That Was Two Weeks That Were 31 May - 8 June '06"

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That Was The MONTH That Was

Wednesday 31 May - 8 June

21 may THE BOSTON Theater MARATHON Playwrights' Theatre BCA
30 may HEADING FOR EUREKA CentaStage BCA
=====JUNE=====
9 jun CAROLINE or CHANGE SpeakEasy tage BCA
15 jun 34th FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS #2 Playwrights' Platform PLAYWRGHTS'
16 jun SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Metro Stage & She Productions CAMB Y
17 jun THE SUM OF OUR DIFFERENCES Arlngton Players DEVANAUGHN
22 jun IN PERPETUITY THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE Whstler'n Dark CHARLESTOWN
VI
25 jun [ KAYBILL Celebrating Kay Bourne HIBERNIAN HALL ]
28 jun MOONLIGHT QE2 Players BOSTON PLAYWRIGHTS' THEATRE =====JULY=====
6 jul MY YOLANDA LOVE Queer Soup Theater BOSTON PLAYWRIGHTS' THEATRE
13 jul PROOF Theatre Omnibus ARSENAL ARTS CENTER
15 jul THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT Company One BCA

16 July: Explanation:

My mind has been "on Walkabout" lately...
Actually, it has been involved more with my left knee than with theater.
And that has to stop!

The Physical Therapy people at Beth ISrael Hospital are much better at exercizes than I am (They even know how to spell it!); and since I have, this time, bitten the bullet and endured some pain while doing the series (twice!) every day --- the knee does indeed feel better. Not great, but better enough to suggest that perseverance furthers. I now have faith that after a mere four - five years of this, I might be walking like a normal human being. (Film At Eleven!)

So I have been a bit better at getting To SEE shows, but terrible at writing anything about them. [Confession: I slept away all of Sunday, and only felt ready to face the key-pad at six o'clock.] But we all know what the journey of a thousand words starts with, don't we!

I can't possibly backtrack through a couple months of haze and failed concentration about a lot of good stuff I saw, yet ignored. Still, I have seen three Great Plays in a row, and can't let them disappear into the mush of my mind without trying to explain to you what I thought was so impressive about them.
However, I'll handle them in a sort of "omnibus review" elsewhere in The Mirror. Instead, I want to use this edition of TW3 to add my own belated responses to an afternoon of warm tribute to a long-time friend, colleague, and powerhouse force for good in the Boston Arts World --- Kay Bourne.

25 jun [ KAYBILL Celebrating Kay Bourne HIBERNIAN HALL ]

For nearly four hours on this afternoon in June, the third-floor performance space in Dudley Square's Hibernian Hall filled with love and appreciation of the powerful force called Kay Bourne. The afternoon celebrated not only her life as critic and advocate for the Arts in Black Boston, but her new role as an internet blogger.

As an indication of her importance, just as I was leaving the hall Beverly Creasey rushed into my hands a square of green paper identifying a woman I had not had a chance to talk with as State Representative Gloria Fox. Kay has long been aware that the arts, especially those involving Black people, needs and deserves the attention of the government in order to achieve its potential. Representative Fox, Ricard Giordano speaking for Dianne Wilkerson, and Barbara Burke, and State Rep Byron Rushing all spoke glowingly from the stage in praise of her insights and recognition of her power.

Her position in that see of smiling, largely Black faces, is even more remarkable, considering that two or three speakers --- Jacqui Parker for one --- mentioned their initial surprise on discovering that this trenchant advocate of Black performers that they read religiously is, herself, a White woman. Thirty-some years ago, when I tried to interview all the Critics in Boston covering theater, Kay agreed only if I would promise not to reveal that odd fact. I have no idea when her cover was blown, but it is obvious that her grasp of the "beat" she has covered for forty years is much more obvious than the color of her skin.

She walks a little slower now, and wears the reading-glasses (that continually slip to the end of her nose) around her neck, but she is still a no-nonsense critic leading opinion in surprising directions. I remember that when we first got to know one another she took me to a night-club to introduce me to go-go dancers --- whom, I'm sure, she had interviewed for a humanizing article.

Kay spent her life as Arts Editor of the only local paper covering Black life here in Greater Boston ... and though her editor took away her by-line she is Arts Editor still. Her new "publisher" is The Color of Film Collaborative, Inc., and what they call THE KAY BOURNE ARTS REPORT can come to you via e-mail if you write info@coloroffilm.com and ask for it. Her aim is "To connect people who love The Arts with The Arts they love."

I couldn't put it better myself.

Love,
===Anon.


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