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Serious Thoughts

" ...three-time Governor Mario Cuomo, who died last year at age Eighty-Two... " was the speaker in a pre-recorded interview over The Diane Rehm Show this morning (19 Jan), and all of that pushes me to say a few things that have been on my mind.

A long, loong time ago --- so long ago that I actually owned a television-set back then --- SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE held a lengthy contest to pick An Ordinary Viewer to act as their weekly host. They winnowed down to three or four, who were recorded answering the one question: Why do you want the job? And one of them was an incredibly old lady, especially for that show --- she must have been in her Seventies! --- who started with the simple fact that "One of these days, I'm gonna kick!"

Last week I saw as my second play of the new year --- an unearthly good play called "Midsummer" insightfully directed and gorgeously acted at The Apollinaire Theatre over in Chelsea --- in which a character (at only 35) spoke of the realization that "at some future time there will be a breath, and there won't be a next one."

And my old drinking-buddy Wilm Shaxpy keeps mumbling "We owe God a death, and he that pays this year is quit for the next."

Well, friends, although it's hard for me to accept, and sometimes as hard for you to realize:

I
AM
EIGHTY-TWO

And, back when I was 14 and had tried to read The King James Bible, I wrote an essay saying if God existed He was an inhuman monster and I much preferred to declare myself an Atheist --- a position I have never found any fact or argument to contradict. (Please, don't try to argue me out of it; I collect religions, but I can believe none of them; and when I'm busy doing the dying, I do Not want anyone mouthing all the weak arguments that I should waste any part of my Present thinking about an illusory future after the fact. Dead is dead; a full stop; period.

And ever since I realized all of that is true it has preyed on my mind, the fact accompanies me in just about everything I do the way the grinning skeleton hangs around in that classic set of woodcuts by Albrecht Durer.

But the "three-score and ten" that Xtians think of as a good estimate for the number of years of a person's life, the Hindu thinks of as differently. They say those are the years one should live within the necessary compromises and possibilities of Real Life in This World --- but if life persists after that, they suggest that it would be best to think, and act, in terms of the soul and what might, out of that life, live on.

And I'm working on that.

What Can remain?
Well, there's a possible biological immortality: progeny. So far as I know, in my case no union of sperm with egg has survived. I knew a couple of people in their infancy, but that was as close as I ever got.

And, of course, I put great value on the impressions of my self that may live in the memories of friends. If people remember me, and I hoped they will, I hope it's with clarity and fondness.

But, in addition to that, I have tried over the years, to make some things, out of words, that I still like to re-read: stories, some long enough to qualify as novels, but shorter stories certainly. Maybe you've read some? In my twenties I wanted to get published, and I was! Twice, 35 years apart. (Click here and here for proof.) And using the printing-machine in the rear of The Harvard Book Store in Cambridge I self-published a short novel called ARTIST IN RESIDENCE that you can purchase there for twenty bucks. And if you like short-stories, there are some you can read using the Internet: Try here, and here, and here (but be a little careful of that last collection; I've been a Dirty Old Man since the seventh grade, but I've also always thought that pornography could, and should be, a valid form of art.)

And that leaves:
reviews.

Those I wrote for the newspapers THE TECH and BOSTON AFTER DARK have been preserved at the BPL, and I expect that those in The Mirror may survive.

However, I DO own some pieces of paper which I expect will survive me that could be important to scholars and historians: All the programs I have collected, a hundred or two hundred each year in good times, during the past twenty years. What should happen to them?

A friend suggested I will them to Tufts University, where Professor Laurence Senelick might find a theatre history candidate interested in documenting the rise of Good Theatre in the Greater Boston Area using my programs. I shall make the offer --- unless someone else can suggest a better use for them.

But pieces of paper are notoriously ephemeral.
I think I'd like to rely most on the memories of my good friends --- and I have had a Lot of them! --- for anything that might appear to be immortality.
Another quote swims out of the past saying
"No one is truly dead until the last time someone mentions their name." That's enough for me.

