Marjorie and two of the other three Angry Ladies of Improv made it up to Detroit this weekend for several days of workshops and shows at the Detroit Improv Festival. What a blast! The Ladies learned a lot and are ready to bring their knowledge to the Cleveland Improv Jam, now at Mahall’s on Madison in Lakewood, every Tuesday at 8.
Marjorie was recently interviewed by the Sun Messenger, one of the Sun Newspapers’ suburban-area papers, about “Emmaisms!” Reporter Jeff Piorkowski is working on an article that he hopes will be in the Sun Messenger soon, and live on www.cleveland.com also.
Marjorie was just informed by the Sun Newspapers that after seven years of publishing her reviews, they would no longer publish any freelance theater reviews — for the forseeable future. Unless and until that changes, Marjorie has decided to blog at www.marjoriepreston.com, providing her loyal readers over the years a place to see her reviews. This will keep up until fall or December at the latest, at which time, Marjorie hopes to have caught the eye of a local paper willing to snap up her reviews at reasonable rates, or leaving her time to pursue other weekend and weeknight interests such as parenting writing or actual parenting (ha!).
Come see Marjorie’s reviews here at marjoriepreston.com — and readers of Marjorie’s reviews will also find them at www.clevelandtheaterreviews.com.
Hillary Melchiors, one of my friends from the States who has since chosen to live overseas, has written a lovely, funky little piece about “Emmaisms” called “Midwestern Berliners” that you can read by clicking here.
Emma Preston, Ohio preschooler, has been saying interesting things since she was a toddler. Lucky for us, her mom, Marjorie, has been writing them all down.
Wife, mother, writer and comedic improviser Marjorie Preston wrote down her daughter Emma’s quotes from the age of 1 1/2 to 3 ½ for the new ebook “Emmaisms.” Emma has coined the terms “rusty bananas,” “friendish” and “Strawbears,” among others. One night at bedtime, it’s “Mommy go? No. Stay here, I love you so” and the next it’s “Go to sleep mama, ‘cuz you’re singing too much.” From the opinionated to the scatological to the bizarre, sometimes making up her own songs and poems, Emma keeps us all wondering what she’ll say next.
Originally sent one at a time to friends of Marjorie’s on Facebook, these “Emmaisms” are now available to the public for the first time, accompanied by a few pictures of Miss Preston and friends, and a little of her artwork (which, Emma points out, makes her the illustrator, as well). “Emmaisms” is great gift for parents and grandparents, sure to warm your heart.
Four-year-old Emma Preston’s first ebook, Emmaisms:Wit and Wisdom of a Twenty-first Century Three-Year-Old is now available from Delabarre Publishing on Amazon.com for iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. You can also just download it onto your desktop or laptop computer in a few clicks. The Amazon.com link is http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008MWGLPG and the link for Kobo.com is http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Emmaisms/book-5DdGzJTVFEevnB0LPlzzPA/page1.html?s=W_uB6NiF60ql8XGi0uCZBg&r=1.
Says Miss Preston of “Emmaisms,” “I’m excited;” I want to read it.” The ebook sells for $2.99, and any proceeds to the Preston family will go directly into Miss Preston’s college fund.
Marjorie reviewed Mercury Summer Stock’s production of “Once Upon a Mattress” and it is here.
Marjorie reviewed “Little Women” at Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory. The review is up here.
“Newsies” at the Nederlander Theatre is a sweet, touching musical directed by Jeff Calhoun. The show features a clear conflict, innovative and bold dancing, strong vocals from the ensemble and an underdog plot a la “Annie” or “Les Miserables.”
The review of “A Steady Rain” can be found here.
Marjorie’s review of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” performed by the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, is up here.