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Subject: Beautiful Bodies
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 21:34:52 -0700
From: Janet Morris janmor@home.com

Dear Mr. Stark,
Do you know the play BEAUTIFUL BODIES by Laura Cunningham? Our company Horned Moon plans to produce the play this Fall and would like to read a review of a previous production. I believe the play was first staged in New Jersey in the 1980s.
Thank you so much for any help you can give us.
Gillian Morris

NOPE. THE PLAY'S NEW TO ME; BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE READ Greenroom LETTERS.


Subject: Snappy Dance Theater
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 1999 13:07:55 -0400
From: "Martha Mason" mmason@snappydance.com

Dear Larry,
My company just recently performed at the C. Walsh Theater in June, and an audience member pointed me to your website.
I am working with a genre that is often more theatrical than "dance", and so would like to be more connected with the theater scene. At present, I am looking for male "dancers" or actors who are physical and are fearless. Would it be possible for me to advertise this fact on your website? Please feel free to look us up at www.snappydance.com
My email is : mmason@snappydance.com
I look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely,
Martha Mason
Director

UNTIL I GET AN AUDITION-CALL, WILL THIS DO?


Subject: Reminder: Last Weekend!!
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 1999 17:46:28 -0400 (EDT)
From: Valerie Weiss valerie@pride.med.harvard.edu
To:
listto announce plays , ac5f@andrew.cmu.edu, Amy jensen , alanpiper@aol.com, amandaj@alumni.princeton.edu, andraos@heckle.med.harvard.edu, Barbara B , bepuzzle@aol.com, Mom and Dad , bestmdicine@juno.com, BostonActor@aol.com, brad.lips@atlas-fdn.org, bwagner@fas.harvard.edu, celkin@fas.harvard.edu, cfj@juno.com, chiong@fas.harvard.edu, christopherhoran@hotmail.com, colinj@massed.net, cookiemaxx@aol.com, Michelle Cordray , danaryan@aol.com, dino@bobsvideo.net, dmares@law.harvard.edu, erika@atom.harvard.edu, et107@juno.com, Forest1524@aol.com, frau@fas.harvard.edu, funrungirl@aol.com, Garth.Grover@ae.ge.com, heidikim@fas.harvard.edu, hmorehou@student.med.harvard.edu, houseopayne@aol.com, jeffg.71@improper.com, jfox@student.med.harvard.edu, jimweiss@alumni.princeton.edu, jtownsen@oeb.harvard.edu, jvorwald@hispanex.com, kbrzezowski@clariion.com, kmomin@rebout.com, Wendy Da Silva , kshucks@juno.com, larry@theatermirror.com, lpeng@law.harvard.edu, lynjohnson@worldnet.att.net, mackbar@ksg.harvard.edu, margaret.lee@ariad.com, margaret_kelly@carneysandoe.com, Matt.Davis@FMR.COM, mcbride@bcmp.med.harvard.edu, merino@fas.harvard.edu, Mari Grover , molloy@fas.harvard.edu, morel@csps.com, mpeters@student.med.harvard.edu, mringel@law.harvard.edu, mrs@rage.med.harvard.edu, msoriano@pride.med.harvard.edu, mwien@lemel.fr, nbrown@law.med.harvard.edu, nina.donaghy@bbc.co.uk, Norman_Praught@spe.sony.com, QUADRI@walsh.med.harvard.edu, rjoelr@aol.com, rlewis@student.med.harvard.edu, rpbcup25@aol.com, RPROVOST@World.std.com, samantha@expat.air-inc.com, Stacy Boxer , schierle@fas.harvard.edu, settlema@helix.mgh.harvard.edu, SiegStern@aol.com, sperry@PSGHS.EDU, srp29@columbia.edu, tbeck@IMSearch.com, tedjohns@earthlink.net, ufo2@thecia.net, wallace@fas.harvard.edu, zawalich@fas.harvard.edu, zhwang@eecs.harvard.edu, zimmermm@enc.edu

Just a reminder that this is the last weekend for The American Dream if you haven't already seen it!!! Please check it out!!

See our review at http://www.theatermirror.com/kltadls.htm!

KOINONIA THEATER PRESENTS

An evening of one-act plays

Samuel Beckett's

" krapp's last tape "
directed by Jason M. Reulet

&

Edward Albee's

"The American Dream"
directed by Valerie H. Weiss

Thurdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, June 10-12, 17-19, & 24-26
June 19th Actors Benefit

All performances 8:00 pm

Old Baptist Church, 1151 Massachusettes Ave. Cambridge

Tickets at the Door, $15 general admission, $10 students and seniors

THIS IS HERE, NOT IN Special Announcerments, BECAUSE WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT.
And the first thing I have to say is BRAVO!
This is just another specimen of that detestible internet garbage called SPAM, right? Sure. It's also great advertising! It took a while, probably, to compile that huge list of e-mail addreses, and the simple and tasteful arrangement of the lines on the page took a few moments longer. Sending it took seconds. And look how many eyeballs it reached!
The reason I'm pointing it out this way, though, is that it's the Very First Time in almost five years of running The Mirror that I've seen anyone actually use e-mail for advertising in this way.
And now that you've seen it, think about this: all those e-mail addresses are Right There for ANYONE to use.
Do you have a show that not enough people have heard about?
Well??????????
Love,
===Anon.


Subject:
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 1999 11:57:34 -0400 (EDT)
From: Jason Reulet jmreulet@fas.harvard.edu

Dear Larry,
I am sorry it has taken me so long to write this email, but I just wanted to thank you for the eloquent review you gave our company. (we have been quoting liberally from it at every opportunity!)

It was such a pleasure to speak with you. After our conversation I realized how much of an advocate of the theatre you are. You have such a profound respect for this very powerful medium, and your website is testimony to your committment to Boston's nascent and smaller theatre companies.

After having jumped through so many hoops and so much beauracracy to get this show up and going (not to mention the lack of support from the Globe and other publications in terms of getting our company in their calendar sections) I come out a little saddened at the lack of respect for fledgling artists by the city-at-large.

It is so difficult and expensive to stage a show, and there is so little infrastructure for small arts organizations in Cambridge. We just found out that if you poster on anything in Cambridge, you can receive a fine of up to $250 per poster. What other ways can you advertise that wont break you? How can you ever get a start without a little cooperation from your city?

We are in this for the long haul. I hope that after we this season we will begin to forge ties with other companies and make a concerted effort at changing the environment for theatre in Greater Boston (starting with Cambridge). Could we make this city more hospitable to the groups that really push the envelope and stimulate interest in theatre as an art form? It would only benefit the larger houses.

I hate to make comparisons, but it truly was easier to stage a show in Seattle than in Boston. Not that it is perfect out there, but it certainly is much more inviting towards the arts. And I will write my experiences down as soon as I finish this run. I think Boston needs to consider what it is missing out on, and stop the exodus of talent to New York and elsewhere.
Jason M. Reulet

TELL US ABOUT THE CONTRAST, JASON, AND I'LL PUT IT INTO THE MIRROR.
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: RE: joining a theater group
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 12:56:53 EDT
From: McBinky@aol.com

Hi Larry, my name is Joanne. I got your web site from The QP theater manager Juree James. I am looking to join a theater group on the South Shore, (Mass). I have no prior experience, but have always wanted to give it a try. I finally think I have the nerve, and I'm sure it will be lots of fun. Would you be able to assist me in finding a group or even a workshop that accepts new members. I would definitely appreciate it. Thank You. Joanne McLaughlin (McBinky@aol.com)

WELL, YOU NEED THE Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theatres MEMBERSHIP LIST [ http://www.mindspring.com/~ken.lord/emact/ ]
It's a big list, but I have no idea WHERE all these communities are! Compare the lst to a road-map of the state, and.....there you are.


Subject: RE: NEW THEATER COMPANY NEEDS ACTORS
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 07:32:36 -0400
From: "Willis, Nancy" nancy.willis@lmco.com

Thanks, Larry.

You've already done a lot with your support and encouragement.

There is one BIG thing you could do for me. If you have an email listing of actors in the Boston area and companies that correspond with you - I would appreciate some help getting the black actor and actress we need for the show. They should be 50-60 but even a 45 year old with make up would be considered. Any networking you could do on our behalf would be very much appreciated. Have anyone interested contact me directly at 781-270-0869. Thanks again.
Best,
Nancy


Subject: Looking for space.
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 23:32:03 -0400
From: "hollybarry2" hollybarry2@email.msn.com

Dear Larry:
Good -day to you. I am interested in finding a small theatre to put on a production and I am having trouble . Would you be able to point me in the right direction?
Thank-You for your time.
Yours,Holly Day

WELL, THE FIRST QUESTIONS I'D HAVE WOULD BE "HOW LONG?" AND "HOW BIG?"
HAVE YOU ALREADY TRIED (1) THE BCA (2) THE ACTORS' WORKSHOP (3) THE BEAU JEST MOVING THEATER OR (4) PORTAL THEATRE WHICH NOW HAS THE OLD "BOSTON BAKED" SPACE IN DAVIS SQUARE SOMERVILLE?
THESE ARE SMALL (60 - 100 SEATS PLUS OR MINUS) SPACES. IF YOU NEED MORE IT MAY GET HARDER.
DATES, TOO, ARE IMPORTANT. SUMMER MIGHT BE EASIER TO FIND SPACE, HARDER TO PUT ASSES ON ITS SEATS.
I NEVER SAID THIS WAS AN easy GAME, DID I?
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: THANK YOU
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 12:31:54 -0700
From: bmanspeizer@bkb.com

Dear Larry:
Thank you so much for your review of the Skriker. Your comments were encouraging, insightful, and quite enjoyable! I so appreciate that you took the time to come and see the performance as well as to write such an informative review on the Boston theater community. The actors, crew, and myself were so pleased with your feedback.

As a native of New York, I find it terribly rediculous to think I might get eaten up there by some big scary shark!! These big fish do tend to turn up at the worst times though don't they?! Every time I meet one of them, regardless of the city I am in, my creative energy grows stronger. I have learned from these big fish what it means to "try, try, again" and to create opportunites for myself in order to allow theater to always run through my soul.

Do I sound redicoulosly young and idealistic?? I certainly hope so!!

Thank you and let's keep in touch. I will keep you abreast of upcoming plays.
Love,
Beth Manspeizer

GO Toward, BETH, NEVER Away From; AND WHEN YOU LOOK BACK, SMILE.
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Undeliverable mail: Processing failure
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 11:42:35 -0400 (EDT)
From: PMDF Mail Server postmaster@csps.com

These addresses were rejected:
morelp@csps.com not found in directoryte:

Subject: Fwd: Undeliverable mail: Processing failure
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 07:43:09 PDT
From: Donald Baillargeon dbaillar@hotmail.com

Hi Larry,
Well, my message to this woman has been returned. Could you please pass it along for me? Thanks!

