Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Just Shoot Me . . .

It seems off-Broadway will be taking on capitalism.

Wendie Malick, the salty fashion editor of NBC's sitcom "Just Shoot Me," will star in Off-Broadway's Burleigh Grimes, Roger Kirby's comedy about capitalism in America.

["S]et in a world where no bad deed goes unrewarded, Burleigh Grimes examines the overwhelming force of capitalism in America," according to the producers. "In an arena where the naïve and sentimental face ruin, Burleigh Grimes, a hard-driving Wall Street powerhouse, may not be entirely sincere in appearance or agenda. With a manipulative hand and flexible business tactics, Grimes is a man of infinite calculation and relentless purpose, further assisted in his financial schemes by media maven Elizabeth Bigley (played by Malick)."
Snore . . .

I have an idea for an off-Broadway play. It would be a play about one man's struggle to tell the truth about the world though art. We could tell the story of a man who gets so weary of the mindless and stereotypical portrayals of businessmen in TV, plays and literature that he writes his own play and actually presents a businessman as a hero. While the art critics despise the play, the public come to love it, first slowly, but by word of mouth alone, they come to embrace the idea that yes, if you create something and people are willing to pay you for it, you've done good. Overcoming obstacle after obstacle, the play becomes a hit--a source of spiritual fuel for an idea-starved time.

Could you imagine? Would you believe it if you saw it? I would. I'd just sit back and enjoy a few hours of freedom . . .

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