Talley's Folly, 2013

Thursday, May 9th, 2013 09:07 am
chanaleh: (tom + erica)
So on Tuesday night, May 7, [livejournal.com profile] justom and I went to see Talley's Folly, featuring Danny Burstein and Sarah Paulson.

As many or most of you know, I was in [livejournal.com profile] theatreatfirst's 2005 production of this play back in Boston, so it's very close to my heart.

not really a review, just some personal commentary )
chanaleh: (2005)
Sunday morning: Crawled home at 4:45am -- well, got a ride home, thank you [livejournal.com profile] ablock -- from the [livejournal.com profile] theatreatfirst cast party, at the gracious abode of [livejournal.com profile] heliopsis, Armigero. The latest I've stayed out in many months... and totally worth it. Got up at 9am to finish packing; left for the airport at 9:50am (the Red-Line-to-Silver-Line route works pretty well), and flew to Sacramento. Am ensconced in the guest room at my mom's as I write this. Will be back on the redeye next Sunday morning.

The other fun thing we did after I got here last night (besides go out for Italian on the way here from the airport) was watch the DVD of Talley's Folly, which I still hadn't seen! Despite some rather quirky editing in places and the way the sound nearly cut out for my big scene at the end, it was fun to watch. I did have much the same reaction I always have in watching videos long after a performance, which is: "I wish I could have seen a recording of this *before* we took it onstage, I would have done this and that and that completely differently...!" Still, it was actually rather intense to watch and relive. In a good way. And my mom was absolutely tickled.

I'll have e-mail access once or twice a day, here, so keep in touch. In fact, I may have slightly more time than usual to read up on LJ. :-)

EDIT: Just got through the past few days of entries; enjoying reading all the Firsties' raves about the show experience (in general) and the awesome cast party (in particular). Yeah, baby.
Also, I may try to get Mom up to speed on Harry Potter movies 2 and 3 so we can go see 4 this week. But we'll see.
chanaleh: (2005)
0. Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] laurens10!

1. Home from Lunacon. overview )

2. A small gallery of [livejournal.com profile] missmhart's production photos from Talley's Folly are now up!

3. Off to lead an intrepid band of hamantashen-bakers with [livejournal.com profile] tapuz. It's going to be a long night. We had originally talked about doing prep work last night (after I got home from the con!), to streamline things for tonight. But once we scrapped that idea, I admit it was nice not to have to deal with it then. And now, pardon me while I try to work up some enthusiasm for tonight: Marmalade! Poppyseeds!

4. Anyone have an Elvis jumpsuit to lend for a [shortly-after-]Purim costume? (No, not for me.) I do need another costume element that is for me, that I suspect I could find in the [livejournal.com profile] mitgsp stock, but I'm not going to push my luck.

Meet the Talleys!

Thursday, March 10th, 2005 11:01 am
chanaleh: (smilingnew)
If you saw Talley's Folly and are curious to know what was going on up at the house while Sally & Matt were down in the boathouse that night, come read Lanford Wilson's Talley & Son aloud with [livejournal.com profile] theatreatfirst!

March 12th
2:00 pm

First Congregational Church
89 College Ave., Somerville, MA

This is a very informal thing--not a performance, just a reading together with friends. There's no admission, no concessions, just the play. Take part in the reading, or just listen!

If you think you might join us, please let [livejournal.com profile] lillibet know, perhaps by commenting here, so she can figure out which room we should use.

Notes: This play is set simultaneously with Talley's Folly, and Sally makes brief appearances in it, though Matt does not. It features 6 men (including Buddy, Dad, and Harley Campbell) and 6 women (including Sally, Olive, and the irrepressible Aunt Lottie).

oy gevalt

Monday, February 28th, 2005 01:16 pm
chanaleh: (Default)
I just got my February pay stub. It's the 28th? Already?? How did THAT happen? Purim feels much too close already (and technically it's delayed a month to begin with). Please, oh, please don't make me think about Pesach.

On the other hand, the other thing that just landed in my in-box is the collection I ordered (used) of the Talley plays. Yay! Who wants to borrow it when I'm done? And when are we reading them out loud?

Speaking of reading: [livejournal.com profile] ellen_kushner now has a LiveJournal? And according to her info page, she shares my birthday?! This is the most entertaining pair of facts I expect to discover all day.

nattering about... fullness and emptiness )

So much to do. I could write a whole additional post... and may, later. For now, instead, I will go drink some more water and get back to my report writing.

And tonight... more snow.
chanaleh: (smilingnew)
Went to sleep at midnight. Awoke, *ding!*, at 5am. How aggravating. I wonder if I could convince my body to take another 2-hour nap instead of lying awake thinking about the play.

