So much of a travesty

I’m pleased to say that my filling in for the actor on the Saturday performance of Scapino was not nearly so much of a travesty as it could have been, given that between other rehearsals and work and whatnot I only had about one day to study and memorize over 100 lines that had to be delivered as fast-paced, frenetic dialogue, along with the choreography for three separate chase sequences. Beyond my study time we had only one pick-up rehearsal on the Thursday, and I had the opportunity to watch the show on Friday. So I humbly think I was something of a miracle just for not tanking the entire show.

Which is not to say it went flawlessly or that I didn’t have my fair share of head-shakingly awkward flubs. But I think I was more good than bad, and mercifully the rest of the cast and crew thought so as well (or at least so they’d have me believe), so I’m chalking it up in the “win” column.

There’s something sad about studying so hard to do the part for just one show, but there’s something even sadder in that they were a suprisingly talented and fun cast, and while I’m grateful for having been given the opportunity to share a stage with them, it’s a bit of a downer that it was for one evening only.

At least I shall have Two Gentlemen of Verona to keep me busy. I’m playing Thurio, which is a surprisingly small role – I doubt I have even a third of the lines I had to memorize in one day for Scapino – but it’s spread out over enough scenes that I cannot be doubled up into another part easily. But this is a small cast and most of the roles carry a pretty big burden of tough lines and soliloquys to memorize, and as Shakespeare goes it’s both one of his older plays and not one of his better ones, so there is something very relaxing about taking the back seat and doing the smaller part in this one.

Plus, the director has a ton of old stage magic equipment and wants me to do a set in the middle of it… he was ballparking thirty minutes (which I think is insane for the middle of a Shakespeare show; it’ll probably be more like fifteen), so that’s a way for me to get some more stage time without having to memorize anything additional.

In the more blood-boiling department, I’ve been forced to take down my Canadian flag by the new apartment manager. This after the previous apartment manager spoke to the landlord and obtained specific permission for me to have it. It was more of the same insulting garbage… them sending me a menacing letter referring me to an attached copy of the “Patio Agreement” I’d signed that didn’t have in it anything even remotely related to hanging decorations like my flag.

I tried talking it out with the manager and within minutes she’d threatened to sic her lawyers on me and have me evicted. I hate being bullied by people like that and probably would have fought it, but between starting the new project at work and rehearsals every night I simply didn’t have time to deal with her. I figure I could raise hell about the fact the lease DOES specifically prohibit wind chimes without “express written permission” and about 8 apartments in my building alone (and there are probably a dozen or more buildings within the complex) have them on their balconies. But then she would probably just terminate my lease and have me evicted anyway. I need to find a new place to live; I can’t abide this kind of nonsense. If only I wasn’t so busy all the time.


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