H.G. Welch is a writer and contributor to Red Publication as well as a book publisher. He writes rule books for cos play games. He has also received some popularity with a card game he invented called CON. His repertoire ranges from musical theater review, to comprehensive historical accounts of old Houston. You may run into him at a local theater or the next comic convention.

Pick-A-Play Party Pack
If brevity is the soul of wit, then Coneman Running’s Five Minute Mile is the wittiest production you will see this month. The show is an anthology of twenty plays each five minutes or less. There is comedy, tragedy, horror, monologues, and romance all rushing past the stage in a mad dash to entertain. The plays are chosen by a mixture of chance, vote and arbitrary selection, giving a reason to attend repeat performances.

The Twin Mysteries of Edwin Drood
I will come out and say this first, The Mystery of Edwin Drood is hysterical. You will laugh at loud and find yourself hissing the villain.  The jokes are spot on, the acting is top notch and the ending is almost entirely up to the audience.  It’s unlike any other production I have ever seen, a play within a play with a Clue like ending.  The only flaw is that the songs were often garbled, and the music was uneven because of technical issues.  If SRO Productions can fix the technical issues the show is practically flawless.

Houston's Lost History: Downtown Flood of 1935
People tend to forget we live in a swamp. Houston wasn't considered very habitable until the invention of air conditioning. We used to lead the nation in cases of yellow fever and cholera, and we had frequent cases of malaria well into the 50's. The large number of bayous has been a constant source of flooding, the Flood Control District starting converting the bayous in the 1950's from muddy rivers to the managed culverts you see today. While this doesn't prevent flooding, it does help control the damage. Houston tends to forget we owe the creation of the Flood Control District to an engineering bungle in 1935 that helped destroy downtown.

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