THE MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST (Play)
It's July fourth in a small Mississippi town. Carnelle wants to win the contest of the title; her cousin Elain arrives announcing she's leaving her husband and sons; Elain's brother Delmont arrives to sell the house. Conflict, laughter and love ensue, always with irony. "...Mac Sam (Jonathan Banks) the most laid back balloon vendor in all the South and a former lover of Carnelle's whom she once infected with an unnamed 'disease.' This doesn't bother Sam, who has long ago learned to keep his equanimity with the help of a vest pocket flask." Los Angeles Times, 3/15/1980, sec.II, p.8.
CAST (not in order)
"Funny, fun, cogently directed if not always cogently written... a richly personal voice Banks as Mac Sam carves out an equally brilliant study in economy, transmitting more in the slow-motion bat of an eyelash or the savoring of a loving word than most actors do with four times the energy." Sylvie Drake, Los Angeles Times 3/15/1980 sec.II, p.8.