I got the feedback forms from some of the performances of my play. They are primarily from the first night who hated the language and complained about it (even though it was advertised as having STRONG LANGUAGE). People said that it was shameful and put them on edge for the rest of the performance and it just took away from the play in general.
Well, first and foremost, this is a conservative North Florida audience. To the woman who complained that she took her granddaughter to the show and her granddaughter attends a Christian school. First mistake, you've assumed that just because she attends a Christian school that this sort of language does not happen there. WRONG-O.
Anyway, here is my point -- if you are going to sit there and complain about my use of language (and trust me they toned it down A LOT), then you should not open a book, turn on the TV, or go to the movies. The language that was used was based on how people in New York talked. It was not based on how people in North Florida talk. People in New York City say FUCK. They say SHIT. They use coarse language. If you don't like it then how can you watch a movie or TV or anything where this language is also used (granted maybe not fuck or shit, but they use DAMN and BITCH). I have to agree with the actress who said that people have focused more on language than they do on the fact that five people are murdered during the show and the fact that they are focused on teh word and not the context or manner in which the line is delivered.
Listen people...if you see a show advertised with strong language you should know that there is going to be STRONG LANGUAGE. I do not accept the fact that these people are complaining about language when it was mentioned ahead of time that potentially offensive language could be used. If you knew it was there, you shouldn't have bought your tickets. You shouldn't go to something tha tis going to offend you. You are just asking for it. One guy said he was a tour director that was embarassed for the people on his tour and the theatre itself. Well, you can bite me. Every piece of promotional material gave you the ample warning.
So to all of you people that went to see Strange Poison and complained about the language and talked about how it was offensive and detracted from teh show, let me tell you this...FUCK OFF!. I think some of your comments are petty and just go to show how close minded you are. This is real life. There are people that talk that way. Just because they aren't around you does not mean that they do not exist. So, if you are going to be offended by the occaisonal foul word (and trust me when I say they cleaned it up BIG TIME) then you need to really analyze your priorities in life. I don't want to see you going to or renting an R rated movie. I don't want to see you open a book that has that word used in it. Cancel your HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, etc.
Sigh...sorry had to vent. This really pissed me off that all they can talk about is the language that was used and not look at the context in which it was presented. So FUCK FUCK FUCKETY FUCK FUCK! Man that felt good.....