Face-toucher.

You know, once you try to stop touching your face, you really notice how much you touch your face.

And what’s more, it’s nearly impossible to stop. I mean, does leaning on your chin while you try to come up with a fresher turn of phrase count? Of course it does. My nose itches from time to time; am I not supposed to scratch it? Everyone knows nose itches left unscratched don’t go away. (Anyone who has tried to get through the savasana portion of a yoga class knows this.) I wear glasses and occasionally — which is to say constantly — readjust them. In the process, I touch my face. This can’t be avoided.

Also, it’s still chilly here, and I get a runny nose at the weirdest times. Not a cold, just a little clear drip when the temperature is uncomfortable, or even when I’m sweating. Does a sleeve dragged across one’s nose count?

This is going to be a long slog for some of us, unless we want to go around with our hands cuffed behind us.

For those who wondered: Yes, Shadow Show, Kate’s band, was supremely bummed that SXSW was cancelled. I told them to slide through town anyway, or keep their ears to the ground, because there’s no way all those people closing in on Austin are going to stay home. There will be shows, there will be networking — just go. They’re taking this under advisement. But they have a long drive across the country in the coming days:

Meanwhile, they recorded a single for some obscure psychedelic label called Hypnotic Bridge, and damn if it ain’t pretty good. Very proud of these girlies. They played a show Friday night at Third Man Records and didn’t put a foot wrong. Also, Kate wore go-go boots:

Verdict: “God, those things are so uncomfortable.” You don’t say?

And that was the weekend, in between reading about COVID-19 and trying not to touch my face. Oh, we watched “Ford vs. Ferrari.” Three stars, and I hope I never again have to watch a movie about a car race where a wife watches from home, her face lit by the TV screen and making various expressions of concern, fear and elation.

Primary coming up in 48 hours. We’ll see how that goes. I have no prediction, if you’re wondering.

Posted at 6:31 pm in Current events, Movies, Same ol' same ol' |
 

58 responses to “Face-toucher.”

  1. Suzanne said on March 8, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    Funny you wrote this post. All weekend, as I am going about my business, I have had an endless loop running in my head “OMG! I touched my face!!!”
    My nose itches “OMG! I touched my face!!!”
    There is a hair across my eye “OMG! I touched my face!!!”
    My glasses are slipping down my nose “OMG! I touched my face!!!”

    But it’s 60° out and sunny, so it’s a good day!

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  2. Deborah said on March 8, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    I touch my face constantly. I’m making dinner and it involves jalepeno peppers so I’m very aware of keeping my hands away from my nose and eyes. I washed my hands extensively after cutting the peppers but it hasn’t helped. Ow ow ow ow ow.

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  3. beb said on March 8, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    The face touching thing is all a matter of situation. Take a ride on the bus — don;t touch your face because you don’t know who has touched the surfaces you have touched. But at home, after you have washed your hands … not a problem. Also if you hold a kleenix between your finger and your face you should be ok. Just don’t reuse the kleenix.

    I just as a Geico commercial where people are giving each other the high five. I though this was inappropriate because we’re not doing that anymore because of Coronavisus.

    The CDC wanted to advise the elderly to avoid flying because the elderly are more susceptible to the virus and being crammed into a flying sardine car is never a good time. Trump vetoed that. Either he wants his base to die or would rather protect the airlines than Americans.

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  4. Brian stouder said on March 8, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    A marvelous post indeed. Now that I’m an old guy, I really and truly am amazed and genuinely pleased and proud of our young folks and their progress in this world; there is nothing I could be more thankful for as a dad. I can only imagine how much more intensely a mom would experience this mix of gratitude/pride/admiration/wonder…. But indeed, THIS is the good stuff. Beyond that, I’m about to turn 59, and the siren-song of retirement begins to resonate w/me. Ideally, we could do this before the end of Biden’s 1st term, but we shall see

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  5. alex said on March 8, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    I don’t care about touching my face. My hands are caked in mud. And black walnut sawdust. Man did we cream some trees this weekend.

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  6. LAMary said on March 8, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    Bob Baker Theatre next Friday? That’s down the hill from my house.

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    • nancy said on March 8, 2020 at 9:38 pm

      And I’m told there’s a marionette show beforehand! If there’s a guest list, I’ll see if I can add you.

