Letter: ‘Proof’ and Peanuts — choice, not conflict

A neighborhood friend has pointed out that the RAAC Community Theater performance of “Proof” this Saturday night (April 30) will coincide with the performance of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at the high school. Although they do coincide, happily they don’t conflict.

“Charlie Brown” is a cheerful musical comedy based on the comic strip Peanuts. If you have a child, a grandchild, a niece or a nephew, regardless of age, you absolutely have to go see it. The kids need all the support you can give them. And “Charlie Brown” is certain to be entertaining fun, including both acting and song, for the entire family, whether or not you have a child in the cast.

“Proof” is something different: a brilliant piece of thoughtful drama which won the Pulitzer drama prize in 2002 and which is being performed here by four of the most able adult actors in the county. The play is not gloomy; people laughed at several points during last Friday’s performance. But it is not a comedy. And it does contain a limited amount of profanity which some might not want their children to hear. You might say that Charlie Brown and “Proof” compete about as much as “King Lear” competes with “Pinafore.”

You can see them both if you wish. There are both a matinee and an evening performance of “Charlie Brown” on Saturday. If you have the fortitude. you could go to the high school in the afternoon and the RAAC Theatre in the evening. I may try to do that myself.

Peter Hornbostel
Sperryville

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