OtherArea: Uptown, Memphis
Auto: SMOOCH! "college bound" is a dumbass goal when you can't keep sophomores in school. And NCLB's %100 goals are insane. Nobody in their right mind would create legislation with a mandatory date for %100-crime free, or %100 drug free. But, special needs and all we can have %100 literacy? Not to let locals off the hook, but NCLB is the biggest BIG Government disaster since, well, at least the prescription drug bill.
Several reviewers have attended but only a few reviews are in.
Yeah, cocaine makes people so considerate, pot makes them so reliable, and the psychedelic drugs turn everybody into a super-safe driver.
Choice of drugs is entirely beside the point here.
Adding: It's a charming piece of theater that's somehow transcends its weaknesses in interesting ways.
I am happy for Memphis although it's a qualified happiness tempered with a deep sense that we've been exploited. And yes, lots and lots of people get Memphis music. Just not David Bryan who has written some perfectly serviceable show tunes. Frankly speaking, Memphis doesn't need "MEMPHIS" as much as "MEMPHIS" needs Memphis.
And while I'm being frank, Hairspray--which opens at Playhouse on the Square this week-- is a more honest telling of the same basic story.
Merc: you are knot.
Does the supreme lawgiver even mention carbonated beverages?
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