Tony and Tina were wed, once again, Jan. 27 and I was privileged to have been among their many "guests" (at "Tony `n' Tina's Wedding). Bloomington-Normal was treated to an outstanding piece of performance art. It wasn't until the following Wednesday that I learned that the vast majority of the performers were local folks - of the 18 or so players, only four were part of the touring company. It was these performers with whom we, the audience, most closely interacted and where the bones of the performance were given flesh. To them I extend a standing ovation and call them back for a second and third encore.
In reflecting on the work, I realized that much of the human condition was examined, particularly regarding our stereotypical ideas about ethnicity and gender, our familial relationships and the cost and burden of loving and being loved. This, to my mind, is an important service of the performing arts, and of course a good time was had by all. Thanks to all for a wonderful afternoon! Bravo.