• I look forward to This is the Week That Is every year. They are brilliant in what they mock and how they mock.
    I am a political conservative, yet they do not offend me ever. Their spoofs are so creative and hilarious and all over the political map that I take it in good natured fun.
    What I find offensive, for example, is the one sided bitter and inane mocking of SNL lately. Their all knowing, we’re right and aren’t we funny political jokes don’t work because they never find the hypocrisies and lies on their side something to be mocked.
    TITWTI knows how to cover up the prejudices of the creators and see things from all points of view because there is humor to be mined everywhere.
    The show is changed every performance because the headlines keep changing and they add to the script accordingly.
    Jennifer Childs and company are spectacular. Philadelphia is so lucky.
    Their number, It’s All About the Base, was so stunningly spectacular, I will never get over it.
    The rest of the country could use a dose of this annual treat. PBS come on down and send this show out to the country.

  • Laurie McCants

    Although we’d been workshopping the play for several years, the opening of GUNPOWDER JOE by Anthony Clarvoe at the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble on Trump’s inauguration weekend made us look like political prognosticators. Focused on Joseph Priestley, 18th c. scientist, radical, and friend of our Founders, the play also swirled around the lives and conflicts of John and Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, and the pugilistic journalists of the time, Benjamin Franklin Bache (who inherited his grandfather’s print shop) and William Cobbett (pen-name, “Peter Porcupine”), who, as the media-arms of opposing parties, hurled accusations of “fake news” at each other constantly. A major plot point that brought gasps from our audience was that John Adams had Benjamin Franklin’s grandson arrested, tried, and convicted for criticizing the President in print– which was against the law under Adams’s notorious “Sedition Act,” which took away Freedom of the Press. A cautionary tale from 1798.

  • M_B_W

    My main hope is that theatre can come up with smart and interesting ways to respond. I don’t have all the answers, but please, let’s not vomit up tons of boring agitprop for small audiences of liberals and then pat ourselves on the back for it.

    • Disqusser, can you contact us at rwkendt@tcg.org? We might be interested in publishing this as a letter in our December issue. Thanks!

      • M_B_W

        Email sent to you. Thanks!