Wednesday, October 28, 2009

"Come Blow Your Horn"

******Friday evening, October 23rd, Lon and I attended a play at the Janesville Performing Arts Theater performed by members of the Janesville Little Theater. The play was Neil Simon's Come Blow Your Horn.

The lead actor who played the part of Alan Baker was Robert Anthony. Robert is a patient at the dental office where I work. We learned he had a part in this particular play when he came in to the office a couple of weeks ago. Robert chatted with Dr. Onderak and me regarding the plays he has acted in over the years.

Here at the dental office, we listen to Robert, a DJ, on the "True Oldies Channel" radio station ,WGEZ 1490, here in Beloit. He works "The True Morning Show" which runs from 5:30am to 9:00am weekdays. Besides playing all those oldies that I never tire of hearing, Robert reminds us every day of what happened on that date in history.
Until this visit to our office, I was unaware of Robert's acting passion and talents. I was surprised and excited when Robert offered us an opportunity to witness his acting talent by giving us complimentary tickets to the upcoming production of Come Blow Your Horn.

After a delicious dinner at Texas Roadhouse in Janesville on October 23rd, we drove to the performing arts center on Main Street. We found our seats in the spacious theater and settled in for the evening's entertainment.

Come Blow Your Horn takes place in the early sixties in Alan Baker's (played by Robert) apartment in New York City. Alan and his younger brother, Buddy, have both left their family's waxed-fruit business in order to live the good life. Alan has been living the life of a typical ladies' man for quite some time while Buddy just left his parent's home, "the convent," to join Alan as the play begins.

The results of the events that transpire throughout the play are that Alan grows out of his carefree lifestyle while, much to his dismay, Buddy evolves into a spitting image of Alan's former self.

Robert Anthony, as Alan Baker, was the the first actor to appear on the stage. I immediately recognized the fact that, indeed, he had been acting for quite some time. Robert played his part brilliantly and flawlessly.

Lon and I and the entire audience were much more than pleased with the manner in which we'd been entertained. We had a near overdose of that best of all medicines, that is, laughter. Our dinner and the play made for a perfect Friday evening.


Anonymous said...

Clearly you had a wonderful evening of dinner and theatre.

The stage is what I consider to be one of the most enriching and rewarding venues in the performing arts, for both the audience and the performers.

I'm sure you will have lively conversation with Robert regarding his performance on his next office visit.

Nice post Shaddy.

Shaddy said...

darksculptures: Thank you for your interest. I admire anyone who has the confidence to go on stage, the ability to take on the role of being someone else, learn all the lines and perform before an audience.

In kindergarten at St. John's Lutheran School, I played Martin Luther's mother in a play. I had one line to say and when the moment came for me to open my mouth and speak, I froze and needed prompting to get through it. So much for my acting career.

Natasha said...

Sounds like a fun evening! Knowing one of the actors personally always makes it even more special.


Fun & wonderful night Shaddy!
Greetings fm Paris*

Shaddy said...

Natasha: You're right!

Lenore: Ahhh, Paris, you worldly woman you! Enjoy every minute of your time there in the city of love.