Friday night the family went to see "Gem of the Ocean" by August Wilson. It was a remarkable play, mixing down-to-earth dialogue with magical historical ritual. It touched on topics such as allegiance and betrayal, being in touch with your history versus being ignorant of or alienated from it, and the handing down of values and traditions from one generation to another. It was frequently funny and often poignant. The performances were, each and every one, marvelous. Unfortunately, recent weather dealt the play a financial setback from which it could not recover and it closed on Sunday.