Faith! And a Review of Done to Death

“The path to success is to take massive, determined action.”

That quote is by Tony Robbins and I love it. I have been living in this zone over the last two weeks. You can have total faith but without the work it ain’t going to show up. Or as I love to say, “Uh, _______ is not going to knock on your door and say hi, I am ___________ and I am here to fulfill your __________.” It’s funnier when I do the scene for you.

It’s the truth though. I remember being upset for years about not having an emergency fund. I felt awful about myself and my situation…a complete failure who was going to end up in a tent community with my husband, my cat and my wedding china…and some plays. Then it hit me.  I never worked toward an emergency fund. That wasn’t a financial goal at that time. However, my career is in a different place from five years ago because I took massive, determined action to succeed.

Good QOD! How often do we say woe is me when really it is woe is me for not taking aggressive action.

In other news, I have the pleasure of doing the publicity and house managing for the Parkside Players. Done to Death by Fred Carmichael and directed by my pal, Natalie Jones. The plot is simple and the storyline easy to follow.  The characters are telling the audience what is going to happen and who did it. So, in a nutshell, and I ripped the description from the Sam French site, here’s the story: (add mysterious music) Once famous mystery writers involve the audience as they apply their individual methods to solving various murders. They include a couple who write sophisticated murders, a young author of the James Bond school, a retired writer of the hard hitting method and an aging queen of the logical murder.

This is such a fun show for only one reason! All the actors use multiple acting styles and are terrific.  Mark Dunn and Bridget Bannec are the classy couple who do things well, plot and drink. Great chemistry between the two. Richard Weyhausen plays a Raymond Chandler type writer who fancies himself better than Bram Stoker. His acting style ranges from silent movie star to tough guy. Then there’s Rosemary Innes who reminds me of Jessica Fletcher and who doesn’t want to be compared to Agatha what’s-her-name. Mike DeRosa makes his debut with the Parkside Players as an Robert Ludlumesque spy writer who is the most current of the writers. Bringing this group together is Mike Miller who is his usual wide-eyed insane character. Again, lots of fun especially since the writers end up acting in their own styles as well as their counterparts’.

There are two additional actors in this show who flawlessly play multiple roles. Johnny Young, Twelfth Night’s director, plays crazy way too well. It’s really refreshing seeing him onstage for a change. Laura Cetti, though, is the glue of this production. She plays at least 5 different roles in this play and transitions into each of them with ease and costume changes. I so enjoyed watching her. It’s tough to go into detail about their roles without giving away the story. Special kudos to Susan E. Young who plays the surly stage manager and Frank Gentile as a supporting character in one of the scenes.

So, if you aren’t on the beach this weekend, visit www.parksideplayers.com for info.

More to come on Imaginary by Nick Radu – my first producing gig without Black Henna – and Twelfth Night.

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