Tuesday, February 16, 2010

RTT: "Back from the Dead" Edition

  • Waiting a month and a half between posts really provides a lot of material. I should have enough stuff saved up to post every day for...a month and a half (I guess). Don't hold your breath on that one.
  • The last of our six performances of The Odd Couple took place Sunday afternoon. It was great fun and I will miss the opportunity to perform with and for friends. The cast party at our house following the show was cool too. I wish you coulda been there.
  • The MAW gave me a birthday/anniversary present on Jan. 21. She found a source who provided a 5-DVD set of the short-lived TV series, Frank's Place. My favorite episode was a 22-minute reimagining of Death of A Salesman. I have a special prize for anyone who remembers the month/day of my birth and my marriage (the usual disclaimers for family members, etc. apply to this contest).

  • Almost exactly one month before opening night of The Odd Couple, I was diagnosed with bronchitis. "No sweat", thought I. "I've got a month to kick this thing." Two 10-day courses of antibiotics later, I had kicked it. Then, less than five days before opening night, I got the stomach flu. Because being the lead in a play isn't exciting enough all on its own.

  • I resigned as President of the Motor City Youth Theatre Board recently. It really makes the MAW happy when I quit stuff. She would have me believe that my doing less would result in more sex - but I don't think she can back up that claim. ("Back up" that claim - did I really write that?!)

  • I wish you could have seen what fantastic work the MAW did with props and set dressing for The Odd Couple. In fact, I will make sure that you do see it - once I get a hold of some of the pictures from the show (there are literally hundreds on Shutterfly). The stamina and tenacity she exhibited made me proud.

  • I saw the film, Up In The Air, twice in January. I'm rooting for it to win the Best Picture Oscar this year.

  • The role of Oscar Madison has 456 lines in The Odd Couple (lines could be anything from a couple of words to a paragraph long monologue). The play has three acts (although we performed it as two) and lasts about two hours. Oscar is on-stage for all but about 5 minutes of that time. I'd rather play Oscar Madison again than Hamlet (wait - I've never played Hamlet; I'd still rather play Oscar again).

  • I enjoy being busy - but the thought occurred to me tonight (for the first time ever) that part of my desire to be busy is so I don't have to think about the things in my life over which I have no control. And having both an acute and (I believe) realistic view of the things over which I have no control doesn't make things any easier.

    It's not much of a post - but hopefully it'll do until something better comes along.
Take care.

PS: Go visit Keely at the Un-Mom willya?!

Tell her you were honoring the request of Jim Styro - actor, eater, blogger.


Middle Aged Woman said...

Welcome back! Thanks for the props on the props. I figured everyone was gushing owing to the nature of theater people to need their egos stroked. Then I looked at the set pictures!

Joanie M said...

Welcome back! I wish I could have seen the play. I love live theatre! My older daughter played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz when she was in high school (won a best actress award in competition too!!) She was on stage for nearly all of the 3 hour performance.

Can't wait to see the pics!

CaJoh said...

Stopping by from the Un Mom…

I was playing Tony in West Side Story and wound up getting a cold after the first week. I realized that I had amazing stage presence because I subconsciously kept my cough drop on the upstage side of my mouth.

Glad your show went well. Thanks for sharing,

Shelly said...

Playing Oscar sounds fun. Glad you had a good time. Being sick sucks. Glad that's over too. Happy RT

I am Harriet said...

The Odd Couple sounds like a great experience.

Have a great RT.

Captain Dumbass said...

Good to hear you're still alive. I was kinda worried that MAW had stuffed you in the deep freeze.

Ellie Belen said...

Good to have you back. I would look over at my blog list and sigh. No speaking in CAPS yet. I look forward to reading you again!

Jim Styro said...

MAW: It's good to be back. But I thought everyone needed to have their egos stroked.

Joanie: I promise to post pictures...soon.

CaJoh: The "in" joke amongst my friends since high school has alwsys been that "stage presence" = "large breasts" (as is, "She has fantastic stage presence...!"). It's going to take awhile for me to adjust to the whole cough drop theory of stage presence.

Shelly, Harriet-I-Am: Playing Oscar was a blast. The whole Odd Couple experience was a dream come true for me. Thanks for your comments.

Cap'n: Now I remember why you're Captain DUMBASS!! Jeez, now my life really IS in danger. She knows I'm worth more dead than alive.

Ellie: The challenge now is to prove that I haven't just given you a false sense of hope. I better get writing...