Chicago Summer Back Again

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IMG_7980So here we are, nearly at the end of June, and time has gotten slippery. The days themselves don’t seem to speed by, but they pile up on (upon?!) one another, careless paper, fluttering away.

Without much of a thought, I’ve gone from heavy coats and hats and boots to reminding myself I don’t need to grab a jacket as I head out the door.

It’s summer.

Real ice-cream-eating, long, languid days of daylight-giving, sweat-inducing summer. Welcome back.

I’ve never really thought about how the change of seasons might influence my writing. Perhaps how I write; dark winter days with a mug of something hot sounds like romantic writing at its finest. And maybe bright summer days should be spent out in the world, away from a keyboard, doing, experiencing.

Maybe.

In Chicago, we earn our summers through slushy wet sidewalks and sharp, needling snowflakes. Through slidey roads and a wind that drives half of your molecules from your body and into the cold beyond.

But our summers melt all of that away, under broad blue skies and a lake made of shifting blue. The humidity can settle down, heavily, and yet people smile.

After all, it’s summer.

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Neurotrash, the Second Week

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Our illustrious director came up with this graphic:

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And I just had to share it because I thought it was hilarious. And pretty true. Granted, we’re not Tony Award-winning. But then again, neither is Hamilton.

Yet.

Anyway, our second show went really well, the tweaks were tweaked and it came together really tightly, and our cast killed it, as per the usual. There was no potential food poisoning with the cake on Saturday, as it had been stored in the freezer, and for this Saturday’s performance, we’ll have a new piece.

What kind, you ask?

Whatever is the one that has the hopeful sticker on top with a $1 off coupon saying “We made too much!” The last one was carrot cake. This one? Hmm. I’m thinking something in the vanilla family.

And here’s an interesting little tidbit: for all my friends too far from Chicago to make it to the show, you can stream it! Tickets are $6, but apparently do not count toward our ticket sales, alas. But at least you can see what the fuss is about.

You can also live-stream it on the night of the next performance (Saturday, 10 pm central) if you want to feel like you’re there. You can have even have a drink handy.

You know. Because there’s booze.

So we’re halfway through our run, and the show is only getting hysterical-er. My props are holding up (ish), and we’ve got two more to go!

In or near Chicago? Check out our sketch comedy revue, Me Inside Me Presents: “Neurotrash.” Saturdays at 10 pm, May 7, 14, 21 & 28 in Donny’s Skybox Theater. Tickets $13; Students $11 SCTC Students: $7  Click here for tickets.

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Chicago, Get your Neurotrash Tickets!!

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Tomorrow night, “Neurotrash” rises again for week 2! So, Chicago, if you enjoy hilarious pokes at everything from love to birth control to technology to beloved childhood television series, come join us at Donny’s Skybox Theater in the Second City Training Center at 10 p.m. Saturday night!

You can drink during the show, so there’s that, too. Tickets are $13, unless you are a student, then they are $11, and if you are a Second City Training Center Student, they’re just $7.

And did I mention the drinks?! Also the props are incredible.

Yes, I made the props.

Come join us! It’s a fun night.

In or near Chicago? Check out our sketch comedy revue, Me Inside Me Presents: “Neurotrash.” Saturdays at 10 pm, May 7, 14, 21 & 28 in Donny’s Skybox Theater. Tickets $13; Students $11 SCTC Students: $7  Click here for tickets.

Want to know what happens to Jane Storegoer before everyone else? Sign up for my spamless newsletter, and get new episodes in your inbox on Fridays!

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Neurotrash Update

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NoIMG_0112pe, this little guy wasn’t at the show Saturday night, he, like so many other birds, is on the payroll at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and I couldn’t resist sharing the photo.

So our show went off Saturday night, and while I wouldn’t say it was without a hitch, we had a pretty full audience and they really seemed to enjoy it. So yay!

There was one part that made me fear for one of our actors, though. There’s a piece of cake in one of the scenes. As the prop person, I made sure to find the most pathetic looking piece of cake that I could.

It was pretty pathetic.

So it comes time for the scene, and the cake has gotten pathetic-er as time progressed, as I bought it for rehearsal Wednesday, we used it to rehearse Thursday, and now it’s Saturday.

Did I mention it has not been refrigerated?

Right, so the scene goes, and it’s hilarious and tight. And then it’s the end, and somehow the chair holding the cake takes a tumble. The cake hits the stage.

