May 17, 2017

The Golden Apple

Saw it Sunday night, loved it with reservations. Act 1 beats Act 2, everyone sounded great (but in the very high operatic soprano pieces it was impossible for me to discern the actual words), and some dialogue to break up the score would be great (Sondh...

August 3, 2016

Have you read Cold Comfort Farm?  It's the hilarious book that the movie Cold Comfort Farm was based on, written by Stella Gibbons lo these many moons ago, parodying a genre of romanticized English ruralness that had become popular in the 1920s. There is much overripe...

June 20, 2016

So sad to be leaving the weird, warped community of Merciful since We're Doomed took its final bow on Saturday night. I was so exhilarated that this show, which on paper looked like the darkest, most depressing thing ever, could shine so brightly once in the hands of t...

June 16, 2016

Opening night was a dream, everything I could have asked for.  The audience laughed at 95% of the things I thought they would laugh at, and 15% of the things I didn't think they would laugh at, for an ultimate total of 10% more laughter than I was expecting!  There wer...

June 15, 2016

I guess the best thing about a limited run (very limited: 4 nights!) is there's no danger of closing early (goodbye, American Psycho, Bright Star, Allegiance, Amazing Grace, Dames at Sea, Disaster, Spring Awakening, and Tuck Everlasting--all Broadway shows that shutter...

June 9, 2016

With opening night looming (it's just a week away) it's time to create the program so that the audience will have something to rustle during the quiet moments. Because it was so much fun to create the poster, we decided to go with Doomed expressions for our pics in the...

May 31, 2016

I suspect that in other theatre groups a stage manager has a fairly finite job description: generally calling the cues (for set changes, lights, etc.), and ensuring that a long-open show continues to reflect the director's original intention.  But having met with our s...

May 30, 2016

Trying to get all my lines down--I've kind-of-sort-of got them, but they jumble themselves up and crash each other's sentence, so to speak.  Part of the problem is that Brother Eccentric is apparently very concerned with safety, and some days it seems half of his lines...

 

Our next show (We're Doomed) opens on June 15th and rehearsals are going swimmingly--or at least well enough that I can start stepping back a bit as director and start working on finding a character for myself. At Tuesday's rehearsal I attempted to channel the Muppets...

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