Snow, Strangers’ Legs, and Robots

This week we had our first big snow of the season. Thursday Rich and I headed out for lunch before my rehearsal, and as we went in to eat it started lightly snowing. By the time I got out of the show that night, we had about 6 inches on the ground. Fortunately, I got out of my street spot ok, but I got stuck trying to get into the parking area behind our building. I tried to turn in and got stuck right away, so Rich came out and tried to push me out. After quite a bit of effort, we finally got my car back into the tracks made by previous cars in the alley, and we realized we would have to drive to find a shovel. At this point it was close to 1am. So we headed out to a couple of 24-hour grocery stores, with no luck. Eventually we called a Walgreens down at Clark and Barry, and they had some. We bought two shovels and headed back up to our place and shoveled a path for me to get in and for Rich to eventually get out. By this time it was about 2:45am. And by this time I remembered why it was such a good idea to go live on a cruise ship for most of the winter.

To date there is still quite a bit of snow on the ground and there have been a few other times where Rich and I have had trouble getting out of the parking lot, so I’ve started keeping one of our new shovels in my car. You never know.

In show news, it’s now 10 days to our opening. My guess at this point is that the material is all there, but the running order and the length of the scenes will change. Our show is running two hours right now (with intermission), which is about 10 minutes too long. But I think our show gets tighter every night, so it should just take a few internal scene cuts to get it down. Last night (Saturday) we just did an improv set, rather than try out any new scenes. Ron (our director) played with us, so that was fun. Tonight Ron was in LA, so we were on our own and did another improv set. It was really nice to just improvise with no thought to how this scene might work in the show or whatever. It’ll be nice to get back to that.

There is a scene in the show where I end up laying on the floor at the end, and then when the lights go out I’m supposed to grab two props that have been thrown out on stage before I leave. This is often a little tricky, since I’ve been laying on the floor and I can’t always tell where these props have landed (they’re thrown from offstage). Last night I was pretty sure one of them had landed just downstage of me, just at the lip of the stage. I guess I didn’t realize how close to the lip of the stage I was, because when I went to grab it in the dark, I ended up grabbing an audience member’s thigh. Pretty good huh? Live theatre, everybody!

Tomorrow (Monday) I’m going shopping with our costume designer for my show clothes. I really hate trying on pants, so that may not be too much fun, but I can’t argue with new clothes that someone else is buying for me.

This week on E! they’ve been doing a countdown of the top 100 SNL moments. The one I’ve enjoyed seeing recapped twice now is Sam Waterston doing the “Robots” commercial. If you don’t know what this is, I urge you to find out. I think it was number 42 or so on the list.

  • Brad

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