Saturday, March 31, 2007

The new "Fam"

I love this photo of Ryan, Scott, Sean, Matt and me.
These are "the boys".
I miss Sean and Scott, and they always have a place in our house.
This picture brings me joy.

Money Talks...

Me and Joel Blum up to our old tricks in Meet John Doe at Ford's Theatre.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Talkback Tonight!

After tonight's performace of Nevermore at Kensington Arts Theatre, "the theatre will be hosting a Talk-Back session with the composer, Matt Conner, and members of the cast, production, and artistic staff of NEVERMORE.

This is a unique, exciting opportunity to ask questions about the show or artistic process and gain more of an insight into the author's work. Come to the Thursday performance and stay for this exciting chance to learn what it is like to build a musical from the ground up. "
Just FYI...

Buddha Blog

Buddha has written a new blog. Go and give him some luvins!

Spring Awakenings...

My favorite time of year has reached Fairlington.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

MJD Press...

(Photo of Guy Paul and Heidi Blickenstaff)
Sorry I have been a little bit absent here. I've been sucked into a great book, spring cleaning and , well, MJD. I have neglected to post these links for primarily the fam' to read at home.
Here we go...

Washington Post
Washington Times
Potomac Stages

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Brad Hathaway weighs in on KAT's Nevermore...

Click HERE to read the Potomac Stages review of Nevermore at KAT! Good stuff!
Get your tickets for this coming weekend or next weekend right HERE!
They are also offering $10 student tickets!
Remaining performances: March 23, 24, 25, 29,30, 31

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Check out the Signature Theatre Blog, where they do a nice little PR for Nevermore at KAT. Only two weekends left, so reserve your tickets today!

Monday, March 19, 2007


Have I been so out of it that I missedTHIS STORY?
Check this out if you have been living under a rock, as I have. SO many popular pet foods recalled in the biggest pet food recall ever! I canno believe that so many animals have died!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Smokin' Hot...

Well, MJD has been all over the Washington Post of late, first in this lovely profile, but also reporting on last night's incident at Ford's Theatre, where Heidi Blickenstaff and Jim Moye were apparently smokin' hot...

Saturday, March 17, 2007

MJD and Bridges to be crossed...

I am in the weeds as we like to say. If I have not returned your call, know that I will soon enough. I will have some more posts on Monday, but not really until then.
I will hopefully have some exciting things to talk about in the next week or two...lots of breaking news that hasn't quite broken yet...but it isn't there yet.
PS...recent obsession: The Bridges of Madison County, the movie. I know that this is old, but if you have never watched it, what are you waiting for?
Get it for Meryl and Clint.
Everyone else is close to embarassing, but those 2 make the movie.
I am reading the book that is the epilogue to the origional, titled A Thousand Country Roads.
I highly reccomend it. Read it for Franchesca and Robert.

Monday, March 12, 2007


My cool celebrity look-alike collage from Get one for yourself.

My cool celebrity look-alike collage from Get one for yourself.

Buddha Speaks!

So my dog has finally made another post on his blog. He will tell you what he thinks about the whole "Update to the new blogger software" issue on his new post. Go and give him some luvins.

Hot List: Fables by Bill Willingham

I have discovered a new obsession thanks to Sarah Farmer and Michael Glenn. "Fables" is a comic book by VERTIGO comics (a DC Comics partner), in which the story line is such: Fables that we know (Jack of the tales, Snow White, The Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella, Prince Charming, Little Boy Blue, The Frog Prince, etc.) have been chased out of their fairy tale world into ours by a force known only as "The Adversary". The fables that can pass as human live in a district of NYC called "Fabletown" to those in the know (not us, regular people are called "Mundy's" because we are SO mundane). The fables who cannot pass in the mundy world (The 3 bears, Giants, all of the Kipling fables, the mermaids, the Lilliputians, the Lewis Carroll fables, etc.) live on a farm in upstate NY.
Now this comic is NOT for kids, as much sex, murder, etc. is involved, but it is like an addiction.
Right now, Jack (me in Into the Woods) has just started his own comic book, since he has been banished from Fabletown.
(Such a troublemaker, that Jack.)
This may all sound a bit geeky, but I promise you, once you start, you won't be able to stop. The writing is SO smart, and makes you want to look up all of the fables that you don't know about that you read about.
One of my favorite bits: "Frau Tottenkinder" who we know as "The Black Forrest Witch", or the witch of "Hansel and Gretel" and "Baba Yaga" have a witches duel. We learn that "Frau Tottenkinder", who is clearly the witch from Into the Woods, was also the witch who made the beast from Beauty and the Beast the actual beast, who also made the Frog Prince into a frog, who also stole away Rapunzel, and the list goes on. Needless to say, Baba Yaga is no match for her.
The story is so well written and researched that it hooks you in.
Even if you are not so much a comic book fan, you should check out "Fables".
They are on my "Hot List" of this Spring. Check them out!

