It ain’t easy being P.C. in new Miner’s Alley play

Column by John Akal
Posted 7/9/19

I guess if you write for a newspaper, it goes without saying that you probably have an interest in the news in general and keep up with it. I read the news every morning when I get up and have my …

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It ain’t easy being P.C. in new Miner’s Alley play

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I guess if you write for a newspaper, it goes without saying that you probably have an interest in the news in general and keep up with it. I read the news every morning when I get up and have my coffee, then I watch it on television later in the day and cap it off with checking on line before going to bed in case something interesting happens after 10 p.m.

I check the local, national and international news fronts and usually know how big the hail was south of Denver, who was arrested for something crazy in Washington D.C. and can relate all the details about a giant anaconda snake eating an entire village on the Amazon river. OK, the anaconda story didn’t happen, but if it did, I’d be able to relate it back to you, blow by blow.

That’s why an event happening here in Golden really caught my attention this week. It encompasses several of bits of recent headlines about things happening in schools and communities and the way people are dealing with them in one single package that actually addresses some complex issues yet manages to do it in a way that has people laughing out loud.

It’s all thanks to our little theater company, Miners Alley Playhouse. They never cease to amaze me with the way they can find plays that you would never see a small local theater company trying to tackle, yet they do it time and time again. There’s always something fresh and timely happening on their little stage and how they find some of these things is always a delight to me.

This week they are opening the regional premier of a new play called Fairfield, A Twisted Comedy. It’s written by Cleveland playwright Eric Coble and the script has had a lot of rave reviews with quotes like “Fairfield is not to be missed … It’s a laugh riot” coming from Broadwayworld.com.

So picture a place called Fairfield Elementary School that’s considered to be a progressive, well integrated school in, well, a progressive, well integrated community. Now imagine it’s Black History Month and that gets marred by one over-eager first grade teacher coming up with a really bad idea for a role-playing exercise that the class is participating in. (There was something like this that actually happened in the news last February). So now you have black and white parents in an uproar over what’s appropriate and school teachers, principles and superintendents all in a mad damage control frenzy trying to save their educational lives and bring everyone together by the end of the month so they can get everyone together for their “CelebrEthnic Potluck” dinner at the end of the month.

Now, the playwright has put this together in a way that is supposed to have you laughing so hard you might cry while taking a good look at poignant questions about the world and the manner in which we are raising out kids nowadays.

But, make no mistake about it, this is not a show for kids. If it were a movie, it would be rated “R” for strong language and content. It’s more of a thing for us adults to take a good look at ourselves and laugh as we recognize things we all experience in this day and age.

Fairfield, A Twisted Comedy opens Friday, July 12 and will be running with shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Aug. 18. Tickets prices vary depending on what day the performance falls on so you will have to go to their website at www.minersalley.com and click on “Purchase Tickets” to see all the options. You can order them on line or get them at the box office. You can also call them at (303) 935-3044. Also, you might want to check out their website as there are several restaurants within walking distance that offer dining discounts for ticket holders.

Miners Alley Playhouse is located at 1224 Washington Avenue here in Golden. If you’ve never been there, its entrance is in the back of the building on Miners Alley.

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com

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