Monday, May 22, 2006
Madonna Plays Show in Effingham, Illinois
Madonna has been (pun intended) clinging to her controversial twenties with a death grip for the last decade or so. How shocking, then, that she played a recent outdoor show in the downstate Illinois truckstop known as Effingham. The night show, hosted at the sight of the famous 198 foot Cross at the intersection of Interstates 57 & 70 was an unusual choice for the artist more used to arena venues. The cross was erected in the nineties to serve as a beacon of hope to the 50,000 travelers estimated to pass by each day. Adding some ecumenical spice to the normally bare cross, Madonna paid homage to her lapsed Catholic heritage by playing the part of the corpus and creating a crucifix. Observers agreed that the portrayal was her best acting performance since Desperately Seeking Susan.