Nevermore Update...

I would advise all who want to see KAT's smart production of Matthew Conner's Nevermore to reserve you tickets now. I know that the past 2 posts have been about this and that I am slightly biased, but I had a conversation with Evan Hoffman (the director, and the Edgar) tonight, and sales are picking up as the word gets out. You only have the next 3 weekends to catch this show, so I would move on it if you are so inclined to see it.
I am serious, it is worth it.

Sunday, March 11, 2007


This weekend was opening weekend for Nevermore at Kensington Arts Theatre. My husband bumped into Brianne Cobruzzi at the 7-11, who said that they were getting standing ovations for the past 2 nights. I am not surprised by this at all, and am glad that audiences are being exposed to this piece. See the link below to secure tickets to this SECOND production of the show that obsesses me to no end.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Post Number 600: Angsty Young Men

Yes, this is my 600th post...I am happy to share more thoughts on things that I have seen during this 600th post...

I have had the honor and pleasure of 2 nights of young angry man theatre.

Being a young angry man (at times), I had much to identify with.

First up: Hamlet at Signature Theatre.

I loved the production through and through. I thought that Ezra Dagan, Gil Frank, Assaf Goldstein, and especially Itay Tiran as Hamlet were standouts.

The concept was brilliant, and I was always engaged in the production. I know that it is already sold out, but I just want to pass the fact on that it was a way cool evening of Shakespeare in another language (with subtitles).

In another case of young angst, I cite the Kensington production of my husband's show, Nevermore, which I saw a dress rehearsal of tonight (I start tech for John Doe tomorrow, and this was the last night that I could see it).

I had a great time watching this show with a totally different cast, different direction, different set, and not because I disliked the original production (as you all know, I am fairly obsessed with it), but it was great to see the show stand on its own. Which Kensington's production clearly does. They do some things quite differently from the Signature production, and I liked them.

Mother is played by Brianne Cobruzi, who is younger than I and playing the role of Mother, who Florence Lacey played. It was very interesting to see a young Mother. I liked it.

The role of Elmira was split into two roles, which was also quite effective.

The Raven still rocks.

If you never saw Nevermore, or saw it and are not sure what you thought, I would go and see this production. This is not a regurgitation of the Signature production, but a new take on the material, and very interesting to see. The cast is fantastic as a whole, and do great work.

Visit this show at the affordable prices that they are. It only took us 30 minutes from Arlington to get there, and 20 to get home. Do it, you won't regret it.

Edgar lives!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Constant Craving...

(Photo of left to right: John Lescault, Kathleen Coons, and Joe Isenberg)

Matt, Eleasha and I went to see Crave at Signature Theatre this past Saturday night. I went into it having heard certain things and read certain reviews. Many of the reviews seemed to think that because Crave seems to fight being something conventional, that it is just unconventional for unconventionality's sake. Ok. I also had friends who saw it and loved it, saying how intense it was.

All of this only made me want to see Crave more.

******SPOILER ALERT********

As I walked into the theatre, there they are: Deborah Hazlett, Kathleen Coons, Joe Isenberg, and John Lescault. They are perched on "ledges" that are on the 4 walls of the black box. We got to our seat, and Kathleen Coons was literally over my right shoulder on her ledge. Bright lights shone up on them, and the sounds of traffic commotion filled the house. They were all on the verge of jumping off. Each one of them were going through different things. Kathleen was frantically patting her hands against her hips while breathing heavily and looking down. John had his back to the ledge, unable to face his fate. Deborah occasionally looked down, then just out at the city. She was in such an emotional pain that I could feel it from across the theatre. Joe Isenberg was staring indifferent into the void. Then the noise gets louder, more traffic, alarm clocks, ringing of phones, loud talking, ect. fill the theatre loudly. All four step closer to the edge. As the noise gets louder, they take one step out off of the ledge, and the theatre goes dark as noise becomes deafening and anguished.

When the lights come back on, the dialogue begins as all four are in a non specific place that looks like a sandbox with blackish sand in it. The four players sift and walk and dig through this sand the rest of the piece. I loved this set. It reminded me of so many things at once, but yet did not. It seemed like a playground at the base of the psychosis where things were sifted through. The set was the most effective when the lights were used with it. Several times the actors would dig in the sand and there was light coming up from beneath it. This was extremely effective. Really cool looking, too.

