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Figure JOE A. CALLAWAY Actor Director Critic Lecturer From BROADWAY Callaway, with Mary Rolfe and Willie Shore, in the George Abbott hit, SEE MY LAWYER OUTSTOUNDING!— Robert Coleman, N. Y. Daily Mirror. PAY SUITABLE ATTENTION TO JOE CALLAWAY.— Brooks Atkinson, N. Y. Times. We had Callaway lecture on the theatre for our annual ladies' night and there couldn't have been a better choice. Everyone was tremendously enthusiastic. For the theatre-lover who is unable to get to New York as well as the theatre-goer who wants advice about which shows to see, hearing this young authority on drama is a must. Paul D. Bagwell, President Lansing Junior Chamber of Commerce. Callaway brought gales of laughter … before a packed auditorium when he opened the annual Nhama Vacation School with artists and writers gathered to enjoy learning in a cool north woods setting. Not only was he amusing, but informative and captivating as well. The Escanaba Daily Press. Joe Callaway again brings to the platform the scholarship and wit of his college classroom plus the charm and color of his youthful personality in a brilliant resume of the most interesting highlights of the current Broadway season. Raymond Early, Author Avery Hopwood Award Winner, 1942. HE PROVIDED A CONTINUOUS FABRIC OF LAUGHTER … WAS ENTHUSIASTICALLY RECEIVED. Miami Daily News. Joe A. Callaway is one of those rare and fortunate persons who has an easy informal stage presence that promptly puts his audience at ease, combined with a solid background of training and experience which makes his lecture on plays, something considerably more than a resume of textbook compilation. His work as actor and director affords him the knowledge that makes him quick to note and commend good work in a play, and as quick to detect the inept. His lecture becomes not only informative, but highly entertaining as colored by his humor, telling bits of dramatization, expressive pantomime—a satiric glint of the eye, the quirk of an eyebrow, pointing his comment. Manthei Howe, Dramatic Critic, The Daily Mining Journal. LECTURE TOPICS BROADWAY PLAY BY PLAY A dramatic revue of current New York Shows. SHAKESPEARE A LA MODE A Lecture-Recital with Scenes enacted in Costume. After showing how Shakespeare might have written many of his subtle, human and political observations for this morning's press, telling some of his humorous stage experience, Mr. Callaway portrays some of the most memorable scenes from both the comedies and tragedies. Martha Scott Martha Scott, with whom Callaway was associated in a dozen plays when they were featured with the Globe Theatre Company, says, JOE CALLAWAY BRINGS TO THE LECTURE PLATFORM THE WIT OF A COMEDIAN, THE KNOWLEDGE OF A DIRECTOR, AND THE PERCEPTION OF A CRITIC; FOR HE HAS BEEN SUPERB AS ALL THREE. Professor Callaway enlivened his talk with humorous personal anecdotes about some of the well-known stars with whom he has appeared. He held his audience well, and his capsule reviews of the shows were varied and interesting. His talent for characterization was put to excellent use, as he sent his audience into peals of laughter with brief characterized quotes from some of the plays. To put it briefly—his lecture was tops! Maxine Eyestone, The Lansing State Journal. His lecture, Shakespeare a la Mode, gives a new and colorful slant to Shakespeare and his portrayal of roles has a piquant and heretofore overlooked way to interpret what the great dramatist sought to create. The Daily Ardmorite. CALLAWAY TURNS LOOSE A CYCLONE OF LAUGHS!— The Oklahoma City Times. Joe Callaway is outstanding and has consistently proved that he is not only sensitive to Shakespeare the poet, but is exceedingly well qualified to evoke Shakespeare the man of the theatre … shows competence and zest. John William Rogers, The Dallas Times Herald. Mr. Callaway had become a by-word with San Diego adults who had seen and heard him. We wanted the pupils of high school age to hear Shakespeare read with the ease and natural flavor which a seasoned actor gives it. In all ways were we pleased with the performance. The students responded with intense enthusiasm and interest. The faculty were more than gratified at the background, the poise, and the versatility of Mr. Callaway. Ruth Weis, Head of English Department. John Aseltine, Principal, San Diego High School. His outstanding perception of comedy and characterization gives him a delightful ease that wins his audience at once, and his thorough knowledge and understanding of what is best in drama holds his listeners to the end, which in itself is a gift that only is given to the few. Backstage with Mabel Bradley, San Diego Union. Joe Callaway knows his theatre, views it with insight, treats it with rare humor and understanding. Honolulu Advertiser. Robert Taylor and Callaway in Honolulu, where Callaway lectured at the Academy of Arts. To HONOLULU CALLAWAY KALEIDOSCOPE It is both unusual and refreshing to find a young professor who, in addition to his training at several prominent universities, brings to the platform a background of experience in night clubs, radio, stage and screen. Callaway as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream Joe A. Callaway has played over 6000 performances in both classical and modern productions, directed one of America's most successful summer theatres, served as a night club impresario, acted, directed, announced for the networks, and has spent what little time remained in front of a Hollywood camera. Mr. Callaway received his academic training and was a part of the dramatic scene at the University of Oklahoma, Goodman Memorial Theatre of the Chicago Art Institute, Northwestern University and the University of Southern California. He began his career as a protege of DeWolf Hopper. As a member of the famous Globe Theatre Company, which played to nearly two million people at the Chicago, San Diego, Dallas and New York Worlds Fairs, he has been featured in sixteen different Shakespearean plays. He has appeared in four plays directed by Margaret Webster, outstanding Broadway director, who says, Joe Callaway has great ability … is an actor of exceptional talent and varied experience. He directed a professional stock company at Miami Beach, the San Diego Community Theatre, and notably, the Marquette Summer Theatre, which he founded and subsequently managed for four seasons. In radio he has been as frequently in the control room as before the mike, as director of over 150 radio plays and as actor with Jean Hersholt and other stars of NBC and CBS. Norman Corwin, foremost radio writer and director, says, Joe Callaway, colleague past and present, but mainly future … I have supreme confidence in the contributions be will make to this needy medium. Callaway's duties as assistant professor of speech at Michigan State College have allowed him to continue his professional activities as guest director with the Blue network and as lecturer and critic. As Essex in Elizabeth the Queen One of the most stimulating and entertaining programs in a season of tops personalities. With his vivid descriptions, penetrating criticism and brief characterizations he made us all feel as though we had seen the most interesting plays now on Broadway. Without question, JOE CALLAWAY IS THE BEST YOUNG LECTURER ON THE THEATRE TODAY. Mrs. L. M. Wolfe, Program Chairman, A. A. U. W., Jackson, Mich.
|Title||Joe A. Callaway|
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|Personal Name Subject||Callaway, Joe A.|
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