Subject: Equity
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 07:15:20 -0700 (PDT)
From: Donald Baillargeon dbaillar@hotmail.com

Hi Penelope,
Larry Stark passed along your message to me as I work at the SAG office here in Boston. I believe that the card you received in Puerto Rico should be valid here, as Puerto Rico is considered a US Territory. Here's the Equity phone # in NY that you can call to confirm this. There is no office here in Boston - 212-869-8530.

Regards,
Don Baillargeon

Penelope Morel wrote:

Dear Larry:
I have my equity card from Puerto Rico. Do you think I can get an equity card in Boston with the one I have from Puerto Rico?
I wrote you two months ago, and I performed last month in the play "The Cemetery Club".
Hope to hear from you soon.
Penelope Morel
e-mail morelp@csps.com

LET'S HOPE PENELOPE READS THE GREENROOM!!!


Subject: EMACT TALK BACK
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 17:10:15 EDT
From: EMACTJAC@aol.com

Hi, All!
Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is the EMACT Festival Talk Back at the Burlington Players' Park Playhouse (in Burlington). Everything starts at 10:00am, so please feel free to wander in around then to help us discuss this year's event. All input will be integral in the planning of Festival' 2000!

To get to the Park Playhouse, from 128 heading North, take the Winn Street exit (in Burlington passed the mall) and bear right onto Winn Street. Take your 2nd right onto Harriet Avenue. Follow Harriet to the top and take a left onto Edgemere Road. This will lead you right into the Playhouse Parking lot.

>From 128 heading South, also take the Winn Street exit, but turn left off the exit and follow the above directions as noted.

The playhouse number is (781) 229-2649 if need to call for directions or otherwise.

See you then!


Subject: Fwd: Your Help Needed in article for "Stage Directions"]
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 16:44:15 EDT
From: JACNEED@aol.com

Anybody available to help Mr. Harris and his project? If so, please do. Promoting community theatre on every level and in every way ultimately helps sustain the arts! Thanks to Michael McGarty of Harvard Community Theatre for bring this to my attention!
Thanks in advance!
JulieAnn

PHarris825@aol.com wrote:

Dear Artistic Director/Administrative Director,

I am writing an article for "Stage Directions" Magazine looking at the role of Community Theater In the National Debate on the Arts. I was wondering what your theater or organization has done in recent years in terms of lobbying for funding and recognition from either City, County, State or Federal Government. In addition I should love to interview either Artistic or Administrative Directors about their own particular efforts at raising the profile of the Arts in their locale. Please either e-mail ASAP at PHARRIS825@aol.com or call me on 212 265 6845 if you would like to contribute a quote or just your thoughts to such an article. (I work from home so feel free to call anytime between 8am to Midnight EST.) Please feel free to forward this email to others who might have something to contribute to the subject.
Best wishes,
Paul Harris

SOUNDS LIKE EXACTLY THE SORT OF THING REGULAR MIRROR-LOOKERS SHOULD SUPPORT!


Subject: Anybody have connections to dance reviewers at the globe or phoenix?
Date: Mon, 07 Jun 1999 12:30:19 -0400
From: julie@memcad.com

I saw Deux Ex Machina at the C Walsh Theatre at Suffolk U on Thursday and was rreally impressed. These people are really talented, and creative. It was a brilliant collaborative effort, and the sad thing is, they don't have the backing to continue the show. They need a review!!!!
It's a shame that these people spent so much time and effort, not to mention the years of experience that went into this show, to have it only be seen on one weekend!!!!
If anyone has any ideas, please get back to me.... Here's a brief description that I sent to colleagues at work the other day....
Last night I saw a dance/theatre/comedy piece that I thought was very good, and worth seeing if you can get to the C Walsh Theatre at Suffolk Univerisity . It's only happening June 4 and 5 so hurry!...
617 625-5788
It's called Deus Ex Machina ( A Theadancecomedrama)
I am not a big modern dance fan, but this piece was an exception.
If you've ever heard of Mummenschanz, there's a little of that in it...also a bit of modern day Alice in Wonderland. They also intertwine a short video done by a comedian who plays a nun, the devil, and other characters. This guy co-starred in Next Stop Wonderland.The music is great, the performances are great...some funny and creative stuff as well... only an hour of your time, but well worth the time and money spent...
go here for more
http://www.snappydance.com/descript.htm
http://www.snappydance.com
Thanks in advance !
Julie B.


Subject: Festival
Date: Sat, 5 Jun 1999 14:17:06 EDT
From: ACMEACTOR@aol.com

Hi Larry,
Dave Sheppard here, it was great to finally meet and talk with you at festival. Thanks for the kind words in your write-up on festival. One correction though, you mentioned one of your complaints was that "Jack Sweet was the only name unfairly absent from recognition" well just to set the record straight Jack was nominated Best Actor ( a nomination he rightfully deserved) with Rik Pierce, Jim Grana, Harold Bond and myself.
Thank you for your continued coverage of community theater.
And to everyone who participated at the festival this year thank you and the words of the adjudicators are just their opinion
Larry - it was a true pleasure.
Dave Sheppard
Acme Theater Productions


Subject: Theater Works
Date: Sun, 6 Jun 1999 09:02:11 EDT
From: LLT21@aol.com

Hi Larry!
I just noticed that if people want more information for the Oliver! auditions, there isn't a contact number. Anyone interested can call (401) 766-1898 for information or directions to the theater.
Have a good day!
Louise


Subject: Julie Needs a Little Help, please...
Date: Thu, 3 Jun 1999 18:04:36 EDT
From: EMACTJAC@aol.com

Hi, everyone!
I hope you don't consider this an abuse of my using the EMACT list for personal business, but I need a little help. Let me explain -

On Sunday night of Festival (during the 3rd slot of the finals, to be exact), I met a lovely older woman in the hallway outside the Dreiser Gallery. We got into a conversation for quite a while, and before I could get her name, her group association, where she was from or how to contact her after Festival, the bell rang and I had to bolt backstage and back to work. I intended to track her down after the 4th slot, but got completely pulled away by Festival business and never even got back out to the lobby until after awards.

I would love to know who this fantastic person was/is, and to get in touch with her again to continue our conversation. Here's the rub...I can only give sparce details, so I'm hoping someone within reach of this email or forwarded emails to other Festival participants or audience that you all might know of that I don't, someone might pick up on this and come forward to help solve my mystery.

Here's what I know...she was at Festival 'with her friends', is an actress herself with an outstanding personality and very positive attitude. She's tall with short, shag-like salt'n'pepper hair, in her 50's-60's. She lost her husband and two sons in a plane crash, as well as losing another son. She's very fond of Jacques Brel, but not traditional-type musicals like Oklahoma or Carousel. Also, on the night of Festival, she was wearing a long, slit, khaki skirt with sandals, a tee-shirt-like top and a silver band ring around the middle of her index finger. She also wore another silver ring that appeared to have a very large silver ornament on it on the other hand.

If anyone recognizes this woman from my pathetic description, or has any leads on where she might be from, I would very much appreciate your letting me know. Or, if you'd feel more comfortable, pass on my email address or phone (978-772-2545) to her and ask her to call me. We had mentioned her picking up my business card from the Dreiser Gallery, but I don't know if she did/could in the rush of things happening.

Anyway, thanks to anyone who can help and also apologies to those who might consider this an imposition. If you met this person, you'd fully understand why I'd love to continue our conversation. She's a great lady.
Take care all! I appreciate any efforts you make in my quest.
JulieAnn


Subject: (no subject)
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 1999 10:28:47 EDT
From: Terimuller@aol.com

Larry..thought you might want the names of the three dancers from M.Butterfly..Teri Muller, Orea Nicolls, Michelle Estrada. Would appreciate it greatly if you could add this in..(our names were left out of the program, left out from the verbal announcement at the awards ceremony, as well as the overhead screen)
Thanks alot...Teri Muller

I ADDED YOUR NAMES ..... "IN LIGHTS!" ... AT LAST.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE INVOLVED.
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Jake's Women
Date: Sun, 23 May 1999 11:54:37 -0400
From: Nancy Curran Willis imadirektor@mediaone.net

OK Larry . . .
I couldn't stay out of this one! I directed a production of "Jake's Women" for the Concord Players a few years ago and I have to agree with Don Gillis this time. I think if that scene did not work for you it must have been the director's approach to it rather than Simon's that did not work.

What I think the scene with Sheila is supposed to be is the final dissolution of a man whose fantasies have gotten completely out of control. In Act I, Jake uses his fantasy women to help solve his problems and help with his writing and he KNOWS they are just a fantasy. In Act II, he starts to lose control of them and they begin to run his life rather than the other way around. The real humor (at least in my opinion) in the Sheila scene comes from Jake's torment over his realization that he may in fact be "going out of his mind" and his overdone inept attempts to cover up that fact from poor Sheila. Imagine a totally innocent girl winding up in a man's apartment who is talking to you while behaving like a schizophrenic because he is hearing the voice of his wife in his head yet keeps trying to act as if he isn't. Anyway, I believe the more real you play that scene - Jake's frightening awareness of his possible insanity and the inability to control it - Sheila's increasing panic as Jake turns into a mad man in front of her eyes and the wonderful frantic build the scene holds - the more you have an interpretation that works within the context of the play.
Amen. Another country heard from!
Nancy Curran Willis


Subject: Jake's Vs Jakes
Date: Sat, 22 May 1999 17:58:52 -0700
From: Don Gillis dgillis2@home.com

