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DEBBIE NORRELL

If you know me, and you should by now, you know I tell you almost everything in my column. I’ve told you time and time again that I love live theater. Finding a good play is almost like finding money. On May 13, I went to the last show of “Wild With Happy” presented by the City Theatre. The play was supposed to close on May 7, but it was extended an additional week. I didn’t know what to expect; I had read a little about it, and had heard that it was funny and that the cast was Black. The play was hilarious. It was about a man who came home to take care of his deceased mother’s funeral arrangements. To make a long story short, he decides on cremation, which does not set well with his mother’s sister. The bottom line; I laughed and I cried. I think I was the only one in the audience that shed a tear.

I went to see the play the day before Mother’s Day, and a month after the anniversary of my mother’s funeral. To add insult to injury, I had recently talked to my funeral director about cremation. I’ll save that conversation for another time. The play ends at Disney World, one of my favorite places, and the ashes are sprinkled during the fireworks display on Main Street where everyone is “Wild With Happy.” I think this is where I lost it. I love Disney World and I’m trying to find an adult who loves it as much as I do so I can go back. I’ve heard that a lot of people want to spread their ashes at Disney World.

I want to give kudos to the director of the play, Reginald Douglas. He was in the theater on that evening and I got a chance to meet him. It has been several years since I’ve been to the City Theatre and I will go back more often. I also want to thank Mark Southers and Deryck Tines for providing a shoulder to cry on.

On another note, I’m sure you have noticed that several Kmarts in Pittsburgh have closed their doors. I was just in Monroeville and noticed that the former Kmart site is going to soon be an At Home. You may remember that I “reported” that the McKnight Road Kmart was going to be an At Home as well. I think you read it here before you heard it anywhere else. I know I shared it before I got the press release.

I was recently coming out of the HomeGoods parking lot and saw the At Home truck in the lot. I can tell by the construction that the building will soon be full of goodies for the home. Home decorators will be in shopping heaven with HomeGoods and At Home right next to each other and JoAnn across the street. If you are driving through East Liberty/East Side/Shadyside, watch out for all the construction. Lots of new buildings are going up. Gentrification is in full swing.

(Email Debbie at debbienorrell@aol.com)

 

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