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There’s No Business LIke Show Business!

There’s no business like show business
Like no business I know
Everything about it is appealing
Everything the traffic will allow
Nowhere could you get that happy feeling
When you are stealing that extra bow

Irving Berlin (1888-1989)


I’m in rehearsal for variety show The Fabulous Crone Show 2008: Supercrones. My skit is called The Antique Roadshow written by Gail Sterkel . It’s going to be fun.


I tried out for this on a lark. It was on my short list of things to do before I die—try out for a part in community theater. Not GET a part. Just try out for one. <heh> I don’t have a clue about acting and there I am on stage with people who have been in the biz 27 years or more. YIKES!

I feel so honored to have been chosen to be part of this. I always wanted to act and here I am acting! Cool Beans!


They’re very kind about helping me improve but did you know that you aren’t actually supposed to talk to the people onstage? You pick someone in the back of the audience and talk to them. Rarely do you actually turn your body towards the person you are supposedly interacting with because then the audience can’t hear you. Unless you are hooked up to a microphone of course. We won’t be.   At the moment  I am talking to a water fountain.


Here’s the release information we were given to pass along to family and friends regarding to the show:

The Fabulous Crone Show 2008: Supercrones!

The Crones are back – shorter, sweeter and just as much fun. Those brilliant, comical, thoughtful women who performed to sold-out audiences will present new acts for the new year. The Fabulous Crone Show 2008: Supercrones! is a variety show of women performers older than 50 directed by Jan Levine Thal and produced by Wendy Fern Hutton with a cast of 30.

Performances are Thursday-Sunday, Jan 31- Feb 3, 2008. — FOUR PERFORMANCES ONLY

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30, Meriter Main Gate, 333 W. Main (free parking across the street).

Sunday matinée, 2:00 pm, Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin (next to the Overture parking ramp).

This year the Crones will take reservations. The Fabulous Crone Show 2008: Supercrones! is two hours including intermission.

Make reservations 608-225-9664 and arrive early to assure seating. Tickets are already going fast. The show is still free (donations requested $5-$20).

The Fabulous Crone Show 2008: Supercrones! is a project of Positive Aging Theater, the theater arts company of the Madison Senior Center.

More info at


Come and support all of us Crones Living in the Edge of Madness. I promise it’s going to be hoot! Really. When I forget my lines and start stuttering it will be hilarious!








4 thoughts on “There’s No Business LIke Show Business!

  1. pat says:

    If you could only have seen the look of relief that passed across my face this evening….
    I check into your blogsite almost daily and have missed your postings….
    I’m thankfu that it was your PC which was “ill” and not you (which is what I was quite worried about)….
    I am most relieved and pleased to see you back in action on the web….
    Congratulations on your acting gig (oops, I mean break a leg or at least a toe)….
    Glad you’ve returned!

  2. bairbresine says:

    Hi Pat, I’m doing OK. Nothing more than the usual winter nasties that I haven’t managed to hide from. I made sure to get my flu shot this year so nothing major. Thanks for the well wishes. Wanna sit in the audience and hold up que cards? I haven’t panicked yet but give me a minute. ;^)


  3. ohiobusinessboy says:

    I hope you’ll find this interesting. Actors’ Inequity is a growing resource for community players and any performer wanting to further their acting careers. Your input as to what resources we can add will be appreciated! – BSD

    For Immediate Release
    Brian Diehl, Co-Founder, Actors’ Inequity
    P.O. Box 572 Hudson, Ohio, USA 330.283.9550

    Unpaid Actors Happy with Inequity

    For almost 100 years, professional actors worldwide have formed “equity” organizations, unions that protected their interests. Now, an organization has been formed to support the world’s unpaid performers, “Actors’ Inequity.”

    “Actors’ Inequity was established to provide free, or affordable, services to unpaid performers and small theaters. It also has a membership card that’s fun to show off!” said Brian Diehl, co-founder of Actors’ Inequity. The Actors’ Inequity membership card, or “Inequity Card,” is a parody of the “Equity Card” that so many professional actors are proud to carry.

    “The idea came from a friend who was joking that unpaid actors deserved their own union,” Diehl noted, “so, I put together some resources that small theaters and aspiring actors might want.”

    Those resources, found at, have become a growing pool of work for Diehl, as he is now continually designing free signs for theater lobbies and back stages, sample resumes and affordable show logos to help theaters promote shows without getting into copyright issues.

    “I was thrilled to find a useful resource for myself and for the theaters I’ve been working with,” said Eric Oswald, a veteran Cleveland actor, “plus, the ‘Inequity card’ really cracked me up!” Oswald was one of the first people to receive an Actors’ Inequity membership following the site’s unofficial opening.

    Even though Actors’ Inequity launches officially on March 1, 2008, through a January 10, 2008 “soft rollout,” the organization’s roster has already grown to more than 150 people.

    One show producer purchased 47 memberships for his entire cast and crew as a closing night gift. “Our growth has been a dream-come-true,” said Diehl, “I think that the amateur theatre community loves the inside joke of being able to say, ‘I’m Inequity.’ Apparently, they also love keeping me busy making new signs and designs!”

    Diehl, 42, is a former director of marketing for a division of NEC America. He now owns his own creative and graphic design firm, Thinknik, which specializes in branding, positioning and marketing materials – not a far cry from the skills necessary to put together Actors’ Inequity. This, combined with more than 35 years of paid and unpaid acting, has created a perfect storm for creativity.

    As Actors’ Inequity grows, Diehl says he will continue to expand the free offerings and services to the unpaid acting community. “It’s an industry that has not been well supported,” he said, “and it’s about time for the unpaid actor to get a little limelight!”

    The organization hopes that many of its members move into the professional world, allowing them to carry what the Actors’ Inequity web site refers to as a “more equitable card.”

    Diehl’s company, Thinknik,, was founded in 2005 to provide marketing and creative services for companies of all sizes. Prior to founding Thinknik, Diehl, and several cohorts from NEC America founded Ayalogic, a communications company in Akron, Ohio which won $2 million in venture capital funding.

    Diehl lives in Hudson, Ohio. He graduated from Kent State University and is an Eagle Scout.

    Actors’ Equity Association (AEA): a union representing U. S. theatre actors and stage managers.

    British Actors’ Equity: a trade union representing UK artists, including actors, singers, dancers, choreographers, stage managers, theatre directors and designers, variety and circus artists, television and radio presenters, walk-on and supporting artists, stunt performers and directors and theatre fight directors.

    Canadian Actors’ Equity Association: a professional association of performers, directors, choreographers, fight directors and stage managers in English Canada who are engaged in live performance in theatre, opera and dance.

    # # #

    Actors’ Inequity is in no way associated with Actors’ Equity Association

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