The social commentary associated with SubUrbia, a play by Eric Bogosian that ran for five short nights last week at the Glaize Studio Theater, began when I called the box office to reserve a ticket. Before taking my credit card number, the manager warned me that the play contains nudity, profanity, and smoking. “It isn’t suitable for children,” she said. Placards on the doors of the theater repeated those warnings: nudity, profanity, mature content. Read More
If you passed the middle of middle age during the current economic recession, you can probably relate to Sidney Bruhl, the protagonist of Ira Levin’s play Deathtrap, which is onstage now at the Winchester Little Theater. Sidney’s best years are behind him, and he knows that, but he isn’t ready to accept it. He wrote two or three good plays when he was young, but now he is essentially unemployed; he and his wife would no longer qualify for decent tables at the better restaurants if she weren’t paying their way, so every meal humiliates him. Read More
President Barack Obama addressed the democratic convention last Thursday evening, advocating a “new vision of America in which prosperity is shared.”
That’s democracy, small “d,” the sentiment that “we are all in this together.” Our nation’s seal bears the inscription, “e pluribus unum,” meaning, “out of many, one.” Our American constitution embraces, “We the people of the United States,” meaning all of us. We formed a Constitution because the confederation of separate states lacked the shared strength necessary to ensure this nation’s survival and to provide for and promote its general welfare. Read More
We’ve grown numb to the unworthy process of cage fighting pols busting each other with unsubstantiated slanders and impossible policy claims.
Romney’s campaign team has just finished regaling us with their “vision” of America as seen from Tampa, Florida.
Congressman Paul Ryan, the Republican Vice Presidential candidate, charged that a sensational factory closing in his home town, Janesville, Wisconsin, arose because of Barack Obama’s failed promise to keep it open; in truth, GM announced the closing in June 2008 because of sagging SUV sales while Bush was President. Read More