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A Dyke About Town: Mature Friends and Dunces
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A Dyke About Town: Mature Friends and Dunces

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Mature Friends
Mercy and Cuteness joined Mature Friends (MF), after their friend Deliberation told them he enjoyed their exercise and travel groups. He warned them that there are very few women in the group. The Gay men who preponderate there have wanted to bring in more women, but many Lesbians who look at the group decide it doesn't have the critical mass of women to make it interesting. By recruiting Mercy and Cuteness, Deliberation almost doubled the female incidence. Mercy and Cuteness hope to interest more dykes.

The Mature Friends theater group went to see Wicked. Deliberation and one other man forgot their tickets. The solution the Paramount Box office proposed was for the whole group to file out so they could have their tickets rescanned, so they could figure out which ones were missing. Some members of the group didn't get the message to exit, so the box office said they couldn't replace the tickets. Cuteness doesn't understand why they couldn't look inside and see which seats were empty and seat the two men there. Mercy thinks the Paramount should develop a friendlier lost-ticket policy. She has been relieved, for example, to see the ticket windows at McCaw Hall include one marked "Replace Tickets," which gave her the soothing realization she wasn't the first person to lose her opera tickets.

The musical was dynamite, of course, but don't let Deliberation know. Mercy had saved his feelings by telling him he didn't miss much.

The MF exercise group is run by Len Tritsch, an amazing octogenarian who has been running for decades. Len is very welcoming and encouraging. Cuteness points out that he has great legs. Tritsch has coached the Seattle Frontrunners in their Gay Games and Outgames appearances. Len has won a number of gold medals, and most of his team members have at least one medal of some metal. The group that had returned from Copenhagen spoke inspiringly at the last MF potluck. All of them credited Tritsch's help with their events. As one man said, "In Montreal, I was a fairy queen. Len made a runner out of me." Particularly moving was hearing Dean Koga, who was hurt in what we assume was a homophobic attack there, and went on to win a medal. Mercy would particularly like women to come check out the group. Their website is at www.maturefriends.org.

Confederacy of Dunces
Mercy and Cuteness went to a production of Confederacy of Dunces at Book-It Theatre. They laughed their heads off. Marcy Machala's direction keeps all the balls of the complex plot in the air. She selected music that set the 1962 mood empathically.

Brandon Whitehead's big performance as Ignatius Reilly was hilarious. Ellen McLain's shuffling around in slippers as his mother was very funny and very convincing. Cuteness recognized the character as the type of Southern women she grew up with. Cynthia Geary stood out in contrasting roles, as did Bill Johns. Kurt Walls sets and Gerald Browning's dialect coaching and props took us to New Orleans right down to the bottle of Dixie 45.

Cuteness noticed that Bill and Melinda Gates were sitting in front of her and Mercy. They support the theater. She realized Bill must be self-conscious as a public figure. He seemed to manage some laughs, particularly at a business that was having financial woes.

Coming Up
Mercy, Cuteness and Equality are looking forward to the new two-step series at Miller Community Center. Check out Rain Country's website, www.raincountrydance.com/contact.html. Mercy and Cuteness are looking forward to Dar Williams at the Triple Door (www.thetripledoor.net) and Paul Taylor Dance Company at University of Washington World Dance Series (www.uwworldseries.org).

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