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  7. David C. said on March 8, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    When I go from the cold outside to the warm inside or vice versa in the summer, I almost always sneeze. Good god do I ever get the side eye when I sneeze lately. Even when I sneeze into my elbow like I always do.

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  8. Dexter Friend said on March 9, 2020 at 2:30 am

    There’s a new clerk at the local Dollar General where I go once a week for stuff I don’t wanna go to Walmart for. She’s a loudmouth and I can’t stand her as she openly coughs all over my stuff and across the counter at me. Usually I’d just go at a different time of day, a different shift…but she’s always there. It’s hard to avoid germs. Right now, Ohio has no Coronavirus, but it’s coming. Michigan’s reported case was a case waiting to be tested, and the test was negative. This was 10 hours ago however. NAFTA was supported by Joe and opposed vehently by Bernie, and the UAW was what I call lightly critical of it at first, as I did see some internal correspondence, being a local union officer. But the UAW International has not and apparently is not going to endorse either one…many locals are endorsing Bernie, as they should, I say. From “In These Times” <> EXCERPT <<

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  9. Dexter Friend said on March 9, 2020 at 2:31 am

    This is the excerpt “The UAW, like many national unions, has not endorsed a candidate in the Democratic primary. Despite the decision of some national unions to bide their time until the general election, the Sanders campaign has been picking up endorsements from local unions across the country all year. In January, Sanders won the endorsement of a 10,000-member SEIU branch in New Hampshire. In February, 7,000 members of the American Federation of Musicians in Los Angeles backed him. Last week, he picked up the endorsement of UFCW 21, a 46,000-member local in Washington state; this week, he was endorsed by AFGE Local 704, a notable high-profile endorsement from federal workers at the Environmental Protection Agency. His campaign has also been endorsed by tens of thousands of people collectively represented by locals of AFSCME, CWA, UNITE HERE and other unions that chose not to issue primary endorsements on the national level.”

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  10. ROGirl said on March 9, 2020 at 7:44 am

    I had my gloves on when I used the atm on Saturday.

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  11. Bitter Scribe said on March 9, 2020 at 9:47 am

    This don’t-touch-your-face stuff is horseshit—impossible to do and useless IMO. If the bug gets me, it gets me, and hopefully I’ll be healthy enough to ride it out.

    I remember when America had a government that could be trusted about matters like this, led by someone who cared about something more than keeping numbers down so he doesn’t look bad.

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  12. Suzanne said on March 9, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Cool. Today, the market dropped so much, they stopped trading for 15 minutes. Kinda like rebooting your computer.
    It didn’t work, though.

    So long retirement. Hello poverty.

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  13. LAMary said on March 9, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Bob Baker Marionette Theatre used to be in another location and every kid who went to public school probably had a field trip to Bob Baker. Both my kids thought it was sort of creepy, which is not an unreasonable reaction to marionettes. The old building was crumbling so they moved over here to the NELA, the new name for my neighborhood. Previously it was known as “that place I won’t go to because, well, you know.” I haven’t been to the new Bob Baker but I know it’s on York Boulevard where all the bodegas and taco places used to be. Now it’s tattoos and expensive juice places.

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    • nancy said on March 9, 2020 at 10:52 am

      I am informed by Alan that the marionettes will perform *during* the show, which means psychedelic garage with dancing marionettes, and now I am really sorry I can’t be there for it.

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  14. Dorothy said on March 9, 2020 at 10:51 am

    I’m thinking like you, Bitter Scribe. It just seems inevitable to me that we are all going to be exposed to this virus eventually. If people are contagious before they even show symptoms, why bother with all the angst over whether or not we’re going to catch it? Such a waste of time and energy to get so worked up over something that is already here and isn’t going away anytime soon. I work at a university. I’m washing my hands, but I always do that. I’m surrounded by college students! I am NOT not touching my face because I have more important things to think about instead of whether or not I just brushed away an errant hair from my eyelid (or something). I have to do two sets of eye drops every night for my glaucoma and my eyes seem to be itchy all of the time even though I also use eye drops for allergies. So I can’t not touch my face. It’s just a fact of life.

