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Kubersky's heart of stone

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;I am the producer and director of The Yellow Boat at this year's Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. I am writing to you to express my displeasure with the artistic license that Seth Kubersky took with the description of the show ["Fringe Festival survival guide," May 17].

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;I understand that theater for young audiences may not be the first choice for everyone. However, responsible journalism entails getting the facts straight. When Kubersky decided to put his own spin upon the show description for The Yellow Boat he should have at least done some basic research to find out what the show was about. Not only does his review make light of those with cancer, but the show isn't even about that terminal illness. The young protagonist in this true story contracts and dies of the HIV/AIDS virus through what amounts to a blood transfusion.

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;Kubersky's catty tone also attacks one of the few outlets that children who are suffering from any kind of illness have: their ability to extend their fears, hopes and hurts outside of themselves through a creative outlet. Kubersky's tone further attacks the field of theater for young audiences, layering on opinion based on stereotype without ever having seen a performance or doing his research. With one of the nation's handful of Master of Fine Arts programs in theater for young audiences established at the University of Central Florida, there will be an influx of professional teaching artists who choose to work within this niche of theater, and with them more quality youth programming.

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;Had Kubersky done any research, he would have learned that The Yellow Boat is not a play that disregards the audience's intelligence. It is one of the most cherished and moving scripts in the theater for young audiences canon.

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;I hope that you share this message with Mr. Kubersky and that he proves to be a more responsible journalist in the future.

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Dan Davis Jr., via the Internet

;;Loved the cover

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;Fantastic cover this week [May 17]! Bravo to Jeff Matz for designing the only key art for this year's Fringe that actually makes sense.

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;Brian Feldman, Orlando

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;Listen to Mel

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;I was sitting at home last night after a week of writing fruitless e-mails to our local elected officials pointing out just how bizarre and insane it is for our governments here in Orlando to even consider spending hundreds of millions of tax dollars to tear down a perfectly good, 18-year-old Amway (TD Waterhouse) arena so that they can build another one that arch-conservative billionaire Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos would find more acceptable, when what should come on my TV but the Mel Brooks comedy classic from 1981, History of the World, Part I.

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;When they got to the part about Rome, there was a scene that I had forgotten. The Roman Senate is in session and deciding how to spend their tax money when one senator stands up and asks, "Shall we continue to build palace after palace for the rich? Or shall we aspire to a more noble purpose and build decent housing for the poor? How does the Senate vote?" At which point the entire Roman Senate stands up and shouts in unison: "Fuck the poor!"

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;Shall we build another palace for Rich Devos? Or shall we aspire to more noble purposes with our tax dollars?

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;Doug De Clue, Orlando

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;Authentic intent?

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;Deanna Sheffield: Your article ["The high cost of success," May 10] is the first in-depth piece I have seen relating to the Demetree Company's dealings with the neighbor property to Edgewater High School. You hit at the heart of the issue: authentic intent or not?
;Only those at the heart of this matter genuinely know for sure. Many years have gone by when things could have been done differently. I naively believe that with the right hearts at the table, the situation could have been handled where all involved would have walked away feeling like an approach was taken for the common good. Life doesn't always work out that way.

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;Joanie Schirm, Orlando

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