Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Church Basement Ladies

Last weekend we were blessed to see a really great comedy at our small local playhouse. "Church Basement Ladies" is a hilarious spoof about the going's-on in the kitchen of a Lutheran church set in the 1960's. Being a Lutheran Pastor's wife, I could REALLY relate! It was spot-on truthful and uproariously (is that a word?) FUNNY! Plus, it was rated G all the way. I was a little apprehensive about seeing it, because I know that shows about "religion" can often be disrespectful and abrasive but this one was NOT. I wholly recommend seeing it if it ever comes to your town.

William Christopher plays the Pastor. He was the actor that played "Father Mulcahey" in the M*A*S*H series on TV. The songs were a RIOT, by Drew Jansen who was a writer for Mystery Science Theater 3000, one of our favorite shows. (You can see lots of their shows on YouTube now.)

One scene talks about the Pastor's new wife who sent LASAGNA to a funeral supper! I guess that was taboo...you're supposed to send a casserole/hot dish/covered dish (whatever those mean!). Anyway, it reminded me of my first church potluck a couple of years ago when I brought homemade Spanish rice, something I grew up eating. Well, I brought the entire pot home. It was untouched. Apparently, midwest Lutherans aren't accustomed to Mexican fare...as I've discovered with other attempts at potlucks. I've settled on pasta or "green leaf" salad. They call it "green leaf" salad because when they just say "salad", it's really something other than leaves and almost always includes jello, marshmallows, cool whip or miracle whip.

I want to share with you some of the funny things that happen at the Thrift Store! It is sure a new experience for me to be meeting so many interesting people on a day to day basis! In a glass case at work, there is an antique "Autograph" book. A lady asked me, "What is that?" "It's an Autograph book," I answered. It is emblazoned with the word "AUTOGRAPHS" across the front in gold letters. She still looked confused so, as I took it from the case to show her, I added, "You know...a book that you get autographs in? You ask people to sign it for you?" I handed the book to her..."Ooooh." She finally understood, "You mean, like an Autograph book!" Uh, ya, like I said.....

Another lady came in last week and was browsing through the women's shirts. She came across a T-shirt with the words "TOTAL FLAKE" printed on the front. She looked at it in disdain and said, "WHO would wear THAT?".....She was wearing a ballcap embroidered with the words "SUPER B*TCH" on it. People are funny!



Hi Rosie,
I love that play. It was here in MN and I saw it with some girlfriends...We laughed and I saw myself...went to a Lutheran church for years :)
How are you?! I hope you will post more often. Miss your ideas and stories.
Deb :)

Simply Dandy said...

Rosie, that is too funny about the customers in the thrift store. People are priceless!! I bet that movie was funny. I love funny movies, especially clean ones!!


Drew Jansen said...

I'm glad you liked the show! Thank you for your kind words.

Drew Jansen