We Have a Show
We had our first preview for Boeing Boeing last night, and the audience was incredibly reactive. They laughed at every joke and at some things we never knew were jokes. It finally feels like we have a show. A funny show. It's thrilling.
Farce is so technical and specific. It's a machine that you have to operate properly. And last night, we remembered how to have fun while doing that.
We have another day of tech (I'm baking brownies for the occasion as I type this), and another preview tonight. More tech tomorrow, and then opening night tomorrow. It feels like this opening snuck up on me more than they usually do. Tech has gone by so quickly.
There are still some technical elements I'm getting used to. I'm trying not to slam the many doors of our set on the cape I wear as a costume piece. I'm trying to not mess up my wig when I take off the hat that's pinned into said wig mid-scene (as I do three times during the show). I'm working on not flashing the audience with any of my micro-mini hemlines, each one shorter than the next (one of our crew members wrote on my facebook wall this morning that she thinks the first two rows of the audience might have coronaries if I'm not careful in my nightie). I'm trying to not look awkward as I take short, quick steps in my stiletto sandal slippers. I have five quick-changes in the show (one of which involves removing a wig, another involves putting the wig back on), and those are actually easy in comparison to some of the stuff I do on stage.
I bought a pretty dress for tomorrow's after-party, as this is the biggest opening night I've had in grad school. I'm nervous, but I'm excited. I think we're in a good place to open. And I trust our director and creative team a great deal. I know this is one production that I'm going to look back on with pride.