“Peachtree Battle” playwrights John Gibson and Anthony Morris had some offstage drama crash into their lives this week.
At the height of Monday morning’s tree-snapping storm, a six-story Georgia pine fell through the couple’s Atlanta home.
First, the good news. Morris, a law partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge, was in Philadelphia on a case. The bad news: Gibson was sleeping late in the residence’s master bedroom after working on a “Peachtree Battle” film budget until 3 a.m.
“I just heard this enormous crack and the dogs came running,” Gibson told Buzz Tuesday. “I just yelled, ‘Everybody out!’ ”
The house’s fate likely will be determined later this week. But Gibson isn’t overly optimistic. He said the weight of the tree has now cracked a support beam in the living room. Reps from Allstate were finally able to make their way to the damage at midday Tuesday.
Throughout the crisis, the couple kept friends and family informed via their Facebook status updates. Not surprisingly, the writers behind the city’s longest running stage comedy worked some humor into the pathos.
Quipped Morris on Facebook: “The bulk of the tree is hovering precariously over our living room and newly remodeled $200k kitchen. The tree keeps dipping more as the roots give way. If you hear a loud crash followed by what sounds like a 9-year-old girl screaming, it fell.”
Gibson posted this update Tuesday: “Day 2 of tree in house. Such a nice rain last night wasn’t it? Who needs plumbing when it can come through the roof?! Oh, Look a raccoon in my $2,800 farmhouse sink.”
Naturally, the ever-timely Gibson already has written the calamity into this weekend’s performances of the the couple’s latest comedy, “A Sunday Afternoon at Loehmann’s,” at the Ansley Park Playhouse in Midtown.
Cracked Gibson: “Let’s just say a certain insurance company’s response time might be a target!”
Oh, and Allstate claim reps might want to take note of this line from Morris’ professional profile posted on the McKenna website: “The representation of insurance carriers is a central focus of Anthony’s practice, including handling of all types of coverage disputes.”
Georgia Aquarium gets ‘Ghost’ly
Atlantans will want to tune into the Sci Fi Channel’s brand new “Titanic Terror” episode of “Ghost Hunters” tonight at 9 p.m. That’s when paranormal experts Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson creep around with flashlights after hours at the Georgia Aquarium’s popular Titanic exhibit, in search of spirits.
According to the preview Buzz caught Tuesday, they found, well, something at least. Exclaim the hunters in the clip: “A hand on my shoulder keeps pushing me!” and “Something just tugged on my sweat jacket!”
Things get more ominous when Hawes asks something: “Were you one of the passengers on the Titanic?!”
Adding to the creepiness: today is the 97th anniversary of the ship’s sinking.
Florida Marlins ballplayers Dan Uggla and Scott Proctor dining at Stats sports bar downtown after their flight into Atlanta Monday. We’re told the infielder and the pitcher enjoyed sampler platters, wings, roasted chicken and the barbecue combo plate.
The Marlins opened a three-night stint against the Braves at Turner Field on Tuesday night. Proctor presumably will be taking it easy while here. He’s due back in the Marlins’ active lineup May 1 after surgery last fall to remove some scar tissue from his right elbow.
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