Monday night's word premiere of "Golda" in Baltimon's Morris Mechanic Theater reuntes playwright William Gibson, director Arthur Penn and star Anne Bacroft, who triumphed together in "Two for the Seesaw" and "The Miracle Worker."
"Golda" is a dramatization of the life of Israel's former prime minister, Golda Meir, whose autobiography surely proved helpful to Gibson. Centering on the period of her prime ministry, the sory also depicts her earlier life as a child terrorized by Czarist pogrons, her Milwaukee girlhood and her move to Palestine with her children.
The Mechanic's run will be through Oct. 8, the company then moving to Boston before its New York opening Nov. 6, at the Morosco.
In the annual musical chairs of New York fall season, this means that the Pultizer and Tony winner. "The Shadow Box," must find a new home. That's not easy.
Trazara Beverley, who scored so resoundingly in "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf," that she was moved into a Los Angeles company when it was formed, will be in the version opening at the National Oct. 13. This unique artist and teacher is elusive to describe but to those who saw the New York original of Ntozake Shange's poetry-in-movement, Beverley will be impossible to replace. Producer Joseph Papp. who formed the National's company from both the continuing New York and closing California ones, is generous to think of us!
Having scratched the first two of its fall attractions. Ford's Theater now has some good news. Vincent Price will be playing his one-man Oscar Wilde evening, "Diversions and Delights." Oct. 13 through 30. "The American Dance Machine," to have opened last night at Ford's, was first to be scratched. Dore Schary's "F.D.R." with Robert Vaughn in the solo role not able to fit Ford's raked stage, has canceled its Oct. 4-22 engagement.
Virginia's State Theater, the Barter down in Abingdon of the Virginia Highlands, continues its premiere of "Bubba" through sept. 18. Sam Havens' comedy is about young Chicago marrieds and was presented through a Ford Foundation grant. Starting Sept. 29. "Never Too Late" will join Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" in repertory, and during the winter there will be Barter tour in "Hay Fever."
Bob Brown's Marionettes in "The Art of Puppetry" is the attraction through Sept. 23 at the American Puppetry Association. 815 1/2 King St., Alexandria, a restored 1912 vaudeville threater. This Saturday at 8 p.m. there will be a benefit performance for the theater. Reservations at 549-0787.
Arlington's - and America's - Julie Harris made her London bow last night as Emily Dickinson in "The Belle of Amherst" and if the London critics didn't recognize her as one of the great artists of their language, London won't see me again until they recant . . . Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, who are used to great notices, got more of them in Boston for "The Gin Game," D.L. Coburn's two-character play directed by Mike Nichols. New York previews begin Sept. 23.
Robert Klein, the TV funny guy who made his comedian bow in Rockville (or was it Gaithersburg?), is entertaining Saturday night at the University of Maryland's Fine Arts Theater: reservations at 454-4546 . . . Steve Martin's Kennedy Center Concert Hall appearance tonight at 8:30 was sold out in the first four hours, but an 11:15 performance has been added . . . Next Wednesday noon's Kennedy Center symposium will find Eivind Harun and Karen Jablons talking about their experiences, in "A Chorus Line." . . . Virginia Graham joins a Hayloft favorite, Jay Barney, for "Any Wednesday" at the Manassas dinner theater for a limited run; reservations as 591-8040 . . . Streets for People's International Festival will begin Sunday at noon, the action continuing until 8 p.m. on the Gallery Place Mall. F Street, between 7th and 9th Streets NW. The Bleecker St. Players will hold auditions for Selig Kainer's "City of Stone" Saturday and Sunday from 2 until 4 p.m. at Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Georgetown.