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That Was No Tea Party 

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In her review of Pegasus Players' The Upper Room ["True but Not Genuine," March 11], Kelly Kleiman climactically lectures, "One of the hardest things about writing historical fiction is to wear your research lightly, recognizing that not everything you've learned will contribute to a reader's understanding of your story. The same is true of docudrama." Agreed; and before critics start shooting their mouths off about history they should learn some. One of the "extraneous" details Ms. Kleiman chides the playwright about including is a reference to Crispus Attucks, the "first American killed in the Boston Tea Party."

Nobody died at the Boston Tea Party; Crispus Attucks died in the Boston Massacre. But I guess that just goes to show how extraneous this stuff is--right?




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