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April 27, 2008:


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Well, dear readers, I am sometimes mortified to occasionally find these here notes riddled with typos (sopyt, spelled backwards). Yesterday’s notes, for example, were riddled with typos. This invariably happens when I am overtired, feeling nauseous, and don’t proof what I’ve written. There was an unseemly “an” where there should have been a seemly “a”. There was a “drive” where there should have been a “drag”. Frankly, I find it a drag to put a drive where there should be a drag, don’t you? But, such are the vagaries of writing a daily thing such as these here notes – after never missing a day for over six years, these little mistakes are bound to happen. If we ever decide to publish all six thousand pages of these here notes, someone will definitely have to proof. Of course, why I would ever want to publish six thousand pages of drivel is anyone’s guess. Speaking of anyone’s guess, yesterday was another long day. I got up very early because my stomach was in turmoil either because I ate something that didn’t agree with me, or I have a little bout of stomach flu (ulf, spelled backwards). In any case, I soldiered on throughout the day, attending a day in which we did two run-throughs. The first run-through actually ran very smoothly and I really had few notes. The second run-through suffered a bit from fatigue, which is, after all, only normal. We cleaned up some blocking, and there are still things that need work in two of our musical numbers that I must clean up today. It was seven by the time I got home and even though my stomach was in turmoil I felt I had to eat something – so I had two small ham sandwiches of my own concocting. I don’t know that that was such a good idea, because now I’m feeling really nauseous. After eating two sandwiches, the ordeal of getting a movie burned to DVD continued. I finally figured out what I was doing wrong and once I figured it out I got everything loaded and the transfer began, took three hours, and was successful. During that long process, I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture entitled The Pied Piper, un film de Jacques Demy, starring Donovan, Jack Wild, Donald Pleasance, John Hurt, Roy Kinnear, and others. I believe it was one of only two Jacques Demy films I’d never seen, so I was quite keen to view it and to view it I was quite keen. While it’s not one of Mr. Demy’s key films, it’s beautifully directed, with lovely photography, and it has excellent performances. It’s a somewhat dark and turgid take on the famous tale of The Pied Piper Of Hamelin – those who’ve read Kritzer Time know that my very first public performance was playing the title role in summer camp. The film has some not-so-great songs by Donovan, which is part of the problem – one misses Michel Legrand. Still, it was great to finally see it, and the transfer is quite nice.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because I’m going to try and get these here notes up early so I can go lie down and try not to vomit on the ground.

I’m finding it hard to believe, but The Brain From Planet X opens next Saturday, and we play our final dress rehearsal on Tuesday (to an audience of high school kids). We have two previews, on Thursday and Friday. I’m hoping that last few details that I’d like cleaned up and addressed will be, and I think the cast has done a great job and I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays with Orange County audiences.

Today, we’re supposed to have two run-throughs again, but I think I’m going to tell everyone not to push during the first run-through and to save performance energy for the second, which will be with costumes. We’ll be through by six, but I won’t be able to go home just then as two hours later we have a band rehearsal. While I don’t anticipate staying for the entire thing, I want to meet our two new players and make sure they’re on the right road.

Tomorrow, I have about twenty Evening Primrose orders to package up and ship out, which I suppose I’ll try to do early in the morning so that I can have the rest of the day to relax.

I have to admit these here notes need a little vim and verve, but when I’m feeling queasy and nauseous vim and verve take a hike. Tomorrow I’m quite certain vim and verve will return from said hike and all will be well in the world, notes-wise.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, get up early, have a two run-through day, attend a band rehearsal, and then come home to sit on my couch like so much fish. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s free-for-all day, the day in which you dear readers get to make with the topics and we all get to post about them. So, let’s have loads of lovely topics and loads of lovely postings, and let’s hope these here notes are typo free or, at the very least, typo-lite, and not riddled with typos.

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