I first met Alejandra Platt while photographing a Guarijio ceremony in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental. It was inspiring to see another photographer working in the rugged and dangerous region of the Rio Guajaray in northwest Sonora. I learned Ms. Platt was working on her first book, “In the Name of God,” an ambitious 7 year long project to document indigenous people off the tourist grid throughout Mexico. Viewing Ms. Platt’s black and white images several years later, I was struck by the fact she had illuminated the lives of the people, cultures, and traditions most Americans and Mexicans have never seen or heard of.
Ms. Platt's “In the Name of God” is reminiscent of the compelling work of Swiss photographer Gertrude Duby-Blom. During the 1940s, “La Reina de la Selva” documented the Lacandon Maya in the burning jungles of Chiapas. Blom’s remarkable work to save the Lacandon Maya was later published in her book, “Bearing Witness.” Like Gertrude Duby-Blom, Alejandra Platt-Torres deserves recognition and support for her valiant efforts to shine light on the vanishing people and traditions of Mexico.
John Annerino, Photographer Author
Hi. Reading this article got me to thinking about something a few years back I was on my way from New Mexico to Arizona I went about an hour south of Albuquerque and picked up a highway that took me west to Phoenix on my way out there I went down and down and down. It was late April or early May. As I crossed over I think I gained two hours. So it was a very long day but more stunningly The sky was crystal clear. Never in my life was I so surprised or delighted at scenery during the car ride. Part of it no doubt is the geography or top biography of that area. You go from the mountains of New Mexico to canyons which lead to a valley Full of saguaro cacti. I wanted to name that experience and so I was reminded of the book by CS Lewis entitled surprised by Joy. That was my experience. I was surprised by Joy. It was a day with two hours tacked on two hours of beautiful sunlight crystal clear skies and warm crisp Desert like climate that reached 99° upon entering Phoenix Valley. I've driven across country twice and have traveled abroad quite a bit but I never saw such a spectacular seen as this. Has anyone else driven that route that shared my experience? I'd be interested to know.
Hi. I am a regular visitor at the Gaslight Theatre and I wanted to make a few respectful and professional comments on this review. The song is called "Can't Smile Without You", the costume designer's last name is Cloutier, not Clouthier, and the first sentence doesn't make sense. I thought it should say this is A good one.
The Weekly will nurture every new band no matter the skill level. They also nurture one another with congratulatory comments about their opinions. There are thousands of people in Tucson interested in theatre and it is not always the most common or commercial. Mr. Skinner wrote a rave review of a commerical house company previously. Despite the digital age, theatres still count on positive press. I think this reviewers inability, for example, to discuss anything about the actress but her eyes is not only telling but a little creepy. My takeaway from this review was that the reviewer does not know how to look at a play or a performance. It may be the show was unsuccessful. I liked many things, other things bothered me. The theatre community depends on places like the Weekly to deliver arts news and it is very disappointing that this is the result. Who will review the reviewrs? Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Just got around to reading the May 29th ‘review’ by M. Scott Skinner’s of “Iraq in 3/3 Time With A Coda”, which I had the good fortune to see at Live Theatre Workshop.
My husband and I just moved here from the North Shore of Boston, and one of the things that attracts us to Tucson is its wonderful theater community and the many theaters and the many new plays, innovative companies, writers groups, responsive audience, and more that exist here. We both hope to become a part of it.
One of the many things we’ve learned about theater and about new plays in particular is advice from the Chicago Dramatists group (which has done a phenomenal job of creating a dynamic theater culture in Chicago), and they feel that the Chicago theatrical renaissance owes much to the reviewers who went to all the plays, who supported the theaters and playwrights and actors through thick and thin, and gave public structure to the efforts of that artistic community. They built audience, and sensibility, and sensitivity, and confidence in what was once backwater Chicago. They did it.
This review is really not much of a help in building the community here in Tucson. It’s snarky, and about the critic and how clever and funny one can be, and not useful or constructive in any way. There was much to say about Iraq in 3/e Time With A Coda, and much good, and there are things that could be better, too, lessons that could be learned, but this review doesn’t try in any way to nurture the playwright, the actors, the theaters that make themselves available for new work, or the audience. It’s a turnoff.
