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Review of Things As They Are (Theater, 2017)

Who is the poet who goes by the name Wallace Stevens? That is the question writer David Todd poses in his elegant and delightful potpourri of a play, at once both intellectual and heartfelt, a tug of war between the mind and the heart that will eventually define a hero who must come to terms with his split devotion between duty and delight, whimsy and family, fantasy and reality. Stevens is a corporate tax lawyer by day, a father of a beautiful teenage daughter, and husband to a wife who sees past the mystery and intrigue of a poet and knows the humdrum reality of holding a family together all too well. The play opens with the writer engaged in an argument with his daughter who fails to see what makes him so important, instead trying to exert her own independence from an authority that Stevens himself once rebelled against in the form of his own father. In what could have been a standard 50s set family drama, however, is instead contrasted with scenes of …

Someone Saved My Life Tonight: The Pastor Sal Perez Story (Theater, 2017)

Pastor Sal Perez is that simple play about a young man who is addicted to drugs and thrown in jail in an attempt to save his life. Tho the play states that is about the well known Pastor, mister Sal Perez, the actual narrative is split between a scene from his own childhood and a touching scene involving another inmate named Carlos Ortega who struggles with authority. The play opens with a confusing scene involving a voicemail left by a young woman speaking in Spanish. She speaks in a hushed manner and sounds worried, and thru a translation by Rosa, played by Marcia Gair, we learn that the woman is trying to reach the pastor because of a dream she had that involved her brother getting shot. We learn that the pastor is not in at the moment but that he must be important to his community because of how Rosa and a janitor named John, played by Clayton Minder, speak about him. He is revered and sought after, and this is our introduction to …

Brad Pitt and George Clooney

Brad Pitt and George Clooney sit at coffee bar   Brad: Hey Clooney.   Clooney: Hey Brad.   B: How’s the wife.   C: Eh, same as always. How’s the kids.   B: Eh. They’re all good. So Clooney, remember that guy named Michael Paul Medlen.   C: yeah, we promised to attest in court that we knew what was going on and would not lie on oath.   B: Then maybe this is the document that we sign to promise them we’re going to do it.   [1 from other play pops out of coffee pot]   1: God dammit, we’re still in the shit.   [2 from play steps out from behind Clooney]   2: What is this shit again.   1: Eh, the weather!   2: Sh…no yelling. This shit is serious.   Clooney: I, George Clooney, do solemenly swear to attest in court that I saw what was happening and protested, and yes, this is really him typing this shiitty play.   Mike: It’s a play that can never be performed. …

And so the quest begins [pt 2]

Brother james Yes bro Can you handle a story being told in front of your eyes What the fuck is this You are seeing thru your brother mikes eyes at this moment Ca you handle this ?   How?   Where are you at Work bathroom   God!!!!!!! Ive been talkig to lady gaga and taylor swift for 8 years and coutniing   Wtf   Ok   Were going to tell a story together real quick   Ready   James Yeah How did you get this program to work on your computer I clicked a link on my phone and it started to work Ok End   Patrick Hey pat Can you see this? What the fuck dude is this some fucked up shit You are seeing thru your brother mikes eyes Can you handle seeing this on your computer Ok This is an never ending story about our lives Mike is channeling god and jesus Talk about this in front of him okay Best   Bye   Okay stephanie Can you handle this big …

Two men sitting at a theater box outside in cold weather

Two men sitting at a theater box outside in cold weather   1: This shit is cold   2: What shit   1: The shit that never ends   2: Ah, you mean life.   1: No no no. I mean the weather. The shit. You know! The Shit!   2: No, I don’t know the shit. What is the shit??!   1: The weather!   2: Then call it the weather!   1: I just did!   2: No, you called it the shit!   1: Get a coffee bro. We’re in some fucked up play.   2: Life is a play my friend.   1: You’re acting out of character.   2: Call me schizophrenic.   [A psychiatrist pops out of thin air]   P: Did someone call for a doctor.   1: Ah shit son. We gotta get the fuck out of this dimension.   2: Call it the shit.   1: Well, whatever the fuck we’re in. This shit’’s getting real.   2: Now you got it.   P: Ah, I …

Do Audiences Dream of Electronic Sheep [an unfinished play that was never produced or performed]

Act One   Scene One   A bare stage. Three Actors, man, woman, and Mike, are sitting down cross legged.   Man: Do you think we’ll get an audience today? Woman: Can’t be any worse than yesterday.   Mike: You guys are so down on our luck.   Man: We’ve performing our skit for a month now on the streets and we haven’t got any money to show for it.   Mike: It’s not all about the money. We do it for art.   Woman: But it’s getting cold out here.   Mike: You shouldn’t give up so soon. We’ll find our niche.   Man: Maybe if we were in New York City.   Woman: Look, there’s someone walking by!   Mike: To your feet. Quick. Come on.   A STRANGER enters stage.   Mike: Hello, stranger. Do you have a minute to spare?   Stranger One: I was on my way to work.   Mike: We’ll only take a minute of your time. We call ourselves the Detroit Fringe Society. We’re an avante guard …

  [Two Men sit at a posh restaurant in New York City sharing a glass of wine and waiting to order their meals] Man 1: Lady Gaga is the biggest loser I’ve never meant 2: Don’t get too full of yourself 1: Nonsense, I haven’t had a bite since lunch, which was exactly four hours ago. 2: Exactly my point. 1: I don’t follow. 2: And you never will, which is why I adore you. 1: How could you not? 2: You’d be surprised what a man could be capable of. 1: A female too. Perhaps moreso. 2: I’m never surprised by the will of a female, exactly why I avoid them in the first place. 1: You must have never seen her perform. 2: I thought she was a loser? 1: Why yes, but only because she hasn’t met me yet. I imagine she’s very talented if you know what I mean. 2: I wouldn’t care if she was shaved… 1: Well that proves you’re not a fag at the very least. 2: Quite the …