Midlife: The Crisis Musical
MusicalFare in Buffalo presents an area premiere of a new musical: ''Midlife: The Crisis Musical.'' Producers promise a Saturday Night Live-style examination of such events as reading glasses, weekend warriors, and other ''blessings'' of getting along in life.
Performances are Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays at both 4 and 8 p.m. The show runs through Aug. 9
Tickets are $32 for all performances except Friday and Saturday evenings, when they cost $36. Call 839-8540.
The company performs in its own facility on the campus of Daemen College at 4380 Main St. (Route 5) in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst.
Last June, the Chautauqua Cinema showed the documentary film ''Uncounted,'' and invited the filmmaker to be present at all three showings to answer questions about the film and its subject.
The film claims that both the 2000 and 2004 elections for United States president included extensive frauds which resulted in those elections being stolen from the rightful winners.
In reviewing the film and the post-showing discussions with the audience, in this column, I expressed a number of uncertainties about the film's claims. I was especially troubled by claims from a man named Clint Curtis that he was hired by Tom Feeney to create a computer program which would cause a computerized voting booth to falsify the vote totals the booth was supposed to record.
Feeney is a congressman from Florida. In 2000, he was in the state legislature, and was the chairman of the committee which was supposed to safeguard the accuracy of the election.
Because of my uncertainty, I contacted a friend who is a political journalist in Florida and whom I think is one of the most fair and unbiased journalists I know. My friend offered the opinion that most of what ''Uncounted'' said about the 2000 election in Florida was accurate.
However, the segment about Curtis and Feeney is not, in that writer's opinion. As for Feeney, ''There seems to be no hardball tactic he is unwilling to use, to meet his ends,'' were the precise words. As for Curtis, however, ''I never believed his stories, and neither did most of the state's press.''
I used to tell my students that if they want the truth, they should question everything. I offer one person's opinion, relating to an earlier column.
Winks is compiled by Robert Plyler.