Thursday, August 23, 2012

Laughing at the City Club

Everyone always expects my book, Laughing for a Living, to be hilarious even though the title refers to my great luck to have a job that causes me laughter. But laughter is contagious and when I gave a presentation today at Women's City Club for a good crowd of about 70 people, we were all laughing at the life I've led. It was my first try at supplementing my presentation with Power Point, and I was afraid we'd be laughing at my technical failure. Thank goodness all went well. What a lovely, exciting place Women's City Club is. I've been there before as a visitor, but I was so excited to sign my name in a speakers book  that spans decades...and naturally, that's only one of many registers spanning the club's history of more than a century. The club is a venue for the upcoming Art Prize so if you haven't visited it before, be sure to stop in. The food is to die for.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

"Boeing-Boeing" takes off

There's nothing like a set with six doors to predict a successful farce. And when one of the doors has a little window for peeking, so much the better. Peeking through the door in "Boeing-Boeing," the latest show at Mason Street Warehouse, is a wisecracking French maid who's fed up with her playboy boss who's been romancing three different airline stewardesses. Yep, you guessed it. The playboy and a school chum keep stashing beautiful women behind different doors, hoping they don't run into each other, which of course they inevitably will. Catch my full review on Encore Michigan.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Twinkle, twinkle little star

Remember how Carl Sagan used to talk about the "billions and billions" of stars in the universe? Well, when you're talking about that many stars, one star more or less doesn't make much difference. But when there are only four stars -- as in the rating system used by The Grand Rapids Press -- one star can make all the difference in the world.

Last week, Circle Theatre opened a fantastic farce "See How They Run." If you read my review on Mlive, you know I gave it three stars -- which means it's a great show, recommended. But if you read the review in Sunday's Entertainment section of the printed Press, you saw only two stars, meaning an average show, take it or leave it. 

The printed review had a typo. A falling star, you might say. The Press will print a correction. Hopefully the stellar qualities of the show will shine through the words of the review like billions and billions of little stars. But just in case, be sure to spread the word. Yes, you should "See How They Run."

Saturday, August 11, 2012


Circle Theatre's latest farce, "See How They Run," is a non-stop riot of silliness. How do they run? Through the living room, over a body and out onto the balcony. They run into the kitchen. They run into the closet. They run up the stairs. They run in a clerical collar. They run in a night shirt. They run in bright green polkadot boxer shorts and socks with suspenders. They run circles around Circle Theatre and leave the audience breathless from laughing so much. For more details, catch my review on Mlive or in The Press on Sunday.