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27 May 2007 @ 08:07 am
An update from LA...  
...I must've called home at least a half dozen times already asking how Sydney was... At first Mark was saying, "She's great, she's running around the house." But by the last time, he had more of a tone like, "She's FINE... Really, she is!" ;) It's not, of course, that I don't believe him, it's just that after everything that's happened, I worry...

The Marvelous Wonderettes keep getting more marvelous!

Went to the matinee of The Marvelous Wonderettes yesterday and it's been a while since I've seen it - the last time was back in February... and I'd forgotten how much I loved the show! It's just such a CUTE show and it had me laughing and smiling from ear to ear from the moment it began to when it ended. If you live in the LA area and have NOT seen this show, you really should!!

The entire cast was wonderful, as always, but Julie was particularly hysterical today. In the show, the characters interact with the audience and with someone they choose as a "Mrs. McPherson" - who they talk to throughout the show. When they were collecting the prom queen ballots from the audience, Julie spotted me sitting directly behind their chosen "Mrs. McPherson" and said "Hi Miss Fujimoto! I miss your math class!" Then throughout the show she kept talking with "Miss Fujimoto" - it was hysterical! :)

Bets was just incredible today! Seeing her again as Suzy SO soon after seeing her as Comfort O'Connell in No Strings is truly amazing and really shows her versatility. I swear, it constantly amazes me how talented she is - even more so is the fact that she's such an amazing person as well.

After the show...

Saw the cast after the show and spoke with Julie for a while. I've really missed seeing her since I really haven't seen her at all since February. She was running off to spend time with her family, but said VERY nonchalantly, "Oh did I tell you I'm doing SOUTH PACIFIC at the Hollywood Bowl?" With Brian Stokes Mitchell? Ummm.... NO, you didn't! "Oh," she said, "I kinda forgot." Forgot that you were doing a show with Brian Stokes Mitchell? :) How amazing your life must be to forget something like that! ;) I kid of course, I love Julie and I love seeing her. :)

Got to spend some time speaking with Bets - which was wonderful. She has become such a wonderful, supportive friend - she's incredibly amazing. It was a combination of the things I was talking with her about at "No Strings" and all the recent awful-ness at work (not that hating what I do for a living is new in any respect) that inspired me to take that step and take my classes at KCC. I just wonder what it would be like to actually go to work and love what I do... She's been SUCH an amazing friend (and inspiration) to me and I don't even think she realizes how much.

Kimberly Akimbo

Saw the show for a second time at the Victory Theatre and it was incredible!! I've loved David Lindsay-Abaire since I saw "Fuddy Meers" over 5 years ago - his work is SOOO incredibly humorous, warm, touching, with an off-beat edge that I love so much! Seeing the show once during the early stages of the run and once during the end was a wonderful way to see how the show has grown and how the actors have grown into their roles.

The show is about Kimberly, a teenager who suffers from progeria - a disease that causes rapid aging - so at 16, she resembles a 60 year old. The story centers around her life and the ironic twist that, out of her entire dysfunctional family, she is probably the most mature of the bunch - although she is the youngest. The five person cast was incredible last night (as they were back in February) - especially good were Sharon Johnston - who plays Kimberly's convict aunt and Patrick Rogers who plays her "boyfriend" Jeff. I could really see a difference in their performances from when I saw the show back in February - they seem to all be letting loose a bit more.

There was one cast change since I saw the show in February. Marc Silver took over the role of Kimberly's father, Buddy from Joe O'Connor - who I'd originally seen. VERY different in acting styles, the two men brought VERY different interpretations to the role of Buddy.

Joe O'Connor was a much more serious Buddy - I liked the irony in that his strong and bold characterization in the beginning masks how scared and heartfelt the character really is... Marc Silver gave the role a bit more humor from the onset... His approach to the character seemed a bit more warm, giving the character a sympathetic edge from the very beginning. My favorite scene was at the end, when Marc's Buddy allows Kimberly to leave and blows her a kiss goodbye - it was so touching and heartfelt that I was close to tears... VERY different from when I'd seen the show the first time. Both men were fabulous in the role, but brought out very different sides of the character and I liked both for completely different reasons.

After the show I was finally able to meet Patrick. He was incredibly nice and sweet - very much the same warm person he appears to be online. It's really his endearing performance that's the highlight of the production for me. There's a particularly hysterical scene in which Jeff is given a ride to school by Buddy and he witnesses a fight between Kimberly and her father. Minutes pass where Jeff is thinking about saying something to ease the tension after the fight, but can't seem to get anything out of his mouth - it's one of the most hysterical moments in the show and Patrick is SOOO funny in it!

I'm SO glad that the show extended and I was able to see it one last time before it closed! It's such an amazing production!

Today I head out to the Ahmanson to see Jersey Boys and then to the Wadsworth to see The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee so it should be a great day of theatre. Hope you're all doing well! Big HUGS to everyone!!
 
 
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Daniel the California Highway Guycahwyguy on May 27th, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
I"m sorry you missed DMD last night -- they have a great cast and a great show. One of these days we'll get you to REP East! I look forward to seeing your reviews for today's shows.

As for Bets: Isn't it great as one bonds with folks over repeated contacts. Last night, O (the artistic director) and Bill Quinn gave nsshere a bunch of posters for her Bat Mitzvah, and were just as sweet as can be. We've been over there so much they are feeling like family, which is really a nice thing (and something we don't have at other theatres -- we had it at Pasadena until Betty Jean, their house manager, retired. Betty Jean didn't care about our tickets -- she wanted current pictures of our daughter!)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 28th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
One day I'd love to see something at REP East. :)

Bets is just wonderful and has been such a great inspiration in my life - I don't even think she realizes how much. How great that NSS&F was given all those posters for her Bat Mitzvah - that was very thoughtful of them! I know what you mean, though - I used to look forward to seeing Anjali at the Colony theatre - who was the highlight of seeing any show there. Sadly, she isn't there anymore.
Was I in it?alligatorandme on May 27th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
Sounds like so much fun. Enjoy Jersey Boys! :-D
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 28th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
I LOVED Jersey Boys!! I'm off to write a post about it right now!!
Kawaii Momiji-chanskittlex on May 28th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
its so amazing that you get to see that many shows a year.. i really envy you! and you get to live in the most beautiful part of the world..
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 28th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
I really envy YOU!! I'd give anything to live so close to great theatre!! :)
Kawaii Momiji-chanskittlex on May 28th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
whats the use of living near a great theatre, when u can't even go and see the shows?

also, i ENVY YOU because you live in such an awesome state, and i bet its just paradise!
Michael Corleyclivec on May 28th, 2007 01:36 pm (UTC)
Ever thought of being a play critic? I think you'd be rather good at it.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 28th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
What a dream job that would be!! :) Thanks for your sweet, SWEET comment, but I'm absolutely horrible at writing reviews - I usually try to shy away from them... :P

BTW, I've missed you! What have you been up to?
Michael Corleyclivec on May 28th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
I've been up to nothing important, just gotten lazy in my online correspondence. :) Thank you for asking.