    My granddaughter is 3 today and that is the only thing I’m really spending much time thinking about. We had a marvelous weekend celebrating her. I’m teaching her to be like Mimi: Tell everyone it’s your birthday! And she did. We had brunch at First Watch in downtown Columbus yesterday and she walked in announcing that to everyone. I’ve never been more proud!

    If anyone has to self-quarantine, or if you’re just searching for something terrific to watch on Netflix, I have to strongly urge you to start binging “Sex Education.” It’s just two seasons and it’s wonderful and funny and heartwarming and touching. My co-worker recommended it and I’m so glad she did. If anyone else has already recommended this show at this website, I apologize for not paying attention.

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  15. Jeff Borden said on March 9, 2020 at 10:53 am

    In my public speaking class a few weeks ago, we compared and contrasted JFK’s 1961 inaugural speech with St. Ronald of Reagan’s 1981 inaugural speech. Reagan, of course, used his to blast the very mechanism he would soon be running and vowing to get government off the backs and outta the way of the people. And here we are with a true KnowNothing as *president and a leader of a political party that has spent decades embracing anti-intellectualism and painting government as utterly inept confronting a crisis that can only be met with the kind of overwhelming power a federal government can muster.

    I suppose we won’t be lucky enough to see the Orange King or Mike Dense afflicted with the virus, even if they were in proximity to it while visiting the hate-fest at CPAC. The fates aren’t really that kind.

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  16. Mark P said on March 9, 2020 at 11:15 am

    Here is where I worry about touching my face: Walmart when grocery shopping. How long does the coronavirus stay viable on the buggy handle? Long enough. So I wipe it down and try to remember not to touch my face, which is hard because my nose is almost always runny.

    Here is where I don’t worry about touching my face: at home, after I wash my hands. If the virus is somewhere in our house, I’m getting it whether I wash my hands or refrain from touching my face.

    It is likely that the virus will be around for a while, and health officials (the ones not stifled by Trump) are saying they expect the majority of the world’s population to eventually contract COVID-19, just like the common cold and the flu. But I am going to do my best to avoid it. I don’t want COVID-19, just like I don’t want the flu. And, of course, my wife and I are in one of the vulnerable groups, old people.

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  17. Julie Robinson said on March 9, 2020 at 11:15 am

    Has anyone had the nerve to look at their 401Ks? We’ve been in blissful vacation mode, though, with retirement a year out, it is quease-inducing to contemplate.

    Happy birthday to the March babies; Dorothy’s little sweetie and my big one. We had a party for our Orlando family and friends, played When I’m 64, and enjoyed watching the sunset from the lanai. We missed our eldest relatives, who at 92 and 88, are already self quarantining.

    Would love to hear comments on Trump’s tweet showing him fiddling and professing to not understand. Can he really be that stupid?

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  18. Deborah said on March 9, 2020 at 11:55 am

    While I’m not so worried about getting the virus myself, even though I’m over 60, I’m worried for the more vulnerable people who may be old and have chronic health problems. If I get it and don’t know it, or am in the incubation period, how many vulnerable people will I encounter and pass it on to? There are a lot of old people in our building etc. I will go about my business as much as possible, will wash my hands and try my damnedest not to touch my face when I’m out in public. I’m so glad I don’t have to go to an office everyday, and not just because of the virus.

    I read that the virus can stay on surfaces anywhere from 2 to 48 hours so wipe down those shopping carts, if that’s true.

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  19. susan said on March 9, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Bring your own shopping cart or bags…

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  20. Sherri said on March 9, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Just to be clear, despite my criticisms of Bernie, it’s not like I’m a fan of Biden, either. Biden is just as bad on the ideas front as ever, as his short list for Treasury Secretary reportedly includes both Elizabeth Warren and Jamie Dimon. It’s like he’s waiting to see whether the angel or devil sitting on his shoulder wins.

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  21. Deborah said on March 9, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    There are signs up in Trader Joe’s that tell you not to put items in your own bags before you check out, at least in the TJ stores I shop in. I have a cart that I use for schlepping groceries home from the store. It hooks onto the store grocery carts as you shop. It’s one of those carts made up of a large bag on a structure with wheels, everything you put in it is concealed, not like those wire basket kind (the handles for those are always too low for me and small things fall through between the wire grids).

