I have a friend who once said that by simply doing a play you are making a political statement. Whether you chose to do something topical or something frivelous, you choice to do a play and what play you chose to do makes a political statement. We live in what is arguably one of the freeest societies in recorded history and the exchange of ideas, popular and unpopular, is something that we take for granted. Just as much we in the theater take our audiences desire to tackle these issues. I believe that most people go to the theater to be entertained. If they wanted to be preached to they would go to church. What right do theater companies and artists have to try and foist off education and debate as entertainment?
The world is a beautiful horrible place. Many times we shy away from art that invades our comfort zone. Seeing that a play deals with the issues of a soldier coming home from the war and finding his life is in shambles may not be at the top of your list for a way to spend an evening, but shouldn't it be? Yes, we all read the headlines that thousands of soldiers and civilians are dying in the current war. And there doesn't seem like there will be an end to that death anytime soon. Does References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot hide its head and put a happy spin on a soldier's home coming? No. But does it explore the human spirit? Yes. This is not a show about two people fighting for two hours. There are very real laughs and tears. There is sex and hunger and all the colors of the human condition. Do the talking animals and celestial bodies help the medicine go down a little easier? Hell, yes! But they also explore the same landscape of humanity.
Tickets are still available for this weekend.