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A play about Munchkin debauchery might really be about power and how to get it

As I listened to Welsh and Cavanagh talk about their personal experiences of getting work produced within the British and American film and theater systems that morning at the Phoenix, I couldn't help but feel that Babylon Heights might, however subliminally, be about the writers' own professional struggles against greater powers. "There's such a fucking horrible theater culture in the western world. It's all luvvies, darlings, and sweethearts. It's a closed shop," said the soft-spoken Welsh with uncharacteristic vehemence, before launching into a tirade about how the Booker Prize-winning novelist James Kelman can't get his plays produced in his native Scotland. The pair then discussed Welsh's abortive experiences in Hollywood, "doing lunch" with producers for two months till both sides got bored.

"Maybe Babylon Heights is about all of these ways of fighting against the system," said Cavanagh. "If we wouldn't have gotten the knock-backs, we wouldn't be doing the things we're doing now."

In Search of a Play: Dennis McIntyre, Brittany McGregor, Russ Davison, and Chris Yule.
Tim Isom
In Search of a Play: Dennis McIntyre, Brittany McGregor, Russ Davison, and Chris Yule.

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Through July 1

Tickets are $15-20

249-9332

www.theexit.org

Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy (between Mason and Taylor), S.F.

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Welsh nodded in agreement: "Right. Success teaches you fuck all. Failure's the best and only way you can learn."

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