This week’s column will be a series of “Random Ramblings.” I got my dreaded tax checks sent out to the I.R.S. … Hope you did too

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I caught no plays on the weekend, but stayed busy with life in general. My brother Larry from Reno (whom I hadn’t seen in way too long) unexpectedly turned up on my doorstep. What a shock! I came in late Sunday night to find an unknown car and trailer parked in front of my house. It spooked me a bit! The cops had already stopped and questioned his being ther

Larry and I with Santa ages 5 and 3.

Larry and I with Santa ages 5 and 3.

e … (You’ve gotta’ love the attentiveness of Burbank’s police officers). My brother said they were most efficient, but really good guys. He’ll be staying with me a few days, and also visiting long-lost friends and family members. Having gone through severe health issues, it was great to see him well enough to take this long overdue California journey! Welcome, little brother!

Mark Your Calendars

Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me

Beginning their 40th season, North Hollywood’s “Group Rep Co.” presents this Tony-nominated drama, written by Irish playwright Frank McGuiness. It is an in-depth, up-close and personal look at three imprisoned men who are hostages of Islamic militants. Set in Beirut in the 1980s, these men do whatever they must, to keep their sanity, while they wait out their uncertain fate. A doctor, a journalist, and a professor … they are shut off from all but each other’s voices, trying to survive in the depths of deprivation. A very strong trio of actors will star. Bert Emmett, Lloyd Pedersen, and Evan L. Smith. Don’t miss this one! Opening April 19 at Lonny Chapman Theatre. For reservations call (818) 763-5990.

Hamburger Mary’s

Ohmigod… What a blast! Speaking of “Group Rep”… we went to Hamburger Mary’s in West Hollywood for a whacky Bingo Night. A fundraiser for their theatre for this troupe who call The Lonny Chapman Theatre “home,” we had an outrageously great time! Hilariously hosted by Jeffrey Bowman … this ain’t no church bingo, folks! Two gorgeous and bawdy drag queens (Porsha and Roxy) called the numbers, and had us all falling apart with laughter! The Bingo prize bags donated to Group Rep were loaded with “cool stuff” and the outrageous “off color” zingers were endless! Bingo sessions are Sundays at 6 & 8, and Wednesdays at 7 & 9. The general public can play, while dining and drinking … or to set up a bingo party session for your own fundraisers, go to bingoboyinc.com or call the restaurant yourself. The food is “delish,” the cocktails are hearty, and the decadent experience is one you won’t soon forget!

Macha Theatre Update Marilyn – My Secret

I recently favorably reviewed this dramedy with music, peering into the heart of Norma Jean. Exploring the life and events of history’s most famous blonde bombshell, with Kelly Mullis in the title role of Monroe … the audience’s have been so responsive, that they have just extended the run through May 11. For reservations call (323) 960-7862.

So that’s my story for this week. I’ll be hangin’ out and catchin’ up with my kid brother. Tonight we chatted until four in the morning … so I’m off to catch some zzzz’s!

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