Category: theatre


  • Remembering Susie

    Obituary originally posted here. Photo slideshow: https://www.tributeslides.com/embed/CFSIFRAM/dem10727/11m61217470d60e0 Obituary May 14, 1946 ~ August 6, 2021 (age 75) Susie Elizabeth Duncan Sexton, 75, of Columbia City, IN, passed away unexpectedly Friday, August 6, 2021, at her home. Born on May 14, 1946, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Roy and Edna (Lewis) Duncan, who, in her words, […]

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  • In a Sense…a Broad!

    As I consider myself nothing nor nobody more than Peter Sellers in Being There or at my liveliest as Inspector Clousseau, it is difficult to make “Susie” sound interesting? I am proudest of being the Mother of Roy, whom I consider the person I would most wish to be. I grew up in a very […]

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  • Pippin (revival tour) at Fort Wayne’s Historic Embassy Theatre

    Originally appeared on my son Roy Sexton’s blog Reel Roy Reviews … oh, god! PIPPIN [the Broadway touring production stopped at Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Historic Embassy Theatre last night] was glorious! were extensive acrobatics part of original? and I hate gymnastics…but this was done in a completely acceptable, credible, amazing manner–trapezes and stuff like that…wondering if there […]

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  • That successful effort certainly shines forth as the highlight of my high school days. “Bye Bye Birdie” in Columbia City

    “That successful effort certainly shines forth as the highlight of my high school days.” – yours truly about playing Rose in “Bye Bye Birdie” in 1964, the first musical performed in Columbia City High School’s Newell Rice Auditorium. 55 years later, Columbia City High School brings “Bye Bye Birdie” back to the CCHS stage this […]

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  • Susie, In a Sense…a Broad! 

    As I consider myself nothing nor nobody more than Peter Sellers in Being There or at my liveliest as Inspector Clousseau, it is difficult to make “Susie” sound interesting?  I am proudest of being the Mother of Roy, whom I consider the person I would most wish to be.  I grew up in a very […]

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  • DISILLUSIONMENT – PIPE DREAMS, PUPPET MASTERS & POPPYCOCK!

    “While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die: whether it is our spirit, our creativity, or our glorious uniqueness.“ ~ Gilda Radner “If a man does not keep pace with his own companions, perhaps he hears a different drummer.  Let him step […]

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  • “A horse is a horse, of course, of course, And no one can talk to a horse of course?”  (A Journey from Competitiveness to Graciousness…and At Long Last, Love!)

    “I’d rather have a goddam horse.  A horse is at least human for God’s sake.” ~ J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (Editor’s note: Pardon J. D.’s French!) Time to admit the truth. Choosing authorship as a pastime or a passion or a means of making a living is fraught with frustrations such as: […]

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  • SINGING (and sighing) OUT LOUD!

    “She is a successful woman…who has a zest for life and a feeling of kinship with all living things…”  ~ from Lou Porterfield’s 1956 Scrapbook Uh-huh!  To say the least, I wonder why I ever entertained the idea to write out loud…to record my innermost thoughts, to devise plots and characters, to reveal truths, to […]

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  • “The Times They are A-Changin’” — We Can Only Hope!

    I love where humans are coming from when intelligence and compassion combine.  Intelligence=compassion…the only way to roll! The absolute only way to roll! There are not two sides to animal abuse and an accompanying apathetic approach to such…there is only one…and that is to pursue the correct path throughout our lives. Admittedly, it took me […]

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  • REUNION REVELATIONS

    “It’s a shallow life that doesn’t give a person a few scars.” ~ Garrison Keillor Dental floss, Vicks Vaporub applied to both flaky ears, Q-tips, copious facial creams, and tweezers rise rapidly to the top of the list of personal beauty products when tempus fugit(s)!  Comfortable yet quasi-tailored clothing — which covers every square inch […]

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  • “THE OUT-OF-TOWNERS!”

    Post & Mail newspaper publisher Rick Kreps accidentally locked himself inside our bathroom 20 years ago.  Obviously, we eventually released him with the help of a credit card — or was it a kitchen knife?  I forget.  After about a half hour of socializing with other guests on our front porch, we all began to […]

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  • An Event Worth Celebrating!

    What was I thinking on a hot summer day confined to a moving car headed toward the art capital of the Midwest, culture-cluster Ann Arbor in Michigan?  “My hair is frizzy and my shorts are too tight and my feet are swelling and am I dressed up enough and will my dog Jack not peewee […]

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  • BIG MAC & “LITTLE ME”!

    My brother-in-law, a “Goodfellas” type from rugged Youngstown in Ohio, met my sister Sarah in 1958 at Indiana University in Bloomington where he played rugged football  courtesy of an athletic scholarship just after serving as a rugged MP stationed with the rugged U.S. Army in rugged Alaska!  Go Big Red! One of the foremost reasons […]

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  • WEST WARD STORY:  BRAVE HEARTS & BULLIES READY TO RUMBLE

    Born and raised in Indianapolis, author Kurt Vonnegut attended Shortridge High School, a setting which contributed to his wit whilst only marginally damaging and corrupting his sprightly soul.  My favorite of his novels announces Kurt’s intent via its one word title, “Slapstick” — which provided my most beloved quote in all of literature and which […]

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  • BOO, LEW & NORMA

    Milling about within the same household year upon year, voices rise and fall and chatter and go silent and joke and reminisce.  Sawing a couch into three parts prompted an ongoing interior design fest.  Sawdust and also a unique upholstery-powder, resulting from gigantic rips in a seriously tough durable fabric, both continue to permeate the […]

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  • MAD MEN & MUSICALS — IN “THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME” *

    Hopelessly immersed in the recent 13 installment fifth season of the AMC late Sunday evening series “Mad Men”, I weekly revisited the quirky 60s on my dates with dapper, dashing advertising executive “Don Draper” and the gang!  And, baby, that cast has got it right!  How do I know?  I lived, loved, laughed and came […]

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  • All for One, One for All

    Curmudgeonly humorist-artist James Thurber treated the “war between men and women” harshly, looked askance at human foibles and pomposity in his “Thurber Carnival”, sketched countless hippopotamuses, and could not exist without canines in his life. His famous cartoon of ……humanity scurrying across the page — destination: cemetery – provides perspective as to how short and […]

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  • Never Been Kissed?

    May’s celebrations run the springtime gamut from Mothers’ Day Through my birth-date to culminate in soldier’s wreaths on display. Lilies of the valley bloom, bowing down soon to peonies, As June debuts officially to kick off summer’s soft breeze. Memories of angst, somewhere within this frolicking time frame, Produce reflections of society’s once forced dating […]

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  • I CAN HEAR IT NOW & So Can You!

    Crawling, then toddling and eventually skipping toward a booming Philco radio, gracing the southwest corner of our modest living room, I spent hours listening religiously to heaven on earth.  Fibber McGee and Molly bantered with Throckmorton Philharmonic Gildersleeve, while the contents of their own infamous, stuffed closet crashed about their heads via convincing sound effects. […]

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  • Drama Queens – and Kings – UNITE!

    Oh, the labels manKIND whips from his collective pocket and slaps onto us all!  To discover one’s Facebook comfort zone, try careening blissfully from homeless domestic animal epidemic, locally and globally, to battling extinction of wolves and whales to complimenting  would-be poets to visiting a fantastic movie site called “Movie Stars & Movie Characters of […]

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