A Play Called URINETOWN  

charlieff 76M
132 posts
4/6/2006 10:37 pm

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5/11/2006 12:10 am


Tonight I saw URINETOWN at the Villanova University Theatre. Inspite of its unusual name, Urinetown hit Broadway in 2001 and won three Tony Awards. The cast was excellent and Corine May in the leading roll of Hope Caldwell is both beautiful and a very talented singer and actor. I wish her much success.

Anyway, this satirical black comedy takes place in a time when drought and population have created a severe water shortage. Water is rationed to the point where all toilets are public and everyone must "do their private business in a public amenity."

The cost of using the Amenity, as they are called, is controlled by a tyrant corporation called Urine Good Company. When they increase the "price to pee" it creates a severe hardship among the City's poor.

Ah, I know what your thinking but it is against the law to urinate, etc anywhere but at an Amenity. Violators, if caught, are arrested and exiled to Urinetown, which, as it turns out is a fictitious place contrived by officials to cover up the executions of any law breakers. Eventually the poor rebel and overthrow the Company. I won't divulge the outcome. It's a "must see" play if you get the opportunity.

Now, here is an ironic real-life twist:

Comcast Cablevision is building a 47 story building in Philadelphia in which they plan to install "waterless urinals." These urinals will save over 1,000,000 gallons of water a year.

I haven't heard how these toilets work but the Local Plumber's Union is balking and fighting the plans. Their reason is that plumbers will loose money since no water supply is necessary in construction and these urinals are maintenance free. The City has compromised with the Union. Water pipes for all toilets will be installed in the building and then capped and not used. WTF?

Way to Go Philly!

JazzDlight 59F

4/7/2006 4:01 am

LOL yes I saw the same story about the Comcast building the other night on the Channel 10 news. I said the same thing to myself (WTF?)They are going to pay to have pipes installed for plumbing in a building and then cap them off lol...they will still need water for the sinks, etc. so they will need plumbers for that at least! Fortunately we dont have Comcast up here in the Allentown area which is a good thing considering that their services (i.e. cable, internet connection, etc.) are quite expensive and now I know why.

charlieff replies on 4/7/2006 12:35 pm:
Lordy, as Mz Huny would say. Comcast was trying to save costs and water with these toilets but the Union wouldn't hear of it. Installing pipes and capping them off is Mayor Street's and City Council's solution to the Union problem. Whew!

catseyes23 61F

4/9/2006 1:04 am

A play called Urine town? Now, I would like to have seen that. Although there is a place called [post 250284]!


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