Hi,
I just read your review of Jakes Women, whcih I saw at City Nights Dinner Theater ( its on your reviews page)
I was perplexed as to why you did not like the scene where Maggie appears when Sheila comes in for Jake's "date". I thought the scene was one of the funniest in the show. Not well written? I guess reviewer's vs reviewer's( you and me) don't agree on this one. Explain to me, because I want to get another perspective of this scene.
~~~~~ Don

Subject: Re: Jake's Vs Jakes
Date: Thu, 13 May 1999 15:22:31 -0400
From: Larry Stark's Theater Mirror larry@theatermirror.com
To: Don Gillis dgillis2@home.com

Okay, let's see if I can defend myself.

Through the first act, Jake is a some pains to insist that those "figments" are --- and he knows they are --- just in his head. That's why he thinks, in act two, that he may be flipping out, because he SEES them, even in the mirror, and they don't go away.
But in this scene he converses and argues with a Maggie he really Knows isn't there, but he does so so violently poor Sheila herself believes he has flipped.
For me that stretches the "all in my mind" basis for the play all out of shape.
Ad played here (and remember I've seen the play only once) Jake comes on to Sheila with jackrabbity hops from ridiculous idea to ridiculous idea --- not at all behaving in any way like someone interested in, or even Aware of Sheila herself. And it's not at all just because "his wife" is looking on; apparently it's because he's an inept jerk --- which he isn't anywhere else in ther script.
Structureally, you're right, the scene is howlingly funny --- but it's funny because it's a shameless rip-off of "Blythe Spirit" not because of anything Neil Simon did with Noel Coward's situation. And Coward freely admitted that the spirits WERE real and talked and thought and acted with wills of their own, so the confusions of those who could NOT see and hear them were legitimate and the difference was the very basis of the joke. Simon on the other hand did everyting in his power --- in the Rest of his play, at least --- to keep those "ideas" real ONLY as projections of the writer's imaginative method of work, and here he chucks the whole ballgame out the window for some easy laughs.

Frankly, for me the play's not a comedy; it's a deadly serious play that just happens to be funny as hell.
You should have seen GINGERBREAD LADY, B.E.F.O.R.E he re-wrote it! Those people were simply and spontaneously Witty People, it was how they talked and how they thought, but wit and humor and laughs never for a moment assuaged the fact that they were Miserable! And that was what made it such a brilliant play. What survives in the ultimate movie turns my stomach. I mean, Dorothy Parker was one of the funniest people who ever lived, and tried suicide every six months, so there's precedence for it.
For me the play's climactic line is when he gestures at his processor and shouts
"I don't write because I WANT to, I write to save my ghoddamned soul!"
And that's why Maggie Must accept his "distance" and why Jake Must eventually trust that she will. The end here IS compromise, not happy-ever-after;. Their affairs and their separation weren't accidents or misunderstandings, they were evidence.
In this production, I never saw what Bound Maggie so desperately TO this incredibly flawed and self-centric writer, but she is and she must be for they to accept the ending.
Of course, the fact that I'm divorced because I more or less loved reviewing plays more than I loved my own wife has NOTHING to do with my opinions of this play, does it?
I do think I can see Doc Simon facing the truth about Why and How he writes here, and I'll bet the play would play just as well, maybe even better, if he'd just skipped the whole Sheila scene entirely --- whether, on its own merits, it's funny or not.
But that's just my own warped perspective on it. I could be wrong.
I think I remember being wrong once before.......
(Insert wry emoticon of your choice here.)
Love,
===God
( a k a Anon. )

Subject: Re: Jake's Vs Jakes
Date: Sun, 23 May 1999 10:10:49 -0700
From: Don Gillis dgillis2@home.com
To: "Larry Stark's Theater Mirror"

Larry:
Good defense. There are a lot of people who go to theater and do not have the expertise to "compare" - for example Noel Coward's style of writing with Neil Simon. I know I have seen Blithe Spirit and when I saw Jake's Women and he refers to Coward in that scene,,, it never ocurred to me that it was "a rip-off". I agree with the rest of your interpretation of the play though and just was curious as to why you particularly did not like this scene. If he goes out of character - I don't believe its Doc Simon's fault. The DIRECTOR has the responsibility to keep the character in line. He did not (in my opinion) act like a jerk in the production I saw. If Jake acted like a inept jerk in this scene then I would be inclined to blame the DIRECTOR, not the character. But, I also have been known to be wrong before...... thanks for the answer.


Subject: Audition Postings
Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 10:37:33 -0400
From: Jessica Martin jessicam@bu.edu

Hello,

I was informed that I could post auditions by sending an email to this address. I hope my information is correct. The following information is what I am looking for (in the Boston-area):

AUDITIONS

Playwright looking for four actresses (age range 19 - 37) for three to six month commitment to workshop play-in-progress (possible production in the Boston area late summer/early fall). Play is about butch/femme experience in the 1950s in Texas.

If interested, please call the playwright, Jess Martin at:
(617) 536-4651 or email: jessicam@bu.edu.
Thanks,
Jessica

WHOEVER TOLD YOU WAS CORRECT. LOOK INTO AUDITIONS IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME.


Subject: new website
Date: 18 May 99 11:20:59 EDT
From: Irene Daly dalyi@usa.net

Hello!
I don't believe that you've got this on your website page and, although I've yet to visit this theatre - amazing what getting your car totalled will do to your mobility - I've heard they do wonderful shows!
http://www.americanstagefestival.org/

Also, while I'm at it, I wanted to thank you for your continuing enthusiasm and support. I've had the pleasure of being reviewed by you (and Beverly Creasey) a few times and was among the Sugan contingent at the IRNE awards. It was a terrific night with a lot of heart.
Thanks again,
Irene Daly

I'M ALWAYS IMPRESSED WHEN SOMEONE DEEPLY INVOLVED IN MAKING THEATER FINDS THE TIME TO CALL PEOPLE'S ATTENTION TO SOMEONE ELSE'S SHOWS!
I THINK THAT'S WHAT THE IRNE AWARDS ARE TRYING TO DO.
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Thanks
Date: Mon, 17 May 99 10:38:10 -0500
From: robert_saoud_at_ccandnov2@putnaminv.com

Larry,
Just wanted to thank you for your wonderful commentary on the "Wizard of Is". It was a fun evening for me and as you noted, everyone else seemed to be enjoying themselves as well. I appreciate your support and encouragement. I'll keep you posted as to what's up next.
Thanks again,
Robert

YOU KNOW, IT WAS SUCH A STRANGE EXPERIENCE TO BE IN A ROOM WITH SO MANY FAMILIAR FACES BUT none OF THEM IN make-up!!!
OBVIOUSLY, I HAD A BALL....
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: [Fwd: Fwd: Fw: ...no subject...]
Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 16:04:21 -0700
From: Don Gillis dgillis2@home.com

Larry-- I know you will enjoy this!!
~~~~ Don

ONLY THE THEATRE WORLD WOULD UNDERSTAND...

THEATRE TERMS

Eternity
The time that passes between a dropped cue and the next line
Prop
A hand-carried object small enough to be lost by an actor 30 seconds before it is needed on stage
Director
The individual who suffers from the delusion that he or she is responsible for every moment of brilliance cited by the critic in the local review
Blocking
The art of moving actors on the stage in such a manner as not to collide with the walls, the furniture, the orchestra pit or each other. Similar to playing chess, except that the pawns want to argue with you.
Blocking Rehearsal
A rehearsal taking place early in the production schedule where actors frantically write down movements which will be nowhere in evidence by opening night
Quality Theater
Any show with which you were directly involved
Turkey
Every show with which you were not directly involved
Dress rehearsal
Rehearsal that becomes a whole new ball game as actors attempt to maneuver among the 49 objects that the set designer added at 7:30 that evening
Tech week
The last week of rehearsal when everything that was supposed to be done weeks before finally comes together at the last minute; reaches its grand climax on dress rehearsal night when costumes rip, a dimmer pack catches fire and the director has a nervous breakdown. Also known as hell week.
Set
An obstacle course which, throughout the rehearsal period, defies the laws of physics by growing smaller week by week while continuing to occupy the same amount of space
Monologue
That shining moment when all eyes are focused on a single actor whois desperately aware that if he forgets a line, no one can save him
Dark Night
The night before opening when no rehearsal is scheduled so the actors and crew can go home and get some well-deserved rest, and instead spend the night staring sleeplessly at the ceiling because they're sure they needed one more rehearsal
Bit Part
An opportunity for the actor with the smallest role to count everybody else's lines and mention repeatedly that he or she has the smallest part in the show.
Green Room
Room shared by nervous actors waiting to go on stage and the precocious children whose actor parents couldn't get a baby-sitter that night, a situation which can result in justifiable homicide
Dark Spot
An area of the stage which the lighting designer has inexplicably forgotten to light, and which has a magnetic attraction for the first-time actor. A dark spot is never evident before opening night.
Hands
Appendages at the end of the arms used for manipulating one's environment, except on a stage, where they grow six times their normal size and either dangle uselessly, fidget nervously, or try to hide in your pockets.
Stage Manager
Individual responsible for overseeing the crew, supervising the set changes, baby-sitting the actors and putting the director in a hammerlock to keep him from killing the actor who just decided to turn his walk-on part into a major role by doing magic tricks while he serves the tea.
Lighting Director
Individual who, from the only vantage point offering a full view of the stage, gives the stage manager a heart attack by announcing a play-by-play of everything that's going wrong.
Makeup Kit
(1) among experienced community theater actors, a battered tackle box loaded with at least 10 shades of greasepaint in various stages of desiccation, tubes of lipstick and blush, assorted pencils, bobby pins, braids of crepe hair, liquid latex, old programs, jewelry, break-a-leg greeting cards from past shows, brushes and a handful of half-melted cough drops;
(2) for first-time male actors, a helpless look and anything they can borrow
The Forebrain
The part of an actors brain which contains lines, blocking and characterization; activated by hot lights
The Hindbrain
The part of an actors brain that keeps up a running subtext in the background while the forebrain is trying to act; the hindbrain supplies a constant stream of unwanted nformation, such as who is sitting in the second row tonight, a notation to seriously maim the crew member who thought it would be funny to put real Tabasco sauce in the fake Bloody Marys, or the fact that you need to do laundry on Sunday.
Stage Crew
Group of individuals who spend their evenings coping with 50-minute stretches of total boredom interspersed with 30-second bursts of mindless panic
Message Play
Any play which its director describes as "worthwhile," "a challenge to actors and audience alike," or "designed to make the audience think." Critics will be impressed both by the daring material and the roomy accommodations, since they're likely to have the house all to themselves.
Bedroom Farce
Any play which requires various states of undress on stage and whose set sports a lot of doors. The lukewarm reviews, all of which feature the phrase "typical community theater fare" in the opening paragraph, are followed paradoxically by a frantic attempt to schedule more performances to accommodate the overflow crowds.
Assistant Director
Individual willing to undertake special projects that nobody else would take on a bet, such as working one-on-one with the brain-dead actor whom the rest of the cast has threatened to take out a contract on.
Set Piece
Any large piece of furniture which actors will resolutely use as a safety shield between themselves and the audience, in an apparent attempt to both anchor themselves to the floor, thereby avoiding floating off into space, and to keep the audience from seeing that they actually have legs
Strike
The time immediately following the last performance while all cast and crew members are required to stay and dismantle, or watch the two people who own Makita screw drivers dismantle, the set.
Gloria Dennison, Stage Coach Players, Dekalb, Illinois
Actors (As defined by a set designer)
People who stand between the audience and the set designer's art, blocking the view.
(That's also the origin of the word "blocking," by the way.)
Greg Quillinan, Florham Park Players, Morris Plains, NJ Stage Right, Stage Left
Two simple directions actors pretend not to understand in order to drive directors crazy. ("No, no, your OTHER stage right!")
Teri Robert, Actor's Guild of Parkersburg, WV
"Just remember: It's only community Theatre until it offends someone ... then it's ART!"

