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A typical afternoon in the Cheap Seats at a Baseball Game
davidemartin (email@example.com) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
9 January 2001
(Bear in mind it has been twenty years since I have seen this
"Bleacher Bums" is a video production of a play famous in Chicago but
known elsewhere. It takes place in the bleachers, the cheap seats set at
the very back of a baseball stadium, where tickets were about a buck but
view needed binoculars.
The characters are a bunch of Chicago Cubs fans, sitting in the
watching a Cubs game on a summer afternoon. Most of them have been
gathering here for some time and know each other, even if they might not
necessarily like or tolerate each other. Beer flows, hot dogs disappear,
and friendly wagers take on increasing importance....
Dennis Franz really stands out, a working class guy who dreams of just
having enough money to take his wife out to his ideal fancy restaurant, The
House of Sweden.
The production was done in Chicago, in a time when PBS stations had the
money to actually produce full-scale productions. It is pretty much what
you would have seen had you attended a production of "Bleacher Bums" back
the 70s, albeit with close-ups. I doubt a videotape was ever released for
sale, so your best chance to see it is if a PBS station or one of the
PBS-clone cable channels decides to show it.
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