2017, The Year That Was

Well, here we are. Another year gone. Another wheezes to a start. I’m still sorting through the cobwebs and dead links that characterized the last one. Both literally and figuratively. No, it wasn’t supposed to happen that way, but I’m not one to cry over spilled Grande, Quad, Nonfat, One-Pump, No-Whip, Mocha. Some years are…… Continue reading 2017, The Year That Was

2015, The Year That Was

One of my favorite authors, the incomparable Ray Bradbury, once said, “Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. Imagination should be the center of your life.” For the better part of 25 years, I have been doing just that – following…… Continue reading 2015, The Year That Was

Raising The Bar, Chicago Style

There is something wonderful happening down here in the borderlands. If you have been following my writing over the last few years, you know that has become my mantra of sorts. Whether it’s because the dry heat is mummifying my brain or there really is a change taking place I really couldn’t say at times,…… Continue reading Raising The Bar, Chicago Style

The Power of Nine

Some of the best things in life are limited. The unparalleled joy and excitement of being offered a dream job. The fully realized taste of extravagance in an ongoing buffet of austerity. The gloriously shocking smell of rain after a long and persistent drought. That giddy, stomach dropping, never-to-be-repeated-in-quite-the-same-way sensation one gets with the realization…… Continue reading The Power of Nine

Slut Up!

Filth. Expletives. Puppets singing songs about cannibalism, bestiality and pedophilia. Cross-dressing shrinks and insane clowns. If this sort of thing elicits a titillated giggle, or a tingle in your naughty bits (I’m not judging), you need to get your ass down to West End Art Depot to catch what’s left of Co-ed Prison Sluts, before…… Continue reading Slut Up!

History Lesson

Both playwright Tom Smith and Director Mark Medoff have spoken at length about the themes that make up the former’s latest offering, Aunt Raini, currently being presented by American Southwest Theatre Company and performed at the New Mexico State University Center for the Arts. Art as political statement and the question of identity are key…… Continue reading History Lesson

Raising the Bard

In 2005, New York actor Denis O’Hare (probably best known for his role as King Russell Edgington on the hit HBO series True Blood) began an unlikely collaboration with fellow thespian Lisa Peterson who, up until that point, had been his director in a handful of successful, low key theatrical productions. The result was a…… Continue reading Raising the Bard