YOU KNOW ME TOO WELL, DON!


Subject: Mime Performance in Cambridge
Date: Fri, 07 May 1999 13:33:24 -0400
From: Andrew Andreev aaandre@mindspring.com

Hi Larry,
My name is Nelly. In November I created Mime group in Cambridge - Classical and modern Pantomime, Movement improvisations, Dance...
I hope you have interest in Art of Silence. We called our group Blue Moon Theatre. The first Performance "Reflections" you could see on This Saturday at the Dance Complex.
We perform 12 of the best Classical Mime etudes done in XX century. This is unique chance to see them, because most of them are not taped or if they are - it's not easy to discover, especially in the USA. If you decide to spend 1 hour with the tops in Mime history - you are welcome

May 8th, Saturday
7:00 or 8:30 PM (your choice)
536 Mass Ave, Central Sq., Cambridge , MA
Dance Complex, Studio 1

for more information about the Performance, group or Art of Silence: www.BlueMoonTheatre.org

Thank you for your attention. We'll be happy to see you on the performance!
Best whishes!
Nelly

I'D LOVE TO, BUT MY DANCE-CARD RUNNETH OVER THIS WEEK!


Subject: RE: Comment?(on "actors Play!")
Date: Thu, 6 May 1999 14:04:56 -0500
From: "Seebach, Tanya" tseebach@bhs.umn.edu

I loved your insight. I think sometimes as an actor I sometimes forget that it is playing---I take myself too seriously. But really that is what it is---having fun with it and bouncing ideas back and forth and saying the first thing that comes to mind. I have too often got caught up in wanting everything scripted---lines to work with---and haven't always trusted the spontaneous part of myself or of acting. For me(and probably most actors) it is about going back to the child in me---that creative,fun, imaginative part of myself that gets neglected far too often---tapping into that and "pretending" or playing "make believe"--yet it is very organic, very real. It is the very essence of who I am and what makes me an actor. Well anyway, thats what I think.
Thanks, Larry.
Talk to you later
Tanya

TANYA IS AN OLD FRIEND AND WORKING AS AN ACTRESS IN MINNESOTA.

Subject: Actors do play
Date: Wed, 05 May 1999 01:13:20 -0700
From: Rosann Hickey rosann@sover.net

Dear Larry,
Sometimes we make up our entire lives!
Love, Rosann

AND ROSANN HICKEYIS AN OLD FRIEND ACTING IN VERMONT.


Subject: Need a character... Get a costume!
Date: 05 May 99 11:29:16 -0400
From: Peter Brennan pbrennan@tpigroup.com

An Actor's Guide to Performance:

Hold for all laughs---real, expected, or imagined! If you don't get one, face front and repeat the line louder. Failing this, laugh at it yourself.

Cultivate an attitude of hostility. Tension gets results---on stage and off.

A good performance, like concrete, should be molded quickly and then forever set.

Your first responsibility as an actor is to find your light.

Do not listen to your fellow actors on stage. It will only throw you. Do not look at them either---you may not like what you see.

Always be specific---point to what you're talking about.

If a line isn't working for you, change it.

Stage Managers are NOT actors---ignore them. Keep them alert by never arriving on time or signing in.

Never be afraid to ad-lib to get attention, especially if you feel the leads aren't very entertaining.

Mistakes are never your fault.

Always find something to bitch about, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. Your fellow actors will respect your professional attention to detail.

Never carry make-up---someone will have what you need.

Never help understudies. (They secretly hate you and want your job)

Do help your fellow actors by giving them notes whenever you feel necessary. And give the notes immediately before they go on---it will be fresher that way.

Speak your lines as if the audience had difficulty understanding the language.

Keep other performers on their toes by ridiculing their performances, and never let them know what you're going to do next.

Play the reality---always be aware of the audience and whether you think they like the show, then gauge your performance accordingly. Why knock yourself out for ungrateful snobs?

The only difference between an amateur and a pro is that the pro does exactly the same thing for money.

Need a character? Get a costume.

Never change anything that is working, no matter how wrong or phony it may seem. When in doubt about an ad-lib, go "whoo"!

Go up on a line? Clap twice, look at the audience, and giggle.

Even if a piece of "schtick" doesn't work, keep using it. The important thing is for you to have fun and feel good about yourself.

MR. BRENNAN HAS BEEN KNOWN TO OBSERVE all THESE RULES RELIGIOUSLY, EVEN AT PARTIES.
(INSERT WRY EMOTICON OF YOUR CHOICE HERE!)
Love,
===Anon.
( a k a larry stark )


Subject: QUestion
Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 14:27:23 +0100
From: "Park, Rick" RPARK@NEHGS.ORG

Hi Larry!
This is RIck Park writing and I just read the Theatre Mirror Review of the show I am in "Swimming in the SHallows". I was a bit taken aback, because when I saw you in the audience the other night, you seemed to be enjoying it quite a bit. But the review was a very negative one. Then I noticed that at the end of the review, it was signed "Love, Anon.". DOes this mean that someone besides yourself reviewed it? I understand completely if you didn't like the show and wrote such but I really thought you seemed to be enjoying yourself. That was why I was wondering why it was signed "Anon." -- is it an anonymous critic or just something you sign at the end of all the reviews? I am just curious about it because the review and your reaction in the audience on Saturday night are from different ends of the spectrum.
ake care!
Rick Park
RPARK@NEHGS.ORG

I LAUGH A LOT, BUT A REVIEW ISN'T A LAUGH-METER
Love,
===Anon.
( a k a larry stark )


Subject: theater tickets
Date: Tue, 04 May 1999 14:27:32 EDT
From: "jennifer lawrence" phribbitt@hotmail.com

You seem to know alot about the theaters in Boston. I have been trying to set up a trip for my drama club to see a play in Boston, but I have been having some trouble finding theater listings for the last few weeks in May. If you would be able to help me out, with a site address maybee, I would appreciate it.
Thanks
Jennifer Lawrence

WELL, I'D START WITH OUR COMING ATTRACTIONS PAGE


Subject: Boston Latin Theatre (Centre Stage Productions)
Date: Sun, 2 May 1999 14:04:31 EDT
From: SaltOcean@aol.com

My name is Jonathon Gass and i am involved with the upcoming show, The Crucible, by Centre Stage Productions. Centre Stage Productions is Boston Latin Schools student run theatre group. As you may or may not know, our school does not fund our program whatsoever. We have limited funds because of this...

This is where you come in... We would greatly appreciate it if you would advertise on your site the dates
for our show.
We know that many people go to your site and respect your advertising.

The Crucible, directed by Sam Grahm-Felson May 21-23 (i will send times to you when we figure them out)

Our high school program is known for its incredible theatre work. This year our one act play, WASP by steve martin, directed by ingrid liff went to the state semi-finals at the Mass. Drama Guild

Thank You for your time....
If you cant publish this on your site send me an email telling me so and if you can publish it, send me an email as well

Thanks again,
Jonathon Gass, Centre Stage Productions

I COULDN'S SEE ANY REASON WHY I COULDN'T, SO I DID.
Break a leg all.....
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Theater seats
Date: Sat, 1 May 1999 12:32:51 EDT
From: PDOshaughn@aol.com
Hello Larry,
We are cleaning out the basement of Eliot Hall next Saturday, May 8th. We have about 75 theater seats which came from the old Metropolitan (Wang Center) theater when it was renovated. We would be happy to donate these as is to any theater group which could bring a truck to Eliot Hall that weekend. Can you put the word out? Many thanks. Any questions can be directed to me at this email address or at my home phone number 617-969-4055. Many thanks.
Paul O'Shaughnessy


Subject: David Hare Interview
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 1999 00:10:13 -0700
From: Rosann Hickey rosann@sover.net

Dear Larry,
I caught the final third of this on Vermont public radio--which broadcasts Fresh Air at 3 PM (not a great time for me)--and found it very interesting to hear the writer talk. I loved the story about Dame Judy finally having to struggle with lines like other mortals! Actually I've been a Dench fan for about 15 years, so I'm tickled that other 'Mercans are discovering her...
I liked the bit about Brits being excited by sex and Americans being excited by fame. How interesting that he felt that Nicole Kidman, who has already made her name as a movie actress, finally learned how to act on stage!
I did wonder if he had sent every single one of the people he "spoke for" in Via Dolorosa their sides--it sounded as if he might have missed one or two and I had to wonder who/why?
On the whole I found myself wishing that Terry had done the interview--I think she might have been able to go a little deeper/ get a bit more out of him. Of course, that's just on the basis of what I caught.
Meanwhile, I made it to Montreal and got my museum and subway fix for a while. I'm not sure why I feel like such a country mouse in Boston. Sounds like the theatre is flowing fast and furious there.
Love, Rosann

EXPLANATION: I put a SPOT NEWS note that the "Fresh Air" program on WBUR(90.9fm) would rebroadcast a half-hour interview at 11 p m on Monday, 26 April, and I asked anyone who caught the show to say so. Rosann, in Vermont, is the only one so far!
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Movietime for Jonathan Silver
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 1999 19:25:37 -0400
From: Marjorie Randell-Silver copperleaf@worldnet.att.net

Dear Larry,
It was good to chat with you at the IRNE Awards Event. We have some good news to report. Jonathan has just been cast in a feature film, "Keeping the Faith. It is Edward Norton's directorial debut and is set to film in June (Jonathan joins the production in July). I believe the film is being shot entirely in New York. The movie stars Edward Norton, Ben Stiller and Jenna Elfman. It was written by Stuart Blumberg and is a romantic comedy. Jonathan has been cast in a principal role and needless to say, he is pretty darn excited. In fact, we all are excited for him. It is thrilling enough to be cast in a major film, but even more so to be directed by Edward Norton. We have a great deal of respect for him. At such a young age he has demonstrated tremendous range and talent. We will keep you posted on things as they develop. Hope all is well with you.
Best regards,
Marjorie Randell-Silver (Jonathan's Mom)

I'VE NEVER THOUGHT OF JONATHAN SILVER AS AN ACTOR SO MUCH AS A KID WHO LOVES TO BE ACTING.
Obviously he's going to have a Wonderful Summer! I hope he can stay Himself in front of the camera. And I'm glad that some years down the line I'll be able to say "Jonathan Silver? I saw him in "Marvin's Room" and TWO productions of "Mockingbird" and, y'know, he was just as good then as he is now!"
Break a leg!
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: The Silk Road
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 1999 07:30:30 PDT
From: "Patrick Wang" patrickbox@hotmail.com

Hi Larry,
In response to BJ Williams' questions, below is some information about the Tremont Theater and the production of The Silk Road that goes up in less than two weeks.

