It was in last Wednesday's witterings that I was to be found discussing a few of the directorial cock-ups I have seen over the years, while making it clear that if anybody challenged me to direct something I would retreat more speedily than a schoolboy from soap.
What I did not say was anything about directors and their influences for good - the positive differences that the person in charge can make to a production, instead of being a single-handed wrecking crew. And, life's being what it is, that very evening I was closeted with Closer, the Patrick Marber play, for only the second time - to discover that I was viewing it far more agreeably than I had at my first encounter.
Let's make no bones about it: I still think it's vile, with its cross-threaded sexual encounters relying utterly on what are generally called basic instincts and animal passion, and a low-point scene of an internet chat room encounter between two men, one of whom is pretending to be a girl.
Audience members are inescapably cast as involuntary voyeurs while the men's imaginations run riot on the wings of language that is as graphic as it is filthy.
So no, I still deplore it with a passion - but last week's second sighting, with the Swan Theatre Amateur Company at Worcester, put the scene in a new light. It was because the one who was assuming the female role was laughing, repeatedly, with every new atrocious ingredient that he put into the cyber-spatial mix.
The atmosphere, despite its low-life essence, was immeasurably lightened - so the audience was laughing, too. In my previous sighting, it had been played for real, with unleavened intensity. I could sense that many of those watching were squirming as much as I was.
The director this second time was Math Jones, to whom I give full marks for enabling me to escape what I had expected to be another stomach-churning evening.
Incidentally, the next STAC production, opening at the end of April, is another controversial offering. The Blue Room, by David Hare, which hit cinema screens as La Ronde, was written in 1900 but not launched until 1921 - when it was promptly closed down by the police.
There's a touch of the unexpected being planned for Tudor Musical Comedy Society's production of Me and My Girl.
The idea is to have the character Sir Jasper Tring, played by veteran actor Alan Waldron, confined in a wheelchair.
Alan tells me: "I was joking with our director, Jane Aston, about Sir Jasper having a wheelchair and playing the part like Andy in Little Britain. I never for a moment thought she would go for it."
To his surprise, Jane loved it. She reckons that with Alan in a wheelchair there will be a chance of keeping him under control in the run-up to the production which opens at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall on April 7.
Happily, the group has managed to find a wheelchair for rehearsals and Jane's father is doing some cannibalising to create another one for the actual show.
Deryck Rolfe, a member of Hall Green Little Theatre for half a century, in which time he played more than 150 roles, has died at his Wythall home at the age of 83.
Julia Roden, for the group, said, "Deryck was equally at home in roles ranging from the lead in Voyage Round My Father to Caliban in The Tempest. His last part was as the blind Captain Cat in Under Milk Wood in April 2005. He had a phenomenal memory, and could quote lines from plays he was in even before he joined us."
He was also a former treasurer at Hall Green for about 25 years.
The playlet Distractions, which members of Highbury Little Theatre, backed by West Midlands Police, present on request at day centres and old people's homes, makes a one-off appearance on its home ground this morning.
It stresses the dangers of being distracted on your front doorstep by a caller who keeps you talking while an accomplice enters by the back way and indulges in a bit of burglary.
Rob Phillips, a member of the four-strong cast from the Sutton Coldfield venue, told me: "Our performance at Highbury has a start time of 11 am, but people will be arriving from 10 a.m. for a coffee and a biscuit."
Class Act Drama will be at the Dovehouse Theatre, Solihull, on Saturday, looking for a young company for its production of Grease.
Anyone interested should turn up for the trials session, which will run from 2.15-3.45 pm. More information is available at email@example.com.
Distractions, Highbury Little Theatre, Sutton Coldfield (11.30 am, today only).
Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle & Dick, Crescent Theatre, Birmingham (to Mar 29).
The Happiest Days of Your Life, Up 'n' Running Theatre Club, Mac (to Saturday).
The Homecoming, Crescent Theatre, Birmingham (Mar 22-29).
HMS Pinafore, Stratford-on-Avon Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Stratford Civic Hall (Mar 27-29).