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March 27, 2008:

STUFFED KISHKA

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Well, dear readers, I was just playing beautiful music and trying to start writing these here notes, but I couldn’t think of a thing to write because the beautiful music was lulling my senses into stuffed kishka. I was sitting here like so much fish, the music washing over me like a gazelle in a mud bath and I could not write one single word (other than the obligatory “Well, dear readers”). I tell you, my senses were lulled. Isn’t lulled a Jerry Lewis word. Let’s all put on our Jerry Lewis voices and say lulled – on the count of three: One, two, three – LULLED! Wasn’t that fun? In any case, I had to shut off the beautiful music or otherwise I’d still be sitting here like so much fish, staring glassy-eyed at my computer screen like a gazelle in a tuna-canning factory. But now I can write these here notes in a flash and a whirl. There’s no stopping me now. I am like a freight train hurtling down the tracks, so watch out world I’m on my way. Speaking of hurtling down the tracks, yesterday was a day that just was. I was hoping for an e-mail or two with some positive content, but they didn’t arrive (hopefully they will today). I did a lot of work at the piano, and a little work on the computer, did some errands and whatnot, and then headed out to the theater for a rehearsal. I took the route I’d taken the day before, and other than the same sort of slowing for about six miles (a bit worse yesterday), it was a pretty easy drive, maybe ten minutes longer in all. We ate at Knowlwood again, and I had the chili dog, which is a hot dog on a bun smothered (and I mean smothered – no way to pick up the bun) in chili and cheese in a casserole. It was very good, and I had something called Irish Nachos, which are french fries, covered with melted cheese, green onions, and bacon, served with ranch dressing. Those were also very good. Then I toddled over to the theater.

Last night, we had a very good and productive rehearsal, assembling parts of the show, and I think it was fun for the cast to see how the puzzle pieces fit together. A couple of funny things happened, and the scenes are starting to have a good flow, plus it’s fun to have the music cues now, too. We also ran songs and harmonies. It’s fun to have some new elements to the set – there are more places to enter and exit from, so I’m using those as much as I can and it gives the show more of a cinematic flow. We blocked the entire middle of the Brain Tap scene, which is already really funny, mostly because of Mark Rothman’s Brain and some new bits of business we’ve figured out. We finished just before ten and I got home fairly quickly.

I’ve also been watching more episodes of The Rookies, although I haven’t lucked out with any more great location shots. Good guest stars, though, including Lou Gossett in the episode I just finished.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because frankly my mind is starting to zone out and feel like stuffed kishka.

Today, I have more errands and whatnot to do, more work at the piano to do, and another rehearsal to attend in the evening. We’ll be working lots of scenes, and then going over songs.

Tomorrow, of course, is our day off, and I shall be treating it as such – relaxing, doing this and that and also that and this, and sitting around like so much fish. I also have a new DVD to watch, and it’s a DVD I’ve just been patiently waiting for for ages – it’s an import from Russia, I think. The film is Francois Ozon’s latest, Angel, whose score by Philippe Rombi is the best, most romantic and agonizingly beautiful score in years. I’m hoping the movie lives up to it.

Saturday, we’re back in the thick of it, assembling the show and over the next week we’ll be finessing and getting everything in as strong a shape as possible so that when we begin the three intense choreography days we’ll all be ready.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do errands, work at the piano, and then attend a rehearsal. Today’s topic of discussion: What is your favorite junk food – those foodstuffs that you know you shouldn’t eat but that you really like and can’t stay away from. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I try to bring my mind back from stuffed kishkaland.

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