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What a difference a day makes!

Email from director today, with a number of things that make me Very Happy, if nothing else simply because it restores my faith that they're not in denial about where the show is at. Most encouraging news: Adding one rehearsal per week, and pushing opening back by a week. The second is a serious step to take and is being acknowledged as such, but I really think it will make all the difference in the world, and the resulting quality of the show will be a much bigger benefit to the theatre's reputation than the postponement will be a drawback. (Not certain that sentence is entirely navigable, but hopefully you get the idea.)

This is especially good because we have a new Major-General as of this past week (the original one having landed a conflicting paying gig he couldn't refuse), and have now acquired additional men and (finally!) a real rehearsal pianist.

Now all that really remains is confirmation that the puppets are a joke, and it's all good.

MUCH happier Banshee today. (Continuing headache notwithstanding. Looking forward to extra sleep this weekend. And vidding. And maybe finally catching up on Dresden Files. And more Blood Ties.)


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Mar. 16th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
This is great news. And I just finished showing Shakespeare in Love to my students, so the magic of "It's a mystery" is particularly well fixed in my head. I adore that movie more than I can say.

Do you think Elf would enjoy Pirates?
Mar. 16th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
so the magic of "It's a mystery" is particularly well fixed in my head.

Indeed. The postponement is reminding me of I Hate Hamlet, which ended up with the entire run pushed back five weeks after one too many things went wrong and Barrymore bailed about 2 1/2 weeks out from opening. We were terrified of the PR fallout, but the reboot got things almost magically on track, and it ended up being the best Rosebriar show in years.

Do you think Elf would enjoy Pirates?

My hunch is yes. Maybe you could rent the Kevin Kline movie first, so (a) you can find out in a situation where she's not stuck with it all the way through, and (b) she can get used to the story when it's being presented very clearly. I'm more confident now that we'll be doing that, but still not quite ready to stake two hours in the life of a five-year-old on it.
Mar. 17th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
Hello, I think I commented once before (fellow Chicagoan, friend of irish_horse). You probably know already but I just saw that auditions are being held for Wicked. I have noted your passion for the play so I wanted to make sure you knew. Best wishes!
Mar. 17th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
I didn't specifically, although I was just thinking the other day that I should look, since the open call last year was around this time. Thanks!
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