... [livejournal.com profile] moria923 and [livejournal.com profile] thorbol came! The [livejournal.com profile] cosy Parents came! Mike and Dallas and Adam all came! ... [livejournal.com profile] inseriatim was supposed to come, but I didn't see her there but didn't stick around to say hello. ;-) Oh well. Also, we recorded (videographed?) last night. The performance was a teeny bit ragged around the edges, but basically sound... and it had heart. It's amazing how different each performance can be from the last. (And the tag-team effort on my hair actually came out well! even in the absence of [livejournal.com profile] muffyjo.)

All right, I'm going to try to go back to sleep now.
chanaleh: (tigerstudent)
On love festivals that are not Xian saints' days: This week's Sh'koyach points up the fact that "the Jewish equivalent to Valentine's Day would be Tu B'Av", with a link to the following article:
Tu B'Av, like Yom Kippur, is about introspection and new beginnings concerning our relationships and personal values. [...] Tu B'Av is a great day for weddings, commitment ceremonies, renewal of vows, or proposing. It is a day for enhancing current relationships or defining anew what you are looking for in a partner.

I'm just saying. :-)

In tangentially related (albeit cryptic) news, the current research problem I may be said to be facing is not just one of reinforcement learning, but also of extrinsic vs. intrinsic motivation. Ah, my little neural network...

And apropos of nothing else at all:
Lindy, did you hear that mockingbird sing last night?
Honey, he was singing so sweet in the moonlight
In the old magnolia tree, bustin' his heart with melody.
I know he was singing of you, my Lindy Lou, Lindy Lou
I'd lay right down and die, and die,
If I could sing like that bird sings to you,
My little Lindy Lou.

Okay, off to a b'day dinner at Mary's for which I am late, and then a meeting.

Hot Foods

Sunday, February 13th, 2005 05:59 am
chanaleh: (2005)
I have not seen 6:00am from this direction in a long time. :-)

Wonderful lazy day today (where "today" = "Saturday"). Slept until 10am. Did not actually get out of bed until noon. Did not actually get dressed until 5pm. I begin to understand why the theater life is so alluring.

Good show tonight. *hugs [livejournal.com profile] dpolicar* *hugs [livejournal.com profile] theatreatfirst* I definitely felt more comfortable, and therefore more in the groove. I think it showed, although it's difficult to tell from in here. I find it suddenly hard to grasp that there will be no more show until Tuesday night's brush-up, and no more performance until Thursday. The Talley boathouse has become very real to me.

... Afterwards, excellent party chez [livejournal.com profile] roozle and [livejournal.com profile] sunspiral.

With the two LiveJournal friends that I added when I got home, I have now crossed the 300 mark. Go me.

Honorable Menschen rehearsal tomorrownight, for the first time in what feels like ages (and has, in fairness, been several weeks). Yay.
chanaleh: (2005)
ShaBot 6000 (a truly excellent weird-Jewish weekly web comic) is now syndicated to LJ! Shabbat shalom, everyone.

I am awake. I got almost 7.5 hours of sleep (which for me is fulfilling our director's directive to "get a LOT of sleep"). I just used the last coffee filter because I have not been to the grocery store in three weeks. I wonder if I can leave work half an hour early to do so? Either that or run across the street first thing tomorrow morning, but that sounds undesirable. I'm out of peanut butter, too.

I notice that I am rambling. :-)

Also, my forearms have that feeling that I've been clenching my hands for hours on end. Perhaps in my sleep, although I suspect I was doing it most of yesterday too. I do it a lot. But especially when I am panicking over the opening of my show in, oh, just under 12 hours....

I don't think calling in useless is going to help today. I must at least go in and finish printing out the last 400 pages of a 1668-page conference proceedings.

Sally's folly

Friday, February 4th, 2005 12:37 pm
chanaleh: (2005)
I did some writing yesterday to flesh out my character work for Talley's Folly.

Technically, it's the closest thing to a short story I've written in years. (In fact, it felt a lot like writing fanfic; but I suppose it's in a way very much the same thing.)

I posted it (both for feedback and because it had a pretty LJ-esque quality to begin with), but heavily filtered: only to [livejournal.com profile] lillibet and [livejournal.com profile] dpolicar for starters. But it occurs to me that other people might also find it interesting/amusing, so comment and I'll add you to my temporary "talleys" filter. :-) I don't strictly care whether you're involved in the production, but there are definite spoilers for the play, so unless you've seen/read it before -- because you're ALL going to come see it now, right? -- please wait until after. (It really won't make much sense unless you do already know the play, anyway.) I'll open the entry more generally after the run ends.

"Now, back to work!"

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