The night before last was a dress rehearsal where everything seemed to be so far from good that we’d never fix it and we were doomed. “People will laugh at us,” we said. “Critics will excoriate us. Audiences will say to each other ‘Bwa-ha-ha-ha-haa. What a stinker that was.’”
And then last night, an invited dress rehearsal with a small but appreciative audience, had SO MUCH that was SO GOOD that I breathed a HUGE sigh of relief. Act 1 is kicking ass. The storytelling through scene and song and movement and mise-en-scene is WORKING, PEOPLE.
And Act 2 has large swaths that we haven’t tech’ed quite as much as we’d like–and some underrehearsed transitions showed us how much we have left to do. The bones of the show that was working so beautifully in our last rehearsal room run are all there–but somewhere in all that we have done to put it on stage, we have lost some ground…and now that it’s all up in front of us with technical elements, we can see more things we need to fix.
Seven days and six previews remain until we open.
Tonight is our first preview, the first time a paying audience will see this madness that we have wrought.