A Playwright Procrastinates/ Suggested Showtunes For Strange Times

After all the initial panic, I’ll admit that one of my first thoughts on being mostly-entrapped at home for the foreseeable future was: Great! I can finally finish revising my thus-far-singular attempt at a full-length play!

I then proceeded to do just that…. for exactly one day. Since then I’ve only worked on it in brief and fleeting increments despite the fact that and I HAVE LITERALLY been putting this task off for a good THREE YEARS.

(then again, in that three years I did manage to get a master’s degree, complete 2 internships, write a 300-page memoir draft, get my first real-person job, and start a theatre blog…)

Meanwhile, during the past week, instead of revising my play, I’ve:

  1.  Gotten drunk (but only twice!)
  2. Done a questionable amount of Youtube yoga
  3. Written a frivolous short play for the Quarantine Bakeoff
  4. Gone to the pool/hot tub an average of twice a day
  5. Written a blog post
  6. Gone to Wendy’s (but only once!)
  7. Edited a draft of my friend’s novel
  8. Binge-watched at least one full season of Nip/Tuck (naturally, while playing copious amounts of Candy Crush)
  9. Started researching/drafting ANOTHER blog post, not even counting this one…
  10. Written a list of and some brainstorms for other potential blog posts, most of which I will not get to for MONTHS
  11. Checked social media incessantly
  12. Paced aimlessly in a somber, melancholic daze
  13. Read Things on the Internet (45 percent coronavirus related, 45 percent theatre related, 10 percent miscellanea)
  14. Finally started reading an actual book (this may or may not be because my eyes were getting sore from all the screen time…)
  15. Contemplated getting a dog
  16. Watched the news (that’s almost responsible, right?)
  17. Gone grocery shopping
  18. Eaten a whole container of Halo Top in one sitting (twice….)
  19. Briefly scrolled Linkedin and Indeed without actually applying to anything or making serious plans to do so
  20. Met with some friends to brainstorm a guerilla online sketch show (I concede that this one may have been slightly idiotic, but we’ve suspended all in-person interaction for the time being)
  21. Gone to Dunkin Donuts (in my defense, it was free donut day…)
  22. Made a list of things I’ve done instead of revising my play
  23. Made a list of Suggested Showtunes for Strange Times (aka life-threatening worldwide epidemics…) and organized them into three sub-categories, possibly because putting things into categories gives me an illusory sense of control in a world in which most of us have no control at all. Also possibly because it was just a lot easier than, you know, ACTUALLY WRITING. Thus…

Suggested Showtunes For the Strange Times

(Obviously biased towards shows I’ve been exposed to /shows I like)

Quarantine/Isolation Songs:

“Lonely Room”- Oklahoma

“Home”-Beauty and the Beast

“Waving through a Window”- Dear Evan Hansen

In My Own Little Corner- Cinderella


“On My Own” and “Empty Chairs At Empty Tables”- Les Misérables

“A Quiet Night At Home”-Bare

“Learn To Be Lonely”- Phantom of the Opera (movie version)

“Alone in the Universe”-Seussical

The World Is Unfair And A Mess Songs:

“If It’s True”-Hadestown

“Will I” –RENT

“Pandemonium”- 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

“Something Just Broke”- Assassins

“Totally Fucked”- Spring Awakening

“Wait For It”- Hamilton

“Back To Before”- Ragtime

“Epiphany”-Sweeney Todd (If you’re as nihilistic as I am….)

“Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life”- Monty Python’s Spamalot (if you still have a sense of humor…)

Optimism Against Despair Songs:

“Light” – Next to Normal

“Finale B” and “Seasons Of Love”- RENT

“Song Of Purple Summer”- Spring Awakening


“Beautiful City”- Godspell

“No One is Alone”-Into the Woods

“You Can’t Stop The Beat”-Hairspray

“The Impossible Dream”- Man of La Mancha

“My Favorite Things”- Sound Of Music

“Happiness”-You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

“You Learn”-Jagged Little Pill

“The Story Of Tonight”-Hamilton

“Do You Hear The People Sing”-Les Misérables

“Louder than Words”- Tick, Tick, Boom

So, I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with this blog from now until life resumes, besides that I’ve started another weird crisis-inspired post about my first theatre obsession ever, RENT. However, I have more or less decided that I ought to keep doing something, if only to tether myself to some sort of external reality. Leaning towards more retrospectives on things I’ve seen in the past, recounting of some of my past acting adventures and/or musings on filmed productions. Maybe a Sondheim series? A Shakespeare series? Any requests from the crowd?

Published by ilanaintheatreland

One lifelong theatre lover's informed and quirky reflections on theatre across South Florida! Feel free to email me at irothman@gm.slc.edu with any

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