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January 10, 2020:


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Well, dear readers, this week has flown by, like a gazelle singing There But for You Go I.  I have no clew as to why the gazelle is singing There But for You Go I, but there you are.  I can’t say it’s the best version I’ve ever heard, but it’s pleasant enough.  What the HELL am I talking about.  Don’t I want to mention that we finished blocking the play early in the evening, and then I ran all of act one, just to see how it felt – it was surprisingly smooth, especially as were upstairs rather than on the main stage.  First, I re-blocked Barry Pearl’s entrance with Miss Preen, as he can’t carry in this new Miss Preen, since she’s six-feet-one.  So, we did that pretty quickly, then I had them run the opening, to make sure her timing was on point and it pretty much was.

Yesterday wasn’t a bad day, in fact I got a lot of work done on the book – I think I did close to fifty pages today.  I also got the call from Muse Margaret – I was really hoping she’d be at least tolerant of this book, as I wasn’t sure it was up her alley, so her reaction took me completely by surprise – she loved it, all 311 pages (thus far) of it.  I was so pleased.  The only time I left the home environment was a quick trip to McDonald’s for food.  I got two Big Macs.  I really didn’t need two Big Macs, but they’re having a Big Mac sale at two for five bucks.  Who could resist that?  I came home and ate them, and then went back to the book.  The book was basically all I did, and I have to catch up on a few other things and get the Kritzerland event page done on Facebook.

Then I moseyed on over to the mail place and picked up a couple of packages, then went to the theater.  I met our set designer there, sketched out for her where I needed the playing areas, and we discussed in detail what I felt was going to work best in terms of the way I’m blocking the show.  I think she has a good idea about it all now, and, in fact, she made a rough thing of it on her computer and it’s looking quite nice.

Then we did the put in, then we did our rehearsal, and at ten I came right home.  I had a couple of English muffins for my snack, did a tiny bit more on the book, and then it was time to write these here notes, whilst listening to another marvelous and quite unknown composer, Geirr Tveitt, although I’m currently listening to Mr. Leonard Pennario play the Prokofiev third piano concerto – mono, but what a performance.

Today, I’ll try to be up by ten, futz and finesse and then ready for our noon o’clock rehearsal for the concert.  Then I’ll get right back to the book and do as many pages as I can, right up until I have to be on my way to the theater.  Once there, I’ll chat with our new Miss Preen and then I’ll watch her performance.  I found out Saturday and Sunday are both sold out and tonight is close, so that’s good.  I’m thinking that maybe we’ll go out for a bite after, but we’ll have to see.

Tomorrow, I have a ten to two rehearsal for the play – we’ll run act two, then go back to act one and I’ll run scenes and begin detail work.  I’ll come right home, work on the book up until I have to go back to the theater for the evening show.  I’m not sure whether I’ll stay or not after the pre-show speech.  Sunday, we rehearse from ten to one, then I’ll attend our final show for The Man Who Came to Dinner.  Not sure if there are plans for after the show.  But I’ll want to be home to do more book pages.  Monday, the day is mine all mine, but around five, Doug’s daughter and I will Uber to the ACE Hotel downtown for the Ovation Awards.  I haven’t been to an Ovation Awards since the late 1990s.  The rest of the week is play rehearsals, Kritzerland rehearsals, concert rehearsals, a stumble-through, then sound check and show.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up by ten, futz and finesse, have a rehearsal, eat, hopefully pick up packages, write, see a performance, and come home and write more.  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 – CD, Geirr Tveitt.  DVD, more screeners.  Your turn.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, where I shall duet with the gazelle on There But for You Go I.

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