The Saddest Emoji

A client contacted me the other day explaining that her credit was bad and she had recently been denied on an application.  She included this emoji after the admission. I nearly burst into tears.  Not just your average frowny-face, the hung head and slack eyelids communicate equal levels of shame and despair. I have issues. …

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Oscar Wilde, the Bible, and some Oscar-Winning Boobs

One of the most memorable plays I saw in my time as a quasi-regular Broadway attendee was a production of "Salomé" by Oscar Wilde.  Directed by Oscar-winner Estelle Parsons, it starred Oscar-winner Al Pacino as Herod; Oscar-winner Dianne Weist as Herodias; Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei as Salomé; and Oscar-nominee David Straithairn as John the Baptist. This …

“Oh, Hello on Broadway” (on Netflix) holds a mirror up to theater geekery

I have been repeatedly watching "Oh, Hello! On Broadway" ... on Netflix.  In addition to finding it hysterical, it has me digging deep into my theater-geek past. https://youtu.be/YPQL8RbwckU Inhabiting the role of foul-mouthed senior citizen George St. Geeglund, stand-up comedian John Mulaney describes the audience, to their faces, as a collection of "comedy nerds, theatre …

The Man in Black

Excerpt from the short story, "Cry 'Bout a Nickel."  Copyright ©2017 by Paul Greenamyer   The song came to an end with a slap of bass, a trill of clarinet, a sharp snatch of cymbal and a jangly chop of Bobby’s guitar. The sweaty audience stopped dancing and applauded wildly. These kids just went nuts for white …

Gretchen

The guitarist in my band, TJ, has a puppy now.  Floppy-eared chihuahua mix, teeny-tiny and full of spunk, cutest thing you’ve ever seen.  Her name is Gretchen. The other day, as we were wrapping up band practice at TJ’s place, Gretchen was running around happily, and then started doing that gross thing where she drags …