Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Another Opening Night

Christopher Durang is a hard sell. He's not exactly famous with the common folk and his work isn't immediately accessible to actors who are unfamiliar with it. That being said, there were a number of highs and lows with our performances of "The Nature and Purpose of the Universe" and "Death Comes to Us All, Mary Agnes" over the past few days.

  • Performing to a half-full house on opening night was disappointing, but you've got to expect that when you're doing 8 shows instead of 4.
  • Saturday night's epic performance to an enthusiastic, nearly sold-out crowd made me feel better about being an actor than I ever had before. 
  • Being told just minutes before Sunday's performance to remove all of my ad-libs was a huge blow to my ego. My characters are to be played straight. No comedy. Couple that with the fact that we were playing to only six people and you've got the reason why I blocked most of that night out of my mind. 
  • Jason came out to see the show on Monday night and did not recognize me under the wig and beard in "Death Comes to Us All, Mary Agnes" which I take as a huge compliment. The downside of that is that the reviewer from the local paper didn't recognize me either, so I was not properly credited in the review. 
  • Having kiddo listed as the Director's Crew made me proud, but not as proud as I was when she helped run the backstage while our Director was sick on Monday. 
  • I was so worn out after all of this, I had an epic sleep last night. 
We've got four more shows upcoming, so the insanity is going to continue for a little bit. I can't wait to see how it all turns out.

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