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 Posted: Mon Aug 20th, 2007 07:36 pm
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Here's a first for me -- I just stumbled upon (okay, was googling) a pre-review review of "Isaac, I am." 
 
Who'd a thunk it.
 
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Fritz Blitz: 2007 Festival of New Plays by California Playwrights | http://www.sdreader.com
 
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http://www.sdreader.com/php/thrcap_show.php?id=Fritz%20Blitz:%202007%20Festival%20of%20New%20Plays%20by%20California%20Playwrights

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WOO-WHOO!  Good on you, MaryS.  It must be nice to be controversial.

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Great going, Mary!


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Congrats, Mary. Good ink is fun!

 

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It feels strange, yet oddly alluring.

Thanks, Hudson

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Thanks, In Media --

I've heard rehearsals are going well down there. 

Of course they're going through the wilds of tech week.

 

 

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Mary,

Wonderful... I'm envious.

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It is a strange thing, Sam.

Imagine, tomorrow night about now, I'll be scrunched down in a theatre seat, as close to the exit as possible, watching "Isaac, I am" be performed in a full fledged production for the 2nd time ever.

After all the staged readings, which includes the Ronald Williams competition a couple of years ago in Illinois, I feel happy and honored when someone takes it on.

The Ronald Williams was supposed to be a full production, but had to be changed to a staged reading last minute when the lead actress was hospitalized with an injury. I know, it sounds like a Busby Berkeley musical -- but that's what I was told.

Recently, Steve and I watched the video of that reading.  How far it's all come since then.

Think good thoughts for tomorrow, please.

Mary  

 

 

 

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so, Mary, how did it go? Waiting to hear if the production was better than what happened in Florida! Details, please!

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 Posted: Fri Aug 31st, 2007 04:21 pm
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Ever have the experience of meeting your cast for the first time after a show?  That's what happened to me.  We stood looking at each other and I flashed on the end scene in CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, where Richard Dreyfuss met the Aliens and they looked each other over. I almost did the hand signal greeting. Very Spielbergian.

 
Katie Rodda did a smashing job directing "Isaac, I am."  She did something nobody else has done, pick up on sexual nuances, especially between Isaac and Angela that solidified the entire work. One scene had them coming closer and closer to each other, almost lip-locking. The stage was practically vibrating with the heat. 
 
The actor playing Ben was exceptional-- hilarious one moment and horrifying the next. He even sucked Angela's fingers. Very sick and sexy, all at once.
 
The actors are great as an ensemble and individually. They each had their moments. I'm really impressed, especially since they only had a couple of weeks to pull it together.  They had only 3 full run throughs.
 
The audience laughed in all the right places and got a few set up jokes I didn't expect a response on.  I think the actors were surprised, too-- not holding for those laughs and losing the following lines in the response. 
 
I'm pleased.  There were more older folks in the audience than younger.  It's always been a concern for me for this play to speak to people of all
generations-- some not used to dealing with the internet.  They seemed to get the universal theme, of loneliness and the desperate search for love.  
 
One review came out briefly on the internet and has prompty vanished. I've emailed "Hitch," the writer to see if his website will restore it. If so, I'll put the link up here. I have the text but, don't want to get the Playwrights forum in trouble by pasting it in here. However, if you want to read the review, you can email me privately and I'll send it to you.
 
Hitch praised my play and said it could use some cutting-- and I agree.  The thing is, I have not had the opportunity to sit in on production rehearsals. 
San Diego is 125 miles from L.A., so it wasn't practical for me to drive back and forth.  Florida, well that's another saga. But when I do have that chance to be in rehearsal and see the actors working it out onstage, I'll know what to cut. 
 
At the performance, there was one young woman in front of Steve and I who totally got EVERY LITTLE BIT of it.  She came up to us afterwards with big hugs, thanking me for telling this story. Maybe it was partly hers.

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