06 July 2007

Things You've Been Dying To Know

I suppose I should tell you I survived The 24 Hour Plays, and that it went off brilliantly. Up until about two hours to showtime, I thought all the Old Vic talk about how the participants in the UK incarnations formed these intense bonds and still worked together and such wouldn't play out for us. But then we all ran around the afterparty like it was the last day of camp, telling everyone how brilliant they are and how we love them and how we absolutely must work together again, and, oddly, actually very sincerely meaning it. I definitively owe my being a part of it to Mark, whom I've already thanked profusely, but now that I've slept, I want him to know I still mean it.

I also want to tell you that I saw Company before it closed. There were good and bad things about the production. The good being many of the performances. The bad being, um, the concept and staging? I did spend some time wishing I could have seen the the 1995 Company. Or maybe imported some of that cast. No slight to these actors - I just love Danny Burstein maybe a lot. Deb Monk, too. (Anyone want to buy me tickets to Curtains?) Aside from running into a dear and out-of-touch friend from high school at intermission, the highlight for me was re-finding the brilliant Sally Bowles understudy I saw in Cabaret a few years ago. Heather Laws. Rocked like crazy then (if "rocked" can refer to a heartbreakingly bright smile in "Life is a Cabaret"), and was wonderful as Amy now. (You know, it says she was an understudy in The Boy from Oz which, it pains me to say, I actually saw. And I saw, of course, an understudy go on in that. I wonder if it was her and I never knew.) Now I just need to figure out the name of the Mimi understudy I saw in Rent in college, and my quest is complete. (I was like an understudy magnet for a while there.)

Also, in case you didn't know, cause I didn't, "christendom" is pronounced chrissendom, not christiandom. This is a word I'm liking incorporating, as in, "He has some of the prettiest eyes in all of christendom." Rather, it's a word I happened to use yesterday - typed, so the mispronunciation was in my head and only caught later - that I really liked using.

In case you're wondering, my fourth of July: The New Pornographers in Battery Park and fireworks through the Queensboro Bridge from the FDR by my apartment. A rather perfect day despite the rain.

I've written nothing of substance just now. This is worth a read. It gets more interesting and less potentially preachy as it goes on. [Update: And here's a different take on the situation.]

5 comments:

Mark said...

Thanks! Honestly, I was really happy to see what a great time you were having. And the show ROCKED. Even by the high standards of the two-four, it kicked some serious ass. Congratulations.

Briel said...

hmm...who has the prettiest eyes in christendom/ christiandom/ chrissendom...

also i read the first paragraph of this post quickly and thought that you said "after i slept with him i want him to know i still mean it," which is different than what you actually said

Kathryn said...

not gonna lie. i thought that too...

Mark said...

Thank you both. I thought it was just me that misread it in that way.

Jaime said...

In the interest of averting any further blogosphere scandal, I've added a comma that I hope will clarify things. (The power of punctuation!)

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