TCT production opens tonight
'Last of the Red-Hot Lovers' was shortened from seven to four performances because of last weekend's winter weather.
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Elaine (Kami Ellis-Yasko) and Barney (Michael Prince) have an awkward conversation during the first act of Neil Simon’s Last of the Red-Hot Lovers. Barney uses his other’s apartment for “dates” with three women, including Elaine. The play also stars Valerie Davis and Debbie Cable-Brown, and it runs tonight through Sunday afternoon at Temple Civic Theatre. David Stone photo
‘Red-Hot Lover’ opens tonight at TCT
By DAVID STONE, Our Town Temple
After opening weekend was cancelled because of winter weather, the small but eager cast of Last of the Red-Hot Lovers is ready to delight.
The laughs will be nonstop as Temple Civic Theatre presents its version of Neil Simon’s 1972 comedy tonight through Sunday.
The show is part of the theater’s 2021-22 season.
Last of the Red-Hot Lovers is directed by Waco resident Kelly MacGregor, and stars Michael Prince of Temple, Kami Ellis-Yasko of Waco, Valerie Davis of Waco and Debbie Cable-Brown of Harker Heights.
The show is about Barney Cashman, a middle-aged married man facing a mid-life crisis.
“Barney has been married to the same woman for 24 years, and he decides to have an affair,” said Prince, who portrays Barney in the production. “He sets up dates with three ladies at his mom’s apartment while she is at work.”
The first meeting is with Elaine Navazio, a foul-mouthed bundle of neuroses played by Ellis-Yasko.
“Barney owns a restaurant, and he met Elaine there,” Prince said. “He sets these dates up for sex, but we later learn that sex isn’t really what he’s after. He’s trying to fill a void in his life.”
Ellis-Yasko said her character, Elaine, is a hot mess.
“For one thing, she’s married. And she’s very stubborn.”
The second “romantic” encounter is with Bobbi Michele, a 20-something actress who is a bit on the kooky side.
“Bobbi is disillusioned,” Davis said of her character. “She embellishes a lot, and she thinks she’s desirable. Honestly, she’s mentally unstable.”
Finally, Barney meets Jeanette Fisher, a gloomy housewife played by Cable-Brown.
“Jeanette is depressed, and for some reason she can’t taste food and it has nothing to do with COVID,” Cable-Brown said. “She’s the wife of Barney’s best friend, and she’s actually friends with his wife.”
“She had made a pass at Barney but ultimately decided not to go through with an affair.”
According to MacGregor, none of the seductions work out.
“Barney has been wondering if his regular routine was all he would ever have in life, but he finally realizes his life is just fine,” MacGregor said.
“There’s nothing really shocking in the show other than a curse word or two, but it’s really not for children,” she said.
Show time for Red-Hot Lovers is 7:30 p.m. except for 2:30 p.m. matinees on Feb. 13.
Tickets may be purchased at LAST OF THE RED-HOT LOVERS
Next up for Temple Civic Theatre is Inherit the Wind on April 1-3 and 7-10. Auditions wrapped up last night.
By DENISE KARIMKHANI, Special to Our Town Temple
Selwynn Barry Gholson and Larry Joe Ross were both soldiers, stationed at Fort Sill, Okla., and on Sept. 14, 1974, they entered Walburg State Bank in Williamson County with plans to commit robbery.
The gunmen ordered the bank's vice-president, an employee and a customer to lie down on the floor at gunpoint. Before they left the bank, one of the two men shot the three victims in the head. Miraculously, they all survived. About $2,000 was stolen.
The bank's vice-president called the Williamson County Sheriff's Office and gave a rough description of the holdup men. Walter Ferguson told the Sheriff's Department that he had seen the two men leave in a blue General Motors automobile.
These descriptions were put out by radio to all Central Texas law enforcement units.
At about the same time as the robbery, off-duty Highway Patrolman Hollie Tull left his Temple residence in a radio-equipped marked black and white highway patrol car.
Dressed in civilian clothes, he stopped the two suspects after hearing a description of the holdup men from a Temple police dispatcher. The dispatcher received a radio transmission from Tull concerning the car’s license plate number, BRT209.
Eventually the dispatcher and Tull lost contact, and he was later found by his car shot to death at 30th Street and Old Taylor Road. He suffered six wounds from a handgun and a shotgun blast to the head.
The abandoned getaway car was found not far away. It was registered to Ross' father. Several items linking the suspects to the getaway car and to the scene of the murder were found.
Two witnesses observed a fight between Tull and two men, and the subsequent shooting at Tull's car. Gholson was captured in a field near Temple, and Ross was arrested at his father's home in Granger a week later.
The pair were indicted for capital murder in Bell County, but because of pre-trial publicity, the trial was moved to Odessa. They were convicted in February 1975 and sentenced to death in the electric chair.
Their executions were scheduled for January 1977 but were stayed by U. S. Supreme Court justice Lewis Powell for appeal. Their sentences were eventually commuted to life in prison.
Belton Lake: Good
Water lightly stained; 53 degrees; 2.77 feet low. Catfish are good with an aggressive bite on cut bait. Moving to transitional areas, such as shallow water flats, in the main lake. Report by Jason "SPUD" Barton, Cattin' Around Adventure's Professional Guide Service.
Prefrontal white bass fishing showed aggressive feeding spurts that were short-lived with fish taking faster presentations when feeding, and near-deadsticked presentations before and after feeding. Using a white five-eighth ounce Bladed Hazy Eye Slabs vertically while fish were active, then changing over to near-deadsticked soft plastics on jig heads the remainder of the time on edges of mid-depth flats. Report by Bob Maindelle, Holding the Line Guide Service.
Water lightly stained; 45 degrees; 2.71 feet low. Fishing is slow, but better as the sun heats up the water. Bass should start staging near shallow structure. Crappie are slow moving into creeks to spawn.