Hometown: Kansas City
Current neighborhood: Northern Overland Park
Who or what is your sidekick? Three fingers of 12-year-old Macallan single malt
What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Cowboy poet
What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Po’s Dumpling Bar
Where do you drink? The kitchen. Anybody’s kitchen.
What’s your favorite charity? Special Olympics and Alzheimer’s
Favorite place to spend a significant portion of your paycheck: Trader Joe’s or Thai Place
What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Science City
Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Steamboat Arabia. Then Jack Stack. Or Denver.
Finish this sentence: "Kansas City screwed up when it …" Did NOT build a baseball stadium downtown.
Finish this sentence: "Other than the Kauffman Center, Kansas City got it right when …" They built the city around beautiful boulevards and fountains.
Kansas City needs: Light rail.
Describe Kansas City in 10 words or less: "Big small town" or "small big town" — it’s just right!
What TV show do you make sure you watch? The Closer
________ takes up a lot of space in my iTunes: '50s music
What movie do you watch at least once a year? To Kill a Mockingbird, whenever I can.
What local tradition do you do every year? I’ve seen A Christmas Carol at KC Repertory Theatre almost every year for 31 years — always up close!
Celebrity you’d like to take on a Mamba ride: Ann-Margret (yes, still!)
Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: Kansas City Repertory Theatre (@KCRep)
Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Brown & Crouppen ads
What subscription — print, digital, etc. — do you value most? Consumer Reports
Last book you read? Q Is for Quarry by Sue Grafton
Favorite day trip: Weston
What is your most embarrassing dating moment? I’ve been married for 33 years. I haven’t had an embarrassing dating moment for months!
Finish this sentence: "People might be surprised to know that …" I’m a "Christmas guy."
Describe a recent triumph: My outdoor Christmas lights — injury-free once again!
Veteran KC actor Gary Neal Johnson plays Scrooge for the 11th time in the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s A Christmas Carol. The play runs through December 26.