    The age for being more vulnerable to the virus keeps changing upward, first I read 60, then 65 and now 70. Maybe that’s because scientists and specialists are learning more about it everyday?

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  22. Deborah said on March 9, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    I’m with you on the Bernie vs Biden situation. First we have to win the presidency and the senate and keep the house, then we can start changing things for the better, IMHO.

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  23. Sherri said on March 9, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Here’s why I’m still somewhat concerned about COVID-19: because we’re still not testing enough. So we just don’t know how bad the spread already is. We don’t really know the incubation period (2-14 days is a significant range), and we don’t really have a good idea of the contagiousness of it yet. We’re less than two weeks from the first death here. This whole situation could totally blow up over the next week or so.

    So, yes, I’m washing my hands, a lot. I’m trying to touch my face less. I’m touching other people less. Not because I’m that worried about getting it myself, but to help control the spread in the community. I’m still going about my life, though my husband is working from home. I’m glad I don’t have any relatives in a senior facility, because that would be a difficult situation.

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  24. basset said on March 9, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Surprised I haven’t seen anyone calling the virus Covfefe-19 yet.

    And Kate’s band was here in Nashville last night and we’re just now hearing about it?

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  25. jcburns said on March 9, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Those marionettes touch their faces way, way too often for my taste.

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  26. Deborah said on March 9, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    I went to 3 different stores in my area just now and all of them were out of hand sanitizer and none of them had those Purell wipes for the shopping carts left in the dispensers. I have a bottle of rubbing alcohol, I’ll just use that.

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  27. St Bitch said on March 9, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    I discovered while still young that there was no way I could police my own chronic face touching, so my daily application of fairly minimal make-up had to be smudgable…able to (hopefully) continue to enhance my looks while going through various stages of unconscious facial finger-painting.

    How about reviving the fashion (and prophylactic ) of wearing gloves in public, during all seasons?

    Of course, there’s no more grazing at Costco sample booths.

    I’m so grateful for the discussion here about the high cost of tv cable service. Without it I would’ve just kept being dumb and clueless. Now I’ve cut the cord and started saving $120/month. Maybe I’ll go through TCM withdrawals as well…but there is The Criterion Channel (and a 14-day free trial) in a pinch.

    Looked up Jamie Dimon. Hmmm. Fingers crossed that Obama, among others, will be around to provide guidance.

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  28. Deborah said on March 9, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    I need one of those dog cones to keep from touching my face, a really, really wide one. Someone could make a mint selling extra wide ones for humans right now.

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  29. jcburns said on March 9, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    TCM is on YouTubeTV. Works great here. (Although, for some reason today I keep switching to CNBC.)

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  30. St Bitch said on March 9, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks jc. I’m on a short YouTube free trial now, so I’ll check out TCM.

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  31. LAMary said on March 9, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    As long as the marionettes dont touch my face it’s ok. Deborah, any sort of disinfecting wipe will work. I buy the generic ones from Amazon. Cheap, nice smelling not out of stock. The brand name is Solimo.

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  32. Julie Robinson said on March 9, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    So Rep. Matt I’m an ass Gaetz, previously photographed in a gas mask, is self quarantining after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for Coronavirus. But first he got on Air Force One with the President. Well well well.

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  33. Suzanne said on March 9, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Maybe that’s the plan, Julie. They all know Trump’s deranged but voting to impeach would bring the ire of the MAGA crowd, so Gaetz knowingly infects him with COVID-19 and hope it takes him. He goes out as a sainted fighter for the common man, stricken with the same virus that took out so many patriots, and they don’t have to decide what the heck to do about him.

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  34. Jeff Borden said on March 9, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Kate sure looks a lot like you and Alan, Nancita. The resemblance is really striking. I hope she and Shadow Show enjoy success. I’ve always wanted to say I know a rock star.

    If the band will be playing in Chicago, let me know. Unless the show starts after 9 p.m., of course. We’re so locked into an early bed and book time that the plays we see are always matinees. BTW, Chicago members of NN.C. “Bug” at Steppenwolf is one intense theatrical experience. Rough and not exactly uplifting, but superbly acted.

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  35. David C. said on March 9, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    Another fun day at the dog track. I’ve been gradually moving my 401(k) from stock to cash. I think I’m down to only 5% stock right now. I rode too many Republican recessions down to the bottom to have not learned my lesson.

