The Waiting Game
Slow court process provides a window of opportunity for criminals: This is no surprise to anyone who has been a victim of violent crime ["Obstruction of Justice," Peter Jamison, Feature, 11/10]. Victims are treated like evidence, given no input, no protection, no relief. That's why so many victims just give up, go away, or drop charges. It doesn't help that San Francisco has been plagued with district attorneys who act more like public defenders and give every possible break to the accused. There is no real justice for victims, and that is a way of keeping everyone in society under control — except the career criminals who have nothing to lose, since the system is set up to recycle them endlessly.
Bugs Move Into Fancy Digs
A bedbug! Wait, my mistake, it's just a cockroach: It seems that the difference with the current bedbug crisis is that it's now affecting well-off people and not just the usual peasants living in places like SROs, which right away makes it a huge fucking story ["Bedbug Invasion! Not." Matt Smith, Column, 11/3]. The New York Times has been particularly egregious in whipping up bedbug hysteria, since some of the people working there probably have had firsthand or secondhand experience with the problem. So much of what the national "media" reports is a lot of hype, and this is no exception.
Most Unusual Performance
Worth seeing once, not twice: Oleg Liptsin's Three Sisters certainly does one thing — it evokes strong reaction from the audience ["Three Sisters: Final Cut," Chris Jensen, Stage, 11/10]. It is a very different way of looking at theater, and people will love it or hate it. Although SF Weekly was in the latter group, the former extols its dry humor, contemporized setting, good acting, and use of blue-screen technology to simultaneously see offscreen live action and onstage acting. It is the most unusual presentation of Chekhov that will ever be produced. I wouldn't see this play twice but I would run to see it once, because there will never be another opportunity to see this type of unusual production again. It will some day appear in the latest History of Drama text, and since Liptsin is famous in Russia for never repeating the same show twice, don't miss it.
Same Story, Different Idea
Variance in delivery does change message: Anyone who has witnessed Ntozake Shange's poetry onstage will definitely see the difference in delivery; however, Tyler Perry does a great job in making the characters relatable ["For Colored Girls," Melissa Anderson, Film, 11/3]. How could he have the characters just stand there and recite the poems? He tried to add a twist to the stage play and show the characters in a different light. Yes, most of the characters in his plays and movies are victims — how is that unrealistic? The reviewer has obviously not lived much or experienced what is really happening with our people. If Shange rejects the movie, hers would be an opinion worth hearing. People need to see it for themselves; that movie, regardless of what reviewers say, will help someone.