I think the Alameda Civic Light Opera needs to choose better shows to put on. Last weekend, I went to see their musical play about Alameda's West End, and it was completely inaccurate. As someone who lives on the West End, I can tell you that although the neighborhood is certainly full of cheeky young Encinal Jets, there is no school with sharks for a mascot at all. You'd think that anyone writing a play about Alameda would know that. Whoever put that West Side Story together needs to learn more about our town.
And now I hear that the ACLO is trying to do some production about Greece. Well, if their ancient history isn't any better than their knowledge of Alameda culture, that won't be much good either. ACLO should stick to things that are entertaining, and not try to go all highbrow with history and current events. I don't want to have to think and get annoyed when I go to a show, I just want some singing and maybe a polka or two.
Thursday, July 31, 2008