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December 2, 2018:

THE FUN STUMBLE-THROUGH AND THE GOOD PERFORMANCE

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Well, dear readers, we had us a really fun stumble-through for the Kritzerland holiday show yesterday.  Structure was sound, and everyone did a great job and I don’t think I really heard many lyric flubs.  We did have to work on one number and give it some staging to make sure the intentions were correct – this number has come in for some rough seas starting a year ago, by humorless, politically correct people who would truly like to censor anything that offends their delicate 2018 sensibilities.  The song?  Frank Loesser’s wonderful Baby, It’s Cold Outside.  That you even have to explain to people how stupidly they’re misinterpreting the song is ridiculous and stupid, not necessarily in that order.  “Rapey” has now become the new cliché of the year – it’s not a word, idiots.  And they all cite the only line of the song they can to bolster their argument, even though the tiniest bit of research would show them that said line was a popular expression back them and it meant nothing like what they’re implying it means.  The line?  “Say, what’s in this drink?”  I mean, how stupid can you get, folks?  I actually posted a line by line breakdown of the song to show these numskulls how there’s no way to misinterpret what the female is saying in the song, and that she’s in charge the entire time, she WANTS to stay (this is so clear it’s not even funny – well, it IS funny), and the guy is just being fun and flirty, which she WANTS because she is, too.  A feminist also wrote a long treatise on the song, defending it and telling everyone that are not “getting” it.  Just search the song title and “feminist” and you’ll find that article.  So, for fun, we just staged it, making everything crystal clear.  And of course, I will go on about it in my commentary.  I had very few notes and I think and hope it will be a fun show.

Prior to that, I’d only gotten six hours of sleep, but had to get up due to the expected arrival of she of the Evil Eye.  Once she was here, I did a few things on the computer, then went and had a light breakfast at Jerry’s Deli.  After that, I did some banking, then I picked up no packages.  I came home and then it was time for the stumble-through.  After that was over, I did some work on the computer, got a new master for one of our final releases of 2018, a terrific Golden Age soundtrack, out of print for over twenty years, but sounding hugely better – a massive upgrade.  Then I showered and moseyed on over to the theater. Other aspects of the afternoon weren’t pleasant and I shall spare you the gory details.

We had half-a-house for last night’s show, and like the night before, they were a great audience and they laughed a lot, so that was nice.  The show itself wasn’t quite as sharp as Friday night, but it was still very good.  We didn’t sell any CDs after the show, one reason being is they keep opening the side door and people go out that way instead of through the lobby, where they actually see the CD.  So, from here on in the side door will remain closed.  I knew several folks there, so I chatted for a bit before leaving.

I stopped at the Subway and got a Subway club and came home and ate it all up.  I answered some e-mails and listened to music, printed out my stuff for tonight’s show (since I have to have all this ready before leaving for the matinee – I really don’t like doing anything but relaxing before a Kritzerland show, but I have no choice today).  I’ll try to get eight hours of sleep.

Today, I’ll relax in the hour or two I’ll have before I have to mosey on over to the theater.  I’ll attend our matinee.  I’ll have to leave immediately after for our sound check at Vitello’s.  Then I’ll have a little salad before the show, and then we do our show.  I’m not singing so I don’t have that pressure, which is nice, although I am playing the piano for one number, something I’ve never done before in the eight years and 94 shows.  It’s nothing terribly difficult so hopefully I’ll get through it unscathed.  Not sure if we’ll go out for a bite after or not – we didn’t last month, which I actually find kind of irritating.

Tomorrow I start preparing the January Kritzerland young people show – that mostly involves solidifying the casting at this point – when that’s done, then I’ll choose some songs.  I have to deal with a ton of merde I was really hoping not to deal with and if I survive the week and make it to my birthday it will indeed be a miracle.  I’m so bored of this stuff, truly.  The rest of the week is meetings and meals and going and doing, and then weekend four of our show.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, relax for an hour or two, then attend our matinee.  Then I’ll hurry over to Vitello’s for our sound check, and then we do our show.  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, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a fun stumble-through and a good performance.

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