|Trunk Songs is a crazy comedy about two
elderly Jewish Broadway Song writers and their trials and tribulations
in the changing world of Show Biz. Murray is straight, married and conservative,
Sid is gay, enjoys younger men and is very liberal. When they work together,
sparks fly. This is a rich, warm play about facing old age with dignity
while maintaining creative energy and enthusiasm for new things. The show
contains bits and pieces of some of the many songs Sid and Murray created
Carl Chadek, a very gifted actor, comedian
and musician from Chicago played Murray. Carole Herbstreit-Kalinyen played
his long suffering and loving wife, Estelle. Dale Gutzman played Sid, the
more flamboyant half of the writing team and Jake Russell played Athol,
a radical young writer and full time protester.
The play offered a laugh a minute in this
fast paced, fun filled comedy, as Sid and Murray try to write a "New, upbeat,
contemporary musical for Broadway. Athol and Estelle pitch in. but all
four flounder in a world of changing ideas.
Playwright Dale Gutzman drew upon many
of his own Show Biz experiences for "Trunk Songs," and upon some of his
personal ones as well.