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April 22, 2005

Local Cultural Consumption

The Drowsy Lads, an Irish folk band, opened for Joe, Adam and Frank in Conor McPherson's This Lime Tree Bower performed by The Foolish Bison Players at Kafe Kerouac tonight.

I don't know much about Irish storytelling or reviewing theater; all I can say is, I need a pint. About 12 years ago I had the good fortune to travel to the UK (Maidstone, hour south of London) to work for a about a month. It was long enough to get to know a few folks and get to know a bit about their daily grind. I went to the pub every night I was there. Every night. And, it wasn't to get pissed.

The pubs in the U.K. are a place for people to escape their jobs, reconnect and engage in a bit of storytelling. Joe, the frequent wanker, Adam, the vivacious academic with a penchant for ale and his more voluptuous students and Frank who, in Adam's words, is "the weirdest bastard he'd ever met" did just that. They spoke to us in two acts. They convinced us the point of a story isn't to make a point, but to enjoy the ride. They accomplished this marvelously. As I sit here typing this, I'm quaffing an ale and wishing I could see the performance again - with my ale in hand. Thanks for rekindling some fine memories guys.

This Lime Tree Bower is playing at 2250 N. High at Kafe Kerouac April 23, 24, 29 and 30. $7, $5 with BuckID. Highly recommended.

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