several straps from future episodes, were blown up to fit the screen in the AFI Theater, and as the giant people up on the screen performed, it became quite apparent that 90 per cent of the laughter came from the women.
After the show, people munched on a lavish buffet spread across an upstairs room and pondered the meaning of it all. Writer Nore Ephron said she was "knocked out" by the way the women in the show would "click off" their men in the middle of conversations, as if to say, "Enoough of your problems, now back to No. 1.
But not all of the women were knocked out.
Attorney Jill Vollner declined to play critic. But her friend Lee Novich, vice-chair of the National Women's Political Caucus, was not reticent. "All That Glitters" "could be a consciousness-raising vehicle for men," she said, and some of the by-play was "fairly accurate." But she was "troubled by the concept that is we (women) had power, we would be a mirror image of the men who have power now." Novick "likes to think that having been oppressed, we would have more insight into what it means to be oppressed."
Catherine Wyler, a young Arts Endowment official, said Lear "has really got a great gimmick. It works, and it keeps on working long after you think it would stop." And what did her friend Richard Rymland think?
"I was traumatized," replied the Representative Male. "At first I was very uncomfortable." He said he had leaned over and whispered to Wyler, "Is that the way we really are?" Wyler had replied: "Absolutely."
Rymland told Lear how uncomfortable he had felt. "That's terrific," replied Lear.