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Re: “Morning's At Seven

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

Cast
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

Crew
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

GREAT SPACE

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

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: “No Healthcare Vote Today After All

A number of years ago I was called to jury duty in an Arizona county most of you know. It was a murder trial. The defendent was accused of killing an older widow woman. It appeared he had a history of wooing, and scamming older widow ladies, and in his final episode he killed one, or so he was accused. I was in the jury pool with about 100 others. The judge and attorneys began asking the jury questions. There was a conference at the dais. The judge then announced they defendent was going to exercise his constitutional right to be his own representative. A noticeable groan went thru the potential jurors. I believe they all knew this was now going to take twice as long. In my own mind I knew he was going to be found guilty right there. Why? Because he was such a narcissist, he had been scamming old ladies for years with his self assured narcissism, he felt he could do it one more time. Luckily for me, I was excused. It was a six day trial, I followed it in the press. The jury was out two hours and found him guilty. The point of all this, is that a narcissist thinks he can BS anybody into anything, regardless of facts, process, , alternative interest groups, or reality. And he is truly shocked when his reality crumbles.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 03/25/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “"Martha McSally Is Not Answering"

I got through to a human on Friday but all the aide really wanted was my name and address presumably so I can be on their mailing list in the future. That's okay; when I get the propaganda in the future I will remember that I didn't believe her previous mailings about how much she fights for women.

Posted by Andrea Ibanez on 03/25/2017 at 11:42 AM

Re: “We Look Smaller in Boston

HumanBean, I usually don't add comments, but I want to correct an assumption you seem to have made. Your comment implies that the Boston schools replaced the Mercatur maps with the Peters projection. If you read the pull-out quote from the article, it states, "Teachers put contrasting maps of the world side by side and let the students study them."

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Posted by David Safier on 03/25/2017 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Is Arizona Wasting Taxpayer Money When Drug Testing Welfare Recipients?

U Does anyone know the number that did not apply for welfare because they may of smoked weed , knew they would be tested so they didn't apply at all so these kids that already was poor an wondered where they would get their next meal from went hungry another day because the parents was scared to be tested .. Try using this money your wasting on testing an use it on treatment if for one reason or another drugs have pulled these families down to a point where they need help , Then offer them real help a treatment program while they get public assistance, not hand them drugs type of treatment , a Cold turkey stop counseling support an some real treatment with assistance. Only then can you say you helped these people kicking people to the curb because they use drugs don't help know one an eventually ends up costing in medical bills , jail an probation programs ,,

Posted by momo.o on 03/25/2017 at 7:27 AM

Re: “No Healthcare Vote Today After All

That's not going to happen, just like a bunch of other things The Orange Ding-Dong promised.

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Posted by Orange Ding-Dong For Prison Now on 03/25/2017 at 7:13 AM

Re: “"Martha McSally Is Not Answering"

Since we live within her district, I have sent a couple emails to Rep. McSally and it seems as though they have fallen off the side of a cold, distant cliff. Hard to reach.

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Posted by Constant Voter on 03/25/2017 at 7:05 AM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Faces of Tucson

One of her eybrows has a burned out bulb ' is that the reason ?

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Posted by James McHugh on 03/24/2017 at 10:53 PM

Re: “A New Billy the Kid?

No Comment.. Just Photographs. Google: William 'Billy The Kid' McCarty (Facebook page) by -Larry Brown Jr. (aka} Blue Brown.

Posted by Larry Brown Jr. on 03/24/2017 at 10:28 PM

Re: “"Martha McSally Is Not Answering"

The dog caught the car. Now that they are in power, republicans have no idea what to do with healthcare.
Problem is, however, Obama Care does need major repair. Republicans and democrats need to find some affordable way forward. Won't see it soon. Sad.

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Posted by Gandalf on 03/24/2017 at 9:58 PM

Re: “No Healthcare Vote Today After All

I am so glad the healthcare bill will be revamped. Now can we get back to jailing Hillary.

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Posted by Hillary For Prison Now on 03/24/2017 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Ermanos Might Be a Beer and Wine Bar First, But You Should Definitely Eat There Too

Not that good, a bit dry: zip burger. Other foods, very expensive,hype is a good adjective to use.

Posted by realista1 on 03/24/2017 at 7:46 PM

Re: “E Komo Mai!

Mahalo!! Have to check this out!

Posted by Robyn Renwick Zelickson on 03/24/2017 at 6:25 PM

Re: “"Martha McSally Is Not Answering"

Patrick,

Actually, the state of Arizona has an independent commission to redraw Congressional boundaries.

I do think you are missing my point, though. McSally WON her district, but it is a decidedly diverse district and not one that in recent history has been deep red OR deep blue. If you use the recent election as a poll (and probably the most comprehensive one you will find), then the majority of her constituents do not support Donald Trump. I think it is pretty clear that we didn't vote for her so she could rubber stamp Donald Trump, else he would have won in this district.

Now, obviously things aren't so simple. But I do think that anyone looking into a reelection committee ought to take this into account. Is it fair? Is it right? It doesn't matter. The NUMBERS say that she leads a district that is skeptical AT BEST about Trump and his policies. And with Trump's national trendline pointing downward, I doubt the trend differs here in CD2.

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Posted by Indivisible on 03/24/2017 at 5:11 PM

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