Notes from a Wandering Laptop

Week of September 15, 2019

Coming Up...

Threhold Theater

Actor friend David Schlosser is starting up a new theater for gay stories. I'm meeting with him and his two compatriots tonight (Sunday 9/15) to discuss three of my scripts for possible production. Nice to at least be discussing production. It's been too long since I've been able to spend time in a rehearsal room. We'll see what comes of it...

Grief Stuff

The new grief group seems like a better fit, even though it's a drop-in, and the people involved month to month may vary. We had three who lost mothers and three who lost husbands this time out, and it was a very fruitful and understanding discussion. Still sitting in on church, need to reach out to the pastor to try and arrange a meeting. The mother-specific eight week support group doesn't begin til mid-October. And of course, there's still the estate paperwork to deal with, and boxes to sort through. Meanwhile, in other writing news, the Caring Bridge page to follow Mom's illness and treatment has become a grief journal -

Fringe Blogging

Survived my first Minnesota Fringe Festival in 17 years without Mom by my side, thanks to some amazing friends all over the Fringe community making sure I felt surrounded by the love of people who care, because they knew her and missed her, too.  The Fringe staff created an award to honor an outstanding audience member and named it for Mom, calling it The Beverlee. Got myself to a show in every slot (55), which day to day was its own little miracle. I saw a lot of great stuff - 5 star shows, 4.5 star shows - and some decent stuff - 4 stars shows, 3.5 star shows - and some not so great stuff - 2.5 star shows, 2 star shows. You can compare how it turned out to what I was anticipating by looking at my pre-Fringe Top 10 list, and a Top 11-20 listMy schedule is posted, as well as meditations on returning favorites, and shows I just can't watch right now that are still worth a look for someone who didn't just lose their mom.

Theater Reviews

Just saw Walking Shadow's Cabal this week. Seeing The Glass Menagerie at the Guthrie with my friend Grayson in the cast this week. Planning to see a friend's storytelling gig, a National Coming Out Day Cabaret and fundraiser for the new Threshold Theater, and a new spin on the two parts of Shakespeare's Henry IV called Rogue Prince from Theatre Coup d'Etat in the weeks ahead. Meanwhile, previous 2019 reviews - Sandbox Theatre's Golden Record Project - 5 stars; Prime Production's Marjorie Prime - 3 stars; Frank Theatre's The Cradle Will Rock - 4.5 stars; Paige Collette and Tatiana Pavela's The Monica Meditations, and Brandi Alexander - 4.5 stars; Girl Friday Productions/Park Square's The Skin of Our Teeth - 5 stars; Chain Reaction Theatre's new showcase What Guys Really Want - 3.5 stars

Just in case anyone was wondering why the steep drop off in the number of theater reviews in recent months, I posted some words of explanation here.

And here's some links to a roudup of the best theater I saw in 2017, and the best theater I saw in 2016.


Here, if you're curious


Here, if you're curious

New Play Exchange

My plays are being uploaded here as well, if you have a membership to read.

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