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February 5, 2020:


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Well, dear readers, the good news is I’m feeling a bit better – well, a lot better, frankly, mostly thanks to a good attitude and positivity and a little thing called thirteen hours of sleep.  I slept like a proverbial log, not that I know how a log sleeps.  I was in bed by 12:20 and asleep by twelve-thirty.  I awoke a couple of times to use the you-know-what, but I was pretty much out like a light until a little after one in the afternoon.  I guess having non-expired Ny-Quil, even the bilious green kind, helps.  When I finally got up, I was filled with guck but that went away pretty quickly.  Happily, the horrible coughing fits were pretty much in absentia – just a few.

I decided not to get soup until after the show, so I just listened to music, relaxed, and put positive thoughts into my cranium.  Then I shaved and got ready to go.  I stopped at the mail place first and picked up some packages, and then I moseyed on over to the theater at around six.  I heard some of the adjusted sound cues, which still need adjusting, but mostly I just sat.  Then the cast arrived, and I said my hellos.  We had about ten people at the dress rehearsal, so that was really helpful for the cast.  And what a cast it is, I must say.

I took mostly lighting and music/sound notes.  My mantra from day one has been “cinematic.”  But we haven’t achieved it quite yet and that mostly has to do with when music is starting and the fact that every cues has to be extended a tiny bit so the music tails over into the incoming scene – then everything becomes seamless, with no pauses.  As to the show itself, it was pretty smooth.  I sat in the last row of the theater and it became very apparent that everyone needs to notch up their vocal energy a bit – what seems okay in the third row isn’t okay at the top of the theater, because acoustically the theater is basically dead.  But we got some healthy laughs, which was great, and I think people were involved in the play.  One person afterwards said how much they liked the main device of the play, which made me very happy because I was concerned about it and worked very hard visually to make sure it was not confusing.  The solutions to that I’m very proud of.  And the show looks really good.  All in all, it was a very good final dress rehearsal.

After I gave notes, I went directly to Jerry’s Deli and got my matzoh ball soup to go with some rye bread.  I asked if they had any wry bread but they said the bread wasn’t feeling very wry and so they gave me the rye.  I came right home and ate it all up along with the wry rye bread.  Then it was time to write these here notes, which, in case you haven’t noticed, is what I’ve been doing whilst listening to the music of an interesting composer named Sigismund Toduta.

Today, I’ll sleep in as long as I can, then I’ll relax until it’s time to go to the theater.  I will, of course, proof, eat something, hopefully pick up some packages, and then we play our first preview.  Hoping to have a decent-sized crowd for that.

Tomorrow will be more of the same and then we play our second preview.  Friday, I’ll write thank you notes, relax, and then I’ll attend our opening night.  Not sure what the weekend holds, but I’ll be relaxing and probably attending both weekend shows just to make sure all is well and well is all.  And then next week, well, let’s just hope for the best.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, sleep in as along as I can, relax, proof, eat something, hopefully pick up packages, and then attend our first preview.  I will, of course, have a full report for you.  Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Ask BK Day, the day in which you get to ask me or any dear reader any old question you like and we get to give any old answer we like.  So, let’s have loads of lovely questions and loads of lovely answers and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to hopefully be on the road to wellness in mind and body.

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