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Jan 5 Eckstein commented on Teatro ZinZanni's Sanitized Queerness.
As someone who worked at TZ for 5 years (until about a year ago) I can tell you that you're inclination that the show is catered toward middle-class suburbanites is spot on. And, in fact, you'll find those same people running the place (not the performers or the staff, but the higher ups who've run it since the late nineties). Read: Old white people.
That said, they also do some more risque stuff for their late-night one-offs, which are hit-and-miss in quality, but often edgier with a younger, more local crowd. And, as I mentioned above, the staff and the performers are a bunch of queer and queer-friendly weirdos (myself previously included).
You gotta remember, this is old-school dinner theatre and no one under 30 (besides bachelorettes) is really going to get excited about sitting in a dark room for three hours for something that isn't Star Wars or a teen drama, especially when that something will cost each person around $200 all said and done (minimum). You've gotta rely on the baby boomers to come out for the special birthdays and anniversaries, they've got the savings accounts and credit cards to spare.
May 18, 2016 Eckstein commented on Is Portland Berning?.
The lead in the popular vote has been debunked since it doesn't count caucus votes. Also, no one has made a good argument for why he should drop out, so thanks for your long-winded article, but it's not happening.
May 9, 2016 Eckstein commented on Bertha Is About to Drill Under the Viaduct—Here Are Five Questions That Still Haven't Been Answered.
Aaaaand, look at that! The viaduct opens a week early with not even a sign of damage. So much for the apocalyptic bullshit Stranger.
May 7, 2016 Eckstein commented on Good News, Bernie Fans: He's not Going Anywhere.
You know Clinton started courting Bush donors this week, right? That's really going to get my Bernie loving ass in gear to support her.
May 4, 2016 Eckstein commented on Donald Trump Wins Indiana, Will Be GOP Nominee.
I just love how even The Stranger simply slaps up a picture of Trump to get clicks instead of maybe writing a thoughtful piece about why it's important Bernie (who won 70% of our vote, remember?) stay in the race and fight for progressive values. But no, just one dismissive sentence writing off an entire movement of people who are supposed to switch to Clinton at the drop of a hat because we're told to.

But oh yeah, Trump, better get back to talking about him now...
Apr 29, 2016 Eckstein commented on How Much Wooing of Bernie Supporters Can We Expect From Hillary Now?.
If she's so presumptive, why not take the side of hope and keep fighting for a win? No matter how unlikely, there's no harm now, right? She's going to win anyway, ...right?
Apr 20, 2016 Eckstein commented on Bernie Sanders Campaign Discovers They Actually Like Superdelegates After All.
Bernie is most certainly not doing terribly in California (…). Lots of time to go. Obama lost New York, California, and Texas in 2008.
Apr 20, 2016 Eckstein commented on Clinton and Trump Win the New York Primary—By a Lot.
@15 only if we can stop pretending Clinton would make a good President.
Apr 17, 2016 Eckstein commented on A Neighborhood Group Was Mapping Where Homeless People Live—Until I Asked Them About It.
What a backlash. The Stranger needs to get its shit together lately. Just like one side shouldn't lump homeless people together as a bunch of lazy drug addicts, the other side shouldn't lump them together as a bunch of down-on-their luck, hardworking people who just need a leg up. Neither is correct. There are bad homeless people and good homeless people.
Apr 13, 2016 Eckstein commented on Bertha Is About to Drill Under the Viaduct—Here Are Five Questions That Still Haven't Been Answered.
Yeah, totally, we don't need the viaduct OR the tunnel, that will totally work with an influx of 1500 people moving here every week!