Friday, June 26, 2009

Ashes to Ashes

Harold Pinter's Ashes to Ashes.

Pause.

Read it at lunch today. Matthew liked this one much better than I did.

Pause.

My initial reaction was yech! Too weird. As I am thinking about it more I am intrigued by the theme of dreams throughout the piece. Is she telling him about a dream? Is the whole thing perhaps a dream? The end (which is really the part that made me dislike the whole thing) makes a lot more sense if the whole thing is a dream.

Pause.

Perhaps it makes much more sense in production. Especially when the playwright is directing.

I'm still slogging my way through Anna and the King of Siam. Every day another chapter...

Pause. :-)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Laughing Wild

I've been remiss... last week I finished Laughing Wild. I have to say that I have not enjoyed my past experiences with Christopher Durang (which I admit are limited). But I thoroughly enjoyed this script. I like the varied iterations of the tuna fish sequence the best. And the Sally Jesse Raphael is dead bits cracked me up, too.

I remembered upon starting to read it that I once used a selection of the opening scene as an audition monologue (the tuna fish incident actually). I don't remember what I was auditioning for.

I continue to slog my way through Anna and the King. NOT a riveting read.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Fourth Wall

This evening A.R. Gurney Jr's play The Fourth Wall was on the menu - the revised edition. I wonder if it will be revised again next time a Republican is in office. I did laugh out loud several times - mostly at the absurd theatre jokes. Quite enjoyable.

The only other Gurney pieces I have read are The Dining Room (which I performed in my freshman year of college) and Love Letters. I like this comedy better than Dining. It is a very different type of show from Letters, apples and oranges.

I feel the need to sing a random Cole Porter tune. There's a little bit of GYPSY in me...

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Latest reads

There is always side reading going on in addition to the big list. Yesterday at the beach (while getting a slight sunburn) I read:

- The Moonshot Tape and Poster of the Cosmos by Lanford Wilson
- Reunion and The Dark Pony by David Mamet

The Wilson was okay. Very graphic at points. I am not I really like the character of Diane - it was not a particularly sensitive writing of her.

Enjoyed the Mamets very much, as usual. Reunion is beautiful at points - very poetic. Heart-breaking truthfulness and reality to both the father and the daughter. Dark Pony is an interesting piece - I'd love to see it done - to hear it, actually, since it is a very auditory piece.

Hopefully this week I'll start on something from the reading list.

Monday, June 1, 2009

My summer reading list


Just the beginning, and all to prepare for design or directing jobs. I'm looking forward most to reading GYPSY.