The Tremont Theater is housed in the Chinese Culture Institute. The institute both produces plays of its own through its program Asia On Stage and also rents the space out to other theater companies.
While a goal of Asia on Stage is to provide performance opportunities for Asian actors and for Asian plays, they have produced Asian plays with completely non-asian casts as well as plays by non-asian playwrights. My experience with the Tremont Theater is from both sides. I have a small role in their current production of The Silk Road, part of the Asia on Stage series. As co-artistic director of Pet Brick Productions, I am planning to produce a play in the space this September, independent of the Chinese Culture Institute and Asia on Stage.

The Silk Road is an original work by local playwrights Michael Arner and Stacie Green. Below is the publicity blurb:

By turns decadent and tender, The Silk Road connects the twilight of the American Jazz age with the eve of China's Nanjing Decade. It recounts the story of a renegade filmmaker who comes to Shanghai from the West to create his masterpiece and swan song -- and of his love affair with Qian Yin, a Chinese actress whose initial fascination with his talent is supplanted by a growing awareness of her own abilities. her independence increases with his obsession as romantic and artistic conflicts between male and female, disciple and master, East and West, burgeon on the director's set amidst an atmosphere of creative collaboration and frantic hustling in this comic tragedy about collapse and the beauties of its aftermath.
Sincerely,
Patrick Wang


Subject: hello
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 1999 09:30:21 -0700
From: "sharyn" sharyn@wolfenet.com

Hi Larry,
Here's a thought for the day"
My new play "Mother's Day in the Holding Tank" will have its world premiere at The Iowa Correctional Institute for Women in Mitchellville, Ia. (near Des Moines)in August. Directed by Marti Sivi, it has just started rehearsals. It has been double cast. (all the actors are inmates who also chose the play). It has been double cast because sometimes inmates get in trouble and end up in solitary...
Interesting, huh?
Hope all's well,
Sharyn Shipley

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEhawken!!!!!!!


Subject: Phantom of the Opera
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 14:18:28 -0400
From: rlamanna@riag.com

Hi Larry,
My wife and I are planning a trip to Boston from May 9th thru May 16th. Can you tell me if Phantom of the Opera is playing in Boston? My email address is rlamanna@riag.com
Thank You!
Richard LaManna

NOPE. A GLANCE AT OUR Coming Attractions SHOWS SIR ANDREW'S CASH COW IS NOT EXPECTED BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR.


Subject: Show was cancelled
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 14:45:34 EDT
From: "Kenneth LeTendre" kletend@hotmail.com

Ken LeTendre
April 23, 1999
Dear Larry,
Thanks for getting an ad for the "Jewel Flockmeyer-Romano's Comedy Bat Mitzva" on your website. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled due to insufficient reserverations. This was no doubt caused by the lack of advertisement. Without publicity, you've got no show, a fact that somehow was not realized by my producer. Again, thanks!
Sincerely,
Ken LeTendre

Subject: Re: Show was cancelled
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 12:50:58 EDT
From: "Kenneth LeTendre" kletend@hotmail.com

>From: "Larry Stark's Theater Mirror" larry@theatermirror.com
>To: Kenneth LeTendre kletend@hotmail.com
>I'm really sorry Ken.
>A director shouldn't Have To do Everything!
Sorry all your work was wasted. You will see to it I know about your next show, won't you?
>Love,
> ===Anon.

Dear Larry,
Thanks for the kind words. You're a terrific guy for maintaining this website and I know that everyone who participates in it really appreciates it. Right now, I'm just beginning to market my self professionally for commercial film because I have to establish a career that may allow me to make a decent living. My original career in electronics has basically floundered due to a downturn in the industry, so I'm trying to make my twenty years of acting pay-off. I'm making some progress but it takes a while to get established like my friend,John Carozza, but I keep on auditioning and struggling and sooner or later people will start to notice. Ninety percent of life is just showing up! But, the important thing is that, it's so difficult to get honest, and therefore "useful" appraisal of one's work when doing "real work" on stage, like Glengarry or Rainmaker. And that's what actors like about this site.
By the way, if you you can find time, I'm in a dinner show participitary kind of thing at the Holiday Inn in Dedham starting May 7th. The commercials start running this week on 103.3FM. I'll comp you out of my own pocket if you want to come. It runs through June.
Much thanks,
Ken LeTendre

KEEP SHOWING UP, KEN! THAT'S WHAT GOT me WHERE I AM TODAY!
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Gillis Clan
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 15:37:49 -0400
From: Don Gillis dgillis2@home.com

