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The audience joined in the absurd fun by donning mustaches during an unusual performance at the NACL Theatre in Highland Lake.

October 18, 2012

Clearly, none of us are getting any younger. Still smarting from the reality check that was my 40th high school reunion, I’ve been forced to take a good look in the mirror and assess the situation. “I’ve looked better,” I rasped, as I prepared to make my way to the North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) in Highland Lake.

Aware that the NACL presents theatre that is new and unusual, I took a peek at their website ( and read that I was about to experience an evening of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” turned upside down by a theatrical troupe out of New York called “Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant.” Intrigued, I investigated further and learned that “Conni’s is not a locale but an elite group of adventurous theatrical performers. Our events mix the ingredients of fine food, drink, song, dance, text, spectacle, and most importantly: you.” (

Back aching and feeling a bit creaky, I heaved myself out of the truck and put on a happy face, knowing that (if nothing else) I was in for a wild ride. Sure enough, Conni’s crew delivered. In the old days, a production like this might have been called “theatre of the absurd” and the promise of “song, dance and spectacle” was pretty much spot-on. Suffice it to say that the show was memorable. Between the meal (bread, borscht and beer), Conni’s colorful cast of characters (say that three times!) and enthusiastic audience participation, the promise of an evening where “artists rule and fascinating people come together to celebrate life, food and all that is good” was fulfilled.

On Sunday, October 21, I’ll be on stage (uh oh) at the NACL, hosting “True Confessions: The Game Show,” an interactive story telling experience that involves local “yarnslingers,” some of whom will share true stories taken from the pages of their lives, while others will be lying. It’s up to the audience to ferret out the real from the imagined, and Dharma the wonder dog will be handing out prizes as my trusty canine sidekick. Will the audience be entertained? I’ll get back to you on that.