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January 16, 2020:

THE FIRST RUN-THROUGH

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Well, dear readers, we had our first full run-through of Doug Haverty’s In My Mind’s Eye last night.  Not a stumble-through, not a tough it out run-through.  A run-through that was surprisingly together and smooth, with the only minor stops being for an actor to glance at their script for a line.  Watching the play as a whole I can see where I need to adjust some rhythms here and there.  We worked on the rhythms of the separate scenes, of course, but when you see everything in context, then you see what’s what and what adjustments are needed.  The actors are just wonderful.  We’re still trying things, interpretation-wise, but I’m pretty pleased with the style and blocking, and we’ll see how all that works once we solidify the set this evening at our production meeting.  The other good news is the run time is only about four minutes longer than I’d like the show to run, so that’s great.  The one thing I know I got exactly right is the play’s final image.  I’ve known from the very first time I read the play what I wanted that image to be and it’s just simple and effective.

Prior to that, I got a little over seven hours of sleep, got up, answered e-mails, and then tried to call Muse Margaret, but, as it turned out, she was gone all day and so hopefully I can get her the new pages today.  I went and had said pages Xeroxed, had a turkey sandwich and a few onion rings for my main meal (or my snack, as I made a main meal after rehearsal), picked up the Xerox pages, and came home.

Once home, I did a few things on the computer that needed doing, I listened to some music, I dozed off for about fifteen minutes, and then showered and got ready for rehearsal.  I stopped at the mail place first and picked up one package, then moseyed on over to the theater.  The rest you know.

I stopped at Gelson’s on the way home, as I was hungry.  I ended up getting the ingredients for faux chicken stroganoff, came home, and made about three ounces of chicken and the sauce and ate it over rice.  So, I’m quite full, but calorie-wise it’s not all that bad.

Then I listened to more music, and now I’m writing these here notes and once they’re posted I’ll continue writing the Kritzerland commentary.

Today, I have to be up by ten.  I’m hoping I can dash over to Muse Margaret before noon to deliver pages, and then we have a work session here for the Elmer Bernstein concert.  I’ll hear versions of everything so that I can finesse the show order if need be.  I’m hoping we can be done with that by two.  I’ll eat something very light, finish the commentary if I haven’t already, and then I’ll hopefully pick up some packages prior to going to a six o’clock production meeting for the play.  Once that’s done, we’ll have a run-through and notes and we’ll work on any problems.

Tomorrow is our second Kritzerland rehearsal, and then I have to hurry on over to the theater for our play rehearsal.  We have one of our actors missing, so we can’t run the play, so we’ll work on the scenes or do a line-through as they have to be off book by Saturday.  Saturday we should be able to do a run-through, and then we have our stumble-through at four and I’m sure there’ll be food after.  Then I’ll relax and do nothing.  Sunday, I have to be up by eight-thirty at the latest, and to the club by ten for our sound check, and then we do the show at one o’clock.  I may not eat after, because I got talked into going to another cabaret show in the evening over at The Federal.  Monday is mine all mine – no rehearsal, no nothing, although I do have to write the commentary for the concert.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up by ten, hopefully deliver new pages to Muse Margaret, have a work session, write commentary, hopefully pick up packages, have a production meeting, have a run-through, and relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite brands of peanut butter, how do you like to eat peanut butter, and do you like any other kind of nut butters.  Nut Butters – that’s the title of my next novel.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a smooth first run-through.

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