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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: “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: “On the Theory and Practice of Bullshitting

Amen sister!

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Posted by Susan Henshaw on 03/22/2017 at 3:26 PM

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

She's despicable. Doesn't care at all about anything but herself.

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Posted by Rsklsi on 03/22/2017 at 3:22 PM

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

Still waiting for her to tell us who her constituents are...

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Posted by Cascabel on 03/22/2017 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano - Encore

Excellent !!! What a professional showman.
He started exactly at 8pm bowed and responded after every song. The band is fantastic older gentlemen consummate performers.
Played 2 1/2 hours straight no fillers.
Would definitely see him again

Posted by Linda on 03/22/2017 at 3:03 PM

Re: “On the Theory and Practice of Bullshitting

This article is bullshit.

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Posted by polly on 03/22/2017 at 2:46 PM

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

What, Again,

I often wonder about the derivation of your name. What Again? Or is it Again What? Is that British? Scottish? Welsh? OK I'm kidding, I know lots of people who are afraid to sign their names to posts.

Like I said, we (my family and friends) are glad I made it and wish every one had access to this sort of coverage allowing them to live full lives without the fear of impending financial doom or bankruptcy. The only way to get there is to join the rest of the free word (not a pun) and provide a single payer healthcare system. Or else we could just let folks who can't afford insurance drop dead.

But with a majority of US households unable to weather a $5,000 emergency much less one approaching $100 grand I'd say the procedure is certainly worth the money and hope anyone going through this sort of crisis is provided the care needed to save his/her life.

Even you, What, Again... or Again What.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 03/22/2017 at 2:41 PM

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

"You have to wonder why..." I suppose the obvious answer is she was offered a political plum in return. I just hope, for her sake, it was more than a letter from Paul Ryan suitable for framing. What's the going rate for betraying the public trust?

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Posted by Concerned Citizen on 03/22/2017 at 2:08 PM

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

She didn't have to walk the plank on this. Other GOP Reps have been willing to stand up to Trump and Ryan to protect their constituents. Here's Rep. LoBiondi of NJ: "Simply put, this bill does not meet the standards of what was promised; it is not as good as or better than what we currently have. Accordingly, I will vote no on this healthcare plan."

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Posted by Teresa Zimmerman on 03/22/2017 at 2:05 PM

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

She and about a hundred other GOP reps demanded these changes to keep their constituents quiet.


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Posted by SonoranWinds on 03/22/2017 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Local Danish Bakery Serves Up Savory Desserts

Address? Hours?

Posted by StrawHousePig on 03/22/2017 at 1:42 PM

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


Wasn't your life saving procedure worth the 85k? If it's not worth you paying it sure isn't worth it to me.

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Posted by What, Again on 03/22/2017 at 12:03 PM

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

Rick your story is absolutely amazing. Congratulations my friend.

I have to wonder though, when Part B medicare is $109 per month, how many $85,000 procedures they can fund. Do you fully understand and trust the US Government's accounting procedures and ability to deficit spend?

They can't trim a tree branch using a cost effective method. Need I mention simple road repairs? I see bigger problems coming, because of lack of discipline and honesty.

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Posted by Larry McNeil on 03/22/2017 at 11:11 AM

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

Your Average Jane Citizen

Thank you for your illuminating post! ACA was a start that is now fizzling out, especially for people like you and your husband. Republicare will more than likely make matters even worse for hardworking families leaving a single payer option the only obvious solution for those who are being gutted by healthcare costs. A personal note: I am pushing 70 and on Medicare. In July I suffered a life threatening heart attack and survived due to some fantastic care at Banner UMC. The total bill was pushing $85K and we wound up with out of pocket costs of less than $2,500. We wish every one had access to this sort of coverage allowing them to live full lives without the fear of impending financial doom or bankruptcy. This healthcare scam in the US is sickening - literally.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 03/22/2017 at 10:51 AM

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

I take huge issue with this statement in the article:

"While no one wants to pay the full cost of ACA health care, which averages $611 a month, the top 20 percent who make over a hundred grand can manage it. "

It is disingenuous to say what those who make over $100k can manage. You have no idea what our circumstances are, the sacrifices we have made to get to this place.

