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August 8, 2006
I get e-mails

chorus.jpg Following my review of the Wednesday-night opening of "A Chorus Line" in San Francisco, I was flooded with e-mails regarding Mara Davi (seated, in middle).

First, there was this nicely informational note from Marc Valdez: "Regarding 'Chorus Line' actors familiar to Sacramento audiences, there was a third that should be mentioned: Mara Davi (Maggie), who comes from Folsom, has appeared in numerous local high school and community theater productions, and who has a sizable contingent of Sacramento-area fans following her Broadway career (as well as that of her equally talented and younger sister, Melody) with considerable interest."

Wow. Cool, I thought. Thanks, Marc. I wish I had known before the show. I would have loved to do a story about Davi, or at least mention the fact that she's a local in the review. Well, I'll put something in my blog, I thought.

Then, Trina Lee sent a classy, informative note with some of Davi's background, and added: "I imagine you'll hear from many of us about Mara today. We are all thrilled about her much-deserved success! She is not only lovely and talented, but a truly delightful person."

And, the always-charming Mikey Coleman wrote proudly: "I directed her in her first and last Sacramento shows!"

But then, the tone of the missives started taking a turn.

Andrea St. Clair told me local community theater is suffering because it doesn't get enough attention from The Bee, and local performers get the short end of the stick from the Music Circus when it comes to casting, no matter how talented they are. "It is a blatant oversight to include (I think she meant 'exclude') someone that actually learned their craft here in Sacramento ...." St. Clair opined.

Like I said, if I had known...but Davi declined to mention her Folsom roots in her short bio, giving titles of regional shows though no specific theaters or locations. And while I'm quite sure she's proud of where she comes from, Davi only gives a shout out to Psalm 150.

Ray Fisher rightly pointed out that I "missed an opportunity to share a source of area pride," adding that community theaters "are constantly struggling with higher performance- and- rehearsal-space rent, skyrocketing energy prices, and diminishing audiences because we have less money to spend on advertising."

Finally this, from Laura Daniells: "I am writing to inform you that I am in the process of canceling my subscription to the Sacramento Bee."

She wasn't only upset that I hadn't written about Mara Davi, but also because I had declined to review a production by her son's new theater group, Artistic Differences Theatre Company (www.ArtisticDifferences.Net).

In any case, I hope it's not too late to say to Folsom's Mara Davi: Congratulations and break a leg on Broadway in September.

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