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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Leaving Iowa

Good Ol’ Fashioned Forced Family Fun

Ross Boissoneau - May 26th, 2014  

Stuffing the kids in the family truckster for a road trip is a summertime rite of passage that never seems to die.

In the play “Leaving Iowa,” this rite lives on … and then some.

Playwrights Tim Clue and Spike Manton wrote the award-winning play about family and family vacations. It runs in Traverse City from May 30-June 14 at the Old Town Playhouse’s Studio Theatre.

Director Scott Bufe says from the time he and his wife first saw the play, he wanted to bring it to Traverse City.

“I saw this play several years ago in Chicago, and I knew I wanted to bring it here to our community theatre,” said Bufe. “It’s a wonderful play that I think we can all relate to.”

“Leaving Iowa” broke box office records at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Mich. and received a nomination for Best New Play from the Detroit Free Press.

The story follows Linda Miller and Joe Kilpatrick as “Mom & Dad” and Amber Carr- Kennedy and Cris Boyer as “Sis & Don middleaged writer Don Browning’s return to his Iowa hometown, where he decides to finally take his father’s ashes to his childhood home. But when Don discovers Grandma’s house is now a grocery store, he begins traveling across Iowa in search of a proper resting place. As he drives familiar roads, the story shifts from the present to memories of his childhood annual – and torturous –vacations.

“Everyone I talk to has at least one story about a family car trip,” said Bufe, who grew up taking road trips back and forth to Northport from out of state. “That’s how we went on vacation – we all piled into the car.”

Bufe says that’s why the story has such a universal appeal. It’s all about being together – very close together – with family for hours on end.

“The fights, the singalongs – what parents did to make it enjoyable,” he said. “We all heard at least once, ‘I’ll pull this car over.’” Bufe said the story is a touching one. “It’s a universal experience in terms of the good and bad on a family vacation or road trip,” he said. “It’s also a very touching story about a child reconnecting with parents and understanding the lives of his parents.”

Showtimes are 7:30pm, Thurs.-Sat. and 3pm, Sun., June 8 at the Old Town Playhouse’s Studio Theatre, located at 620 Railroad Place in Traverse City. Tickets are $15 and are available through mynorthtickets.com.

 
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