New York City is smaller than "New York City."

Laura and I just went to a performance of Christopher Durang’s “The Marriage of Bettie and Boo” tonight, which was – really – a pretty great show.  Part of the greatness was, in part, due to fact that the woman from Airplane! (Julie Hagerty) and the man who had the line “Touch my heart . . . with your foot.” in Annie Hall (John Glover) were both in it.  

Anyway, the reason I’m posting now is actually because of what happened after the show.  We were waiting outside the theatre so Laura could say hi to one of the actors she knew in the show, and while we were waiting she recognized another actor she’d worked with several years back who was also waiting.  So, we went over and said hi, and he introduced us to the woman he was with – “Winnie Holzman.”  I’m terrible with names, in part because I’m neurotic and often focusing on other things when introductions are happening, so the name slipped by me without a second thought.

When we got home about a half-hour ago, Laura mentioned that the woman we’d been talking to was a playwright, and then repeated her name “Winnie Holzman.”  This time – sitting comfortably in front of my computer – the name rang a bell in my head, so I quickly Googled it and confirmed the bell’s suspicions.  We’d been talking to Winnie Holzman – the writer and creator of “My So-Called Life,” which – if you ask me or Laura – is one of the most well-written and well-acted television shows that ever was.  For one season was, but still was.  Laura had always thought that this Winnie Holzman playwright she knew of might be the MSCL woman, but it never really occurred to her that it – indeed – was.  I find the meeting bizarrely coincidental because we’ve been haphazardly watching the show on DVD since I moved in, and some of the episodes have commentaries by Winnie Holzman.  Laura doesn’t find it bizarrely coincidental at all, but she’s lived here longer than I have.

The only thing I remember talking to her (Winnie) about was reasons the name “Soot” is funnier than the name “Mud” for a character.  I could explain, but there’s really no reason to.

New York City is smaller than “New York City.”

1 comment to New York City is smaller than "New York City."

  • Patrick

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