Theater:Rally the troops

Wednesday, Aug. 13

In 2003, Oscar-winning actor/political activist/budding playwright Tim Robbins premiered his new play, Embedded, a drama-satire about the Iraq war told through the officials who started it, the journalists charged with reporting on it and the soldiers fighting in it. Fox News pounced with its usual knee-jerk reactionary reporting on so-called liberal propaganda. Fox reporter William LaJeunesse — who didn't actually see the play — was quick to point out Robbins' inexperience (he's neither a journalist nor a soldier who served in Iraq), as well as the play's variety of inaccuracies. To prove his point, LaJeunesse conducted exit survey-style interviews with a few audience members, which conveniently included an incredulous military officer who "fought in Iraq and worked alongside several embedded journalists" and claimed authority on the topic "based on what I saw with my boots on the ground and in the sand." LaJeunesse also claimed Fox News' own embedded journalists never experienced any kind of censorship — another subject explored in the play — and you should believe them because, you know, they're such glowing models of honesty and integrity. Jobsite Theater concludes its ninth and most successful season yet with a run of Embedded. Attendees are encouraged to bring donated goods for care packages to be shipped to military units currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Aug. 14-31, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 4 p.m. Sun., with a special $10 preview 8 p.m. Wed., Aug 13, Shimberg Playhouse-Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, downtown Tampa, $24.50 ($10 rush tickets available to students, seniors and military 30 minutes prior to curtain), 813-229-7827, JobsiteTheater.org.

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