Chuck (charlesofcamden) wrote,

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I don’t just act . . .

. . . sometimes I sit in the audience and watch other people act! The eternal Actor’s Dilemma in that regard goes like this: I’m an actor, so I have lots of friends who are actors, but I can’t go to see their shows because I’m in shows of my own. On top of that, they can’t come to see my shows for the very same reason.

Unless one is not in a show, which is where I find myself these days. Not that I’m complaining (yet anyway). As I mentioned in my last post, I have a few performances coming up in May. Our first rehearsal was tonight, as a matter of fact. I got my first look at the revised script tonight, and I’m very encouraged by the rewrites – they’ve made some solid improvements to it, including a new first scene that is a huge improvement in terms of focusing the story and getting the audience into our world.

But back to this matter of being in the audience. The upside of not being in a show is that I can go to see my friends’ shows. I will be seeing a reading of a new musical this Sunday at the Theatre Building here in Chicago, with lyrics by my multi-talented friend Francesca. Very much looking forward to that! I also found out today that I will be seeing the touring company of the Broadway musical Avenue Q at the end of May. A friend of mine is fond of playing the CD of the show while driving, and it is VERY FUNNY STUFF. A loose-knit group of coworkers at my day job known as the Performing Arts Small Group (or something like that) acquired a block of tickets and distributed them by holding a drawing of the names of all interested parties. Luck was on my side, and my name was one of those selected. Can’t wait for that one, though I don’t suppose I have much choice. So even though I haven’t actually seen the show yet, I will nevertheless heartily commend Avenue Q to your attention should it come through your town!

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