Theatre Review: The Way of the World, by William Congreve

Last weekend, we traveled to the Blackfriar Theatre in Staunton, Virginia to see William Congreve’s Restoration Comedy, The Way of the World.  This is one of those satires on the elite class, who have nothing better to do that gamble with their money and relationships.  You know the sort with allegorical characters names, Foible (Sarah Fallon) the maid who plays one party against the other, Mrs. Marwood (Shunte Lofton), the friend who is marring everyone’s reputation, the Witwood brothers (John Harrell and David Anthony Lewis) and their rakish friend Petulant (Josh Innerst) who idle their time with games, gossip and flirtations, Mr and Mrs Fainall (Christopher Johnston and Lauren Ballard) the unhappily married couple who scheme to blackmail others while trying to seduce other lovers… But, first, we arrived in Staunton without errands to do about an hour early so, we stopped by the Bye and Bye coffee shop for a latte… Continue reading

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Dept. of Alterntive Facts: Tool

tool: (n) implement used for a specific task, usually connoting allowing human force to be greater than that which bear hands can exert. Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Right and Responsibilities

right: (n) a privilege granted by a governing body or society

responsibility: (n) a duty expected by a governing body or society Continue reading

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Dept. of Alterantive Facts: Assault

assault: (n) a sudden violent attack; (v) to threaten bodily harm

assault rifle: (n) a military weapon used in attack situations, usually with automatic firing capacity intended to threaten the enemy into retreat, or kill an enemy

assault style weapon: (n) a civilian weapon which has the appearance of a military weapon because external features such as a pistol grip trigger, barrel shroud, dull black color, bayonet mount, and high-capacity magazine clip(s); semi-automatic firing capacity, though its rate of firing can be accelerated with a bump-stock that uses the recoil effect to reload the chamber and fire additional rounds without the shooter needing to release the trigger; any image of a weapon that scares the general public; a euphemism developed by the media in the 1980’s to describe military style features on civilian weapons. Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Influence

influence: (n) the power to produce effects on others by intangible or indirect means Continue reading

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Theatre Review & Dept. of Alternative Facts: “The Great Society”

The Great Society: (n) government programs promoted by President Johnson between 1964 to 1968 related to rural and urban infrastructure development, the national highway system, health insurance for elderly (Medicare), civil rights, etc.; Robert Schenkkan’s play currently at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Sin and Cynicism

Sin: (n) an evil act, usually connoting Christian theology related to good and evil

Cynicism: (n) a belief that only selfishness motivates human action Continue reading

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