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Re: “Morning's 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
Program................................Scott Berg

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Posted by Phillip Ozdemir on 03/16/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Movement Culture


Posted by Tucson Capoeira on 03/07/2017 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Ronstadt Generations y Los Tucsoneses

Shows NOW start at 8pm.

Posted by agmtb on 03/04/2017 at 6:57 AM

Re: “Sonoran Science Academy Davis-Monthan

Great school culture. Friendly teachers. Perfect for military kids

Posted by Andrew 1 on 02/24/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Sonoran Science Academy-Broadway

Amazing school culture and super friendly teachers

Posted by Andrew 1 on 02/24/2017 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Sonoran Science Academy Elementary School

Great school

Posted by Andrew 1 on 02/24/2017 at 8:43 AM


OMG OMG!! I can't WAIT until March 03!! PROMETHEUS is SO awesome and it's going to be an ALL VINYL SET! :D

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Posted by Danceboy on 02/21/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Kimchi Time

Food was good, not great, a little overpriced. My biggest complaint is that they tried to charge me an extra 50 cents on my bill, I asked them what this was for, and the waitress said it was a charge for the use of a credit or debit card. The problem was, i hadn't given them my card yet, i hadn't chosen my method of payment yet, but it was just on the bill. So, had I happened to pay cash, they would have still charged me that extra 50 cents. 50 cents is not much money, but i consider what they did an unscrupulous, shady and under-handed business practice; one that I will remember and as a result, will never go to this place again. The waitress also tried to charge me extra for the spicy vegetable side dishes, something that never happens at any of the other Korean restaurants I've ever been to.

Whoever owns the place must be incredibly stingy, petty and cheap, I would hate to be an employee there.

Posted by Peter Leopold on 03/21/2017 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Retooled

Y'all should be thankful that this isn't yet another "ode to Hotel Congress" ... a regular source of feature article source material here at the TW ...

Posted by danehick sux on 03/22/2017 at 9:47 PM

Re: “On the Theory and Practice of Bullshitting

He rarely shares his opinions regarding controversial topics, like the Muslum ban. I don't understand how the governor of a border state was able to remain silent on the topic. Called just about everyday and everyday he had not come up with an opinion? Seems like he's afraid of his shadow and is a definite yes man to Trump. Not impressed and disappointed with the people of Arizona for not demanding more.

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Posted by Wendy Goodman on 03/22/2017 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

Medicare withholding is 1.45% of you income. Employers match the 1.45 for a total of 2.90. So if Rick prepaid it he earned 24 million dollars in his earning years and has now used up all his prepayments? You folks really don't understand the math.

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Posted by Larry McNeil on 03/22/2017 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Does This Mean We Can Call It McSallyCare Now?

She won't get my vote again, nor will any politician who supports this assinine ACT. They are betting on the ignorance of their constituents who won't take the time to see how wrong this is. The Republicans are no where close to having their ACT together to take care of the public. If we have to accept what they do then they should have to live by the same rules, now that's a joke.

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Posted by Cindy Holliday on 03/22/2017 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

To those worrying about how many $85K procedures the government can pay for, please look closely at your paychecks. We are all paying for those, and Rick prepaid his proceedure with a lifetime of medicare deductions from his paycheck, matched by his employers' contributions. For those of us who are sel-employedm our payment is double (we pay both the employee half and the employer half).

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Posted by azrocker on 03/22/2017 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Does This Mean We Can Call It McSallyCare Now?

Basic fundamentals should be part of any health care in this country. 1. Everyone should be covered, since every living human needs health care at some point in life. 2. Everyone should contribute to their health care, based on their ability to pay. 3. Everything essential to life should be covered, including preventative measures. 4. Elected plastic surgery is not covered. 5. Drugs must affordable.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 03/22/2017 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Arizona ACA Enrollment Down 3.3 Percent. Cost For People With Subsidies Down 13.3 Percent.

That $85k procedure would cost less than $35k (or even less) in any other industrialized nation. These trolls can't see the forest for the Trees Rick!

Pharmaceutical companies spend 3 times as much money on advertising than they do on research!

There is so much unnecessary waste in our system. Health care cost were going up before Obama care at a higher rate than they were after Obama care, and people want to go back to that? Fuck that mess, fuck Obamacare and fuck Trumpcare. Non-profit is the only solution!

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Posted by HumanBean on 03/22/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “On the Theory and Practice of Bullshitting

You can keep your healthcare plan.

You can keep your doctor.

You're premiums will go down $2500 per year.

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Posted by What, Again on 03/22/2017 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Does This Mean We Can Call It McSallyCare Now?

McSally won her position by a slim margin. She must think her constituents are people from Phoenix because in Tucson that behavior will not fly. I don't really see her enjoying her job that much anyway so I refuse to feel sorry for someone siding with a traitor against the people that have employed her.

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Posted by Wendy Goodman on 03/22/2017 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Does This Mean We Can Call It McSallyCare Now?

McSally is in peril of losing the 2018 election if she continues to link herself with President Trump. That "shout-out" did her NO favors.

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Posted by Indivisible on 03/22/2017 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Does This Mean We Can Call It McSallyCare Now?

Economic genocide anyone?

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Posted by Ginfinity on 03/22/2017 at 3:59 PM

Re: “On the Theory and Practice of Bullshitting

Yeah, but she lost the election last November. We are all better off.

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Posted by Tania Pezzole on 03/22/2017 at 3:58 PM

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