well, in stage performances that go beyond mere words , Erika
enjoys joining forces with singer-songwriter Nancy
White to take audiences of both genders for a wild onstage
musical ride, with “IT’S A GUY THING.”
This revue-style show combines Erika’s spoken material
GREAT BIG BOOK OF GUYS about Older Men, Younger Men, and
Men and Dogs with Nancy’s witty songs on similar themes.
The show came into being late in 2004, after Nancy
attended one of Erika’s first readings from THE
GREAT BIG BOOK OF GUYS: ALPHABETICAL ENCOUNTERS WITH MEN.
These A to Z observations about various aspects of men—from
Amigos, to Bad Boys, to Men o’Pause, to Younger Men—struck
Nancy as simpatico with her own outlook.
“You know,” she told Erika
after the reading, “I’ve got lots of songs about
men. We should do a show together!”
Nancy was right. The two women’s perspectives,
shared sense of humour, and the tone of their material really
work well together. Plus, brilliant piano player and occasional
kibitzer Bob Johnston is also onstage, to accompany Nancy’s
tunes, and make clear to the audience that “IT’S
A GUY THING” is men-friendly and equal-opportunity,
in its employment of comic quips at the expense of women as
well as men, and in its celebration of both sexes.
The show is a simple stage presentation, with
songs and spoken words ranging from dads, to divorce, to diesel
engines and dye-jobs—as well as a whole bunch of other
male-inspired topics that begin with various letters of the
Since its debut at Hugh’s Room in Toronto
in December 2004, “IT’S A GUY THING”
has also delighted other Ontario audiences at the Thousand Islands
Playhouse in Gananoque, in October 05, and at the Algonquin
Theatre in Huntsville in June 06. In fact, you can see a couple
of snapshots of Nancy White, Bob Johnston and Erika backstage
after their performance at the Algonquin on the left.
“IT’S A GUY THING”
began—as so many good ideas do—in a Mickey-and-Judy
sort of way, with Nancy’s suggestion to Erika that they
put on a show. They are hoping to keep on having fun, in performances
to come. Keep watching this space for further “IT’S
A GUY THING” developments.