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This past Saturday evening we joined about 25 others at the WJWJ studios on Ribaut Road in Beaufort to view the production of Sam Shephard's "True West." The SCETV studio transforms into a perfect, small theater and the performances by leads Tom Schuster and Jeff Evans are powerful, often hilarious, edgy and well beyond any expectation anyone in that night's audience might have had.
Evans and Schuster, as well as ETV's Scott Johnson, deserve an ovation for the not insubstantial risk they've taken in bringing it to us.
So it is all the sadder that despite great publicity and despite our proud trumpeting of Beaufort as such a great little center for the arts, audience numbers have ranged in the 20s to 40s (instead of the 50 or 60 the small theater can hold).
The production runs Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons through May 4. The actors, the crew, the ETV folks involved are all our friends and neighbors.
We have watched the demise of Beaufort Performing Arts, summarily shut down by its board a few months ago. Too, the Arts Council of Beaufort County is hard-pressed to fund the great things it does.
All the wonderful people involved in producing, creating, experimenting or performing in all aspects of the creative arts in and around Beaufort need more than our nods of approval and more than our letters of support. They need our warm posteriors in their cold seats.