Thursday, February 28, 2008

Wish List

Theater.

I am the proud owner of my MCC tickets to both Grace and reasons to be pretty....a Christmas gift from C. Both plays have me shivering in anticipation of attending their performances, both won't disappoint, I'm sure.

There are a number of plays in the city I've yet to see, that I'm salivating to see... August: Osage County, Spamalot (yes, Spamalot), Spring Awakening, Billy Elliot, Come Back, Little Sheba. November...South Pacific, and, even Mary Poppins.

I never get around to it... time and that evil demon, money, keep me away. The above named shows are the main ones on the list, my secondary list is even longer...

Here I am, a TheaterJunkie.... who doesn't see theater. Something is so wrong with this picture! Films I can find... but, theater... beautiful, touching, feel the air resonate with the language and power and energy of the cast and audience theater...

I've put in for a few jobs I've found, in the hopes I can ease my way back into the business... I feel the urge to go back to the old company, to work another season... to get sawdust on my hands, and pull ropes and call cues... to be kept away from power tools.

I am a stickler for things being right... I'm the woman who wrote the producers of The Color Purple and chided them for using Reader's Digest Condensed Books as props for school books...I mean, come on, Oprah! I use the right props... this is New York, your prop master couldn't go to a book store to find the right look??

I look forward to sinking in my seat, seeing houselights go to half, then out... that first glimpse of movement...

It's where my heart lies, what makes me vibrate... framing a scene, not moving a camera over it... that static space, knowing you have to tell all in one place, one area... in words and gestures and expression; or lack of it.

I hadn't realised I miss it so much.... but, I do.




Our Neville Fact:


Our Neville wanted to go to Oxford. Sadly, his A level results were mixed up with Porter Bigsworthy's results, and Bigsworthy was asked down to interview and test. Neville went on to study in London, where he did receive his degree. He never forgave Mr. Harringstonford, whom he felt shuffled the grades deliberately, shunning him at every gathering of his school until Harringstonford's death when he was kicked by a horse he was attempting to mount (delicate cough) at the age of 70.

14 comments:

Therapeutic Ramblings said...

I kick myself for not doing theatre back in HS. We had a phenomenal dept, but as an athlete it never fit my schedule. I did get to work backstage a bit in college, which was a partial compromise. Of course, it made me love it that much more.

Enjoy the tickets....I wish they were mine!!

austere said...

You reminded me of some superlative performances seen at a theater called Prithvi here; a 200 seater amphitheater with the audience within touching distance; thunderous performances of the statesman –patriot in Chanakya, how then silence reverberated that day. Sarita Joshi as Sakubai, enacting a maid’s travails in a solo three hour performance, how she’d held the audience in the palm of her hand. One sat on the front bench and one watched spellbound and one clapped till the hands were red. Been a while, now of course we don’t go, but what performances. I’ve never acted, not in school plays either; would just sit and sing.

Goodluck, Quin, get back to them lights.

Bangs and a Bun said...

Oooohhhhhh I miss going to the theatre. I haven't been in so long. Enjoy and I hope you post reviews of the performances on here.

constant drama said...

" but, theater... beautiful, touching, feel the air resonate with the language and power and energy of the cast and audience theater..."

And this is why we can be bff... =D

golfwidow said...

Know how long it's been since I've been to the theater?

Tommy.

I'm not proud of it.

Solomon Broad said...

Wow. I've never heard anyone speak so passionately about the theatre before. It's really struck a chord with me. Or rather, a missing chord.

Thank you. :)

MrHarlequin said...

For my birthday, I got to go back and see Les Mis once more. They've moved it to a smaller theatre, smaller stage, smaller cast, so some of the sheer spectacle is gone, yet still, 20 people can evoke a city in chaos and stir emotions in a way that no film has done (except one).

I acted at school and college, did the National Youth Theatre thing but then drifted from it, but my Father was far more involved. Shakespere in the Park in the summer, Panto at Xmas and I was brought up a theatre sprat.

I'd forgotten how much I missed it. I doubt it will return to my life now, but thank you for evoking the memories of theatre, and of him.

The Brown Dog Affair said...

There's been a couple of big shake-ups in the Bostonian theatreworld, which may or may not turn out well, but regardless you get so busy...The main thing aside from money is that going to the theatre is an event. It's rarely spontaneously done, like film can be. Still the live presence is intensity personified. I saw August Wilson's Radio Golf last year, and it hit on so many levels. When it's on, there is nothing like it.

Bud said...

Now you have me framing THAT scene of Mr H and his horse. I hope the bastard got kicked out of the frame.

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