Nat takes the stage

I used to do a fair number of plays, community or school theater productions (not to mention my sketch comedy efforts). Even met Mrs. Nat’s TV when we were both working backstage at a CalTech play (my rare example of working backstage; I’m more interested in acting than in other forms of stagecraft.) But having gotten married, time has flown by, and it’s been more than a decade since I took the stage in front of an audience.

That all fell by the wayside last night, opening night for the Conejo Players production of Heaven Can Wait. I’ve got a smaller but interesting role in it, Inspector Williams; he’s officially “minor”, as he doesn’t show up until Act 3, but he opens the act and is a significant player when he’s there. He’s a guy who is cursed by the fact that he’s actually paying attention to what’s going on.

This is the first time I’ve done a general community theater since moving to California, and being in the greater L.A. area makes it quite different from the community theater that I did in New Jersey, or my efforts with TACIT, which is for the CalTech community. Even though this is as far out as Thousand Oaks, this amateur theater draws some professional actors – not folks who are Big Time, of course, but the sort of regularly-trying-out, sometimes-working actors that make up the larger base of pro actors. So my untrained, haven’t-done-anything-in-a-decade self was competing for parts with folks who take this all seriously, and now I’m on stage with the gal who had to miss a few days of practice because she was shooting night scenes on the new Adam Sandler pic, and I’m dressing with this guy whose letting me know where ABC is having some tryouts for minorities and the disabled, and older folks like us just may qualify, and at the backstage opening night party I was chatting with this guy’s friend, who’s in Second City, and that guy’s wife, who’s a regular on a current prime time network series but is really excited about her upcoming Showtime series. This may be a very small part of the Big Game, but it’s part of the Big Game nonetheless. Not sure what I’m doing there, but I ain’t complaining!

Published in: on April 24, 2010 at 3:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Importance of Not Being Doogie

So months ago, we saw that the L.A. Theatre Works had upcoming performances of The Importance of being Earnest starring Neil Patrick Harris, and we wuz happy. We have long had positive feelings for NPH, me going back to Doogie (those of us who went to college young can’t help but to have an association with him), Mrs. Nat TV seemingly more linked to his Sondheim work. (Both of us collide on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, natch.)

Now, depsite the name, L.A. Theatre Works performances are not what you think. They’re not staged plays. Rather, they are done for radio — no sets or real blocking, just actors doing a radio show version of some play. We’d seen one before, and was fun, and couldn’t pass up this chance to see NPH do his stuff. Bought tickets. Only with less than two weeks to go, we’re seeing new ads for this – and NPH is nowhere to be seen. James Marsters has took his spot on the roster. Now, we have very positive thoughts about Mr. Marsters. But dadgummit, it’s like you were told you were getting cherry pie, and someone serves you up some chocolate ice cream instead. As much as you might like chocolate ice cream, your system has geared itself up for cherry pie, and this just won’t do.

We’ve got the tickets, we’ll go, but we’ll definitely feel some NPH-shaped void that will be left unfilled.

Published in: on June 8, 2009 at 3:17 pm  Comments (1)  
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