Do our day to day choices really matter? What if you had one big opportunity to change the course of your life? What would you choose? I’m reminded of Annie Dillard’s quote, “How we spend our days, is of course, how we spend our lives.”
Kill The Column opens in the messy newsroom office in 2007 of Grinder whose nickname came from never missing a deadline in 30 years. Grinder, played by is on the phone bemoaning his demotion from his column to being now in the general pool of reporters. Grinder and fellow reporter Marilou, the former society editor now demoted to reviewing Pulaski county bathrooms, continue bemoaning their fate but their conversation quickly switches to their pride in their careers and some rather unforgettable stories and unusual moments.
Grinder lives with regrets after owning that his column had become his addiction.
What kind of father has he been, will he be?
The well acted play held my interest as Grinder was presented with a life changing dilemma. What would Grinder do? What would you do? Entertaining. Thought provoking.
Playwright Garret Mathews
The stories shared, especially the most bizarre are based in truth according to Playwright Garret Mathews who I spoke to after the show. His own newspaper career spanned 39 years and over 6,500 columns. He retired from the Evansville Courier and Press in 2011. Mark Atchison, Grinder has over 40 years and 100 plays in his on stage career. MaryAnne Mathews, The Perky Marilou performed in portrayed Mrs. Lincoln in the 2014 Indy Fringe.
With only two shows left this Indy Fringe, add it to you list of plays to see.