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  36. Dexter Friend said on March 10, 2020 at 2:54 am

    Fuck, I say. I think Bernie has run a good campaign, but as I watch Steve Kornacki on msnbc pointing out the polls and predictions on his ever-changing maps and his whiteboard, it just appears Joe Biden has this thing in the bag. He’s destroying in southern polls, he is so far ahead with African Americans, and Joe has turned the tide. Ohio votes in a week. I’ll vote, but my enthusiasm is dampened.

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  37. Suzanne said on March 10, 2020 at 6:29 am

    I wish I had been moving money from my retirement funds into cash. I had a hunch a few weeks ago that things were going to get bad, but every financial person I talk to gives the same spiel of not to panic, buy low, sell high, and on and on. The more they talk, the less secure I feel. Bottom line is that they make money off our money but if we lose our shirts,they shrug their shoulders and move on.

    But not to worry! The CDC announced they now have 75,000 COVID-19 test kits ready! I might be being pessimistic but doesn’t that seem like a really low ball number for a country this size?

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  38. David C. said on March 10, 2020 at 6:49 am

    My cues to start moving money in earnest were “The fundamentals of the economy are strong” and “You’re a long term investor”. As soon as I heard those, I knew time was up. I’ve been gradually moving out of stocks because I’m closer to retirement and much more averse to risk.

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  39. alex said on March 10, 2020 at 7:38 am

    I’ve watched my retirement savings soar and sink with the markets for many years now and I’m not terribly concerned because I’m invested very conservatively and things always rebound. My main concern is getting out at the right time. Better to sell during a bubble, not a downturn. I cannot imagine panicking and selling during a downturn. It’s not like your assets are suddenly defective when they bottom out sympathetically with the rest of the market. In fact, if you have any extra cash it’s the best time to buy depressed stock in companies that you know aren’t going anywhere.

    Corona virus might fuck things up short-term but I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.

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  40. Connie said on March 10, 2020 at 7:38 am

    Check to see if your local library has Kanopy. It includes thr Criterion Collection.

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  41. ROGirl said on March 10, 2020 at 8:19 am

    When I first read the name of the LA venue I thought it was the Bob Barker Theater. Come on down.

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  42. Peter said on March 10, 2020 at 9:00 am

    ROGirl – I was thinking the same thing!

    And Julie #17 – “Can he really be that stupid?” That was a rhetorical question, right?

    How about that Matt Gaetz? You know, he’d be the dumbest congressman of all, if it weren’t for Louie Gohmert, Steven King, Jim Jordan, Doug Collins, Paul Gosar, Devin Nunes…

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  43. Julie Robinson said on March 10, 2020 at 9:32 am

    Go ahead and elaborate on it if you want, Peter!

    Heading back north today. Would really like to stay, and not just for fear someone will cough on us during the trip.

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  44. Dave Kobiela said on March 10, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Chicago Tribune yesterday ran a front page story on the Democratic primary, specifically in Michigan. Focus was on Michael Taylor, life long Republican, Tea Party advocate and mayor of Sterling Heights, Michigan’s fourth largest city.
    In the Tribune story, Mayor Taylor says that he will be voting for Joe Biden on Tuesday. “I think Joe Biden is the candidate who can unify all the Democrats, and he’s the candidate who can appeal to moderates and Republicans like me who don’t want to see four more years of President Trump”.
    My son, who is a libertarian-leaning Democrat, brought this to my attention, remarking that “Macomb could’ve flipped the state for Hillary in ’16, if they weren’t so, so, so stupid”.
    (Early morning text from son today, “#1 to vote in my precinct”).

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  45. Connie said on March 10, 2020 at 10:17 am

    And a very similar story in the NYT today in which a staff writer goes home to Bay City Mi, and talks to people, including farmers, who do not plan to vote for Trump again.

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  46. Deborah said on March 10, 2020 at 10:30 am

    I’m going to be flying to NM again in 2 weeks so I’ve been reading all the tips I can about how to keep from getting infected with Covid-19 while on the plane and there are many online right now. Mostly they say it’s not spread through the air in the plane unless you are very close to someone coughing or sneezing but it’s more likely it’s what you touch. The best seat is a window seat because you don’t have a person on either side of you, worst seat is aisle, because you’re exposed to people walking up and down. Don’t touch your face, don’t touch your face, don’t touch your damn face.

