Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Can We Interest the Alameda Community Theater in This Play?

Dear Mr. Grumbel,

Any review entitled "Panties, Squirrels and Lots of Ammo" has to provide some grist for your mill. Perhaps if this play were to move west, it could be re-titled "Why Development is wrong, and the people who love them."

Panties, Squirrels and Lots of Ammo

Imagine the relief when the action switches to the cozy New Jersey living room of Felicity’s mother, Luella (Kristine Nielsen), first seen raptly contemplating a flower arrangement. Of course that relief evaporates when Felicity’s dad, Leonard (Richard Poe, deliciously channeling George C. Scott in highest dudgeon), strides in to explain that that burning smell is not French toast, but some Squirrels he incinerated with a napalm blaster.

Editor's Comments:

Although the letter above was not signed, The Alameda Daily Noose and I were able to do a little gee-mail sleuthing, which convinced us that it came from none other than the famous President and CEO of Alameda's foremost business magazine, Steve Forbes. We usually don't waste any print on what's happening in overcrowded, Zeppelin-ridden cities like New York, but it's clear that the play described above is sounding a dramatic call to audiences to join in the Global War on Squirrels. Mr. Forbes makes his case well, and we are inclined to agree that if this play were to be performed in Alameda, it would be an unprecedented example of our city benefitting from something that came from Manhattan. Given the somewhat lackluster programming choices at our local dramatic venues lately, this Squirrel-incineration-themed play could only be an improvement.

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