Actually, we don’t “hate” Mondays per se, but we are not necessarily a fan of them, either!
     It’s been a long tradition that the first day of the work week is indeed the least favorite of the six other days in existence. After spending what supposedly is a two day period of performing tasks ranging from getting one’s homestead in shape (cleaning, fixing, etc.) relaxing and doing nothing in particular, or possibly working on a job a la a weekday cycle, the weekend is the time where folks use this period as their so-called “me” time; the moments where the entire span of time and space is devoted to the person’s own personal elements as it is there for themselves only! If they wish to add anyone else into the fold (kids, spouse, significant other, etc.) then so be it!
     But come Monday, that is when things change. It’s the same ol’ same old, usually noted with the moniker as “Same s#it different day”. It’s when people feel that they no longer have control over their inner and outer selves, but must heed to the cause. (Whatever “the cause” means!!)
     As one would suspect, there have been many research projects that provide the facts that Mondays are indeed the least favorite time of the week. People tend to do less leisure activities on this day. Movie theaters usually report that Mondays are at their least crowded. (Many multiplexes that are automated using robot projectionists to operate their devices, tend to run their features to empty houses!) Many museums are closed, and ditto for live theaters shows on Broadway. And Monday nights are the second biggest TV watching periods.
     And people’s attitudes hold the spread where they feel anything but pretty. A recent survey conducted by PHD, a media and communications research firm, it stated that woman feel their ugliest and least attractive on Mondays. According to the rather long and detailed report, Monday mornings (5:00 AM-9:00 AM) are when these women are at their worst., along with 10:00 PM onward. Among the circumstances in which women feel their worst on Monday is when they are waking up (69%), feeling sick (67%), sweating (62%), stressed (61%), crying (60%), and at the end of the day (54%). (These feelings also occur on other days of the week, but Mondays tend to receive the most attention!)
     Then again, the day of the week named for the moon (following the day named for the sun, ‘natch) has its moments! Some people feel that the weekdays harbor their own vibe where there are things to do and places to visit. Many students of post high school status, especially those living in urban communities, find that their school campus is at its peak during the week, and find that area as its hub for events and other forms of social activity. The same goes for others that rely upon one form of element that is a Monday through Friday aspect. It gives these folks a sense of becoming involved with their surroundings, making the weekends feel rather isolated, a notion where “nobody’s around” to do anything. Also, weekdays are the productive times where one can perform tasks and assignments based upon personal need and desires. Monday is that gateway toward these busy times, just as long as the person holds satisfaction to being on top of things.
     Whatever the case, there is a remote chance that this very newsletter is being read on a Monday, where we, the gang behind the curtain, had slapped this edition together in order to provide the news that really matters for the moment! One may feel pretty, ugly, tired, refreshed, confused, or a little bit of everything! Mondays has their place in one’s life, be it good, bad, or nothing in between! It’s a time where one can either live with it, or to just try to ignore the day! Then again, it can be worse!
      Theatre Unleashed presents Steven Dietz’s TRUST, a drama about a mix of rock stars, the people in their lives, and how the notion of trust is more than a state of confidence, continues its run at The Belfry Stage in North Hollywood.
      Told in a series of curtailed interludes, it presides the life of Cody (Michael Galante) a rising musician performing in sold out shows backed up with a successful album, even having his photo on the cover of Rolling Stone. He is committed to Becca (Michelle Hasson) his fiancèe, who works as a publisher’s assistant. While on the road with his tour, he meets up with Leah (Leah Verrill) who was once as big as Cody music wise, but has seen her career slide downhill over time. Gretchen (Liesl Jackson) is a dressmaker who is fitting Becca’s wedding dress. Then there’s Roy (Anthony Rutowitz) a radio personality at the local public radio station who reports on “new music” who sports his personal attention toward Holly (Fernanda Vasquez) an eccentric follower of musicians who attempts to connect with Cody. And Gretchen had a connection with Leah that’s more than as a casual fan. These six individuals become intertwined through one another through goodwill, circumstance, and overall fate as the sense of trust becomes more than an album title.
      This play shows off a post modern love triangle (so to speak) set within the atmosphere of friends that know of each other as well as through professional music, although music itself takes a mild backseat here; ditto for any romantic interludes. It’s never reviled what type of music these two musicians performed (assumed to be “alternative”-whatever “alternative music” is!) but musical genre isn’t what’s on line. It’s a tale of how these half dozen young(er) people blend within adding passions, secrets, and both-for the good or otherwise!
     The production itself is intimate and smooth. Corey Lynn Howe’s set design shows a semi invisible backdrop of mini concert posters (with graphic design provided by Jenn Scuderi) that are plastered one on top of another in a semi frantic fashion. The players take no heed to this backdrop since it’s just a backdrop. Outside of a few token furnishings and props in order to set the scenes, the cast of players carry out the entire performance on their own abilities, as they hold their personalities and delivers their characters toward a rather realistic manner. Scott Marden directs this showpiece that is ideal for a small stage setting. Again, it’s not about the staging. It’s all about the emoting, the dialogue, and how every action falls into position. And outside of interlude music played between scenes, none of the “musicians” pick up anything that goes tweet, plunk, twang, or boom! So don’t take TRUST as a musical, but as a play that shows how trust can work with each other, or how it can function against all.

     TRUST, presented by Theatre Unleashed, performs at The Belfry Stage, Upstairs at the Crown theater, 11031 Camarillo Street (one half block west of Lankershim), North Hollywood, until November 9th. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM.
     For tickets or for more information, visit http://www.TheatreUnleashed.com
(As posted on her Facebook “wall”)
So I have a zillion and a half unread books on my kindle just waiting for me to get around to . . . and what am I considering doing? Going and buying one that will cost me $10. To buy or not to buy, that is the question . . . Any thoughts?

Whew. Most of my Christmas gifts are wrapped. I’ve beat the deadline by 72 days, 6 hours, 52 minutes, and 43 seconds.

Let’s go Cardinals — snap those bats!

Oh wow. Just missed the trashcan and dumped half a diet coke on a man’s shoe. So hard to apologize properly when you’re hysterically laughing at yourself….
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