Larry:
Thought you might enjoy these photo's. Zoe and Cameron (Christopher's son). Also, pictures of Greg, Jen coming home from hospital. and of course, Papa and Memere' with Zoe. Laura and Jen with, Zoe and Cameron. Ah,, nice to be old!! (geez ..did I say that?)
~~~ Don

THESE ARE DON'S NEWEST GRANDCHILDREN.
Not long ago Christopher (who does irrelevant things with the Pentagon for money, but works in a rock band for the soul's sake) & Laura Gillis contributed Cameron to the clan, and just a week ago Jennifer and Greg (a k a "Spaz") Gillis added Zoe, a second daughter, to the total. Dianne and Don (grandparents) are doing well if last reports are true, though hat-sizes are causing difficulties for the costume department.
Jennifer is still, in my eyes, the best choreographer whose work I saw last year, and she and "Spaz" are doing community theater around Pawtucket, Rhode Island, mainly because the professional theatrical life couldn't reliably guarantee they could raise a family.

With those genes, though, Chris and "Spaz" may see their children's names in lights some day
And the grandparents will have to buy new buttons for their vests! Love,
===Anon.


Subject A Query
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 21:20:13 EDT
From: Bjweaw@aol.com

Dear Larry,
As the world's foremost authority on local theater, I wondered if you could answer a couple of questions which came up in a discussion this a.m. First, what is the New Tremont Theatre; is it really a new theater; and is it an Equity theater? Second, have you heard of a play called "The Silk Road"; is it an original play by a local playwright, and if so what is the playwright's name?

Would be forever in your debt for answers, although I owe you big time for past postings and favors.
Hugs,
B.J. Williams

WOW, I ACTUALLY know SOME OF THE ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS!

1) The Tremont Theatre is near the far end of the Wilbur/Wang block, in the ground-floor of a parking garage, at 276 Tremont Street. (The editor of the GLOBE Calendar recently assured me that it has moved INTO "The Theater District" insofar as his publication is concerned. A minor victory for me!)
It's a deep-thrust/flexible-seating/black-box with risers and folding-chairs.

2) I think it was used for a dinner-theater show originally, but it's at least some years old.
When it was used by the new Boston Theatre Works company, I think the "New" got in-fixed into the theatre's name.

3) Houses aren't really Equity-contracted, so far as I know; Producers are. The Boston Big Broadway Barns always contract for Equity shows, and thus people think the properties are "Equity Houses" but that's just a historic convention.
The Boston Theatre Works operates (I think) as a LORT contractor --- and, no, I don't know what the LORT initials stand for! That means the audience is so small (think a maximum of 300) that they do not pose an economic threat to the Equity salary structure, so a small number of Equity actors are allowed to contract with these producers for reduced compensation.

4)I don't think "The Silk Road" is an original, but I threw away the press-release with more information.
It's being done by the same people who did "The Wild Land" (closed 28 March) , who are ASIA ONSTAGE/THE CHINESE CULTURE INSTITUTE, and I think their numbers are 1(627)524-4599 1(617)824-8000. Essentially, they are a Community Theater, but the community is the Boston Asian community. Their artistic director Doris C. J. Chu did a fine job with "The Wild Land" both translating from Chinese and cutting/adapting for round-eye consumption.

Sorry I don't have that piece of paper. I just made an "archaeological check" of the piles around the computer, and it's not there. I clean the place up about twice a year, whether it needs it or not, and apparently this time I was a bit too early.

Hope this helps.
Love,
===Anon. ( a k a larry stark )


Subject: More Clamour
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 10:19:37 -0700
From: Rosann Hickey rosann@sover.net

Dear Larry,
Well, as you can tell from this deluge of mail, the computer is up again--who knows for how long?--and I have been able to romp through the Mirror, browsing the Greenroom and reading reviews. O frabjous day!

Fascinating stuff about the Never The Sinner flap--shows the value of this site where all sides get aired and the somewhat hysterical (Capra?) "anti" gets balanced by lots of input.

I was thrilled to see that somebody was doing All My Sons--in my opinion this piece definitely equals Salesman in craft and impact. I cannot understand why it has not been revived for every war--and we've had a few since then. Obviously I'd love to do this one myself. I feel that the central point is that, at the beginning, everyone is stuck; no one can really go on with their lives until the lies and secrets and evasions are opened up and aired out. I don't believe that this destroys them--I think it makes it possible for everyone, even Joe, to heal.
And I have such a deep belief that we are all responsible for each other that this piece really speaks to me.

I was also charmed by the idea that the mother in Menagerie was not played as a monster--I guess I've mentioned before to you that I've always thought that any woman who had 17 gentlemen callers in one afternoon must have had more charm and humor than she is usually allowed on stage....
And to air one last rant--I don't believe that Linda in Salesman is the "saint" her sons believe her to be and as which she is frequently portrayed. I feel that there is an insidious thread of whining that runs through her text--a slow dripping of want, want, want that wears away at WIllie's sense of stature. I think a lot of their duets are about him trying to convince her that he is somebody and her saying yes dear, but I want the latest refrigerator. This would give a whole new level to her rant at the end of the show about why attention must be paid.
God, I love theatre.
And thank you again for coming out to Trinity-- it really was above and beyond the call of duty!
Love, Rosann

WLL, I did GET TO TALK TO YOU FACE TO FACE FOR THE FIRST TIME, DIDN'T I?!?!?


Subject: research
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 02:24:27 PDT
From: "Ozgur Cuce" ozgurcuce@hotmail.com

Dear Mssrs.

We are attending Ankara University in Turkey and studying on American Literature. Having a course named "American Drama" and studying on Albee's "The Zoo Story" we need some critiques on the play and working information about the major themes in the play.

Any co-operation will be highly appriciated. Many thanks in advance.
Cordially yours.
Ozgur Cuce
Ankara University
Faculty of Letters
Dept.of American Culture and Lit.
Ankara / TURKEY

LARRY STARK HAS A REVIEW,
but I hope others will respond as well.


Subject: Equus
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 1999 12:32:40 EDT
From: ACMEACTOR@aol.com

Hi Larry,
I loved your review on Equus, I felt it was right on the mark. I do have to question Mr. Wright's review though, did we see the same show? I saw Equus opening weekend and felt it was one of the best shows I've seen on any level in a long time. When the show started I did realize/notice that Mr. Berry was in fact not a teenager, but 5 minutes into his performance it didn't make any difference. I was able to suspend disbelief, which is what I believe we need to do in theater. I don't know how familar Mr. Wright is with community theater in this area but the draw for male actors, especially young male actors is slim and I think when someone as talented as Mr. Berry presents himself you grab him.
As for my review - The show was wonderful, if you haven't seen it - go.
Dave Sheppard


Subject: Response to Letter titled "Staged readings?"
Date: 14 Apr 99 17:04:58 EDT
From: Shadow Boxing shadow-boxing@usa.net

Hi, Larry:
I saw the letter below in which some is asking for a place that has regularly scheduled staged readings in Mass. I run Shadow Boxing, a theater workshop that meets in Cambridge twice a month on alternate Sunday nights, usually from 7-9pm. Writers bring in scenes (no more than 20 min at a time), and either have a rehearsed version ready or grab some actors to do a cold reading. We then discuss what we've seen and give the writer and actors feedback. Meetings are free and open to anyone: actors, writers and directors.

We've been around since Feb 1998 and so far have produced two showcases of staged readings open to the general public. Anyone seeking more info can go to www.webphantom.com/shadowboxing, call our hotline at (617) 695-8867, or email me at shadow-boxing@usa.net.
Thanks,
Courtney Graff

LARRY STARK WILL PASS THE INFORMATION ON.
Break a leg!
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: So--Whats the Story, Richie?
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 13:10:34 -0400
From: Don Gillis dgillis2@home.com

After reading your review of "Never the Sinner" and reading Steve Capra's review... I am wondering if you both went to the same theater?

So, my question is: Do you think its a viable play if it was rewritten? Subjective question I know, but your review only indicated to me anyway, that the author should have rewritten the second act. Wish I could have seen it, maybe I would understand Boston "Theater". The only play I saw at the Lyric was "Assassin's" and it was excellent.
Regards
Don Gillis

I THINK WE BOTH SAW THE SAME PLAY, DON, BUT WE WEREN'T THE SAME PERSON SEEING IT!


Subject: Thanks!
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 15:46:18 -0500
From: Steve Remole Stephen.C.Remole-4@tc.umn.edu

Larry,
Just a quick note to show my appreciation of the Theater Mirror:

Before a trip to Boston last week (coming from the Midwest), I found that I had enough time to go out Saturday night but didn't know any of the local theaters. A quick search on Yahoo found the Theater Mirror and I used it to find "Much Ado About Nothing" playing at the Peabody House Theatre.

Without your site, I would have been lost as to art events in the area, so thank you for running the Theater Mirror!

Next time I know I'll be in New England, I'll check the Theater Mirror's listings right away!

Kelley Remole

LARRY STARK THINKS HE JUST SET A RECORD FOR GETTING AN E-MAIL INTO THE GREENROOM!!!
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: I erred..there's more?
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 11:19:30 -0400
From: Mort Kaplan mrex9@erols.com

HEY, LARRY! When I replied to the Capra thing I didn't know he wrote more. I only saw the snippet. I just read the rest of it. Wow! First off, you shouldn't have called it a review. It's not a theater review...very little of substance about the elements of theater. You should have called it a RANT or at least a screech, not a review. I think it belongs in the irate letters section. ---Larry, you know that I never ever [never say never?]...maybe "seldom" is better...do the letter thing but this guy hit a nerve. He "Lyrics" this and Lyrics that in his screed and then takes a hissy fit at the agencies that gave a very tiny bit of the funding for its season, placing shame on all of them. I wonder what are his "Real" motives? And... I'm jealous. He left me out! I can't let the funding agencies, Spiro and the abstract corporative "Lyric" take all the invective: I have to get in on the praise, too. Afterall, as Managing Director {until last December}, I not only chose Spiro as the Artistic Director but helped him shape his season and wrote the grants that Capra thinks underwrote this "outrage." I'm damned glad I did. --Just a few more things and you will not hear from me for another two years...Although "Never A sinner" may be an over-rated script, it is far from "terrible" and is a legitimate part of the Lyric's very exciting season...a season The Boston Phoenix referred to as a rebirth of theatre. --When Darrow pleads for their lives and tells "us" that there is something lacking in their nature, he is right on! And that lack had less to do with their sexuality but more with their lack of a moral center. ---What's Matthew Shepard of Billy Gaither got to do with the Lyric's production...or, for that matter, Logan's choice of anti-heroes? The play was written years before those terrible things happened. Why should Logan write about innocent gay couples who were persecuted? He wanted to write about Leopold and Loeb and Darrow & that's what he did. One can argue about how well but not about his choice of topics.---One of the actors in the production that Capra was offended by is admittedly gay according to an interview in a local paper. {Maybe more, who knows? You know the theatre is a place where all sorts of people with all sorts of disturbing habits and ideas are encouraged to hide out.} Did Spiro whip him into making his character a stereotype, a carboard freak? I doubt it. I have done a little bit of directing & acting in my time and I know that no director, no matter how commanding a presence,even the great and legendary Spiro, can force an actor to shape a character without his concurrence.--It is ridiculous hyperbole to compare the intention or effects of NTS to "The Eternal Jew." As a matter of fact, Capra's assertion insults me as a Jew. Loeb/Leopold are never stereotyped or dehumanized in Logan's script either as Jews or homosexuals. The unfortunate thing is that they were in real life as well as in literature...and politics...all too human.---A couple more last things: what's any of this got to do with the Lyric's integrity, its budget or shame on Logan? Nothing! Capra should be happy with the Lyric. It is putting on plays that stir things up and, obviously, he got his money's worth because it got him ridiculously hopping mad and churned up his humours. Now he can do some Yoga, relax and write his own perfect play.I'll come see it but won't "review" it. MORT

Subject: Review?
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 17:06:41 -0400
From: Mort Kaplan mrex9@erols.com

