I am supposed to write a blog every day and I usually do it late at night from home, though sometimes I do write during the day.
Thursday night, my cousin called on Skype at 11:45 p.m., just as I was going to start writing.
We talked to my cousin and her mother for about an hour. My aunt was married to my mother's favorite brother, who died 13 years ago. This cousin, Kotoe, is battling breast cancer right now and seems to be doing very well. Thank goodness.
To get back to the reason for this blog, I'm going to tell you about "Stimulus." It's an original play written by Jonathan Perkins. I've known Jonathan since he first came back to Columbus after graduating from college. I think he went to Georgia Southern University. Since then, he's acted in or directed at least one show a year in the Liberty Theatre's season.
He's writing plays now, and "Stimulus" is not his first play, but it's the first to be produced. He's also directing it. A triple threat of a diffferent kind? Writer-director-producer.
"Stimulus" is about a man who is laid off and doesn't tell his life. He pretends to be going to work every day. The play opens two months after the lay-off.
The audience follows Garvin as he interacts with his friends, former employer, employment counselor and his wife.
It is truly well-written and should be seen. C'mon guys, you have nothing to worry about. Many of you have expressed concerns about the area where the Liberty is. I've been going to shows and going to interview people at the Liberty for more than 20 years and I've never, ever had a problem.
So put your fears away and go see this play. You'll probably recognize as least one person in this play.
The cast is superb, and as I said, the writing is top-notch. The only complain I have is on the technical side. The scene changes take way too long. The furniture in Garvin's apartment is too big. It takes half of the floor crew to move two pieces of furniture. And there's really no reason for a rug on stage that they move from scene to scene. Just before intermission, my left eye started tearing. I'm positive some of the the dust that was raised moving the rug around got in my eye. I went to the bathroom during intermission and washed my contact. By the end of the show, whatever was in my eye must have been washed away. Now I look like I've been crying for a week!
Like I said that's a minor quibble.
The play can be seen at 8 tonight, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $12-$15.