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  47. Dorothy said on March 10, 2020 at 10:58 am

    For Deborah @28: https://www.tiktok.com/@washingtonpost?lang=en

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  48. Sherri said on March 10, 2020 at 11:09 am

    This has a chart with the possible actions that Seattle-King County Public Health takes to control the spread of disease.

    https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/seattle-area-official-outlines-potential-next-steps-in-coronavirus-response-including-cancellation-of-events/

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  49. Deborah said on March 10, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    Dorothy, that tiktok link doesn’t work for me. Do I have to have a tiktok account to see it?

    Off subject: have any of you gotten your real id? If so did you have any problems? My husband and I are going to get ours next week, we hope. LB got hers recently, she had to go back because when it came in the mail the first time they spelled her name wrong.

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  50. Julie Robinson said on March 10, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Waiting at the airport and no one took our temperature or asked about overseas travel.

    Deborah for RealID you need every document from birth certificate through current, including every time you changed your name through marriage and divorce. They all have to be issued by a governmental body with their seal. Not a church.

    My mom and I each had to get new birth and marriage certificates. I can rant at length when I’m not typing on a phone.

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  51. Dorothy said on March 10, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    I don’t have a TikTok account, Deborah – all I did was Google Tik Tok Washington Post and it brought up different images. I saw one yesterday with a guy wearing a large collar made of old newspapers – shaped like the ones dogs wear after having surgery, or to keep them from biting elsewhere on their bodies.

    I only had one complication when I got my RealID last summer. I needed my social security card, which was in our safety deposit box (across the street from the DMV but the key to the box was at home!). So I had to go back another day with the social security card, a recent utility bill showing our address, and I forget what else. Maybe my birth certificate?

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  52. jcburns said on March 10, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    Dave, I’m glad your son got out to vote. As an incipient geezer, I’m disturbed by the non-voting young. Heck, as a human being, I’m disturbed by the non-voting young.

    Oh, about the realID thing: you have a passport? You’re all set for the basic ID. Have a social security card? Bring that, and if you don’t have that, log on to the SSA website and they have a thingie you can print out that is “proof” for this purpose. (The Georgia DL center had computers set up where you could get this proof printed out right there. Of course you get out of line.) And then the third thing was some sort of utility bill or other financial bill that arrived at your current address. Even a Comcast bill.

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  53. Julie Robinson said on March 10, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    JC, the passport is great unless you’ve had a name change. Trust me, I’ve taken seven trips to the DMV between my mom and I. It also took a couple of months because we had to wait for documents to arrive from Iowa. It was a horrible experience.

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  54. Sherri said on March 10, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    My DL is expiring next month, so I just did the pre-application for an Enhanced DL online. According to that, I’ll only have to bring in my current DL, passport, SS card, and proof of residence. The last was the trickiest for me, because I’ve gone mostly paperless! I selected vehicle registration. There was nothing about birth certificate or marriage certificate to prove name change. I mean, the passport already required the birth certificate, and when I changed my name with the SSA, I had to send in my marriage certificate.

    We’ll see what happens when I actually go in.

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  55. Julie Robinson said on March 10, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Maybe Indiana is being more strict than other states?

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  56. Jakash said on March 12, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Jeff B.,

    We saw “Bug” at the Steppenwolf Theatre last night, as you referred to in the previous thread.

    Indeed, the acting was superb and it was a classic Steppenwolf production. Particularly liked that final set change. Mr. Letts was ahead of his time in addressing what would become the avalanche of conspiracy-theory based, delusional thinking that would become almost commonplace a quarter-century later. “Intense,” as you put it, is spot-on. And I gotta say that, while there was a notice going in with regard to nudity, I did not anticipate the duration nor directness of it. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

    Seeing that play in the midst of this pandemic was noteworthy, as well. After having read Sherri’s comment yesterday regarding a ban on gatherings of more than 250 people in her area, and having read the day before that the Court Theater here is limiting its audiences to 100, being in the sold-out, 500-seat Steppenwolf was… uh, shall we say, thought provoking.

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