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4. Second-time Playwright: Late Stage Rehearsal

April 14, 2011

Not dress rehearsal. Circumstances dictated I must miss that milestone. But at this late stage, I continue to be amazed at what I see behind the bar. If the lines aren’t perfectly memorized yet, the blocking, the actions, the subtleties of mood and nuance that are the province of the actors are. You’d have to see Carolyn toy with a swizzle-stick that just stirred plastic ice cubes, to know that Jane’s spent plenty of years in bars and still needs to defend her presence in this one. You’d have to watch Charles eyeing Jane up and down when she enters the scene, to understand that John, for all the sadness in him, is still very much alive to the possibilities of a new woman in range, “a little strange.”

And a continuing surprise to the playwright, as the words from his pen take flight through the air of the minimal stage, how much weight and interconnection is in them that before this moment he never saw.

One Comment leave one →
  1. April 14, 2011 3:29 pm

    Ha! Very interesting. Keep posted.

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