Letter to the Editor: Backyard Treasure

Letter to the Editor: Backyard Treasure

Where’s Waldo? Or maybe I should say where is Alexandria?

MetroStage is currently producing a Pulitzer Prize winning play with two acclaimed Washington D.C. actors who perform nationally as well as locally. “The Gin Game” first appeared on stage in 1977 and was most recently seen on Broadway last year. It has been performed continuously for the past 40 years so we were especially honored to receive a call from the playwright D. L. Coburn saying that he was so intrigued by the reviews, he would like to come see our production. So he will be flying in from Dallas in the next few weeks to see MetroStage’s production of “The Gin Game.”

So I repeat where is Alexandria?

I look at our reservation book and see patrons coming from Bethesda and Upper Marlboro, Reston and Woodbridge, Olney and Waldorf, Leesburg and Potomac, Stafford and even Chester (Va.). Alexandrians, you have professional theatre in your own backyard. We appreciate the Alexandria neighbors and supporters who are regulars, but will the rest of you please come see our work?

If a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, who has probably seen hundreds of productions of “The Gin Game” over the past 40 years, is coming from Dallas,Texas, aren’t you just a little curious about what all the fuss is about? Final two weeks. Friends and family discounts. And it doesn’t even require a plane ticket or crossing a bridge!