Theater company in Philly to stage musical comedy about this hotly debated topic

Theater company in Philly to stage musical comedy about this hotly debated topic
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Coming as it does on the heels of a production in New York’s Central Park of “Julius Caesar” in which a Donald Trump lookalike is assassinated, you can probably guess the new play is a real knee-slapper. So what possible topics could a “comedy” written in Obama-Trump era focus on? It could be about a man with so many screws loose that he believes he is neither male nor female, but the Left wouldn’t see the humor in that. In fact, to libs ridiculing a person afflicted with that delusion would be downright offensive.

For the answer we turn to Philadelphia magazine:

Normally, when we get a press release from a local theater company about its latest work, the press release includes, you know, the name of the play. But Philly theater company Lightning Rod Special bucked that trend this week went they sent us a notice announcing its musical comedy about abortion, which debuts in August at the Painted Bride.

“We were going with ‘Fetus Chorus,’” [as a title] explains co-creator Alice Yorke…. “But there were a lot of mixed feelings about it. The best comment we got was, ‘I understand you want to provoke your audience, but do you want to do that in the theater or before they even get there?’”

I doubt that any audience member is likely to be “provoked,” because I doubt that anyone sane enough to understand that abortion is not a comedic topic is likely to pay money to sit through the ravings of someone who is not.

Further on in the article, Yorke explains that the play as an outgrowth — cancer is a more fitting term — of a character she developed earlier that she describes as an “irate gun-toting fetus running around and shouting about how it would kill anyone who tried to hurt it.” Clearly, this woman is mad in both senses of the word.

Her co-creator, Scott Sheppard, sounds less crazy (then again, who doesn’t?). He explains that his goal is not to “serve up this didactic play that pats liberals on the back,” adding:

Abortion is hard. One one side, you have people who think that murder is happening. On the other side, it’s people thinking about women’s health. This is already a terribly divided debate. We didn’t want to just add heat to that fire.

In that case, he should absent himself from the project, which sounds as though it does the diametric opposite of everything he espouses.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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