What a pleasant feeling it is that when you’re thinking — oh, what shall I do next? I’ve sent in my Fringe application and I have a poo-load of work to do and I’m worried that I’ll never accomplish it but I WANT to and I NEED to and surely I will — and out of the damn blue the playwright whose play got you back in the show business after so much time at last year’s Fringe calls you on the phone and casually — nay, COOLY and NONCHALANTLY with a LAID-BACK SAVOIR FAIRE bordering on SANG FROID even — asks you (after you nattered on for uncountable minutes of digression) to direct his play that was accepted to the 15-Minute Play Festival. And he never even ever really asked that question directly because that’s not how you two seem to work together. You talk a lot, he talks a little bit. Often things are implied and understood and this confuses you and you think it amuses him and you hate to admit it that you are learning about human interaction in such a modern way. So here you are — not having to just sit and fret about whether or no your magnum opus for Betzy with a Z will be accepted into the Fringe Festival — but rather here you are actually directing and producing
(why does this seemingly endless paperwork involved in producing even a short, short comedy boil my psyche in a caldron of joy like a European jungle explorer unwittingly befriended by cannibals in a B-movie? [complete aside: CONGO MAISIE starring Ann Sothern is on TCM at 7:00 a.m. and if you have to wonder if I’m recording it AGAIN then you have never met me, have you?])
— a 15-minute comedy by a truly humorous young writer who writes truly humorous writings. Damn!! Pleasant?! Did I say, “Pleasant”? SPECTACULAR is the word. Them theatrical juices oozing like a floozy in her too-tight dress on a humid night with the rent due and an aching hankering she couldn’t spell if she tried. SO, here’s the flyer for the festival. The thing is a competition. The audience votes. 80 seats. ONE performance Monday evening, April 19. If you want a ticket (and if you don’t, why in the hell are you even reading this bumptious blog?) set your calendar for March 29 when tickets go on sale and sell out in less than a few hours and go to THEATERMANIA.COM to buy tickets. No, there are no comps, there are no special arrangements because you love the big time swish director, no no no and no. Don’t call me, don’t e-mail me. On March 29 go to THEATERMANIA.COM and order your tickets. I love the play. It’s got some great words in it in amusing and intelligent combination. And you cannot beat a play titled
What’s a China Cabinet Used For?