Set painting, old guy music & obsessive love

You may wonder what the three things in the headline have in common. Well, nothing to be honest – except for in my own head. Stay with me here as I connect the dots.

Last night was the final push on the set for Willow Quartet: assembly and final painting on the production’s first day in the venue, including multiple spray applications on the stage floor to create the impression of a grassy yard and dirt paths around the house. And the entire gang was out last night to pitch in, including the full cast, playwright Joan Burrows, director Jane Carnwath, SM Margot “Mom” Devlin, costume designer Alice Torrance and props gal/ASM Dorothy Wilson. We had a radio on while we were working; a station playing hits from the 80s. Now known as “old guy music.” Yep, the music that I knew and loved in university and theatre school is now – going on 30 years later – old guy music. Here’s the video for a tune I sang along to last night:

If that’s old guy music, then I don’t wanna be young. Jesus, next thing you know, I’ll be yellin’ at kids to get off my lawn. And I don’t even have a lawn.

I have to admit, I was a bit doubtful that we’d even get to the floor last night, but we made it. Ed will do some final touches today. And, chickens, mamma is one tired lady this morning.

Now – onto the obsessive love part. My pal Kat Leonard, along with three other very talented ladies, will be performing their hour-long shows on the subject of – you guessed it – love and obsession, in the Love and Obsession Theatre Festival at Red Sandcastle Theatre. Kat will be performing her Toronto Fringe show A Depper Kind of Love (and I hear it’s a reloaded version of the Fringe performance); also on the bill are Graffiti Highway, Fake News Fangirl and The One. This fest runs from November 22 – 27 and programming allows the audience to see multiple shows in an afternoon/evening. For the scoop on this fest, as well as reservations, check out the Red Sandcastle website:

I think I’ll go watch that Duran Duran video again now.

Author: life with more cowbell

Arts/culture social bloggerfly. Out & proud. Torontonian. Likes playing with words. A lot.

2 thoughts on “Set painting, old guy music & obsessive love”

  1. “old guy music” – hee! While not a Duran Duran fan (Simon LeBon’s voice is just too damn whiny), it’s almost embarrassing how easily I seem to recall the lyrics for a lot of ’80s songs. Geez, was that really nearly 30 years ago?! Urgh.

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