Upset by the popularity of Christopher Durang's "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You," Costa Mesa City Councilman Orville Amburgey has decreed: "There are enough plays that we can go out there and perform that won't be offensive to anyone." Fine. Mr. Amburgey has decided to offer pablum and tripe for those few tormented souls who take offense to any thought-provoking production.
Ernie Feeney with husband John, who incited this incursion and catapulted it to a national level, vows, "This city will never be torn apart for a religious issue again." However, it was the Feeneys' intrusion into the world of community theater that has caused the turmoil.
Further, Councilwoman Sandra L. Genis has opined that the issue is one of "sponsorship, not censorship." Yet, without supplemental city funding, the theater will be unable to function. Is that not censorship? The City Council is currently debating whether or not to withhold further funding pending the establishment of "guidelines." Whose guidelines? The electorate's? The City Council's? The Feeneys'?
Judging by the sellout of the play's run, it would seem the people have spoken. They don't want pretentiousness, they want substance. They don't want simplicity, they want stimulation.