Fantastic performer who reels in a crowd with her voice. Definitely a person to keep in mind when going out on the town for live music. Have listened to her a few times around town. Che's, Saint Charles Tavern and Second Saturday's downtown.
Raul Grijalva, the militant man of MEChA, calling someone else a bigot and racist? Now that's some FAKE NEWS. Thanks for sharing, Little Jimmie, you can go back to recess now.
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
McSally not commenting AGAIN...why am I not surprised? Has she ever gotten out in front of an issue? Don't we want LEADERS? Even if her opinion might be unpopular, she should still have one.
McSally is, once again, not commenting? Doesn't she ever get sick of being so wishy-washy?
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It's the patriotic thing to do. And an homage to my old man who owned an 8-page weekly in my rural rustbelt red-state hometown.
Love Miss Olivia. Super talented. Amazing person inside and out.
Dining out is the new smoking. The reason restaurant food, in general, tastes so good is that it is super high in salt and very calorically dense, while being nutritionally deficient; way more unhealthy than most people would make at home.
McSally fought for what?? Lolol so is she saying she liked key and MAJORLY important provisons of obamacare? What a laugh.
That's my Girl!!!!! Congrats on an amazing interview!
What could it appear a mongoose is in the serpent den what can happen ?
Look the serpent has killed so many of their own the mongoose will feast.
It seems perplexing the Congressional Budget Office could not come up with an annual budget for 6 of the Obama's 8 years ?
Really where's the faith and the trust in that one huh PT Barnum has not shut down. The circus just took another venue look at the clown trying to pile into the car. They say I dont clean up behind elephants. While you're cleaning up get the ASS crap pile over there in all of the inner cities.
We left it for you because the elephant is the only force that can carry the load.
"Pro-Palestinian" meaning you support the Palestinian terrorists taking all the humanitarian aid, money, supplies, and support, and building terror-tunnels to attack, kill, maim, and capture Israeli women, children, and men?
Perhaps that's not something to be so proud of. Perhaps if the Palestinians would embrace peace and a two-state (or one-state or three-state... really I don't care) solution to end the terrorism and the violence, then being pro-Palestinian would be the same as pro-Palestine, which is a more ideal ending.
Ms. Anonymous strikes again. Notice she has not one instance or fact to back her claim. She's really great at name calling though.
Me? A ball breaker? Yeah you got me there. For what it's worth Trump wasn't my first choice. Scott Walker was. What annoys me about Trump is that no one is willing give him a chance. If he blows it I'll be the first to bitch. Let's look at a few of his policies. Cracking on Illegal immigrants. I repeat illegal. Why should someone who snuck into the country be allowed to cut the line. We should have Mexico's immigration laws. Google them. They're a Hell of a lot stricter than ours.
A stronger military. Anybody who thinks our world isn't dangerous is dreaming.
Cutting back on wasteful spending. I'm for that.
Obama give us a list of 7 countries that are hot beds of terrorism. Trump wants a temporary ban on immigrants from those countries until we can figure out how to better vet them. Is that so bad?
Face it, Trump is fighting with Republicans as much as the Dems. I'm firmly convinced if Trump found a cure for cancer, tomorrows headlines would read "Trump puts thousands of oncologists out of work."
White Man Made Global Warming is a religion now?
You keep solidifying your ignorance every time you decide to post.
The beauty of it is, you bury yourself deeper with each post. Nobody else even has to join in.
You're a self made man.
Would your savior do this?
He..ck no! He had sense. You know, that thing which you lack.
Yes that same racist asshole Donald Trump. What more facts do you need than everything he has ever said about "the blacks" or "the Mexicans"? Oh that's right, this is not a serious objection. Just comment trolling! D'oh! I fell into your trap yet again!
"Would your savior do that?"
I'm betting the first thing would be to abolish abortions.
So you are in favor of our government being run by religion, a religion other than Radical Islam or White Man Made Global Warming?
This column/writer cracks me up. Always a grain of truth, but a little risque for our seniors! Keep it up, amigo.
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