It’s fine not to like a play. It’s fine not to like a production. But it is vicious to put together a review like this. And it does little good except to give a critic the chance to perform some sort of public execution.
I like playwright, I liked the risk he took to put the play on, to direct it himself, I like new plays, I like these actors who took up this challenge, I like people who take risks, I like people who go to plays who share their thoughts and reactions in the hope of making Tucson a greater center of theater.
I really don’t appreciate people who lurk outside the lights and look for signs of weakness to prove ---what? I guess I don’t know what the point is.
Thank you to the playwright, the actors, and Live Theatre Workshop for putting up new plays. I hope to see more.
Worst and most infantile 'professional' review I have ever read. This told me little or nothing constructive about the play, only that the 'reviewer', (I use the term loosely), did not like it, but gives no reason for his views. Methinks there may be more than just a bad burrito in the mix.
While the topics in these short plays may not be to everyone's taste, this "non-review" is just downright mean! If Skinner said he was not going to review the play, he should have left it at that. Instead, he went on a rampage, detailing his thoughts as the play progressed. The actor "saying so many words" as Skinner put it, was obviously reciting instructions from a sniper's manual and pitting his own guilt against his indoctrination. The actors did a fair job, some better than others. Jared Stokes, in particular, performed his multiple roles convincingly. This is the nastiest "non-review" I've ever read. Me thinks there was a bad burrito consumed with that cup of coffee before the show.
Susan this sounds so funny and I'm sure you were so funny and wonderful in it.. I would love to read a copy. Aline in London
What a great review, makes me want to hop a plane to Tucson to see how they do Oklahoma! there.
The soaring music is unforgettable and will stay with you as long as you live.
Perhaps the students get into the performance with so much enthusiasm because the musical is a simple story of human nature, mostly good, with really only one, Jud, the bad.
Oklahoma! is a happy play, unlike the usual American entertainment of violence and vulgarity. No crotch shots here, no bad guys win. It is nice to see good prevail. The audience will no doubt leave feeling happy for having such a fine evening with Oklahoma!
Please let's agree not to notice that the cowboy's called Curly in one paragraph and Curley in another and then back to Curly on third reference. I did that on purpose!
Oh, & I also botched the original press release for THE GLASS MENAGERIE in January when I typed that Bette Davis was in the film instead of Katharine Hepburn. I had Bette on the brain b/c I had been promoting the film, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER starring Bette Davis & Monty Woolley. So, you see...we are all human. =)
Apology accepted & appreciated. If it helps, I spelled Jay Leno's last name wrong in J-School at Michigan State & that was an immediate failing grade. Course, it wasn't a "real" article, but lesson learned. LOL
My apologies for the phone number. I feel like a sub-human mongrel.
Just FYI... there's a typo in the phone number - instead of 622-1162, it should be 621-1162. Thanks!
Guess we are supposed to feel sorry for "another" illegal alien who did not enter here legally? Nope, not going to. I think it's a Hispanic Guilt" crap we are supposed to swallow. Multiply this by 20,000,000 and you have them being a majority by 2050.
Take your guilt and shove it.
The precautions Alejandra takes to not get caught are the same precautions American Citizens take when they know they have a warrant out for their arrest, have committed a crime and are not sure if they are a suspect, etc. Ultimately Alejandra was taking the same precautions as an illegal immigrant as American Citizen criminals take everyday. I know plenty of legal immigrants and they are proud of their citizenship papers that they earned legally and the right way. No one seems to care about the people who enter the U.S. legally, they are more concerned with being sympathetic to those who entered the U.S. illegally.
I saw this brilliant production @the Sunday matinee - I felt as tho I was back in NYC. If you miss this version of Cabaret, blame no one but Urself.....
And yes, the ensemble is so worthy of the random bold-facing.
Nutcracker by the Numbers
Ooops! Must be an oversight to not include Moscow Ballet's company of 40 performing "Great Russian Nutcracker" in the "professional" category....if they are not professionals (dance as a full-time career and are paid for it) then who is? Go to www.nutcracker.com for all about the tour and company
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