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May 3, 2008:


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Well, dear readers, tonight it’s opening night for the latest production of The Brain From Planet X, and we’re all very excited to finally get this show open and running. We had our final preview last night, with a full house and wonderful audience. The show went really well – lots of big laughs throughout, especially the second act. There were a few pacing problems in act one, most of which had to do with funky music tempos, but hopefully those will be back to normal for tonight. The performances were excellent and the audience seemed to have a good time. And the Brain Tap mark was great. All in all, a lovelier than lovely evening. After the show, they had a Q&A and that was fun, too. The sound was much better and you could actually hear the band, which is a big plus in a musical. Mark Rothman’s lovelier than lovely wife flew in for the weekend and was at the show. I think she was very proud of her ever-lovin’ hubby. We put a new line in the show and it got a huge laugh – it’s in the Brain Tap sequence.

Prior to attending the final preview, I had another almost relaxing day and another nightmarish journey on the freeway, with accidents everywhere you looked, making the drive interminable. We ate at the Claim Jumper, where I had some Buffalo wings and a small salad – both were excellent. Whilst there, I had a mini-meeting with a woman from the charity event I’m helping with.

After the show, I came home and sat on my chair like so much fish. Of course, it was already midnight so I knew these here notes were going up very late, but I’ve already written the handful of tech notes I had, so I’ll at least get to bed by one-thirty, which is good since she of the Evil Eye will be here bright and early. I’ll toddle off to some restaurant or other to kill time and write notes to the cast and crew. I’ve already chosen the opening night gifts so at least I don’t have to scramble around figuring that out.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because I need to get my beauty rest, and I need to look my best for our opening night – there is a gala reception afterwards and I wouldn’t care to look Unseemly or anything. I haven’t been to a gala reception in a ‘coon’s age. So, it’s off to the next section so I can wrap up these here notes in a trice and then hit the road to dreamland. And please remember the following – the time is nigh.

Today, I must write cards to the cast and crew, and I must do some errands that need doing, and I must relax. After that, I shall toddle down to the Heim of Ana for a light repast and then I shall attend the opening night of The Brain From Planet X, a musical comedy. And, of course, I shall attend the gala reception and I shall be happy and carefree and gay at the gala.

Tomorrow is a matinee for The Brain. I haven’t really decided if I’m going yet, but if I do I’ll sup with the Rothmans afterwards.

And then, for the first time in eight weeks, I do not have to make the trek to the Heim of Ana until Friday. It will be so nice not to sit in traffic, not to spend two hundred bucks a week in gas, and not have to eat big meals every day. I have some meetings to attend, a lot of errands to run, and many, many things to catch up on, including entering fixes on my new novel, so I can get it to the second proofer. And I go back to working on the musical I’m mentoring and we’ll try to finish that up in short order so we can have an informal reading of act two, and then set a date for our staged reading. And I’ll be finishing doing the Nudie Musical changes and then thinking about doing an informal reading of that. And, of course, I’ll be working on the two Kevin Spirtas two-person shows.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, write cards, do errands, relax, have a light repast, and then attend an opening night and then a gala reception. I will, of course, have a full report and maybe even some photographs to prove the whole thing really happened. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your most favorite LPs that somehow have never come out on CD? I’ll start – the original Columbia stereo recording of Dave Brubeck’s Points on Jazz as played by Gold and Fizdale, with one vocal track by Carmen McRae. It is shameful that this hasn’t made it to CD and it is one of my all-time favorite LPs. Your turn. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst we get ready for our third opening night for the Brain From Planet X, and its gala reception.

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