Charna led the kids in games and fostered goodness and I followed with simple magic and Disney hand puppets. I would ask the adults to step out of the room while I performed and that kept our little business going for quite a few years.
As soon as I stopped working as a critic, I started writing plays. I co-wrote the first two with Cheryl Lavin, creator and writer of the nationally syndicated column “Tales From the Front” and my dear friend since 5th grade. The collaboration was pure joy. Until we got our first reviews…
“I regard the theater as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” —Oscar Wilde
Years later, “Celebrity Beat,” still holds up as a wicked and prescient look at celebrity journalism in the earliest days of People magazine. Four interviews in four hotel rooms over 10 years, with Molly the reporter going from feature writer to world famous celebrity journalist. A gay President and hidden sex scandal figure in.
Our next play, “Solomons’ Choice” was also a wonderful experience. “Solomons’ Choice” is a family comedy about love, marriage and the religious ties that can strangle our best intentions. Mick Leavitt directed. “Solomons’ Choice” got bigger laughs, a longer run, and a second production a few years later in Santa Fe, NM, directed by Eron Block. It’s wise and funny and if you’re interested in producing it, send me an email.
“Blue Sky is a romantic comedy about a hate crime. . .it couldn’t be more timely.”
“Blue Sky” had a staged reading at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago and has come close to production too many times.