The piece itself. I like to think of the piece as well- have you ever seen any slam poetry? Well, this was like slam poetry, but written by a suicidal British woman. The words flow over you, and you catch what sticks out to your mind, and apply it to what you are seeing, or feeling. Just like you would do with opera or dance. The piece, as staged gorgeously by Jeremy Skidmore, seems to flow like a modern dance piece. The four players move in such fantastic patters and form such amazing pictures.

As you watch the piece, you can truly identify with certain phrases that stick out in the text. There were times when I cried from the pain of knowing how a character felt, having been there myself. And there is the sadness of it. We have all been in dark places of guttural anguish at one point or another. How we choose to deal with it is a different story. This play is culled from phrases that the playwright Sarah Kane jotted down in her notebooks for years. These words feel so personal. It feels like the last thoughts of someone one the brink. Sarah Kane took her own life a little over a year after Crave came out.

Her own bio in the program says, " After completing Crave, Kane admitted herself for depression to the Maudsley Hospital in south London. After a brief treatment, she recovered in time to enjoy Crave's critical triumph. Unfortunately her recovery was short lived and the depression returned. In January 1999, after completing 4.48 Psychosis (her final play), she swallowed 150 anti depressants and 50 sleeping pills. Her flat-mate found her in time and rushed her to King's College Hospital. But two days later, she was left alone for 90 minutes and was later discovered hanging from her shoelaces in a nearby bathroom. She was just 28 years old."

So young and so talented and troubled. Her pain rings out over you as you watch Crave. Crave is theatre like you don't regularly see. It is and explosion of anguish, hurt, frustration, humor, and at times, hope. Matt said that he thought that it could even be interpreted as not even voices on the brink of suicide, but voices who were trying to end one chapter in their life and move on to a new one. Whether it is a relationship that they are leaving, or trying to leave behind the anguish of incest, or rape, which are all mentioned in the text. Two phrases that seemed to occur through the night were, "Let me go!" and "Move On!". I found that interesting. The thing about Crave is that if you are of a mind to see something that bucks convention, and instead of trying to figure out what the piece is doing, you need to just let the words wash over you. At one point in the show, Deborah Hazlett's character actually has a line that says something to the effect of, "If you haven't understood any of this so far, then you DO understand." It is what you take from it or project onto it, and I have never seen anything like it.

I wish that I could see it 3 more times, one from each side of the theatre. Oh, and PS: I love the new smaller space. The Ark has a very in your face and intimate feel. The possibilities are very cool.

If you have not seen Crave because you read something somewhere or heard something negative, fine...but here is someone who saw it himself, and let me tell you this: I thought that it was thought provoking, discussion inducing, and just what a piece of theatre should be. I loved it.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Stephanie Waters as Cinderella

(Sketch by Bob Perdziola, show photos by Carol Pratt, backstage photos by Donna Migliaccio and me).
I had never met Stephanie before Into the Woods, yet had seen her picture in the lobby of Toby's Dinner Theatre all the years that I worked there. (She starred in several shows, most notably The Wizard of Oz, for which she was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award).
I didn't put the two together until one night after the show at Cap City, where I suddenly said, "THAT'S IT!!!" and put 2 and 2 together.

She is a first class performer,
and such a delight to be around after the show is over. Nothing really shakes her. She is as stable as anything, and more grounded than most people that I know. How many performers that you know would go down to New Orleans and volunteer to help, and not just for like a week, either. She is going back again this summer...I respect her so much for that.
During the opening, I danced most of the night away with Cinderella...uh...I mean Stephanie. Although, on that night, it was difficult to see a difference.

When she finally changed out of her Cinderella ball gown in act 2 for the last time, I captured this sad goodbye to her enchanted dress. She felt that the dress had become such a part of her.

She was always such a good sport about the show, and when asked to have a mini discussion with me (as dance captain) during a 10 minute break, I would approach her and say, "I know that you are on your break, but can I ask you a question or two?", whereupon she would reply, "Oh, I don't care about breaks or equity crap...what do you need? Let me help you..."
I thought that this trait was amazing. She was just there to do the best show that she could, and didn't give one rat's ass about anything else.

She will always hold a special place in my heart because of her genuine kindness, charm, and beauty. Inner and outer.
She is threatening to move back to our parts in a year or so, and I only hope that it is true. Our theatrical community could benefit from having a little Stephanie Waters floating around in it.
She's good people.
And I miss my Cinderella so much already.
Goodnight Cindy,

As you know, I am rehearsing for Meet John Doe at Ford's Theatre curently.

What you might not know is that the composer and lyricist/bookwriter have their own blog.

I am having fun, and think that the show is heading in fantastic directions.

Check it out.

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