The Business (Cards) of Theatre (Artists)

As theatre artists, companies, and venues work increasingly harder these days to present and promote themselves online, what remains of old (old-fashioned now?) business practices? Do you and/or the company or venue you are associated with still use business cards? And if so, how much and what kind of information appears on these business cards? … Continue reading

From Valley of the Dolls to Valley of the Vino, Ugh

Too many times now I have gone grocery shopping and seen bottles of wine like the ones below, and each time I have felt increasingly irritated by them.  Don’t get me wrong. I like wine.  And I like breaks from my 3 year old.  I also like to think that I have a sense of … Continue reading

Pushing the Frame: When Your Favorite Actress Tangos with Taboos

Pushing the Frame: When Your Favorite Actress Tangos with Taboos I am someone whose favorite actresses are, for the most part, dead, departed, immortal on the silver screen only: I am referring to golden age Hollywood divas such as Clara Bow, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, and Myrna Loy.  My list of living breathing … Continue reading

Eminem, Mariam & Motherhood

Eminem, Mariam, & Motherhood Admittedly, Eminem and Elizabeth Cary have little in common.  He is a contentious 21st century rapper who keeps nothing in the closet; his autobiographical and topical lyrics run the gamut from sexist and homophobic to scatalogical and taboo.  She is a little-known 17th century dramatist who wrote closet dramas, most notably The Tragedy of … Continue reading

The Drama of Driving

The Drama of Driving I have always prided myself on being not just a good driver, a defensive driver, but also a shrewd driver.  As a matter of fact, several years ago, I gave myself the nickname Back Alley Sally because of how successfully I utilize side streets to get where I need to go … Continue reading

Mama Drama: The Milk of Human Whininess?

Mama Drama: The Milk of Human Whininess? Whether you are male or female, a parent or childless, Lady Macbeth’s scathing commentary on womanhood, particularly maternal nursing and women’s perceived predilection to nurturing, is certain to leave an impression. In her attempt to spur her spouse to murder, she insults Macbeth’s masculinity by proclaiming him surfeit … Continue reading

Holy Sh–!

Holy Sh- -!   Let’s face it, when you have a baby, you contemplate everything that goes into his or her body.  In turn, whether you admit it or not, you also become oddly preoccupied with what comes out, too.  Yes, parenthood makes even those with the purest minds and weakest stomachs more at ease … Continue reading

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