Day 6: We Love Volunteers

Today was our Volunteer Appreciation show at 5:30pm. Up to fifteen lucky volunteers got to see the show for free… And then hopefully spread the good word. There was a pretty good crowd.

Afterwards Alison and I went to the dessert restaurant, and ended up having food with Shirley, a volunteer who works at our venue. We were initially annoyed when she told us right before our first show that press was there, but we ended up really liking Shirley. She’s an older woman originally from Britain, and is quite a character. See, sometimes you have to give people a second chance.

While I was outside getting ready to go see Susan Jeremy in “Brazil Nuts,” a woman came up to me and said, “You’re the last straight guy!!” She told me she saw the show on Saturday by herself, loved it, and laughed throughout the whole show. She also said a guy near her was also loving it, and came by himself. Maybe those two should get together! I was happy to get such an enthusiastic response, and asked her if she could write an audience review on the CBC site and to the Jenny Revue, or where ever else audience members can post reviews. She said she would. She also said that the show was “off,” as in “off kilter,” and that you have to be intelligent to get the humor.

Well. All right, first of all, I know most – possibly all of you – who are reading this blog don’t have a grasp yet what the show is because I haven’t really described it, I don’t think. Basically there is a twist to the narrative that is a bit odd and tricky, and if you “get it,” your experience of watching the show will be transcended. If you don’t get it, then it serves well as a broad and goofy comedy. I’m not sure that it has anything to do with being intelligent as to what an individual gets out if it. I’m pleased if someone just takes it as a comedy. I was well aware of what I was doing as I was writing it, in terms of themes, structure, etc., but I’m also a fan of dumb jokes, broad characters, wordplay, etc. There is a lot going on in “The Last Straight Man In Theatre.” You may have to see it more than once.

The cabaret show is Wednesday night at midnight. I asked if I could do something in it this year. I’m not sure how they determine who gets to be in it, but from what I’ve heard, it’s a great show and it raises money for charity. I’m pretty good in cabaret shows, so we’ll see.

Tomorrow’s show is 1:15pm. My worst time slot, but if my Free Press review comes out in print (as opposed to just online), it has potential to do well. When I did “Rebel Without a Niche” in ’06 I had three audience members for that early show – the cast of “Stuck,” including Anne Wyman. So if we surpass three, I guess I can’t complain.


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