Work has been a pain for me this past week and it occurred to me this morning that what I’ve been feeling every morning is very much like a combination of stage fright and performance anxiety (are they different? not sure). I’ve been hosting a new-to-the-company out-of-town bigwig, am engaged in a new project with him and so have felt “on-stage” much of the last week. Every day I’ve felt I’ve had to prove I’m up to snuff and/or when not able to prove it outright, at least act like it. It’s tiring. Don’t you folks who do this for a living get exhausted?
But today, the weight of the world has lifted, my coworker has gone back to California, and the deck is cleared for a nice long holiday weekend. I kicked it off last night attending “The Two Svengalis” at Triangle Players and I’ll be taking in “A Touch of Rosemary” this weekend at the Mill. Ms. H at the T-D has weighed in on “Svengalis” already but I expect there weren’t enough nights in the week for her to make it out to “Rosemary,” given that she had to take in “Putnam County Spelling Bee” on Tuesday.
I have been able to escape at least briefly into the world of theater during the week, listening to podcasts at the gym. This past week, this allowed me to catch up a couple of Richmond expatriots who were both featured on recent podcasts at nytheatrecast.com. One was Chris Harcum whose “American Badass” was at the FRIGID festival back in February and also Clay McLeod Chapman, who read one of his pieces on a recent podcast. There is success possible for Richmonders who leave home!
Speaking of which, I was saddened to hear that Angela Shipley is in the planning stages for a move up to NYC. That, plus Gray Crenshaw’s recent graduation from high school, means that New York City will be gaining two more beautiful, talented performers from Richmond in the near future. It just hardly seems fair. At least both of them will be in town a couple more months and we’ll be able to catch Angie in the “Sex Education” show at Studio X on June 28th. It’s small consolation, though.
I hope folks will also make some room in the weekend after this one for the Richmond Improv Festival at ComedySportz. Eight shows over 3 days – surely you can make it to one of them.
Finally, I hear another beautiful and talented local actress (who better NOT be leaving for NYC anytime soon!) will be turning the big 4-0 soon. Happy day, JB, and rest assured moving into our neighborhood (where the average age is about 72) should keep you feeling young and spry for at least another decade!