IT’S TIME by Carol Kaufman Segal
It’s Time is a true account by the writer, Paul Linke. You may know him as Artie Grossman from the NBC-TV series CHiPs as well as his many other artistic endeavors. I first met Paul when he was performing a solo play that he wrote entitled Time Flies When You’re Alive which was also filmed as an HBO Showcase. That was when I interviewed him on my radio program over KPFK on March 22, 1995!
Paul is a true survivor, a man who has managed to heal himself from a heartbreaking loss by “talking” about it publicly. In 1986, Paul became a solo performer and writer eulogizing the loss of his wife to cancer at the age of 38, leaving him with three small children. He said “It was a life changing idea and, most importantly, one that steered me out of that abyss of questions and into the experience of acceptance. “ It was the path to his personal healing when he wrote and performed Time Flies When You’re Alive.
In It’s Time,, Paul tells about spending time as a widower, but eventually being fortunate to be introduced by friends to a lovely woman, Christine, who became his second wife 25 years ago. Paul felt it was “time” to give her the tribute she deserves for bringing him and his family the happiness they have. Christine had been an actress and gave up her career to become the wife and mother to the Linke Family, and they have been “happy ever after.”
Paul tells his story with love, pride, and emotion from beginning to end. His performance is theater at its best. It is directed by Edward Edwards and is being presented at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice. It plays Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM, through April 16 (no performance Sunday, May 26). The theatre is located at 705-1/2 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA. For reservations call (310) 822-8392, or go online at www.pacificresidenttheatre.com.