Love,
===Anon.
( aka larry stark )

SCROLL DOWN FOR:

1) REVIEWS of plays up and running
[This now, again, as complete as I can make it]
2) A LIST of all the theater in Massachusetts
[This, however is still Hopelessly out of date!]
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THEATER MIRROR Reviews of plays still running


"Crime And Punishment" **** till 14 February A Review By Sheila Barth

"Middletown" **** till 22 February Reviewed by Tony Annicone
"Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh" **** till 1 February Reviewed by Tony Annicone
"Oleanna" **** till 1 February Reviewed by Tony Annicone
"Muckrakers" **** till 1 February> Reviewed by Sheila Barth
"Collected Stories"" **** till 8 February A Minority Report by Richard Pacheco
"A Future Perfect" **** till 7 February A Review by Sheila Barth
"Collected Stories" **** till 8 February Reviewed by Tony Annicone
"Orlando" till 2 February A Review by Sheila Barth
"The Best Brothers" **** till 1 February A Review By Sheila Barth
"Vanya And Sonya And Masha And Spike" **** till 1 February A Review By Sheila Barth
"Red Hot Patriot" **** till 31 January Reviewed by Sheila Barth

Reviews In Other Websites:

BESTS of 2014 LISTS
by Brian Balduzzi in ArtsImpulse
by Jules Becker in Bay Windows
by Fabiana Cabral in My Theatre
by Carolyn Clay in The ARTery - WBURfm
by Tom Garvey in The Hub Review
by Tom Garvey AGAIN in The Hub Review
by Bill Marx, Robert Israel & Ian Thal in The Arts Fuse

"The Best Brothers"
by Nancy Grossman in Broadway World
(closes 1 February)

"Chalk"
by Brian Balduzzi in ArtsImpulse
by Beverly Creasey in Boston Review
by Kilian Melloy in The Edge
(closes 31 January)

"A Future Perfect"
by David Brooks Andrews in Wicked Local
by Brian Balduzzi in ArtsImpulse
by Clinton Campbell in The Edge
by Jack Craib in South Shore Critic
by Rich Fahey in On Boston Stages
by Mark Faverman in Berkshire Fine Arts
by Nancy Grossman in Broadway World
by Kilian Melloy in The ARTery - WBURfm
(closes 7 February)

"Kerplop!" (Winter Panto)
by Al Chase in White Rhino Report
by Beverly Creasey in Boston Review
by Nancy Grossman in Broadway World
(closes 2 February)

"The Last Five Years"
by Brian Balduzzi in ArtsImpulse
by Danielle Rosvalley in New England Theatre Geek
(closes 31 January)

"Measure for Measure"
by Brian Balduzzi in ArtsImpulse
by Fabiana Cabral in My Theatre
by Clinton Campbell in The Edge
by Al Chase in White Rhino Report
by Ian Thal in The Arts Fuse
(closes 2 February)

"Morality Play"
by William Demers in The Edge
(closes 1 February)

"Muckrakers"
by David Brooks Andrews in Wicked Local
by Sharon Basco in The ARTery - WBURfm
by Jared Bowen in WGBHtv
by Terry Byrne in The Arts Fuse
by Fabiana Cabral in My Theatre
by Jack Craib in South Shore Critic
by Beverly Creasey in Boston Review
by Nancy Grossman in Broadway World
by Craig Idlebrook in New England Theatre Geek
by Noelani Kamelamela in New England Theatre Geek
by UNSIGNED in The Edge
(closes 7 February)

"Orlando"
by Beverly Creasey in Boston Review
(closes 2 February)

