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Saturday, July 4, 2009

See a Play

Drama is one of the oldest arts.

Before TV, before movies, even before the novel, there were plays.

To sit in a darkened theater, or outside on a warm summer's night, and see your fellow human beings strut and fret their hour upon the stage--pure magic.

It could be an extravaganza, an epic of Biblical proportions.

Or it could be a one-man-or-woman show.

It could be Broadway or (better, I think) the local Parks and Rec. Or your kids in the living room.

It could be Shakespeare. Euripides. A Medieval passion play.

Or it could have been written yesterday. Or improvised right now.

In Shakespeare's time, the poor stood on the ground, near the stage. They were called "groundlings."

Best seat in the house, if you ask me. Rotten-tomato-chucking distance.

Sit close if you can.

But even up in the "nosebleed seats," the play's the thing.

Finally, if there's just no way you can get to a play: perform your own.

You'll be happier.

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