Grimes has done things his way in the intervening years. About two dozen Rosebery and Toorak players from that climactic day in 1971 are in attendance. He makes a speech and then hands over to Peter Webb. Smaller in stature he has rounded out and his piercing eyes that once flashed with contempt and challenge now resemble a more philosophical acceptance. "We have had our day,” he says, reminding us all that we are here at the generosity of the present players and their supporters and families. He parks his car, a bomb of indeterminate vintage, on a slope, to get it kick-started when we return. The two-and-half hour journey goes quickly as we reminisce and catch up. This is also a Rosebery-Toorak annual dinner, the two teams having combined 25 years previous in 1986. In his prime Munro was a bear of a man with a forehead that could crack concrete. Weary with a hint of fragility that is more the proud legacy of a survivor than impending mortality.
It’s a Thursday night in October and Bernie Bowers can’t help but shiver as women in short, tight dresses walk past.
The thin, long-sleeve shirt he’s wearing isn’t enough to keep Bowers warm as the evening cools down. The mission for the shy 26-year-old technology consultant is to walk up and say hi to those very same women heading into the night life of restaurants, bars and clubs at The Triangle in Costa Mesa.
It's "theater where the audience makes choices." And it's a blast.
Over the course of the night at Atlas Performing Arts Center, we'll get to know five actors, then set them up on dates and watch it play out.
If Bowers makes a connection with a woman, Nguyen can slip away to observe and offer a critique later.
Until he became Nguyen’s client, Bowers says, he pretty much stayed at home, too scared to try to socialize with women.
He's decked out in a lab coat and thick-rimmed glasses, clipboard in hand. The nervous Jakes (a winning Klenn Harrigan) paces and wrings his hands -- he doesn't date much. The actors gamely improv their way through, mixing jokes with character insight.
The show open with each "contestant" in a makeshift corral.
“My grandmother, when she got old she was in a back room; she never went out.