There was a reviewer in the audience on opening night, (The Austin Examiner), and from what I understand from Ken, (the artistic director of the theatre I'm in), he really liked the show. A review, however, still has not been posted. The Austin Chronicle is coming on Tuesday, (which is an important one), but it will still take another week for that one to come out. Reviews help with a one person show. Austin is a very competitive town in terms of entertainment, there must be three hundred venues of live music, which Austin is known for. Last night, Rustin and I went to see James McMurtry, (son of Larry who wrote 'Lonesome Dove' and 'The Last Picture Show') and I have to say, he was amazing in his own right. He is a great songwriter and musician. In Austin, as a musician, it is a reason to be inspired or depressed, (depending on how you receive it) but musically, the bar is very high. When you open the paper here to look at the music for any particular night, its remarkable what you find. Names of musicians you may have read about and listened to in the bar down the street. As for theatre, it exists in abundance here as well, but most of the really good companies have been cultivating audiences for years.
The glitches have mainly been with some miscommunication with the artistic director, (who was in New York when I opened), and being in a situation where another show is playing in the theatre at the same time I am. So, I've had to create a set within a set, which is working but not without some repercussions. Anyway, without going into detail, as of Friday, I had closed the show and was looking for another venue. With some very quick arbitration from Marie Hills, (the producer of the show) the mis-cues where solved and so the show continues. As you read this, you might be thinking 'Oh My God!' and trust me, I was saying the same thing at the time. Still, after a day and some negotiation, the show continues and 'I think' everyone is finally happy. I'll write more about this in retrospect, later, for now, however, it is still cooling down
All I can say for now, is that I totally understand how it happened, and it came from some mistrust, (simply not knowing people) which can easily happen in a highly charged environment, and dealing with artists who have lots riding on each performance. More on that later... there were a couple of days, however, that were as intense as anything I've encountered in quite awhile.
During those days, luckily, I had a book of memoirs of Tennessee Williams that I had just started reading. Now, I'm no Tennessee Williams, but after reading most of the book, it did make some sense how he ended up in the hospital, (don't worry, I'm not even close) and how the sixties became his 'stoned age'. Shows opening and closing in four days, (after weeks of rehearsing, not to mention the anguish and time it took to write the play). Critics, who eventually turned on him, and tore into him with a vengeance, (were probably tired of so much of his success). Most of us remember Tennessee Williams for 'The Glass Menagerie', 'Street Car Named Desire', and his most successful play, 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'. But, for the successes, there were probably more failures. Although his plays brought him a great wealth, when it came to 'living a life', he had difficulty no matter the money or the geometry, (he traveled world wide in attempt to quell his sensitivity). I read in another book by Harold Clurman, "that a successful play in the theatre happens by accident..." (there is more to this, but that is the gist). I thought the book, (Tennessee Williams) was pretty self-indulgent at times, okay, most of the time, but it was still an interesting look into a playwright's life. And, ironically, it paralleled much of what I was feeling, (on a much, much smaller scale).
Okay, time to get to the theatre and do a show, (I thought it was 3:30p, but its almost 4:30p, I'm late. More later....