I attended last year and it was a lot of fun! Can't wait to participate again!
No stars yet. Let's hope this exhibit isn't the disappointment the last one was/is.
MORNINGS AT SEVEN
There is certainly a lot of competition for your entertainment dollar in Tucson on the weekend. However, one new entrant in this crowded field certainly deserves your attention and that is Mornings At Seven at The Community Playhouse.
It used to be said that in almost any endeavor amateur was something to be avoided in favor of professional. But then we remember what the quadrennial Olympics is all about, where professionals are barred, and the drama of performance is all given over to those who do what they do not because they are paid to, but because they love what they are doing and do it very well. In fact, as we all know, they are often the very best in the world. And so it is with amateur theater sometimes, another name for which is community theater.
Certainly the new Community Players production of Paul Osbornes Pulitzer Prize-winning play Mornings at Seven fits into this category. It is world class fun and the performances are second to none.
Let me first say that this play was written in the 1940s and while there are a few noticeable anachronisms, like one of the characters decrying the invention of the telephone, most of the subject matter is highly relevant to today, and if you are tired of superficial shows about nothing or gratuitous violence, entirely welcome. How is that? Well, the play, which is a strange, delightful mix of profundity and light-heartedness, deals primarily with difficult, universal questions of family relations and human destiny which are not confined to any one particular era. Probably they are timeless and could just as easily have been written about in ancient Greece times as well as in modern ones. Often they were.
The action takes place, and a fast-paced action it is, in a backyard, which is an inexplicably underutilized and thoroughly under-appreciated venue for theatrical drama given the amount of things that actually take place there in real life. Actually, it takes place in two adjoining backyards which belong to two sisters who are both married and living in a Midwestern town where traditional values of honesty, fairplay, hardwork, and parsimony hold forth, where rose trellises are grown, proper bathrooms are maintained, meals are served on time, there is just one afternoon train out of town, and where people feel it necessary to apologize for getting up anytime after seven in the morning. It starts when Homer brings his girlfriend Myrtle home to meet his mother (yes, the play has its fair share of almost exotic-sounding Midwestern names, too). Unfortunately his father Carl is having an identity crisis at the time and goes off before he can properly meet Myrtle and becomes a missing person, thereby provoking a family crisis. It turns out Carl has been recently obsessed with a metaphysical moment in his life called The Fork, somewhere in his past where he worries he left the path he should have been on in life and took a wrong turn. This is the proverbial fork in the road that we are all familiar with and the existential question of what choice to make when we are confronted with one challenges us all (stay with a secure, but mediocre, job or try to find an uncertain new one, etc.). But is it fate or our own choice which determines where we end up in life? One of the other characters in the play feels that she, too, has made a bad choice and as a result of what she comes to discover in the play decides that all the intervening years that happened until she makes a change were wasted and just might not have been worth living at all. Through her discovery, and others, this play drives home the message that life is not a dress rehearsal and that we had better pay close attention to the choices we are given and make the right ones because they can either give our lives meaning or take it away, depending on what path we choose.
The plot takes many twists and turns and is full of surprises. The scenery and lighting are good, the staging leaves nothing to be desired, and the characters are believable, due in no small part to excellent type casting. To top it all off the Community Playhouse is a wonderfully intimate venue with plenty of opportunity to see every last detail of the evocative expressions on the actors faces and to hear their rich voices with all their subtle and suggestive intonations clearly. This is a lovely little gem. There are only six performances left though, and seating is limited so be sure to make your reservations early. You wouldnt want to be turned away at the door and miss this one! It is playing now through March 26. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and there is a matinee on Sunday at 2 pm. The Community Playhouse is located at 1881 North Oracle Road, just above Speedway. Their telephone number is 887-6239. (The Playhouse is a 501(c)3 organization but does charge a small admission of $12.)
Mornings at Seven
Written by Paul Osbourne
Directed by Vincent Flynn
Arronetta Arry Gibbs............Joanne Anderson
Cora Swanson............Sydney Flynn
Theodore Thor Swanson...........Scott Berg
Ida Bolton...................Bobbi Whitsun
Carl Bolton.............David Youngerman
Homer Bolton................Craig Ludwiczak
Myrtle Brown......................Jennifer Muskat
Esther Esty Crampton..............Elin Brown
David Crampton.....................Dan Reichel
Stage Manager...................Paul Brunelle
Stage Manager...................Barb Tobiasson
Lights, Sound......................Paul Brunelle
Set Design...........................Scott Berg
Set Design and Construction........Scott Berg, Bobbi Whitsun, Eric Everts
Social Media Coordinator........Mary Anne Fout
Show Poster.........................Sydney Flynn
This meeting is not on April 1st. The next meeting is March 12th, and every 2nd Sunday of the month thereafter.
I got so much help and inspiration from the Tucson Inventor Group!
It was a breath of fresh air to talk with other intellectuals! Most of the members are experts in their field, so it was nice to get free feedback on my product idea! Everyone is so supportive!
I left the meeting all fired up to move my idea forward!
I will definitely be there "first Thursday" each month!
I attend Executive Toastmastersummary and really enjoy the members, leadership, learning new skills and hearing great speeches
The Oracle area, 35 miles north of downtown Tucson, has a very rich southwestern history, including mining, tuberculosis sanitarium, late 19th century African-American entrepreneurs, Buffalo Bill Cody, early Hollywood film setting, possibly the earliest dude ranch, spectacular location and weather, and currently a great place to retire and the home to Biosphere 2. Checkout the OHS site here: http://www.oraclehistoricalsociety.org/ the OHS Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/8790835521… the Biosphere 2 here: http://biosphere2.org/ and El Rancho Robles here: http://elranchorobles.com/
This group now meets every second and forth Monday. Same location and same time. Please visit the website for more info.
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See you guys next week!
When at the group, please share the website 04065.prostatecancerbhr.com. Someone may actually benefit.
Thank you for writing about this. I've lived in Tucson for 5 years but I've never heard of the 211 service.
I didn't know this. Thanks!
Vixen is no longer in Bisbee.
second Saturday's link above is devoid of any info. Disappointing to be sure. More info is available on FB than on the page.
Hello all- we have discontinued this monthly meeting. Look for events coming up at MomForceAZ.org
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Peace and health,
Is this event still happening?
I was ignorant about the mission of this "museum" so I am submitting this review because people should know how their money for admission is used -so they can make an informed choice. This museum is a tax write-off for big game hunters to go to Africa and hunt down mainly big game kills. Your money supports their trips and cost to pay for sending their kills to the taxidermist. So go if you support the killing of our wildlife for fun and profit. In the first ten years of their existence, Tucsonans referred to this place as "Dead animal museum' .
I have gone to HH with this group. A bunch of nice, friendly, accepting people. They have other fun things to do. I look forward to doing more things with them.
Our time has changed to 12:30- 2pm
Hope to see you there!
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