Saturday, October 3, 2009

In the Noble Footsteps of John Edwards, Mark Sanford, and David Letterman, I Will Confess

I haven't written or submitted a letter to the editor in quite some time. I can't remember what month or year I had my most recent letter to the editor printed in the News & Record, but I'm thinking it's been at least a couple years ago.

I just wrote and submitted one today. I was inspired by a couple recent letter writers, as well as by all the news stories surrounding the romantic adventures of John Edwards, Mark Sanford, David Letterman, and other such manly men. It has really started to bother me that my own love affairs haven't received as much attention, so I've decided to provide some self-exposure and share some confessions of my own.

I'm hoping that Allen Johnson will decide that my tales are as worthy of publication as the stories of better known men.

One thing that might keep my own confessions from being as worthy of coverage is that I am unmarried. But still, a cheating man is a cheating man, whether he's married or not.

Stay tuned . . .

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Something Ruthless This Way Comes!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

If you need something fresh and exciting in your life, a great opportunity awaits you, right now, right here, and in our own backyard.

"Ruthless! The Musical!" opens Thursday, September 24, 2009, at the Open Space Cafe Theatre and will run for two weeks, Thursday-Sunday both weeks.

The Open Space Cafe Theatre is located at 4609-A West Market Street in Greensboro, across from Bert's Seafood Grille.

Tickets are $20.00 each. Seniors only pay $17.00 per ticket. If you organize a group of 8 or more (the more, the merrier!), each individual receives a $2.00 discount on his/her ticket.

To reserve your tickets today, call 336-292-2285. If you reach voice mail, just leave your name, phone number, the number of tickets you need, and the date you want to attend. Someone will return your call to confirm and process your order, and then you'll have set yourself up for a fantastic night (or Sunday afternoon) of entertainment.

The specific dates of the shows are:

  • Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 8:00 PM
  • Friday, September 25, 2009 at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 2:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 8:00 PM
  • Friday, October 2, 2009 at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Here's a description of "Ruthless!": "The young Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in the school musical. Anything includes murdering the leading lady! A cynical and slightly evil romp, loaded with parodies of The Bad Seed, Gypsy, All About Eve and a host of other shows."

I have never seen "Ruthless," but I've thoroughly enjoyed everything I've ever seen at the Open Space Cafe Theatre and fully expect to be treated to another amazing performance when I attend this show. Unless you're just one of those people who don't enjoy plays and musicals, I'll go out on a limb and say that I strongly believe that, if you attend a show there, you will have an amazing time at the Open Space Cafe Theatre and you will not leave disappointed. I never have, and I sincerely hope that when you attend your first show there ("Ruthless!" maybe), you will have as great a time as I always do.

Almost forgot to mention another important detail about the Open Space Cafe Theatre: save some room for dessert before you attend a show there. You can purchase a range of tasty desserts and drinks before the show and during intermission, and as an added bonus, you can actually take these into the theatre to enjoy while you're watching the show. In other words, at the Open Space Cafe Theatre, it's OK to "play with your food"!

May your entire Open Space Cafe Theatre experience be as fun and wonderful for you as it always is for me!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Mom's 66th Birthday Celebrated at (and by) the OSC Theatre--(Thank You, OSCT!)

I've been looking forward to seeing "Dinah Was!" at the Open Space Cafe Theatre ever since I saw "Rounding Third" there. Mom's birthday is August 29th, and since that was one of the dates for "Dinah Was!," it worked out perfectly as something to do on Mom's birthday.

Before the play, we ate at Bert's Seafood Grille, immediately across the street from the Open Space Cafe Theatre.

I had picked up a cake at Ganache, and Bert's kept it refrigerated for me while we ate dinner. Earlier, I had secured permission from the OSC Theatre management to bring a cake for our party. The theatre sells cake slices and other desserts, but I wanted to ensure that there was enough for our party without "stealing" desserts that other play-goers might want.

We waited until intermission to cut into our cake. It was delicious!

But the real treat came right before the show continued. "Dinah Was!" Director Robin T. Rich McGhie took the stage to select a couple winners for some free tickets to the next show, "Ruthless! The Musical" (September 24-October 3).

But Robin also announced Mom's birthday and then initiated a full-house singing of "Happy Birthday" to my mom. The small band even played. It was one of those special touches that only added to an already perfect evening.

