So the past week and a half has been C-R-A-Z-Y busy and C-R-A-Z-Y good so I have not had a chance to write. I am going to tell you about some things (like Long Days Journey Into Night and some work stuff) now and some other stuff (like Playworks Ink and my trip to Banff) later!
So last week we opened Long Day's Journey Into Night at the Citadel. Opening nights are a big part of my job. Although my work was not perfect, the 2 errors I made I was able to fix up quickly and the 3 arising issues were similarly solved with relative ease. Whew! I really like the people that I work with at the Citadel. The box office was fabulous in helping me deal with my ticketing errors, the rest of the marketing people that were there were awesome making sure it ran smoothly and the whole energy was just so good. I am feeling good that I only made two mistakes and that I could handle the other issues on the fly without too much stress.
I knew that I would be too brain buzzed from work to focus on the play on Opening, so I took my mother to the show on the Wednesday night Preview. I had been impressed at the Invited Dress rehearsal the week before, but was even more so the second time around. My mom was similarly impressed, saying to me at intermission "Wow! She's something else!" referring to Brenda Bazinet who plays the unstable mother, Mary Tyrone. It's definitely not just Brenda, but the whole cast, that works so well creating a tight, yet broken family. I can't say enough about Tom Wood (James Tyrone Sr.), John Ullyatt (Jamie Tyrone) and David Patrick Flemming (Edmund Tyrone) who make up the rest of the addicted family who clearly love each other but who rail against the years of picking at each other's flaws and faults amidst the destructive addictions they all suffer and deny. Lisa Norton, as the servant Cathleen, contrasts the family with her crackling energy; her relaxed tone showing even more how much tension lives in the house. The set is gorgeous and has so much depth, and the fog creeps in as the day wears on scored by increasingly fractured music. It was wonderful to see this, one of my favorite plays of all time, created so well in all ways.
I could go on... But instead I encourage you to see it yourself so we can talk about it. It's a polarizing piece, which to me says that it's so relevant. It's the kind of play you react strongly to - a true sign of what theatre is for.