Thursday, May 15, 2008

Mid-Week Report

Went to the Matrix Theater on Melrose Wednesday night to see their World Premiere Production of Gene Franklin Smith's "Boise, USA."

I think you're going to be hearing a lot about this brilliant play about the real-life morals witch hunt that happened in Idaho in 1955 and 1956.

It's horrifying to learn how lives were ruined by innuendo and prejudice. This highly emotional show is well written and the actors in this production really bring to life the raw feelings their characters must have experienced.

And considering that Senator Larry "Wide Stance" Craig was an impressionable Idaho teenager when it all happened makes what happened to him recently all the more poignant.
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Seth said...

Hi Ted,

I was glad to read your review. Now, I'm even more eager to see "Boise, USA."

I see that you commented on the arrest of Senator Larry Craig. Last fall, I co-authored an opinion piece in The New York Times exploring the Craig scandal through the lens of the 1955 Boise Morals Drive. Thought you would be interested in reading it! The link is below.

Best wishes,
Seth Randal
Director, The Fall of '55

ImTedGreen said...


Thanks for your comment. I read your op-ed with interest when it first ran in the NY Times.

I had forgotten about it (sorry), but remembered it within the first 15 minutes of "Boise, U.S.A."