"Red Hot Patriot"
by Sharon Basco in The ARTery - WBURfm
by Jules Becker in Bay Windows
by Jared Bowen in WGBHtv
by Al Chase in White Rhino Report
by Jack Craib in South Shore Critic
by Beverly Creasey in Boston Review
by Kitty Drexel in New England Theatre Geek
by Helen Epstein in The Arts Fuse
by Rich Fahey in On Boston Stages
by Mark Faverman in Berkshire Fine Arts
by Nancy Grossman in Broadway World
by Joyce Kulhawik in Joyce's Choices
by Kilian Melloy in The Edge
(closes 31 January)

"Saint Joan"
by Terry Byrne in The Arts Fuse
by Jack Craib in South Shore Critic
by Iris Fanger in Wicked Local
(closes 8 February)

"Sly Fox"
by Christopher Verlager in The Edge
(closes 18 January)

"Vanya And Sonya And Masha And Spike"
by Jared Bowen in WGBHtv
by Terry Byrne in The Arts Fuse
by Clinton Campbell in The Edge
by Al Chase in White Rhino Report
by Jack Craib in South Shore Critic
by Beverly Creasey in Boston Review
by Kitty Drexel in New England Theatre Geek
by Rich Fahey in On Boston Stages
by Mark Faverman in Berkshire Fine Arts
by Nancy Grossman in Broadway World
(closes 1 February)

PLAYS
UP AND RUNNING

This is a list, as complete as I can make it,
of everything on the boards in Massachusetts this week.
["Permanent productions" ("Shear Madness" etc.) are at the END of this list. Scroll down.]

Friday - Monday, 17 October - 2 November 2014

2 October - 1 November
"Fabulous Fable Factory"
@ THEATRE AT THE MOUNT
@ 444 Green Street, GARDNER MA
1(978)630-9388

9 - 26 October
"Stop/Kiss"
COTUIT CENTER FOR THE ARTS
4404 Falmouth Road, COTUIT MA
1(508)428-0669

10 - 26 October
"Boeing Boeing"
WALPOLE FOOTLIGHTERS
@ 2 Scout Road, EAST WALPOLE MA
1(508)668-8446

10 - 24 October
"Done to Death"
ATTLEBORO COMMUNITY THEATRE
@ Ezekiel Bates Lodge, 71 North Main Street, ATTLEBORO MA
1(508)226-8100

10 - 25 October
"Little Women, The Musical"
THEATRE III
@ 250 Central Street, ACTON MA
1(978)263-9070

10 - 25 October
"November"
QUANNAPOWITT PLAYERS
@ 15 Hopkins Street, READING MA
1(781)942-2212

16 - 26 October
"Dial "M" for Murder"
CALIOPE PRODUCTIONS INC.
@ 150 Main Street, Route 70, BOYLSTON MA
1(508)869-6887

17 - 25 October
"Bug"
ALGONKUIN THEATRE PROJECTS
@ 50 Douglas Road, WHITINSVILLE MA
1(508)272-0111

17 - 26 October
"Charlotte's Web"
THEATRE COMPANY OF SAUGUS
@ 85 Chestnut Street, SAUGUS MA
1(781)816-7019

17 October - 9 November
"Dear Elizabeth"
THE LYRIC STAGE COMPANY OF BOSTON INC.
@ 140 Clarendon Street, BOSTON MA
1(617)585-5676

17 - 26 October
"Peter Pan"
FRANKLIN PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY
@ 38 Main Street, FRANKLIN MA
1(508)528-8668

17 - 25 October
"Pride And Prejudice"
ENTER STAGE LEFT
@ 98 Hayden Rowe Street, HOPKINTON MA
1(508)435-9222

17 - 26 October
"You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown"
COLONIAL CHORUS PLAYERS
@ The Old House, 1249 Main Street, READING MA
1(781)944-9780

21 - 26 October
"The Magic Flute"
@ ARTS EMERSON
@ Paramount Center Main Stage, 559 Washington Street, BOSTON MA
1(617)824-8400

24 October - 29 November
"Bad Jews"
@ SPEAKeasy STAGE COMPANY
@ Boston Center for The Arts, 527 Tremont Street, BOSTON MA
1(617)482-3279

