Use It or Lose It, Buddy

There’s an old axiom that governs just about any artistic career: You’re only as good as your last work. For musicians, you could have a prolific rise, but a shitty last album/tour can pretty much seal your fate (we’re looking at you, Replacements). Same goes for writers – if you lose your mojo and get stuck on your final novel, you could end up in a downward spiral. That’s what happens to New York author Leonard Schiller in the film, Starting Out in the Evening. He’s retired from his day job as a professor, and his early novels have fallen off the radar. Now, he’s looking to complete one last work, but he’s lost his confidence. Enter a young grad student, Heather Wolfe, who looks to interview Schiller for her thesis. Is she the muse Schiller is looking for or a signal that his utility has finally passed him by? Find out when Starting Out in the Evening screens Friday through Wednesday at the Lake Worth Playhouse (713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth). Tickets cost $8. Call 561-586-6410, or visit
Wed., Jan. 30, 2008
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John Linn