I auditioned for “Moon Over Buffalo” last Monday and was cast in the lead, “George”. We did the first read-through last night and it looks to be a reasonably good cast. This is a fast paced farce and is going to be physically difficult to stage, but we shall see.
I was favorably impressed the director, Gary who is new to me and apparently to the Birdcage theater. He also has a professional background having done, among some other things, stand-up in Vegas. What I bring from London combined with what he does from “Sin City” may make an interesting blend.
Rehearsals start this Wednesday, if I don’t get snowed in.
“Moon Over Buffalo” turned out to be a success, though an exhausting one. The Director, Gary, who as I mentioned before is an ex- Vegas stand up comedian took this production as close to the top as possible without actually going over it. Very broad and very physical comedy delivered at a blistering pace. Much shtick not much substance, but it had the audience – as the saying goes – rolling in the aisles.
The day after “Buffalo” finished I started on “Arsenic and Old Lace”, playing Dr. Einstein again, 61 years later. As it turns out, Neil, who I met doing “Fantastiks” did not direct “Arsenic” after all. He had to move elsewhere due to a job transfer. Another director, Chris, took over. Chris is a very pleasant fellow but a rather weak director. Fortunately he managed to put together a fairly capable cast and we, in effect, directed ourselves with Chris going happily along for the ride.
This Yuba City theater, “The Acting Company” makes a good impression. Their theater is physically smaller than the “Birdcage” I have been working with and just as limited as to wing space and stage machinery, but they are a lot better organized with more money and resources to mount their plays. The twin cities of Yuba City and Marysville also provide a much larger cadre of actors to cast from and a much larger potential audience.
We opened “Arsenic” last Friday and so far it has been well received. No reviews as yet.
Last week I received a copy of “Sunshine Boys” from its director, Wade. That is waiting for me soon after this is done.
As I said before, it is either feast or famine, but at least I will have two different theaters to choose between and can now afford to be more picky.
Ah Robert; here you have trapped me into making a shameful admission. The only other stage productions that I would be able to see around here are also community theater efforts and I am not a good audience for these – I squirm. This also spoils things for those nearby. Those who regularly attend and support their community theater, to whom I am forever grateful, are a forgiving and tolerant lot. I unfortunately am not.
“Arsenic” closed last weekend. It was considered very successful with either full or very nearly full houses for every performance of the four week run.
We did get a good review and this from the same critic who I previously criticized for the bland and generic notice he gave for “Fantastiks” last year. I told my wife that I probably owe him a big wet kiss when next we meet.
I did hear from the director of "Sunshine Boys". I'll be playing Al Lewis in this. This is the role George Burns played in the film.