After a weekend that seemed as if the events, breaking stories and life in general were never going to stop, I really needed a break.
Of course, that was not going to happen on a Monday, when the piles of emails and work from the weekend seem to be an avalanche.
However, as the work day came to a later-than usual end (for most days, but not a Monday), I saw that there may still be some time to get a little relaxation in.
The setup was that the kids were away and it was show night at the Depot Theatre in Westport. We had an idea to go earlier in the week, and events played out that we had the chance and took it.
It was exactly what I needed.
The opening play, Careless Love, which is hitting the stage for the first time ever at the theater/train station, was a musical with a country and bluegrass flair. Having become a fan of groups like Nickle Creek and after interviewing the theater’s new managing director, Angel Wuellner, I was interested.
At intermission, I told her that the play was living up to everything that she said it would be, a toe-tapping musical with a great story and very catchy songs. I really enjoyed it and would encourage anyone who can to go see it.
But what the night really did was re-spark a passion for the theater. It has always been there. I was a member of the drama club and public speaking team in high school, had a nice role in the senior play and enjoyed going to college performances like Into the Woods, which I would say is at the top of my musical list.
However, other than catching some very well produced and acted high school plays at my last job and equally well done performances featuring my children, I had not actually just gone out to the theater since my wife and I went to see Phantom in Salt Lake City for her birthday. This was before kids, and our oldest just turned 12.
Keith Lobdell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.