Methinks Steve Capra protestith too much. No doubt about it, the two young men in the play were gay. Unfortunately or fortunately, no matter what side of the toast you butter, a rose is a rose is a rose and that's the way Loeb and Leopold were. They, as Meyer Levin once pointed out, had a compulsion and acted it out. The compulsion was MURDRER. Their gayness with each other and not neccesserily with others lead to murder. The crime is killing not poking!Killing for fun and to get your rocks off is evil no matter which side of the plate you take your licks. Boring, maybe. Kinda cut and dried and inevitable the way it went down once they decided to objectify their intellectual abstractions in real life as well as on stage, yes. Maybe it really isn't as fully realized a script as the awards it received would indicate. Maybe some actors miss the mark and maybe they don't. Depends where you're looking from.But one thing I'll vouch for is that Spiro Veloudos is a director who always makes a script on stage better than it is on paper and...his shows are never boring!

MORT REFERS TO THIS REVIEW.


Subject: Staged readings?
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 19:06:10 -0400
From: "Aiden T" txra@prodigy.net

Hi Larry,
Do you know of any place that has regularly scheduled staged readings in the state of Mass or Rhode Island?

I am finding it impossible to find local stuff but I can find out stuff thats happening in Duluth!

I want to see a staged reading but dont want to wait 3 months to see it. I just missed the series at the Perishable theater in Providence but if this is such a theater area then isnt there some place that does them weekly? Steve

PLAYWRIGHTS'PLATFORM DOES READINGS THREE OF FOUR SUNDAYS EVERY MONTH.
Playwrights' Theatre does readings frequently, and CentaStage does readings the Mondays of every performace they do at the BCA.
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: "Equus" Review
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 15:16:10 -0400
From: Nancy Curran Willis imadirektor@mediaone.net

Larry . . .
Thank you soooo much for the wonderful words in support of our production of "Equus" at the Footlight Club. It has truly been a director's dream to work with such a talented ensemble of actors and technicians who gave so much to make Schaffer's text come to life. This has been one of the most satisfying creative experiences I have had in over 25 years in this business and the support of theater lovers like yourself has made it even more gratifying. Thank you again.
Best,
Nancy Curran Willis, director


Subject: Hello
Date: Thu, 1 Apr 1999 18:01:59 -0500 (est)
From: Suzanne Kramer suzanne@wordstock.com

Hi, Larry.
I was referred to your organization by the Milford Performing Arts Group, "Canticle."
I am interested in joining a group similar to "Canticle," however, Milford is quite a commute for me. I live in Waltham.
Do you know of any similar groups in my area?
I am interested mainly in singing, but also in dancing and acting. I'd like to somehow combine the three if possible.
Does your organization have groups like this?
Any leads you could supply me with would be greatly appreciated.
I look forward to hearing from you,
Suzie Kramer

I SUGGESTED B.O.C.A. FOR STARTS. ANYBODY ELSE GOT SOME ADVICE?
Love,
===Anon.


I asked "Our Man in New Hampshire" John Geoffrion about The Players' Ring in Portsmouth, and got this information back:

Subject: Re: Review: "Lovers"
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 1999 17:48:36 EST
From: Glimmer207@aol.com

In a message dated 3/31/99 1:19:49 AM Eastern Standard Time, larry@theatermirror.com writes:

<< Is Players' Ring just a "space for rent" or do they have a regular group using the space and let others in while they're rehearsing?

The Players' Ring "proper" has its own season as well. Along with annual productions of "A Christmas Carol", "Love Letters", one of two Halloween scripts ("Isles in the Moon", about the infamous murder on the Isles of Shoals, and "Serving His Master", adapted from a work by Poe), and a "second- tier" Shakespeare (last year was "Merry Wives of Windsor", this year is "Tempest", next season is probably "Much Ado About Nothing"), the Ring also puts up 3 or 4 original works by local authors. There are about a half-dozen groups that use the Ring to mount their own shows (Gary takes 30% of the box office as a fee); established groups like Generic Theater, Theatre on the Rocks, and Carpe Diem, along with newer companies like Rolling Die, First Age, and Independent's Day.
Coming up later this season at the Ring are: "A Town Called Malice" by George Hosker (Carpe Diem), "Spike Heels" by Teresa Rebeck (Generic Theater), "Miss Julie" by Strindberg (First Age), and "The Tempest". I'll be glad to submit reviews of these for your consideration.
There's some cool stuff coming up next season: an operatic adaptation of Joyce's "Ulysses", "A Man For All Seasons", "Sylvia", "night, Mother", and "Jeffrey" among others. I'm directing "Goodly Creatures" by William Gibson, a historical drama about religious turmoil among the Puritans of 1630s Boston.
The Ring is a magic place to me, not only because it's been my theatrical home for nearly six years. I recommend you make the trek up north. The more attention we can get, the better =)
John


Subject: Thank you!
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 15:43:04 -0500
From: James_Grana@vmed.org

Dear Larry:
Just a quick, but heartfelt note, to express my most sincere appreciation relating to our recent production of "M. Butterfly". It is an exciting and thrilling work, and your praise at the results, were truly very special.
I would have loved being at the ceremony this evening, but I am presently working on a production of "Blood Brothers" (once again at AFD). Our 'Butterfly' director, Celia Couture, will be in attendance and I have asked that she express my regrets.
Hopefully, there will be a time in the future where I can shake your hand and voice my feelings to you in person.
Have a wonderful evening.
Most sincerely,
Jim Grana


Subject: The "EQUUS" Announcement
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 16:02:11 -0500
From: Nancy Curran Willis imadirektor@mediaone.net

Hi Larry . . .
Thanks for getting the announcement up so soon. I did another color one because I knew how much you missed the last one when you had to remove it!
Just wanted to also wish you and all involved a very successful party tonight. And to thank you for your kind invitation. Unfortunately, I have a Cue to Cue rehearsal for Equus tonight and will not be able to attend. Lots of my friends should be there, however, so please say hi to Fran and Jeff and Shelley Brown and John McAuliffe, Jimmy Grana, Celia Couture, Doug Desilets, Jerry Bizants, and let's not forget - Mr. Rick Lombardo.
Actually, Rick and I are having lunch this week to discuss his season for next year. I am planning to work with him again. I'll keep you informed.
Have a wonderful evening . . . Best wishes,
Nancy CW

I'LL MISS SEEING YOU BOTH. MAYBE NEXT YEAR???????
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: (no subject)
Date: Sun, 28 Mar 1999 20:41:30 EST
From: Mannie020@aol.com

Hello there!
My name is Anna Williams and I am 13 years old. I've performed with the American Repertory Theater as "Louison" in the Imaginary Invalid, Boston Lyric Opera as "Carla" in Werther and I appeared in their the Ballad of Baby Doe.I also appeared in the world stage premiere of the Padrone with New England Conservatory's Opera Theater and I most recently played "Gloria" in Wait Until Dark with the Concord Players. Anyway, I was wondering if you knew of any good theater programs for the summer (or during the season) Thank you very much, Anna
PS I'm sorry for the resume. I just wanted you to know that I had some experience!

"SOME" EXPERIENCE INDEED! CAN ANYONE ELSE HELP ANNA THIS SUMMER?
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Subscription Ideas
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 01:44:41 -0500
From: Brad and Tracey Guth
Reply-To: bradfordguth.96@alum.mit.edu

Hi,
Love your web-site. I only wish my wife and I had the time to actually see some of these shows!
Therein lies my question to you.
Another couple and us would like to subscribe to one of the Boston area theatre series. All four of us have seen a fair amount of theatre, but are by no means experts. We are prepared to be challenged, but at the same time are looking for some good old fashioned entertainment (given that it will be one of our only nights away from our children).

Any ideas for which theatres we should consider? I assume that nothing really happens until this coming fall, although if there happens to be such a thing as a spring/early summer series we'd be quite interested in considering it. Any thoughts?
Brad Guth

I'VE SENT MY SUGGESTIONS. WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE?
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Obston audition info
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 1999 15:21:37 PST
From: "Jennifer Shambaugh" jenalison@hotmail.com

Hi Larry!
I was lucky enough to stumble across your wonderful website today, and wondered if you could point me to other Boston acting resources on the web or by phone. I am a professional, NYU-trained actor who is moving to Boston in October from my current home near San Francisco, and I'm looking for contacts! SF has a great umbrella organization called Theatre Bay Area which publishes a monthly magazine with casting notices as well as annual regional auditions, and I'd love to find something of the same in MA! Is there anything like this? I also vaguely recall going to Boston for a regional audition when in college in NY- maybe the NETC's?- but I can't seem to find any info on them now. I would love any assistance you could offer with tracking down these sort of resources.
Thanks a zillion!
Jennifer Alison

YOU WILL NEED N.E.E.D., STAGESOURCE, THE GLOBE CALENDAR, PROBABLY THE PHOENIX, AND A DAY-JOB.


Subject: Thank you
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 1999 09:34:46 -0500
From: "A" ayersa@sprynet.com

Hi Larry,
Wanted to drop you a note and express thanks on behalf of our whole cast and production. I was truly shocked when you responded so quickly that you would attend the production. We all appreciate that you took the time to come out and review "Top Girls", especially due to the fact that it is a new theater company.

Your support to the entire theater community is wonderful. Many people rely on theatermirror.com as a resource for valuable information. Thanks for keeping the community alive and well!
-Ashley Ayers

YOU MUST REMEMBER THE FIRST PARAGRAPH OF PETER BROOK'S "THE EMPTY SPACE":
"I can take any empty space and call it a stage.
A person walks across that stage while someone watches,
and that is all that is necessary for Larry Stark to review it"!!!
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Thank you
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 11:04:08 EST
From: "Russell Greene" rrgreene@hotmail.com

Larry and Beverly,
Once again, your kind words regarding our production of THE GLASS MENAGERIE are most appreciated. It was with both excitement and fear that I accepted the position of director of this production... After all there have been such wonderfully acclaimed productions over the years that make taking on the challenge of this piece so daunting.
However, once again, I must credit the actors and the production staff for trusting me and being willing to explore this play anew with me. Finding the reality of this piece for ourselves was a thrilling, sometimes difficult, but always genuine ensemble effort.
Thank you both, again, for your encouraging and complimentary comments on our work.
Russ
[BTW the incomparable Ms Montaperto's attention to detail -i.e. making sure that the thumb tack is removed every night- surpasses that of anyone that I know :-)]

RUSS, ALL LARRY STARK DOES IS TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT HE SEES.


Subject: Boston Rep piece
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 10:12:08 EST
From: BSproat@aol.com

I stumbled across your website and was drawn into reading David Zucker's journal on the Boston Repertory Theatre. Thanks for publishing it -- and thanks to David for sharing it. It was really interesting and, of course, only increased my admiration for David and his work!
Bobbie Sproat

DAVID HAS BEEN A LITTLE TOO BUSY TO CONTINUE THE NARRATIVE OF LATE.
I hope he can get back to it soon.
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: A HORSE, A HORSE, MY KINGDOM HAS A HORSE!!!!
Date: Sun, 14 Mar 1999 22:04:09 -0500
From: Nancy Curran Willis imadirektor@mediaone.net

Larry,
Just to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH for the kind posting of my announcement in The TheaterMirror. I had several responses in the first two days after it was posted. And, through the posting, I have found my replacement horse. You are a life saver. Galloping on . . . I remain,
Sincerely,
Nancy CW

DAMN. THAT MEANS YOUR PRETTY CASTING-CALL HAS TO COME OUT, DOESN'T IT?
Happy to've corralled one fer ye, Ma'am
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: inquirey
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1999 18:21:49 -0500
From: whiteowl whiteowl@110.net

Alan R. White
6 Waterville St.
North Grafton, MA 01536
To whom it may concern:
I am writing to inquire if there is any opportunity with your organization I may fill. I am a theatre professional with both technical and performance experience.
I haven't been involved in any theatre for a couple of years as I have been working in the computer industry, and I am eager to return to the theatre world.
I have experience in lighting, stagecraft, stage management, prop building/scavenging, house management, dramaturgy, costume building, and extensive computer skills. I have a BA in theater from the University of Massachusetts.
I'm including a copy of my resume. I hope to hear from you soon.
Alan R. White

THE RESUME IS IMPRESSIVE, BUT I WOULD HAVE TO PAY you WHAT LARRY STARK IS PAID EVERY WEEK: $0.00 i.e. EXACTLY NOTHING.


Subject: Opinion about Theater Mirror
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 1999 15:24:35 -0500
From: Penelope Morel morelp@csps.com

Dear Larry:
I am very grateful for Theater Mirror. Last June I graduated from Principia College in Elsah IL with a BA in Theater. Now I live in Boston and I want to work in local productions. I have attended more than five auditions last week because I got your information in the internet.

I want to be more active in the Theater field. I would like to know how I can get more professionally involved in the Theater like having an agent, etc.
Thank you very much.
Cordially,
Penelope Morel
PO Box 990902
Boston MA 02199
Tel. (617) 450-3689
(617) 738-6262
E-mail: morelp@csps.com

AGENTS ARE EXPENSIVE, PENELOPE!
