Hey kids. Sorry it’s been so long. It’s weird, nothing is really happening but everything is happening. Been busy in this time off seeing friends, working on an idea for a cabaret, I taught a class for young performers for this new Masterclass series started by Paul Aikins, and I’ve been seeing shows.
I saw the pantomime ROBIN HOOD at the Elgin. So sweet to see kids have such a good time in the theatre. Jeff Irving is a very sweet Robin, Eva Avila has in incredible voice and Dan Chameroy literally walks away with the show in the role of the obligatory “dame”, playing Maid Marian’s Nurse. Really funny.
I also saw ORSON’S SHADOW. An odd but really interesting play about a real event. It’s 1960 and theatre critic, Kenneth Tynan, convinces his dear friend, Orson Welles to direct Laurence Olivier in Ionesco’s Rhinoceros. My buddy Steve Ross played Orson Welles and was so great. Really great sense of the great man while making smart, human, complicated choices. I adore him.
Bizarre and surprising thing. I realized about a week ago that I’m pretty sure I broke one of my toes about 7 weeks ago. hahahha Seriously. It was the day I got back from Edmonton. I had laid one of my suitcases down just inside my bedroom door and gone to grab some food and chat with my roomie. A couple of hours later, I walked into the room without the light on but the hall light on. The shadow of my door perfectly hid the suitcase as I walked in . . . . can you feel where I’m going with this??? I practically emptied my bowels. The toe next to the baby toe on my right foot. The pain was intense but I thought it was just a normal – albeit painful – toe snub. But it really, really hurt. Well it stills hurts – slightly. But it’s been seven weeks and it was sore like it had just happened for about 4 – 5 weeks afterwards. I’m pretty sure I actually broke it. Cool. It hasn’t been a real discomfort except for walking for the first week. And then to be touched – Yowch!!
Aside from that, not much is happening. I’m seeing an interesting sounding play called The Madonna Painter tomorrow. I’m singing for World AIDS Day on Tuesday evening at the Metropolitan United Church at Queen and Church. It should be a cool night. From 7 – 8:15.
Then I leave a week tomorrow (Sunday) for Winnipeg to start rehearsals for The Drowsy Chaperone. I’m looking forward to re-inventing Aldolpho again. We’ll see.