Ling on Love 

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"I throw it out there. I put up the building and if people like where they’re living, that’s great," he says, adding the ever-present warm chuckle.

While he claims to buck the adage and write about what he doesn’t know, namely "women", his 26-year marriage could be considered a pretty solid credential in regards to the new play.

"It’s a testament to the power of inertia," he jokes, then changes his tone. "Over that time you have plenty of opportunity to look at the things that drive men and women crazy about each other. I could do that and everybody would have a chuckle. But I also wanted, in this play, to point out that it’s worth searching for that one true love."

Love, he says, is one thing men and women have as common ground in the continual struggle for understanding, a struggle he humorously reveals through situations such as the mixed messages behind lingerie purchases. With material that often dips into his personal life, Ling says his wife is continually asked how she copes with her husband living their private life out loud. Her secret, he reveals, is that when it all comes down, it’s his wife that usually ends up with the more complimentary portrayal.

"Her response is: ‘Who usually comes out looking like the dumb one? Well he does, of course. So let’s get this straight – my husband goes on national radio, tells everybody that he’s really stupid, and gets paid for it. What wife is going to have a problem with that?’"

Deeming Whistler "the best gig in the country," Ling says he’s excited to reunite with the audience here, an audience that embraced him warmly when he first came through in 2001 with Daughters. Response to that pre-MY Place show resulted in overflow crowds, an experience he remembers fondly.

"It was at ‘Our lady of the halfpipe church’ or something like that, he chuckles. "I just loved it. It was wonderful. They had to bring in extra chairs, and make more room. I think everybody had a really good time, and afterwards I got invited back to this really cool house and got to visit with a bunch of people. It was a wonderful experience. Who in their right mind wouldn’t love this area?"

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