Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Note to Self

What a glorious long weekend, ay? The weather could hardly have been better and we were busy like little bees at our house – working in the yard, cleaning out the shed – interspersed with more relaxing pastimes like a splendid canoe excursion on the river. If only it could stay between the mid-70s and the mid-80s throughout the summer...

It looks to me like May might be a prime time for going to NYC to see shows. Based on Playbill’s reported grosses, houses were pretty low for the first couple weeks of this month, with only “Jersey Boys” and “Wicked” playing to capacity. It looks like plenty of tickets were available for well-reviewed shows like “Gypsy” and “August: Osage County.” I also wonder if these numbers hold news of an eminent demise for a couple of shows barely selling more than 50% capacity, the high-profile “November” and the raved-about “Passing Strange.”

We’re in a mini-flurry of shows opening here in Richmond so I’ll have to update my listings to the left soon. To judge from the comments on this blog, CAT's "Veronica’s Room" has peaked the interest of quite a few people. Also, with Theatre IV’s announcement last week, most of the local companies have announced their seasons for 2008-2009. I’ll have to weigh-in with some opinions about that soon. In the meantime, look for a preview on the Richmond Improv Festival in this week’s Style.

1 comment:

Amy Posse Member said...

I had the pleasure of sitting in on a rehearsal of CAT's Veronica's Room a couple of weeks ago, and it is gearing up to be a fine show indeed. Strong performances from all; a beautiful set with a unique attention to thematic detail; gritty, skillful stage violence by cast member Jonathan Hardison (stay tuned for more in this vein...this guy has a gift); effective rendering of disturbing subject matter and themes; striking stage compositions that really maximize the potential of what might seem like an ordinary space.

The show looked just great earlier in its earlier rehearsals, so we know it's going to kick butt upon its opening this week. This should be a well-earned feather in the cap of director Amy Berlin, the fine cast and design team, and CAT's entire repertoire.

Break a leg, peeps! ;)