April 25, 2015
I must admit, as wonderful as it
was being away in California, it was equally nice coming home to Key West.
Sleeping in your own bed is really an under-appreciated exercise and it was
nice to be home with my lovely wife and cats. You might think that being at
home would give me an opportunity to slow down and relax a little, but there is
so much going on in Key West, it wasn’t really all that relaxing. Enjoyable
yes, relaxing not so much.
Part of the appeal of living on
this beautiful island is that there is always something going on and Kathy and
I enjoy participating in as much as we can to take advantage of all that is
happening. This week has been a perfect example as some of our friends are
starring in the two competing major theatre productions at the same time, a
rare but ultimately enjoyable experience for us and Key West theatre fans.
The first show we saw was a
production of “Venus in Fur” at the Red Barn Theatre. The show featured only two actors with no
intermission, our friend the amazing Erin McKenna and Matt Hollis Hulsey. The
play by David Ives and directed by Murphy Davis. It was an amazing experience,
quite frankly one of the best productions ever to grace a Key West stage. Both
actors were incredible and Erin simply owned the stage. Watching her
development on various Key West stages over the past few years has been quite a
journey and now she has reached really unprecedented heights and it is a joy to
Leading Ladies Erin & Carolyn
Erin, Murphy & Matt
The second show was at the
Waterfront Theatre and was yet another two actor production, this one was “Me
and Jezebel” which featured our friend Carolyn Cooper and Key West icon
Christopher Peterson as Bette Davis. It was yet another fantastic triumph as
both actors delivered in the funny and poignant drama/comedy about the true
life tale of a visit of screen legend Bette Davis to the home of playwright
In addition to local theatrical
productions, occasionally National tours pass through town, mostly playing at
the Tennessee Williams Theatre on the campus of Florida Keys Community College.
This was the case when comedienne Kathy Griffin brought her national tour of
her “Like A Boss” tour to Key West. Kathy and I had the good fortune to be able
to meet her before her show and we are both big fans, mostly of her hilarious
New Year’s Eve gig on CNN with Anderson Cooper.
Jean Carper and Kathy Griffin
She is one funny lady and her
sold-out show was a huge hit for Key West. Riffing on current events like the
Jenner/ Kardashian family or just poking fun at celebrity in general, Griffin
was fantastic, funny and provided a great show to the Key West audience. It was
a great night out and a ton of fun seeing and meeting her.
Finally I had the chance to see
the hottest new sports team in Key West, the Key West Derby Dames roller derby
team as they had their second match ever against a team from Miami at the
roller rink next to Key West High School. A couple of hundred people turned up
to watch the Key West girls mix it up against a much more experienced team from
Miami. They held their own for a half, actually leading at the midpoint before
the experience factor had them falling way behind before losing big.
Still it was an exciting change of
pace from the usual Key West fare and it was a fun afternoon for all involved.
Our friend Hannah rolled for Key West, so it was cool to have someone to root
for on the team. Hopefully this is something that can become an established
part of the Key West scence.