And allegedly bounces. I say “allegedly” not because I don’t believe it did — trust me, at that point the cake was probably capable of driving a car –but because I didn’t see it myself.

After the rebound, the two actors in the scene pick it up. And Kathryn, professional and hilarious as she is, actually bit it.

With her mouth parts.

You’ve got to love live theater. Afterward, I told her I couldn’t believe she actually did it, and neither could she, but let me tell you, the moment killed. Our cast is amazing.

So we have three more performances left! And the digital pieces, which really make the show innovative, were amazing. Being a part of something like this is something that’s difficult to describe.

Insanely curious? Want to see if eating the cake last week turns Kathryn into the Phantom of Donny’s Skybox? In or near Chicago? I think we still have tickets left for this week, but buy them soon on the Second City website:

In or near Chicago? Check out our sketch comedy revue, Me Inside Me Presents: “Neurotrash.” Saturdays at 10 pm, May 7, 14, 21 & 28 in Donny’s Skybox Theater. Tickets $13; Students $11 SCTC Students: $7  Click here for tickets.

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Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), and the sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) which is now available!

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Hello Spring

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Today there is sunshine. I am going outside, even though it’s still a bit chilly, but it’s spring, and I’m going to take it in.

I love spring. It promises so much, there is so much ahead of spring. We get the first flowers, and they are vibrant, some of them scented so strongly they stay with you long after you’ve caught a hint of them on the breeze.

With spring, we have summer to come, and after that, fall, my other favorite time.

For someone who doesn’t like change, I really enjoy the transitional seasons. Interesting.

I can hear the wind, though, sun or not. There’s still a hint of brutality to spring, but it’s a brutality tempered by hope. By a promise of warmer days to come, of abundance.

It’s so short in Chicago, we go from coats to shorts in no time flat. So I will experience it while it’s here and get some photos for when it’s not.

In or near Chicago? Check out our sketch comedy revue, Me Inside Me Presents: “Neurotrash.” Saturdays at 10 pm, May 7, 14, 21 & 28 in Donny’s Skybox Theater. Click here for tickets.

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It’s nearly opening night for Neurotrash!

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So yesterday I spent most of the day in a haze of glue, the window open to fight the fumes as the dollar store has found the one substance impervious to stickiness and made poster board out of it.

Three kinds of glue…yep THREE KINDS OF GLUE…wait, nope, make that four…later, and those props are ready to go. I have a few more things to do before our tech rehearsal tonight, which will be our only shot at the space before we open.

On Saturday. At 10 p.m.

No one can say we didn’t work hard on this show. I may have reached my crafting limit for the year with the props, and I love a good craft.

And here’s the thing: it’s actually funny. Our actors are such an incredible bunch, and we have an amazing integration of digital technology with some shorts and a digitally interactive scene.

Not to mention the props are on point. Because really, its all about the props, right? It’s OK, I know you’re only agreeing with me to make me feel good, but I’ll take it!

So here we go! And if you are in Chicago, it’s definitely a fun way to spend an hour on a Saturday night. The tickets are cheap ($13), and did I mention there’s booze?

In or near Chicago? Check out our sketch comedy revue, Me Inside Me Presents: “Neurotrash.” Saturdays at 10 pm, May 7, 14, 21 & 28 in Donny’s Skybox Theater. Click here for tickets.

Want to know what happens to Jane Storegoer before everyone else? Sign up for my spamless newsletter, and get new episodes in your inbox on Fridays!

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And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

 

Zipping Through April

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Well, this is it! The very last letter of the alphabet and the very last day of April. It’s been a wonderful month, and more on that on Monday (I assume. I don’t know. I say these things like I’m planning, but anyone who’s been reading me this month knows better).

And on to May, and opening night for our sketch comedy show, one week from today!

April was one of the fastest months on record, time speeding up at a pace enough to make you wonder if any clocks would survive. For me, May will be about watching this show come to life, about watching nature come back to life, and probably about cleaning.

It should really be about cleaning.

Oh and maybe some writing. Ah yes. Writing. That thing I do. With my keyboard. And my imagination. Where did I leave that again?

A happy Z to all, and to all a good Z.

In or near Chicago? Check out our sketch comedy revue, “Me Inside Me Presents: Neurotrash.” Saturdays at 10 pm, May 7, 14, 21 & 28. Click here for tickets.

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), and the sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) which is now available!

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