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November 17, 2017:

THE PRETTY DAMN GOOD PREVIEW

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Well, dear readers, we had our one and only preview last night and I have to say it’s really starting to feel like a show now. Yes, there were some silly light cue flubs, especially in the first scene where the cues are so easy – it’s just baffling but I’m told it’s finally been fixed now, as have the other four that had weirdness. The projections weren’t working properly until about scene four, but then they worked splendidly. I still feel certain internal rhythms and pacing are off a bit, so we’ll tighten those places hopefully. The show ran what it always runs, and we shaved two minutes off act two’s added two minutes, just by really tightening the curtain call, which now works really well. I had not too many cast notes, gave them, and now we open. Oh, and the band is now sounding much better, both in the playing and in the sound mix, so that’s a big load off. Oh, and instead of the thirty people who we were supposed to have we had sixty and they were a wonderful audience. I think people are very moved by the show for many reasons – it is more timely today than when it was originally written.

Prior to that, I got almost eight hours of sleep, had to have a few telephonic conversations upon arising, unpacked a bit, then had a lovelier than lovely visit with our very own Mr. Nick Redman and his ever-lovin’ Julie. Nick’s strength of will is inspiring – he’s off the walker, using a cane, and looking much better and is in good spirits. Positivity, ladies and gentlemen – it works. They loved the new house, too. I have held off taking any photographs until more art is hung and we get the handful of boxes out of here. But then there will be photos galore. At around two-thirty I picked up some mail, then went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and got a couple of things I needed. Then I moseyed on over to the House of Pies, where I had a small salad, eggs benedict, and a piece of custard pie – very good all. Then I went to LACC, put a really good button on the act two opener (said button caused the applause to triple from the previous night), and sped up the curtain call, which worked much better.

After the show, I gave my few notes then came home. I’m still getting used to not getting off the freeway at the old off-ramp. Once home I had tons of e-mails to answer, which I did, and I got stuff ready that I have to deal with today – banking, thank you notes, preparing for a Costco run, and whatever else needs doing.

Today, I’ll bank, do the Costco run and then I’ll probably mosey on over to the general vicinity of LACC around three-thirty, have a bite to eat, then get to the theater at around six to pass out the notes and give the Costco foodstuffs to whoever is setting up the after event on the portico. We have a nice, healthy-sized audience for tonight – over 160 now, and I’m hoping it goes up during the day.

Tomorrow we play two shows – I think I may go have a nice late supper after the evening show. There’s not really enough time between shows to do that. Sunday I’m doing nothing but unboxing a few things. And then next week is only unboxing and relaxing and doing a few Kritzerland things, and gearing up for our final releases of the year.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do a Costco run, bank, write thank you notes, and then have a bite to eat and then attend our opening night. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Friday – what is currently in your CD player and your DVD/Blu and Ray player? I’ll start – nuttin’. Your turn. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a pretty damn good preview.

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