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'Is This A Thing?' Admits They Were Wrong

By Allison Kelley in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 16, 2014 9:30PM

2014_07_is_this_a_thing.png The storytelling series, Is This A Thing?, celebrated its six-month anniversary Monday night by admitting they were wrong. Throughout the night, seven performers took the stage to bravely admit times in their life when they made a mistake. Confessions ranged from, “that time I was a Christian missionary and had a spring break crisis of faith” to, “I once accused my boyfriend of cheating when a mysterious blue thong appeared in his bedroom.”

The show’s co-producer, Ines Bellina, told an emotionally charged story of teenage longing, jealousy, and the dangers of lusting after forbidden fruit. The night closed with storyteller Karen Genelly, telling one of those perfectly crafted stories you spend the bus ride home deconstructing. As a former elementary school sex ed. teacher, Genelly captured the bashfulness, horror and innocence of a fifth grade classroom discussing puberty. “Baby boys are born with two penises,” she accidentally said aloud to the boy’s class on one of her last days teaching. The boy’s heads shot up, terror in their veins. While in the bar, we laughed so hard we may have spit our beer out.

Is This A Thing?, held the second Monday of every month at O’Shaughnessy’s, will return in September with a brand new theme and lineup. The show features both veteran and new performers. For more information visit Is This A Thing? on Facebook.