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Sunday, January 28, 2007


Gordon Firemark

Government has no business being in the dramaturgy business.

Isn't a ban on smoking a 'prior restraint' on the expression of ideas? Could this conceivably have a chilling effect, by causing producers to NOT select material that calls for on-stage smoking?

Couldn't it also cause playwrights to self-censor by excluding or altering scenes that involve smoking?

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