Day: August 15, 2014

Review of True West in Staples, MN

Quote of the Day:  Sam Shepard ranks as one of Americas most celebrated dramatists…Sam wrote “True West” (1980), using a more traditional narrative to depict a rivalry between two estranged brothers. First performed at the Magic Theater in San Francisco, “True West” was revived on numerous occasions and starred several high-profile actors over the years, including Gary Sinese, John Malkovich, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly. from the official website for Sam Shepard. I watched True West at the Centennial Auditorium in Staples, MN last night, and I wondered if some of the content was autobiographical. After reading a bit about the playwright/actor Sam Shepard, I suspect the play has flavors of his own life. If you have a sibling, you have experienced some of the conflicts and pull and tug that these two characters portray. It is a bit dark, and yet, has humorous moments. It brings to mind the Biblical story of Cain and Abel, brothers vying for attention, fame, and their father’s love. In this case, the father is somewhere out in the desert. At first, the older brother Lee is the one living in the desert, stuck in the desolation of it all, interrupting his younger brother who has great expectations for himself as a playwright/screenwriter. I giggled at the opening scene where Lee keeps “bugging” Austin and saying, “Is this distracting you?” Been there. Besides...

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Deadwood Social Club, Another Black Hills Treasure

We were road weary, windblown, sore, and had only enough ambition to step onto the trolley in Deadwood, SD to check out what the town had to offer and grab a bite to eat. We had woken up that morning in Huron, SD and ridden straight to Sturgis. It was technically a pre-rally day, so the crowds were down, but the temperature and humidity were up, and by the time we got our annual Sturgis Rally patch from the Jackpine Gypsy’s, we were spent.  Our hotel, The Gold Country Inn (a bit of a dive with a sloping floor, but comfortable bed and tasty breakfast), was the first stop and close to downtown, so we had a few minutes in the trolley alone with the driver. The Biker Chef asked, “So what’s the best place to eat here in Deadwood?” Trolley Driver Mike said, “Without a doubt it’s the Deadwood Social Club, which is above Saloon #10.”  I’d heard of the famous Saloon #10, the bar and brothel, noted as being the death place of James “Wild Bill” Hickok. In fact, the town does a reenactment during tourist season, but not during Biker Week. The saloon is a living museum with numerous mining and wild west artifacts throughout. Bring the kids for lunch or an early dinner, but the place turns into an adult bar scene in the evening,...

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