I attended last year and it was a lot of fun! Can't wait to participate again!
I live and have grown up in the beautiful town of Oracle Arizona. Oracle is a friendly town full of history and beauty. If you have a chance to visit please do you won't regret it.
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
Shows NOW start at 8pm.
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.
Tell it like it is, Mr. Again sir. You've certainly put the commies in their place!
Christ, what an asshole.
"Or at least wanted before tea baggers ..."
What a filthy mouth you have.
Maybe your 'love' could actually pay for his own healthcare instead of demanding others pay it for him. If he's a poster child for subsidies he's a loaf, an unproductive member of society. If he really needs subsidies he will be eligible for Medicaid.
Tucson taxpayer dollars for Hate Trump TV. Nothing more than city funded communist/socialist/liberal propaganda.
"The bread, rolls and biscuits eaten in the restaurant today are the same recipes he was serving since the mid-19th century. It was Kelli's mom who brought them to Tucson."
You do mean the mid 20th century, right?
I wonder how many kids paying upwards to $50,000.00. Going into hock up to 20 years of their life paying it back. Even those GI Bills and scholarships have semester goals that need to be maintained. Once lost gone for good they dont reissue. Do you really need another distraction on campus no alcohol on campus or games.
Is that what you call your mattress which we see in the photo above?
That title is very revealing Mr. Again.
If I remember correctly TUSD received monies for pay raises and TUSD did not get it to the classroom. I can't see giving them more money, because I know what they do with it. Close some more schools and sell the property. You have plenty of money, plus that would put those properties back into a tax funding position instead of tax free.
Well, you've certainly convinced me, Mr. Again Sir.
Maybe we should look at the highest level of liberal indoctrination institutions for the money.
"Over a six-year period, Ivy League schools have received tens of billions in tax dollars, bringing in more money from taxpayers than from undergraduate student tuition. In fact, they received more federal cash than 16 state governments. "
"The spending is controversial because these eight schools -- Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Yale University -- have enormous resources at their fingertips, including endowment funds (money raised from donors) in 2015 exceeding $119 billion. Take that total and split it up among Ivy League undergrads and it comes out to $2 million each."
WOW couldn't disagree more! I can only speak to Dominick's pizza because it's the best , in fact it's so good that I have not tried anything else because when I even get close to Dominick's I crave their pizza. I have refereed ton of people there and EVERYONE loves all the food on the menu.
I highly recommend Dominick's to anyone and will stand behind my claim of the best pizza!
You won't pay more attention because I'm too angry? What kind of weak excuse is that?
I have displayed no anger here. In fact I was downright polite to you, considering you couldn't even read my post correctly.
Melt elsewhere snowflake. Nobody needs you here.
That I would never do. You are too angry.
I never said she was an "illegal".
If you're gonna comment on my commentary, please pay more attention.
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