Its taken her that long to write about the event, sculpting the sorrow and the shock into the final, harrowing scene in The Gun Show, opening Thursday at Berwyns 16th Street theatre. The Gun Show is an ugly story, asserts the narrator/Lewis alter-ego at the center of the one-person show, a complicated, messy, violent work. You could add compelling, provocative, and unexpected to that roster of adjectives. Based on five gun-related events in Lewis life, The Gun Show is neither pro- or anti-gun. Instead, Lewis uses her own alternately tragic, funny and life-changing experiences with guns to step outside the polarized ends of the gun control debate. The whole conversation about guns and gun control seems to be between the granola-eating, Whole Foods-shopping, Rachel Maddow-listening, liberal pinko lefties and the gin-toting, plain-voting, red-white-and-boo yah conservative card-carrying NRA members, Lewis says from the rural Portland, Ore., farm thats been in her family for generations. Its as if theres nobody in between who has mixed feelings about the whole thing. Lewis has profoundly mixed feelings about guns, views shaped by the five stories her narrator tells in The Gun Show. We all want the same thing to be safe, she says.
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Russia: Plan B In Ukraine
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