THE IDOL MAKERS (Play)
"Elemental passions and sacred transgressions, bred in ignorance and isolation" (Los Angeles Times, 4/17/1979, sec.IV, p.9) lead to violence between a brooding austere man, his simple wife, and an itinerant woodcarver, resulting in death. The second act carries the conflict 25 years forward, when the wife lives with her two sons, one by each man. The sons, Uless (Zachary Lewis) and Brehmer (Jonathan Banks) parallel their fathers' relationship, likewise ending in death.
"A smoldering exercise in Old Testament violence" with strong atmosphere, vernacular dialog but ultimately lacking content. "Carter, Rice, Lewis and Banks are a tempestuous quartet of contending males..." Sylvie Drake, Los Angeles Times, 4/17/1979, sec.IV, p.9.
"Brehmer is the farmer, giver of life, who makes things grow and flourish... Alley Mills plays Brehmer's girl." Los Angeles Times, 4/17/1979, sec.IV, p.9.