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Once More Unto The Breach

13 Jul


Tomorrow’s (or rather “today’s”) matinee completes the “Earnest” run, and most of us are pretty frankly bummed about that.  Even with other projects to do ahead of us.  Because this family had gotten tighter, funnier, and gained more sense of “play” between one another (on and off stage), than is the usual norm. 

…And also: the characters are brilliant, the writing is superb, and we look really good in our hats n’ togs.

But we do still get the one. 

…One more chance to play and work at our best, with the buddies we’ve made.  One more chance to find the sweet spot in that line, to get that beat we never got, to share the inside joke, to sit back and enjoy the boom of a laugh with the ending reveal.

…And the personal stuff will get that much more oompf as well. 

…The last building of hairstyle around that tri-corner hat.  One more proposal to squeeze out, the battle over tea and final hours of sisterhood with Cecily, one last proclamation of the “diary” aside, the  final execution of the Fairfax Flip…and much, much more.  A hundred tiny little moments I will never get to use again in the making up  of this so specific character.

A final hurrah, for this character as built, rehearsed, developed and performed across two months of life.

I completely refuse to NOT have a glorious time with my final hours in her shoes. She has been a total delight, and challenge, and I will never look at my resume, without a smile of grateful joy at the show’s title. 

…And far on the right, in bold, (under “character”): “Gwendolen Fairfax.” 

One more bucket list check: complete.

Am supremely glad I got the chance to meet her.  She’s a freakin’ kick.

…They all are.

…And you’ve ONE more chance meet them ALL…in Oscar’s awesome comedic  suite of joy…before they disappear for all of time.

Tomorrow at two.

Now you see us, Now you —



21 Jun


Tomorrow, at noon, JM picks me up for the carpool and we motor north for our first read through, where Earnest will be…well…a lot of other people (and I’ll be quite a few as well.)

…And then Earnest, JM and I will return for our evening performance.

There are flip-flopping nerves involved.  Because neither of us are really farce people (as actors), he’s terrified of the 60 characters with varying accents he will be playing, and I’m terrified of just plain sucking.

Actors are so lacking in self confidence, it is amazing how we even get out of bed in the morning.

Even being part of a 5-out-of-5 critically acclaimed show, doesn’t seem to lessen our nerves about tomorrow.

…And meeting new people.

…And reading with them for the first time ever. (As we were all individually pre-cast)

…And the strange knowledge that ‘tween this and about three weeks to opening, we will never be in the same room at the same time again. 

Earnest is getting married directly after our current show, and Honeymooning going into the second.

…So that leaves the rest of the us’s to work around a total weight-lifting role, until he returns to us.

…And then, as it is a travel show, the fun of teching and working it twice, for two different theatres.

Have done a tour only one other time before.  I thought (at the time) it would totally throw me, but the adjustments were actually a really awesome challenge in discipline. In that case we went  to many more locations, with only a few hours tech adjustment before the show, and it will always be one of the most amazing performing experiences I will ever own.

…And with this show, I’ll be back in one of my fav periods: Noir…with all the ridiculous open-house homaging one can possibly fit in.

…Which just brings to mind what an incredibly varied and amazing season I’ve had this year.

A very thankful, tired, Gwendolen smiles in contentment.

…Now: off to bed.

Long day ahead of me, crammed full of fun.


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