Friday, July 9


Well, seven months of casual preparing, followed by a month of pretty intense preparation all culminated in our opening night last night. I'm not sure of the number, but it looked like the house of 130 seats was about 3/4 full. Of course, the usual post-premiere audience-member thing to do is give accolades and props, whether deserved or not, but everyone seemed genuinely thrilled, excited and encouraging.

There were great big laughs where we thought there'd be big laughs, big laughs at moments that we hoped would get laughs, and only a few times when the laughter wasn't as big as we thought it'd be for certain lines/moments. I've been to shows, and in shows, where the auidience laughter is generated as polite encouragement. I shudder at that type of laughter. Fortunately, the laughter for our show was, generally, at such a height and pitch that it was obvious that it was real and honest. Only a couple of times did I think the audience was laughing to support the material, rather than laughing at it.

From the performance side, it was a really good show, especially for a first night. No major mistakes (I froze and then blanked at a moment near the end of the show. Dammit.), and only a few technical hiccups. A great job by everyone involved.

So, good on us.


Cyn said...

Good on yas.
Great job.

frankie said...


Nils said...

Got kinda tied up at *ahem* another theatre this weekend, so didn't make it to the performances. But I can report here, in a totally unbiased way, that everybody I've talked to who saw the show - maybe five or six folks - used terms like "Don't miss it!" "Hilarious!" "Great!" and other superlatives.
I expected no less, and I WON'T miss the show. So, high fives all around and we'll see you when the tourists have arrived in force and I can finally relax a bit ...

Rob said...

Nils, just remember. Your name-mention in the show is because we love you.

Nils said...

Well, that'll be lovely. Because I've been in situations where that kind of thing is a push for a cheap, sneering, mean-spirited laugh at the expense of somebody who is forced to to sit there and take it or seem ungracious. It's painful.
But, since I've known pretty much everybody in the show for years and have never said an unkind or unsupportive word about any of you, I'm completely confident you're all above that. I know that I'll be able to laugh just as hard as anybody in the audience without thinking "Is anybody looking at me? Do they know how much this hurts? Why would people do that to someone and then pretend to be their friend?"
But again, no worries about that in this case.
Good luck with the show and I'm looking forward to seeing it.