24 October - 1 November
"Assassins"
@ BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY THEATER DEPARTMENT
131 Summer Street, BRIDGEWATER MA
1(508)531-1000

24 October - 2 November
"Why Do Fools Fall in Loved?"
PRISCILLA BEACH THEATRE
800 Rocky Hill Road, PLYMOUTH MA
1(508)224-4888

25 October - 2 November
"Arsenic And Old Lace"
@ THE COMMUNITY HOUSE OF HAMILTON & WENHAM
284 Bay Road, SOUTH HAMILTON MA
1(978)468-4818

25 & 26 October
"Inside The Haunted House"
THE GERWICK PUPPETS
@ THE PUPPET SHOWPLACE, 32 Station Street, BROOKLINE MA
1(617)731-6400x101

25 October ONLY
"Poe! Poe! Poe!" READING
@ GATEWAYS PLAYERS THEATRE INC.
@ Gateway Arts Barn 111 Main Street, SOUTHBRIDGE MA
1(508)764-4531

30 October - 15 November
"Avenue Q"
THE VOKES PLAYERS
@ 97 Boston Post Road, WAYLAND MA
1(508)358-4034

31 October - 9 November
"Othelo"
THE MIT SHAKESPEARE
@ Somewhere on MIT Campus, CAMBRIDGE MA
NO PHONE

1 & 2 November
"Flat Stanley"
THE ACADEMY OF COMPANY THEATRE
@ 30 Accord Park Drive, NORWELL MA
1(781)871-2787 (ARTS)

1 - 16 November
"The House of Yes"
COTUIT CENTER FOR THE ARTS
4404 Falmouth Road, COTUIT MA
1(508)428-0669

And these undying classics:

??? - Forever
"Blue Man Group"
BLUE MAN GROUP
@ The Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton Street, BOSTON MA
1(800)982-2787

??? - Forever
"Improv Asylum"
IMPROV ASYLUM
@ 216 Hanover Street, BOSTON MA
1(617)263-6887

??? - Forever
"Improv Boston"
IMPROV BOSTON
@ 40 Prospect Street, Central Square, CAMBRIDGE MA
1(617)576-1253

??? - Forever
"Shear Madness"
SHEAR MADNESS
@ The Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton Street, BOSTON MA
1(617)426-5225

??? - Forever
"The Donkey Show"
AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATRE
@ Oberon, Massachusetts Avenue & Zero Arrow Street, CAMBRIDGE MA
1(617)495-2668

For an EVEN MORE COMPLETE list of "Coming Attractions" in Massachusetts
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For information call 781-871-2787

The Company Theatre
30 Accord Park Dr.
Norwell, MA 02061
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I wrote a book!

Yes I, Larry Stark, wrote a book* --- a little novel called
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
And you CAN buy copies of that book
Artist in Residence cover --- but Only At:
THE HARVARD BOOK STORE
1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard Square, Cambridge
1(617) 661-1515
What you do is go to the bookstore, pay them $20.00, and then........
Watch while their "expresso-books machine"
Prints a copy before your astonished eyes in only four minutes!
(Honest!)
It will be a "perfect-bound" paperback
slightly warm to the touch
and will fit in your pocket.
You can talk to your friends about it
You can talk to MY friends about it!
Be The First On Your Block To.....









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is shared by
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Guess how many THEATRES there are in BOSTON

N I N E?

N I N E T E E N?

T H I R T Y - N I N E?

That's Just In BOSTON, now. Eliminate Cambridge, Newton, Waltham, etc.
Your best guess is what?

Well, I just published:

A
Theater-Lovers' Guide

to the

N I N E T Y

Theatres In Boston

You don't believe me?
Send me ten bucks (about a dime a theatre)
And I'll mail you a copy.
Or ask me next time we're in the same theatre together.

Larry Stark, 125 Amory Street #501, Roxbury,  MA 02119

Love, ===Anon.


 


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