November 16, 2021
The Robins Theatre
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Again, I awoke in a bit of a daze early this morning, thinking I would be the first one out, but I quickly discovered that Dexter and Rick had beaten me off the bus and were already downstairs lounging comfortably in the green room. We have been to The Robins Theatre a couple of times before, if not more, but I could not place it in my mind; that is, of course, until I saw the green room and then it all came back to me. If you have been following my blog, you may recall a previous blog where I explained how sometimes I can only recognize a venue and whether we have been there before by my dressing room, which I usually see before I see the stage. The Robins Theatre is one of these places.
The Robins Theatre is a gorgeous venue, and unlike some, has a very comfortable green room which is always full of food, goodies, munchables, soft drinks, water, and coffee. It is also furnished with some seriously comfortable sofas and lounging chairs that you can easily spend all day in if you aren't careful. FYI - most of us do. However, for me, the absolute coolest thing about The Robins Theatre green room is that it has a TV that plays nothing but old TV shows non-stop with no commercials. Today it was 'Happy Days' and 'Lavern and Shirley.' Every green room should have this! Hell, if I could only get them to run Star Trek day and night, I may apply for a job here.
The only downside, and I only call it a downside because it may be for others, is that my dressing room was tiny, but it did have a private bathroom. I am not particular at all about dressing rooms as long as they have power, a chair, a table, and a mirror. Private bathrooms are nice but not necessary. I am pretty easy to please on the road and do my best to take everything in stride. Every venue, performance, stage, town, and experience is different. That is part of the magic of being on the road.
As I mentioned, The Robins Theater is very nice, and the audiences and staff have always treated us very enthusiastically and kindly here. If you ever have the opportunity to see a show there, I highly recommend it; however, I am not too sure about the overall safety of the town of Warren, Ohio. Chris was out for a walk and noticed that the streets were very vacant and thought about turning around at one point. He has been very good about walking every day and getting his exercise in, so he kept going. In doing so, he was almost mugged by two men. He escaped by sidestepping quickly into the middle of traffic and crossing the street. Hana had a similar experience but luckily escaped with no trouble. Yea, I know... I went out for a walk and did not find any of this out until I had returned to the green room to eat a salad and watch 'Happy Days.' So I consider myself very lucky that I was not confronted, especially since I did not have The Fonz by my side to sort things out. I prefer to keep my days happy if you don't mind.
FYI - The green room made us happy. Dinner was filling, fattening, and fantastic, and we all hung around together, laughed, and shrugged all the bad stuff off as just another day on the road, which is something you have to do when you are on tour. You have to have tough skin, and to be able to let things roll off your back, less a bad attitude can develop and spread rather quickly, and you don't want that.
We had a good crowd, and they were very enthusiastic, so our show went off without a hitch. After the show, we all hit the showers, hit the bus, and I hit the sack. I want to get some rest before our next show. Tomorrow's show is at The Civic Theatre in Akron, Ohio, probably the most beautiful theater we play. I have some very good friends coming, and I feel I will need all the rest I can get. Lights out in Abba Land.