Westeen walked out of the makeshift theater/basement just before dawn the next day, never to see the Ethel Merman impersonator again. ''It was all incredibly surreal. And at the same time, it was such a precious, honest moment.''
Openly gay, Westeen says the experience became a metaphor for his approach to life. ''Looking back on things, I had these really great moments, moments that I lived fully and completely, and I need to continue to do that. The joy of this show for me is that I get to share some of those experiences. I have a young friend who is coming to terms with being gay. This show lets me say, 'Hey, life isn’t so bad. There’ll be bumpy parts, but there’ll be good parts, too.' That’s important for people to hear.'' 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak. For information, call 832-889-7837 or visit www.obsidianartspace.org.
Fri., June 22; Sat., June 23, 2012