No, I do not want to pay $1400 a month in insurance premiums, not when I paid $650 last year for better coverage! Also, my husband and I built out business ourselves. It is what supports us. We took out no loans. We started it after my husband had been laid off three times during the recession. Our business is service-based, and our income can vary. It can be feast or famine some months. There have been months when we have had billables out but no income in. But we purposely dave money for these down times so we can ride it out. Why should we be punished for doing so?

All this to say, why should OUR long hours, weekends, no vacations, and time away from our daughter building a life to support ourselves and our family with no government aid be used against us? We choose to work these long hours so we can get ahead. We choose to live in a small house, one that we can actually afford rather than over-extend ourselves and take out more debt. We chose to pay off our student loan debt early rather than be burdened by it well into our forties. We choose to drive fourteen-year-old cars that are worth maybe $1500 rather than upgrade every couple years like a lot of those around us. The cost of our monthly premium could easily cover two new car payments each month! Why should our good work and the way we choose to save money for our retirement and daughter's education be taken from us and used against us?

I am a supporter of universal healthcare. The only way to make it fair and right is for everyone to be taxed equally and have equal access to care.

That said, the system we have now is bananas and for those of us who are self-employed, getting no subsidies, working long hours, and not getting a break, it is not right or fair that my hard work should cover others in this manner. We purposely choose to live a frugal, saving lifestyle. I do not want to be punished for it. Or heck. I guess I could just choose to cut back our hours and work, buy two new cars (which I could afford with the cost of our monthly premium), and take a vacation. I could really use a vacation! Or even a trip to the doctor's office without having to worry if that sonogram my husband needs will even be covered!

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Posted by Your Average Jane Citizen on 03/22/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Retooled

$9.50 for a burger, no sides. Want fries? $4 more. Maybe a beer too? $6. Meal for one, $20 before tax and tip.

This is the same price as getting a burger/fries/beer at nearby establishments like Ermanos or Pasco, both of which source as much of their food from local farms and ranches as possible. Where is this new place getting their meat from?

Does this stuff matter? I think people care about this info and want to know how much something costs and what they are getting for their money. If there is better quality food in the area at the same price point, that is significant. Step it up TW!

This 'review' smells like an advertisement.

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Posted by HumanBean on 03/22/2017 at 9:39 AM

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

Thank you Rick! A rational and intelligent analysis and response. Non-Profit health care is the only way to go. There are ZERO rational arguments against it. We need to wake people up!

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Posted by HumanBean on 03/22/2017 at 8:06 AM

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

The impact of the horror stories above from real people virtually priced out of the market with access limited to to a single provider and few doctors are far more compelling than Safier's latest self deprecating attempt at policy analysis. The view from 40,000 feet is clear, the US is the only western democracy on earth with a health care system designed to generate profits at the expense of universal coverage and health outcomes consistent with the wealthiest nation on the planet. The answer to this dilemma is clear, you only have to remove the blinders and take a look at how other western democracies handle health care coverage and ask why the hell can't we do the same?

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 03/22/2017 at 7:49 AM

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

I'm sorry you didn't understand my comment humanbean. But there is no need to call me crazy. You see, you fall into the same trap that many liberals do. You focus on the outcome and then the process be damned, you want your outcome. But the end does not justify the means. And had you understood my "illegals" comment you would know that I did not coin the phrase "doing the jobs that Americans won't do." The left did, in trying to rationalize another "outcome" desire. The US health insurance industry subsidized R&D for drug makers with our premium dollars while foreign countries took advantage of much of that money spent to bring drugs to market. Our costs skyrocketed because of the FDA approval process.

My premiums are up 300% since the ACA was enacted. My deductible increased 40 fold. I didn't realize how good I had it.

I want the old system back where I had choice. Right now I have little if no coverage, while spending mass amounts of premium dollars to subsidize another "outcome" forced desire.

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Posted by Larry McNeil on 03/22/2017 at 7:34 AM

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