Previews Post #1 / by Keen Admin

Sunday October 4th, 2015

Well, we survived the first week of previews. Actually, we thrived. With each performance the terror level has decreased a smidgen and our confidence has increased.  I think we are actually in very good shape. We have learned an incredible amount from each audience- the quieter ones and the more boisterous ones.

A sidebar on actors and audiences. All actors have their theories about audiences. 

“Matinee audiences are the best!”
“I hate matinee audiences!”
“Friday nights are always quiet because they are tired from the work week!”
“Saturday night audiences have had a few drinks so they are up for anything!”

I’ve heard it all. And probably said it all. Every actor has their opinions and they rarely coincide. We all “feel” each audience in such an individual way.

What it feels like sometimes when the audience is a quiet one.

What it feels like sometimes when the audience is a quiet one.

“We lost them during that scene!”
“They loved the broad humor!”

“They were really listening!”
“Why do they hate me and only me?!” 

And yet, anytime I’ve met a friend or family member after a show where I have had a very strong opinion about their particular audience they will usually say something that will completely contradict it.

What do you mean we weren’t laughing? I was laughing my A$$ off!”
“I don’t know what you are talking about…I didn’t notice when the set collapsed..or when you’re pants fell down, or when the guy in the front row coughed up a lung!!”

 Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit…but trust me. A few decades in this business and I have literally heard everything!!

A still from the show of Tom and I enjoying ourselves onstage

A still from the show of Tom and I enjoying ourselves onstage

All I know is that I am exhausted and relieved. We got through it and people are really enjoying it. And the terror we were feeling early on as previews approached has lessened. I actually feel like I can breathe onstage (kind of essential) and spend a bit less time worrying about what is next and a bit more time truly enjoying being in the moment. I feel so incredibly lucky to be onstage with Tom, Dan & Rory. We have a wonderful rapport and trust and I thank the Theatre Gods that I am on this ride with them. Onward and upward!  But for now, SLEEP, sleep and a bit more sleep!

Ciao for now,
Jay