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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 6 Theatrical teamwork on a relaxed set Bea Arthur saves her brashness for Maude By DICK KLEINER HOLLYWOOD Maude, the CBS comedy hit, was re- learsing. But it was more like a party than work. They bad prop cheese and Backers set out oo the coffee able and Bea Arthur Maude kept nibbling away at them is the day progressed. She seemed very relaxed. 01 ill the actors on stage she spoke n the softest voice. You mild Mtrely hear her. She says she jayes the big, loud, wall-busting wrice for the show itself. She and a couple of other Krtors were sitting on the xxuch. Bea lit up a cigarette. The voice of the director, Hal hooper, boomed down from the sky, like God's, over the rehear- sal hall P.A. system. "Bea has a cigarette In her the voice thundered, 'which Maude will not have. Uid, therefore, when we do the she will not have to lean orward for the ashtray awl hus block the other actors as she is doing now." Bea smiled a little and gave he loud speaker a dirty look. "You can mouth the dirty words you're thinking in the Erection of camera Coop- sr's voice roared. Everybody laughed. It's ob- viously a relaxed set and takes ts tone from the star. Miss Arthur works hard but doesn't ippcar to be doing so. She is virtually unflappable awl Jong calmly through all the jamera-blocking and the other vork. "The public just doesn't know says Bill Macy, who )lays her on-screen husband Valter. "They think of her as Jrrogant, mostly. But she's such i pro. In all these months she's lever done a number. It's antastic." There seems to be no ego On most TV sets you ind that little things are im- xnrtant everybody IMS his >wn chair, for example, with lis name oo it. On this set, how- jver, Bea was using an old chair hat had the name of Vicki Lawrence, of The Carol Burnett >how, stencilled on the back, she didn't seem, to give it a second thought. They were taping the last Would AMA travel service approve thefr clients taking a geishagirl course in Japan? For all your travel requirements phone or visit A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE Located at 608 5th South Phone 328-1181 or 328-7921 All enquiries welcome Plenty of free parking at rear of building of the Season and Adri- enne Barbeau, who plays Maude's daughter, wasn't in it very much. She came to the studio anyhow and kissed all the crew good-bye. All very cozy, more like a club than a television show. They were supposed to be drinking coffee in the kitchen set. The prop men had set out some empty cups. Bea decided i oo B MAUDE (AND SPOUSE) Arrogcnt? Who, me? Thursday, May 10 O fD O Q fa Q o ID O fD O fD O (B e IB O 8 ID OD IB Q fD CD O Q fD Q 1.30 2.00 2.30 3.00 O Let's Make a Deal Movie: Do You Take This Stranger? Another World General Hospital Nancy Miller Hollywood's Talking One Life to Live Klara's Korner Galloping Gourmet Movie: A Gift of Terror Ed Allen Somerset Mike Douglas Dinah's Place Take 30 Another World Edge of Night What's The Good Word Vin Scully Show Family Court joker's Wild Splat Second Anything You Can Do Drop In Buckshot Newa Bewitched Star Trek Hollywood Squares News Password News News NC'TS News TBA Here's Lucy RON'S 'An Establishment Of Good Taste' RESTAURANT COFFEE SHOP, DINING A BANQUET ROOMS Monday thru a.m. to a.m.; Fri, and a.m. to a.m.) Sun. and Holidays a.m. to p.m. Phono 328-5666. 'SERVING THE FINEST CHINESE AND CANADIAN Acrott from tho Cuttomor Farklng-Ph. 328-5664 RJ News Q) Tn-Ui or Consequences O Doris Day Q David Frost Beat the Clock 7.00 QI Mod Squad Q Ironside IB George Little People CD Circle of Fear 0 Dean Martin O Carol Burnett (D Kung Fu Q Movie: The People Streets of San Francisco CD Streets of San Francisco Q Flip Wilson fjj) News (5) News fB George Kirby B Tonight Show Movie: Grounds for Marriage (B Here Coiri the 70s O Maude CD News (7) News CZ) Ncwi> JB Newd O Crossfire fB Merv Griffin Show O Movie: Cult of the Cobra that she wanted real coffee. She took her cup out to the hall, to the coffee machine, and filled it. For the rest of the scene, she drank coffee when she was supposed to drink coffee. Bill Macy improvised a bit of business with an ica buck- et. II was funny, but some of the crew accused him of being a method actor. "Every actor has a he said. "There's that famous story of when Sidney Kingsley was directing his 'Detective Story.' An actor was supposed to tlu-ow up in a closet. "The actor said he didn't have any motivation. Kingsley said, 'I'll give you motivation your left hand on your mouth and your right hand on your stomach and retch. If that's not ciwugli motivation, you're fired.' Macy says tlie Maude show is a perfect example of thea- trical teamwork. He likens it to a lifeboat, in which every- body pulls an oar. "There are no underdogs or he says. "We all work together. Teamwork." Everybody in the cast play- ed around with the lines, to make them sound smooth, easy, lifelike. Macy, accoixling to the script, was supposed to say, "The things that I mentioned." "Let's make that, "The things that I Ire said. "The other way is too literary." They horse around a lot, but they say that they horse around less and less as the hour for doing the show draws closer. The tension builds. The adren- alin start to flow. And, when they do the show in front of an audience they are all business. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) 1972 a voluminous year HOLLYWOOD (NBC) NBC News, the largest single sup- plier of network television programs in the nation more than hours last year recently closed its ac- counts for 1972 and found it had: Shot more than miles of film. Employed 100 editors to edit the film. Viewed hmtrs of film than 13V4 months of viewing if it had been pro- jected continuously from a single projector. Used one foot for every 10 shots. Paid a bill of million for raw film. Sent its staff of more than on trips totalling 2.2 million miles to 74 countries by air, sea, and land. Picked irp the travel tab of more than for person- nel alone, Paid a telex and cable bill of more than Paid a telephone bill of And, finally, purchased 125 cans of bug spray for ite trailer complex at the politi- cal conventions in Miami Beach. 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