|As Paul in "My Three Angels," 1990|
|With Goldie Dver in "Crazy World," 2002|
But enough of my resume! My point is, this birthday has made me feel a real sense of accomplishment looking back on my journey, and I also marvel at how much New York City has changed over my 22 years here. Virtually every great cabaret I played 'back in the day'--Eighty Eights, Helen's, Judy's, The Firebird, to name a few--are gone; Off-Broadway theaters where I cut my teeth have disappeared as well--places like Actors Playhouse and the Douglas Fairbanks. Contemplating such losses to the cultural landscape of the city doesn't make me feel old; on the contrary, I just feel lucky to have been a part of the vibrant nightlife and Off Broadway scene of the 90s.
|The legendary 'back room' at Don't Tell Mama|
What will the next half century bring? Ha ha!! Well, you know the old saying--"if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans." My story thus far in show biz has been equal parts creating my own opportunities and miraculous strokes of luck. I am able to announce my next gig! I will be playing roles in a double bill of two Thornton Wilder one acts, "The Long Christmas Dinner" and "Pullman Car Hiawatha," the holiday offering at Peccadillo Theater Company, at the theatre at St. Clement's-- a space which, as fate would have it, is just a block away from my first NYC stage, Don't Tell Mama, on 46th Street, and--cue the Twilight Zone theme-- directly behind the old tenement building where I had my first New York apartment in 1993. Perhaps, after all, there is a sort of magical order in the chaos of a life in this biz--or life in general.