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Daniel

So this may be a generational thing, but am I reading too much or too little into the word "dated?"

Lance

Daniel, let me put it this way: My kids and my nieces and nephews read my blog and sometimes I let that inhibit my word choices.

Claire

That reminds me of a version of The Matchmaker I did props for in high school. I had several theatre friends, and one of my best friends played Cornelius (who didn't have a lot of room for his pratfalls, but I remember he was hilarious). I was a little moony over another of the actors, who happened not to be cast this time and did props with me. He could sing too. Sigh. Theatre people.

Victoria

Well, that was a massive trip down memory lane. Of the summer at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival - and the social and *dating* realities thereof.

Pause here for Victoria's reverie.

Snap out of it Victoria!

Oh. Right. What else?

Of the first love of my life who wrote songs - good ones - and performed them, and even though I knew from the get-go that the guy was ethically challenged, I have to admit that I swooned. Was he good-looking? Nope. Of the friends I made and kept as a college drama major - including the college leading man who had his first child while he was still in college, so went into sales instead of acting (transferable skills). But just last year - kids grown - he returned to acting and is absolutely soaring with it. I enjoy the calls about auditions and audiences and the hideous bathroom facilities in most Chicago playhouses so much more than the ones from his twenty years of nights on the road selling building supplies. Because, you see, he's one of the theatre people.

DaveMB

Hmm... the verb "to date" meant only one thing when I was in college in the late 70's...

I usually have small parts in the companies I act with, and I always try to keep one of your "Burnetts" in mind in motivating myself. In my daughter's high school production of _Twelfth Night_ (in which she totally kicked ass as Olivia), one of the best actors in the school was undercast as "Valentina" (Orsino's previous head lackey, "Valentine" in the original). In only 10-20 lines, this actor managed to be completely memorable and charming while still advancing the plot by demonstrating that Orsino was _really_ in the market for a new messenger.

Our company also just did R&J, which you wrote about this spring. We had a very good Friar and Nurse -- the latter managed to be entertaining without being obnoxious, which as you said is the key to the role. Mercutio was pretty solid. Romeo and Juliet (who were 17 and 18 respectively but looked 16 and 19) did their job of being winning enough to keep the audience in the play, but there is just a whole lot of moaning after the intermission...

Right now I've got six more shows as Adam in _As You Like It_...

John Casey

Apropos of something or other, I saw the results of a recent survey somewhere on line in the past couple of weeks. It was a survey of a large liberal arts university, and it answered the question, how many female undergraduate students, by major, are virgins.

The resulting bar graph had values on the right hand side of 70-80%, for math majors and physics and chemistry majors. Over on the left hand side, on the far left side, coming in at 0%, were performing arts majors. Ah, theater people!

JC

John Casey

Apropos of something or other, I saw the results of a recent survey somewhere on line in the past couple of weeks. It was a survey of a large liberal arts university, and it answered the question, how many female undergraduate students, by major, are virgins.

The resulting bar graph had values on the right hand side of 70-80%, for math majors and physics and chemistry majors. Over on the left hand side, on the far left side, coming in at 0%, were performing arts majors. Ah, theater people!

JC

Joe Mannion

I stumbled upon this blog recently whilst idly googling down comments on Dumas' wonderful story of providence. Since I selfishly hold my surname in high regard, I had to read on to learn more of Lance Mannion's views on the subject. A bookmarking was to follow when Patrick O'Brian's name quickly came up. You see, my bookcase holds every volume of the Aubrey-Maturin saga.

So just when I thought we had a surname and good taste in historical fiction in common, I read this article and begin to wonder about genetics.
My first play (I auditioned on a dare from my soccer team-mates) was "Hello Dolly" and I've dated actresses in every play I've done. Beautiful, exciting, talented, sexy, dangerous, jealous, manipulative, looney actresses.

Why did you leave the theatre? If you dated as many of them as I did, perhaps you found you were no longer a glutton for punishment.

~Joe Mannion

Chris The Cop

I had sex once - I liked it. I might try it again. Maybe with a live girl next time...

sfmike

I'm still an amateur actor at age 54, but I only do it if I don't have to speak any lines. Living across the street from the San Francisco Opera House has allowed me to indulge in recreational thespian activities while at the same time not taking them very seriously, as in trying to make a living at it, which is brutal. By chance, I've been thrown into a young professional's training program production of "Don Giovanni" with a cast of 20-somethings who all seem to be having sex/passionate friendships with each other. They are all both charming and silly at the same time. Theatre People! And I'm glad I did the same thing when I was their age, or I'd be seriously envious right now rather than genuinely amused.

Lance

DaveMB: Right now I've got six more shows as Adam in _As You Like It_...

Traditionally thought to be one of the parts Shakespeare himself played, isn't it? Break a leg, Dave.

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