I traveled to New York for the weekend to attend a gathering at the Brecht Forum of University of Wisconsin graduates who were students of Harvey Goldberg. There was an excellent but unsettling presentation on our involvement in Iraq.
There is no question about the sinister intentions of the Bush administration. The tragedy is that all of the evidence was available in 2003 for intelligent people to see the nature of our interest in Iraq, oil not humanitarian. Yet the American people and the Congress were bullied and intimidated into supporting this adventure.
Glenn Silber presented a few excerpts from the The War at Home.
It was great to see so many old classmates and catch up.
The next day I settled in to watch the Badgers play Michigan State in my hotel room. Impulsively, I changed my mind and headed to the Upper East Side. I had no problem finding the Mad River Bar and Grill. It was the saloon with the inflatable Bucky Badger on the sidewalk on Third Avenue. Once I was inside, I was back in Madison. No question about it.
There were a few others over the age of 40, but as I learned from the Badgers there, most of them attended the UW in the 1990's. They were a mixture of native New Yorkers, a few transplants, and more than several who grew up in Madison. It was fun, and I did not mind their innocent reminders as they told me their stories, that I was the same age as their parents. Go Bucky.
When commercials aired, rock from campus days was played with the entire patronage joining in. They sing pretty good.
I left with Wisconsin leading 34-24 and headed to Times Square to join a classmate to see Spring Awakening. Again, I was overpowered by the spirit of youth. If you missed the sweetness, the bitterness, and the exhilaration of growing up, you will be wasting your time. All others get in line to see this great award-winning play.
The play's value lies not only in its content and the quality of the production, but also how it was developed. The Atlantic Theater Company strives to open the world of the theater to creative people, with important stories to tell, who use their gifts, not gimmicks.