How many plays has Dallas Observer Theatre Critic Elaine Liner reviewed in her career? "I'd say 3,000," she reports from her writer's enclave near White Rock Lake. "And at least 500 of those were Steel Magnolias."
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|Elaine Liner in Sweater Curse: A Yarn About Love|
She goes on: "I wish more characters had died in Steel Magnolias. There's a lot of chemicals in that beauty salon."
We're catching up because -- Well, Elaine's become a hot commodity lately. She's written a new play (in which she also stars) called Sweater Curse: A Yarn About Love (running through Sunday at MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville) that received glowing reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; She's created and will curate the first YOLO SOLO Festival in Richardson, a two-weekend affair showcasing solo stage works; And her other new production, Finishing School, a humorous look at assisted living told through a trifocal lens, will open One Thirty Production's season in March 2014.
What this means for me: Soon, I'll be clinging to Elaine's perfectly knit coattails, assuring everyone I encounter that we use to lunch together and she was "simply lovely." Those people will look at me in that sympathetic way, toss a quarter in my empty coffee mug, then step over me to board DART.
You get what I'm saying here: Liner is going places.
I saw Sweater Curse last night and can promise that it's charming as all get-out. But I must throw in this disclaimer: Elaine Liner has knitted me the nicest orange sweater caplet that has ever been woven by human hands.
Understandably, I'm a bit biased.
She also writes some of my favorite copy, so again, I was predisposed to adore the thing. Once you merge those skill sets together, I'm all in. That's why I thought it best for us to chat about her current projects, rather than have me feebly attempt a review.
Sweater Curse runs through Sunday, and knitting is encouraged.
Catch us up a bit with Sweater Curse: A Yarn About Love. Tell me how it came to be.More »
When I'm supposed to be working I'm often looking for free knitting patterns online. Suddenly the term "Sweater Curse" popped up ... so I clicked on it and read it. It's an old wives tale that says you never knit for the one you love because he or she will leave you before you finish the project.