Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Multiple O - But Will It Play in Peoria, uh, Madison?

I was pleased to see that a play entitled Multiple O, written and directed by playwrite John Sable, is currently being staged in of all places, Madison, Wisconsin. It is based on the seminal polyamory book written by Dossie Easton and Catherine Liszt (pen name of Dossie's partner, Janet Hardy) called The Ethical Slut.

Yesterday critic Bruce G. Bradley panned it - he clearly couldn't find much in the way of redeeming qualities. Of course, he's just one critic, and as you may see if you read the comments already made to this post, apparently what wasn't mentioned is that Bradley has a track record for panning Broom Street productions and many others in the Madison area. Also the play has been standing room only for much of its run to date, and that's great news. I hope it makes its way to the east coast so I get a chance to check it out.

I stand corrected and am glad that I do! Thanks, anonymous.

Dossie and Janet tell us they are in the process of authoring a second edition of the Ethical Slut that should be out in another year of so, in which they include poly communication exercises and an online polyamory resource list. Definitely something to look forward to.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What wasn't mentioned is that Bruce G. Bradley has panned every Broom Street production in recent memory and almost every production in Madison that is put up in a black-box theater. The other item not mentioned in his retch-fest of a review is that the play has been standing room only for almost every performance.

You do the play a great disservice by linking it to Bruce G. Bradley's poison pen. Cunning Mynx (www.polyarmoryweekly.com) was in attendance at the same show. I'd hold out for her review. Bruce G. Bradley's review was most likely written before he even walked in the theater's door.

Anita Wagner said...

I knew nothing about the guy pro or con when I wrote the post. I did point out that he's just one critic.

Thanks for sharing his track record and the info on the attendance.

It's not my desire to do anyone a disservice, ever, least of all to anything connected to the Ethical Slut. I'll update my post with this new info.

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