Even though I have enjoyed the energy and perspective Mary brought to the table, our team-up has led to some complications and misperceptions. Since we are the two Style Weekly theater reviewers, this space has the appearance of being Style's official online theater outlet, though that is not the case. Some people have asked me if I endorse, sanction, or edit what Mary writes, and I expect she has received similar questions about what I write. Some people still refer to this as "David Timberline's blog," though in some people's minds it is "Style's theater blog" and others know it as "Dave's and Mary's blog." Though not a huge deal, these and other kinds of complications were enough to diminish the fun involved in this whole venture for me.
So, as part of trying to simplify my life, I've talked to Mary about returning this blog to a solo show and, as she was many months ago, she was willing and gracious in her response. I believe she will be posting at least one more time with some thoughts of her own on this whole experiment, but after that and going forward, this will go back to being "David Timberline's blog," pure and simple. I will miss Mary's posts but hope she will be willing to chime in with her perspectives when she has the time and inclination. You may have agreed or disagreed with some of the things Mary has said, but there is no denying her abiding interest, love, and support of local theater.
As for the new readers who Mary brought to the site, I hope you'll stay around, read and participate going forward as well. I can't promise things won't return to the "annoying love fest" of the pre-Mary times on this blog, but I'll continue to do what I can to keep things lively. Thanks for everything, Mary!