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On a more positive note, a friend and playwright has a play running at Broom Street, and it's receiving rave reviews.

It's "The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker", a "fakespearian" rendering of the budget protests, our questionable governor, and all that has gone with that so far.  The play definitely leans to the left, but it also leans toward compromise over coercion.  To me, that's just about perfect.  It captures the spirit of the protests:  cooperation, hope, deep frustration.... 

Like others, I was moved to the teary-eyed state a few times, and felt uplifted at others.  It leaves one with the desire to go out and do something good for the world, which is about the highest praise I can give to a body of work.  And I'm not easy on works of theater, owing to some unfortunate experiences in the past.

Isthmus does a better review than I could: www.thedailypage.com/daily/article.php
A very entertaining radio interview:  slysoffice.blogspot.com/2011/07/lamentable-tragedie-of-scott-walker.html
And a bit of national coverage:  maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/08/04/7244946-now-playing-for-real-the-lamentable-tragedie-of-scott-walker

As a bonus, my PVC-and-duct-tape practice swords get their fifteen minutes of fame in the fight scenes.  Woot.

If you're in the Madison, WI area on a weekend before the play ends, I highly recommend it.  Call to reserve tickets - it's a smallish theater and they've been selling out, for both weekends so far.  Tickets are inexpensive, but they also take donations to keep their sparse location up and running, and to help out the actors who are doing all this without pay.  Official site:  bstonline.org/bst/
There's road construction; I found it easiest to park on Brearly, a couple blocks away, near Burrito Drive.  Eat local afterward; Roman Candle has good pizza, and Sprecher root beer floats.  And Burrito Drive is always fun, and there are many other local places as well.

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