Notes from a Wandering Laptop
Week of July 30, 2017
The Minnesota Fringe Festival kicks off this Thursday. Mom arrives Monday afternoon and has a day or two to settle into her Minnesota vacation mode, visiting lakes and such. Wednesday evening we'll hit the previews for the out of town artists. My Fringe vacation begins Thursday, which means it'll be Fringe and/or Fringe blogging full-time for a week and a half. I'm still not sure what our schedule is for the time Mom is here yet. She'll have to help make the final determination on some options. You can check out my full lists of returning favorites and the new pre-Fringe Top 10/Top 20 suggestions, plus some random shout-outs associated with those lists. You can find my blogs on this year's Fringe so far collected here.
It seems like the tax bill masquerading as a health care bill is dead - for the moment. But since it continues to refuse to die, keep an eye out. Make your voice heard - here's how. Don't let them push it through while other nonsense is distracting the news media.
The podcasts currently keeping me sane on a political front these days - Pod Save America, Pod Save The People, Lovett or Leave It, Pod Save The World, and With Friends Like These. Check them out if you want to stay informed, active, and have a laugh or two while you're at it.
Here's why I've read my last think piece on the death of American democracy back on December 1st, and some helpful hints for living under the new regime from a historian who's seen it all before.
Mistletoe #1 and #2 are included in Smith and Kraus publishers' new anthology "105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance," now available on Amazon and other friendly venues. They have a fun twitter feed with tweet-synopses of all 105 plays being posted, so check that out for a giggle (I saw mine float through the other week). Along with Mistletoe #3 and #4, and Pitching Christmas #1 through #3, Mistletoe #1 and #2 were part of Little Lifeboats' 2015 holiday show "I Never Eat December Snowflakes." (All of which reminds me, I need to upload those scripts to this website. And hey, if you're planning ahead and looking for some holiday shorts, all of the Mistletoe and Pitching Christmas scripts are part of my Short Plays Volume 4)
Lessons go on hiatus for a couple of weeks during Fringe season, though I'll try and keep up the practicing between the blog posts. My guitar teacher should be done with the summer touring dates by the time I'm done with Fringe, and we can get things back on track.
New Material On Website
This'll also go on a brief slowdown while I'm focused on Fringe blog content. I also need to learn how to get a full Fringe archive loaded here, since I'd like to have a backup for Daily Planet, MN Artist and blogspot content. Still learning about new and interesting bugs in this version of the site by uploading new script bits.
Working right now on 2016's Discreet, Straight-Acting, Disease/Drug-Free but it probably won't go live for a day or so yet.
The Morning After The Morning After - ten minutes of pillow talk
The Morning After He Killed Himself - ten minutes of self-inflicted haunting
Regular reviews on hiatus as Fringe blogging takes over - sure to return shortly after the Fringe has subsided in mid-August
2017 theater reviews are piling up: Jungle Theater's Fly By Night; Girl Friday's Idiot's Delight; Fire Drill and BLAQ's part in Momentum: New Dance Works Festival; Sheep Theater's The Good Boy and The Kid; Theatre Coup d'Etat's The Baltimore Waltz; Full Circle Theater's 365 Days/365 Plays: A 2017 Remix; Trademark Theater's The Boy And Robin Hood; Savage Umbrella's Night of New Works; Walking Shadow's Red Velvet; Prime Productions' Little Wars; 20% Theatre Company's latest round of Q-Stage - Set A and Set B; Nimbus Theatre's Redemption; Jungle Theater's Lone Star Spirits; Uprising Theatre's Prometheus Bound; Park Square's The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence; Green T Productions' A Thousand Cranes; Mission Theatre's and Wayward Theatre's co-production of The Ghost Train; Sheep Theater's The Assassination of the Archduke of Austria-Hungary Franz Ferdinand; Frank Theatre's Citizen: An American Lyric; Gadfly Theatre's And Then They Fell; Savage Umbrella's The Awakening; Illusion Theater's Thurgood; Jungle Theater's Anna In The Tropics; Theatre Unbound's Mere Trifles; Minnesota Jewish Theatre's The Whipping Man; Classical Actors Ensemble's As You Like It; Walking Shadow's Marie Antoinette; Illusion Theater's Miranda; 7th House Theater's Rhinoceros; Sandbox Theatre's Big Money; Mosaic Productions' Almost, Maine.
Posted a Top Ten list (of what I saw) for theater in 2016, with links to pretty much everything I wrote about good, bad and indifferent over the past year. Check it out.
Here, if you're curious
Here, if you're curious