Friday, October 24, 2014

Dan Savage Takes Memphis Playwright to Task Over Verisimilitude

Posted By on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 9:38 AM

click to enlarge Morgan Jon Fox in a blue t-shirt.
  • Morgan Jon Fox in a blue t-shirt.

Dan Savage says he doesn't wear shirts with collars. Not on CNN or anywhere else. That was The Stranger editor/Savage Love columnist/occasional theater director's one comment about Memphis filmmaker/playwright Morgan Fox's short nervous breakdown of a comedy, Ann Coulter and Dan Savage in an Elevator on its Way to Hell. Savage  posted the criticism on his SLOG blog under the headline "Offered Without Comment." He also, generously, posted a video of the show, which enjoyed a healthy three-week run at TheatreWorks in May.

I once took a thoroughly enjoyable (if almost entirely useless) workshop with Savage that was all about how every weekly newspaper in America should put the word "fuck" in big letters on the front page, and include the four letter word as often as possible in stories. So I tend to believe he's given to pointed overstatement, even when he's understating. Also: Google image search. 

Dan Savage on MSNBC in a shirt with a collar.
  • Dan Savage on MSNBC in a shirt with a collar.

If you don't read Dan Savage, you should. He's irreverent, sharp, and hilarious. So is Fox's play, which was originally produced by Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe, and which you can now sample right here. Enjoy. 

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