Letters to the Editor

Play's language bad for children

What exactly is the Federal Way Arts Commission thinking?

Last Friday, I attended the opening night of the Neil Simon play “Rumors” at Knutzen Family Theater. It was sponsored by the St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary, a good cause, for sure. I brought my 14-year-old son. I noted several children in the audience, and the evening was quite nice, except for one thing: The play. Though exceedingly funny and quite well cast and directed, at least a dozen “F” words, many more “GD’s” and “A-holes” and “Jesus Christs” were uttered throughout the play. As a pastor of a 1,100 member church (Christ’s Church) in the Federal Way area, I was absolutely ashamed of the whole thing. What are they thinking? Was there an “R” rating on the publicity? Any movie would have had such a rating. Does the word “family” in the title of the theater mean nothing?

The contradiction we adults give to students is astronomical. We care if they’re good, moral and upright, yet we sponsor undignified discourse in our public square. In each scene, out of concern for those who find taking God’s name in vain to be patently offensive, or vulgar language in front of ladies and children in the audience, the dialogue could have easily been adjusted without any detriment to the integrity of the play. If our students don’t turn out to be classy or polite, the city has no one to blame but themselves as they sponsor plays constructed such as these.


Ed Kelley

Federal Way

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