click to enlarge Mary Kate Smith (Eva Peron) and Greg Donathan (Juan Peron) played the title roles in The Muni’s recent production of Evita.
Mary Kate Smith (Eva Peron) and Greg Donathan (Juan Peron) played the title roles in The Muni’s recent production of Evita.


Thank you so much for publishing the wonderful and insightful theater review of The Muni’s Evita in your latest issue (“Sex, lies and political power, June 27). It has long been my belief that we have a rich and thriving arts community in Springfield and surrounding areas. 

I have been doing theater here as long as I can remember, and we used to have reporters specifically assigned to cover the arts events in our area. I have always appreciated how Illinois Times reports comprehensively about all of the arts, whether performing arts, visual arts or the live music scene. It confounds me how we have a daily sports section in some newspapers and on news shows, but all of the arts news goes unreported.

It is inspiring and encouraging to know that Illinois Times cares enough to not only publish a review but also have someone intimately involved and educated about what it takes to present musical theater. As a member of the cast, I can tell you it takes so many caring and dedicated volunteers to present a show of this magnitude. Dennis Thread wrote a review that covered the nuances and complexities of the characters as well as the many other aspects involved behind the scenes. I will look forward to reading more contributions from him.  Bravo!

Sherry Frachey


I was pleased to read Peter Glatz’s article on seeds (“Optimal flavor starts with superior seeds,” June 27).  Most commercially produced varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables are selected based on their ability to be picked under-ripe, boxed up, shipped long distances and sit on a shelf for a long period of time, with taste appeal not even a consideration.  Yes, it may look good in the store, but as anyone who’s ever had a fresh homegrown heirloom tomato knows, there simply is no comparison. 

It is my opinion that this misadventure in capitalism is why so many people hate to eat fresh fruits and vegetables these days.  If someone hasn’t had the fortune to find their way to a farmers market or plant their own garden, they may have never tasted authentic vegetables and fruits.

For many years, I have been growing produce from heirloom seeds.  These are varieties of seeds which often have been handed down from generation to generation, crossing oceans and continents as families migrate through time and space.  These seeds have usually been kept and passed on, due to their amazing taste.  A bonus of heirloom varieties is that the seed can be saved after harvest and planted in subsequent years, thereby skipping over the middleman, which, as Glatz stated, is usually some variant of Monsanto.

I had never heard of Row 7 vegetables, but if they are breeding plants and seeds for good taste, they are certainly moving our world in a better direction.  I hope they make their seeds available through one of the increasingly few independently owned seed distributors.  I cannot imagine butternut squash tasting better than what grows in my garden, but I am certainly willing to give it a try.

Carey Smith

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