The show itself was a true crowd-pleaser. Along with the drama, listening to LaShon R. Hill sing Dinah Washington's music made you feel like you were enjoying a live concert. Hill captured the power of Dinah Washington's personality while also making us aware of her struggles with alcohol and pills. (I couldn't help but think of Michael Jackson; August 29th would have been Michael's 51st birthday.)

The supporting cast did a very good job also. Toward the end, Ronell Kiensler grabbed the audience's hearts and imagination with her scene-stealing portrayal of Violet, a hotel cook who receives an unexpected invitation from Dinah Washington to join her on stage. Given the chance to take the stage, Violet rises to the occasion, eventually becoming an even more enthusiastic performer than Dinah was at this point in her career.

Dinah Washington died at the age of 39. But she ended up having a stamp with her image on her, allowing us the chance to lick the back of her head, as someone put it.

The August 29th show was a sell-out, as were several others for "Dinah Was!"

Your next chance to visit the Open Space Cafe Theatre is when "Ruthless! The Musical" opens September 24th; it runs through October 3rd. Apparently, Britney Spears and Natalie Portman were understudies for the central role of Tina.

Based on all of my experiences at the Open Space Cafe Theatre over the last couple years, I can only strongly suggest that you consider attending a show there. As I've said before, I think it's very possible that you'll fall in love, just as I have.

Thank you, again, Open Space Cafe Theatre, for yet another special night on my Mom's 66th birthday!

Happy Birthday, Mom! You deserve it!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Come Closer for a Kiss; I Promise Not to Bite

Scooby, Shaggy, and the Gang Spotted in Australia, Truly Needed for the Case of the Stolen American Passports

This van was spotted in Cairns, Australia earlier this summer.
Wish Scooby, Shaggy, and friends had been able to help recover 15 American passports stolen in Sydney July 4th. Instead, replacements had to be secured, consulate had to be visited.

In Europe, 14 stolen American passports recovered after thief leaves them in airport. No replacements required.

Be very careful with your passports and other treasures. There are thieves out there, ready, waiting, very eager to pounce.

Two Local Blogging Theatres Provide Provocative, Highly Entertaining Shows for Our Community

The Open Space Cafe Theatre is blogging about its current show.

Triad Stage is blogging about its preparations for its season-opening production.

You might still be able to get tickets to the final two shows of "Dinah Was!" at the Open Space Cafe Theatre this weekend (7:00 PM on Saturday, August 29, 2009 and 3:00 PM on Sunday, August 30, 2009). [Box office: 336-292-2285]

Triad Stage's "Picnic" opens with its preview performances on Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 7:30 PM. The show runs through September 27th, with performances every day of the week except Monday. [Box office: 336-272-0160]

I highly recommend both theatres, particularly for everyone who has never experienced these theatres' fantastic shows. You really can't imagine what great local and professional talent you're missing out on, but once you see either theatre's shows, you'll know.

If You Don't Have Plans This Weekend, You Might Not Be Too Late . .

If you're looking for some great entertainment this weekend, you should seriously consider trying to get tickets to "Dinah Was!" at the Open Space Cafe Theatre.

The OSC Theatre's most recent blog post indicates that there may still be some tickets left for the 7:00 PM performance on Saturday, August 29, 2009, and the 3:00 PM show on Sunday, August 30, 2009. (You may be too late, but for your sake, I hope you're not.)

To find out if you can still get tickets, call 336-292-2285. If voice mail picks up, just leave your name, phone number, how many tickets you want, and which show you'd like to attend. Someone will return your call. You can also drop by the box office about an hour before the show to see if tickets are still available.

The Open Space Cafe Theatre is small, intimate, and very unintimidating. It's the kind of theatre where anyone should feel comfortable. (It's not the only theatre in our community about which this is true; Triad Stage, the Broach, and other local theatres also make you feel right at home.)

Before the show and during intermission, you can purchase drinks and desserts to take back to small tables. And if you have a larger group, the OSC Theatre staff and volunteers put smaller tables together so that members of your group can sit together.

I've enjoyed every performance I've seen at the Open Space Cafe Theatre, and I've absolutely loved some of the productions.

People who pay a lot more to see shows in other venues should seriously consider giving the Open Space Cafe Theatre a chance. ($20.00 per ticket; $17.00 for senior citizens; $2.00 off each ticket if you have a party of 8 or more.) By attending the Open Space Cafe Theatre, you risk falling in love like I have, and if that happens, you won't want to miss another show.