First of all, I must apologize to you, my four loyal readers, for taking so long to post a new blog. I’ve been busy opening this show, and closing another show. I’ve also been trying to convince actors in the union to vote no on a proposal that will have dire effects on the Los Angeles theatre landscape. I don’t really want to go into all of that here, but if you are interested please visit: www.ilove99.org. All the information is there, and if you love intimate theatre in LA, we are in a fight…against the union that is supposed to be representing the actors…it’s baffling.
But we have opened “Taking Sides.” People seem to really like it, and the reviews have been very kind. You can read one here: http://www.easyreadernews.com/93243/taking-sides-life-in-the-third-reich/
I’m having the time of my life acting in this one. It’s a great part in a fabulous play, and I’m surrounded by amazing actors. I still hear new things every night. I sit in awe of the people I share the stage with. Their talent and their passion blow me away. And there are times when I get to stand there and listen, and I see them as the audience must…and I feel so damn lucky.
The reactions I am getting are very interesting. Tonight, we had a very lively audience. They appreciated a lot of the humor in the piece…vocally. Which was great. Very different from last Saturday’s audience who seemed to sit in shocked silence at my shenanigans. And I wasn’t really expecting people to react with such hostility to my character. I mean, I dig it, but when you’re rehearsing as an actor, you are playing your action. In other words, you are doing what the character is doing. There are things you want from the other people, and you set out to get them. And when you are working with great artists, you keep finding new things and keep growing. And you spend no time at all thinking about what an audience will think about your character. That’s for the director to deal with. And as I think back on the directions Steph gave me, I notice that she was working very hard to find moments of vulnerability, and charm coming from me. And it’s a good thing, because nightly I hear: “Oh, I hated you. But in a good way.” Like I said, I find it surprising, but I dig it.
I wish we had a show every night. Doing it twice a week is a bummer. But I’m more bummed that we aren’t sold out every night. This is one of the best productions I’ve ever been in. And that’s saying a lot. Maybe the subject matter feels daunting, or dark, and people want something light. But if you want a great night of theatre, you won’t get much better than this play, put on in a converted garage, that is part of the 99-seat agreement with Actor’s Equity, down in San Pedro. And there is honestly no place I would rather be night after night.