Maybe you had better concentrate on getting your Equity card first, so you will have money enough from your acting career to support yourself an your agent.
But break a leg in any case!
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: The Love of the Nightengale
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:36:51 EST
From: MAcker201@aol.com

Hi Larry: I found your email address on a web page and wonder if you might have info re 'The Love of the Nightengale' by Timberlake Wertenbaker or Sophocles's lost play, 'Tereus', the myth upon which it is based. I would like to direct this play at my college but can find little available except for Wertenbaker's script. Your help would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to your reply.

LARRY STARK REVIEWED THE BRIDGE THEATRE PRODUCTION LAST JUNE
Perhaps some of them can offer some advice.
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Request to remove listing
Date: Sun, 7 Mar 1999 18:16:39 EST
From: Theatrix66@aol.com

Dear Stark,
We have just hired a director for our production. If you could remove Seeking director for Boston production of PARTY from your listings we would appreciate it.Thank you for posting our notice. Keep up the good work!
Sincerely,
John McDonough


Subject: "Felicity" updates
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 1999 21:44:15 -0800
From: "sharyn" sharyn@wolfenet.com

Dear Larry,
I went to LA at the beginning of February where "Felicity" was read by the Hatchlings. (aka Mathew Gallagher, Barbara Ross, Michael Whitton, Amber Lopez, Shelby Medland, Andrew Bond and Stepanie Dees) what a remarkable group. I believe it was Stephanie who said afterward, "We only do new works, you know. And this is a brand new classic." It was a wonderful evening and it was exciting to be a part of their vitality.

Hope all is well. The website is looking fine. It's quite remarkable to see how much more contact theatrical people have through the web. This is the website for the International Women Playwrights Centre. Do take a look at all the amazing work that's being done. (Starting with mine, of course.)
http://www.cwave.com/users/sdempsey/shipley.htm
All best,
Sharyn

AND THE THEATER MIRROR HEARD ABOUT "Felicity" FIRST!


Subject: "IRNES"
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 16:19:33 -0500
From: Donna Corbett Donna.Corbett@digital.com

Larry, I was not aware that you reviewed community theater plays for the nominations. I have seen many of your reviews and some from the community theaters but had thought the Outer Critics Circle was more 'off Boston!' I became aware of your web site last year when I directed for the Delvena Theater Company - "On the Verge' - and met you at the BCA. I thought I would drop you a line to say - keep up the good work! Your support means a lot to many folks struggling to produce good theater in the area. Also would like you to encourage you to expand your reviews to other community theaters. I do not know if you are familiar with the Quannapowitt Players of Reading. They have been doing very challenging, quality theater for the last 62 years. This season we produced The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild, Eastern Standard, currently running Arthur Miller's The American Clock and will end with You Can't Take it with You. I do not know what your criteria may be to do a review but we do have two more performances of Clock (Friday 26th & Saturday 27th) which is rarely done but is an exceptional play and You Can't opens in April. If you are interested please call me 781/245-0871 or visit our website www.qptheater.com Thanx. donna

DONNA, I DON'T HAVE A CAR or A DRIVER'S LICENSE!
I did get to see "Mildred Wild" but only because an old friend with a car was a cast-member
It would be much better for everyone if you would encourage Anyone who sees plays at the Quannapowit Players to SEND ME A REVIEW! And it wouldn't have to be one published in a Reading-area newspaper, OR sent to me via e-mail. (Beverly Creasey send me her reviews through the post-box.)
I expected when we started that I'd get LOTS of reviews from people who just happened to see theater.
Don't people have opinions of their OWN anymore?????
Love,
===Puzzled
( a k a Anon. )


Subject:
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 09:23:06 PST
From: jcdevore@excite.com

thank you so much for the support you have given to "Marvin's Room" and to me personally on your site. i'm glad there is a (cyber)place where all the hard work that theater people do in boston is appreciated. i am impressed by your love of and dedication to theater, and especially by the sheer volume in which you attend it! so, keep up the good work.
sincerely,
j.c. devore

THERE ARE SOME PRODUCTIONS, J.C., IN WHICH everyone IS OUTSTANDING.
I was just lucky enough to have been in the audience.
I'm sorry I missed your appearance at Harvard. Keep us informed of what you're doing next, and I'll make more of an effort, okay?
Love, ===Anon.


Subject: Thank You!
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 17:55:38 EST
From: CHopkins99@aol.com

Dear Larry,
Last fall, when I had the opportunity to play Bananas Shaughnessy in the Footlight Club's production of HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, I was in seventh heaven. I was playing a dream role, within a dream ensemble, being directed by a dream director (Gail DiBiak) at my "home" of 18 years, the Footlight Club in Jamaica Plain. It couldn't have been any better.

Or so I thought. But, then you came to see the show and your review was so flattering I was too embarrassed at the time to write to you and thank you for your kind words. Now I come to find out that you have chosen me (along with two other fine local actresses) for being your personal pick for the "best" actress of 1998.

All I can say is, "THANK YOU!" I had wanted to play the role of Bananas since the early 1980s. That I was given an opportunity under such ideal circumstances was enough for me. Then I receive from you this public acknowledgment for doing something I love doing. It is the icing on an already very tasty cake.

On behalf of myself and the membership of the Footlight Club, thank you for your support of community theater and for your reviews (whether you have liked the show or not!), because they help us to strive harder to be what we are -- one of Boston's BEST community theaters.

Thanks so much,
Candace Hopkins

ALL LARRY STARK DOES IS CALLS 'EM AS HE SEES 'EM!
I think good work deserves recognition, wherever I find it.
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: some thoughts...
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 13:58:27 -0500
From: Tom Berry tberry@allaire.com What is the time period that is covered for these nominations? Does it go by calendar year? Theater season? The production of A FEW GOOD MEN at Arlington was in Feb./Mar. 1998. It was part of the 1997-1998 season, but it was within the calendar year 1998. Therefore, I think it fits your nominations...and deservedly so!

Also, I am curious to know the pool of shows that you are drawing from for these nominations. There are many local theater companies that did excellent work over this past year that may have been overlooked. Arlington Friends and the Footlight Club seem to be the only community theaters you mention.
Just wondering.
keep up the good work, tom
IT'S A CALENDAR YEAR 31 Dec TO 31 Dec...
And to get some idea of the companies I myself have visited, check my . I got to the Quannapowit Players, Reagle Players, Turtle Lane Playhouse, Vokes Players, and the Wharf Rats in Salem. One of the reasons I didn't see more community theater productions is that I don't drive, and have to hitch rides or use public transport.

More importantly, those are just MY nominations, and there were a lot of reviewers included in the mix. The complete ballot of nominees may give you a different perspective on the pool drawn from.

The IRNE Awards started with a wrong name-choice. We were trying, like the OBIE's in New York to move the spotlight away from the Big Barns downtown to the excellent work done by people who can't afford a full-time P/R person --- to sing the UNsung for a change. And I see a lot of damn good stuff in community theatres every year.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to talk about this.
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Wharf Rat Festival
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 10:21:06 -0800
From: dori appel applcart@mind.net

Dear Larry Stark,
Geralyn Horton forwarded your enthusiastic write-up of the Wharf Rat January Festival to the International Center for Women Playwrights internet list, of which I'm a member.Subsequently, Sharyn Shipley sent a note telling me about your long-standing friendship and the great help which you've been to her in relation to "Felicity".

Your comments regarding the first act of "Mother, Tree, Cat" were tremendously affirming- I'm just hoping that you'll feel the same way about Act II! I'm planning to see the August production, and will probably be in Boston for a few days afterwards. As you know, I lived there for many years before moving to Oregon, and am looking forward to some time with old friends. I'd love to say hello while I'm in town-
Dori Appel LARRY STARK KNOWS A PLACE IN SALEM CALLED In A Pig's Eye WHERE WE CAN LUNCH!


Subject: M. Butterfly
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 09:41:42 PST
From: "Patrick Wang" patrickbox@hotmail.com

Dear Larry Stark,
I played the role of Song Liling in Arlington Friends of the Drama's production of M. Butterfly, and I am writing to you for two reasons.

The first is to join the chorus of thanks to you and to all others who support the operation of The Theater Mirror. Although I heard of Arlington's audition announcement for M. Butterfly through various sources, my choice to join the production was a result of researching the theater with the help of your site.

The second reason for my writing is to ask you if you have either written a review or know of any other reviews of our production. Until the recent attention you gave the production with respect to IRNE, I haven't read any critical response/mention of the production at all. As we are preparing the show for EMACT, I would appreciate as many perspectives as possible as to the strengths and weaknesses of the show.
Thanks again for the great service and kind words.
Sincerely,
Patrick Wang LARRY STARK SAW THE CLOSING PERFORMANCE, AND SO DIDN'T REVIEW...
And I didn't see any "weaknesses" at all. The stage was too small for all that the sets had to contain, but that was dealt with.
I don't envy you the job of carving out of that seamless whole a quarter hour excerpt that will either represent the flavor of the whole show, or will stand on its own. And I wonder if the rest of the community theatres that are members of EMACT are ready for anything like your transformation scene.
Break a leg all!
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: 1999: The Nominations, Please
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 14:17:13 EST
From: CNajarian@aol.com

Hi Larry!
Well, have you heard it? The roar coming from AFD? My phone has been ringing off the hook, my email jammed...people are so excited by your nominations and thoughts about M. Butterfly. To think that we are in the running with professional groups is putting everyone over the edge! How can we thank you?!
Celia is just thrilled. I think it's especially nice for her...she's just finished her third and final year as President at AFD. She brought our theater through quite a time, a $300,000 renovation, our 75th anniversary.....What a way to go!!!
I did wonder if you knew A Few Good Men was in the 1997 season? It was a fab show as well....for certain reasons I deemed it A Few Good Hunks.....
Anyway, you have made our DAY, MONTH, YEAR!!!
Always,
Carolyn

OOOPS! SOME DAYS, I DON'T KNOW WHAT YEAR IT IS!
All I do is say the sooth, and "M. Butterfly" blew me away!
Break a leg all......
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Hello
Date: Sun, 21 Feb 1999 17:29:58 -0500
From: "J Tormey" jtormey@mediaone.net

Hello Larry, Haven't touched bases for a while. Not much going on on my side. I'm enjoying the installations on the Boston Repertory History by David. I caught a performance of his up here in Newburyport a while back and did a bit of reminiscing.

Which brings me to a question. Do you have any idea of the whereabouts of Larry Murray, former Pocket Mime PR mouthpiece and Director of ARTS Boston? Last I heard he was running a retail shop somewhere called Blue Earth or something like that. Sure would like to track him down.

Hope all is well with you and congratulations on The Theater Mirror; it seems to get just a little bit more Show Biz each time I visit. J Tormey
Renaissance Direct
47 South Main St.
Ipswich, MA 01938
978/356-2465
jtormey@mediaone.net
LARRY STARK DOESN'T KNOW, BUT SOMEBODY MUST...


Subject: Web-site Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 19:19:32 EST
From: AlexnZoe@aol.com

Hi Larry-
Love your web-site!! Only, I live in Los Angeles...know of any similar sites for California?
Thanks-
Linda Hatton :)

YOU SHOULD START WITH THE American Theater Web LIST AND SURF! Start with web-pages for theatres in your area, and check all their Links-lists for general-information sites.
Another idea would be to do an AltaVista search for major-city newspapers, and see if their listing-information is carried on the website. (The Boston GLOBE does that here, but it's an awkward site to handle.)
If you surf for half an hour, I'll bet you will find something...

Subject: Re: Web-site
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 01:26:24 EST
From: AlexnZoe@aol.com

Larry-
I have found web-sites, just none as cool as yours. :-) Thanks for the address for american theater web - that is a pretty good one.... I still like yours the best.
-Linda Hatton :)

WELL, ... UM, ... IF YOU'RE EVER IN NEW ENGLAND, LET'S DO LUNCH!


Subject: new address for Comedy Theater Productions

Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 20:50:08 -0500
From: David G mystd@tiac.net

Hi - David Goldstein here, producer of Comedy Theater Productions
new address
dgoldstein@comedytheater.com
Thank you!!!!
dgoldstein@comedytheater.com
http://www.comedytheater.com


Subject: Thank you!
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 20:48:58 EST
From: Crcormier@aol.com

I just wanted to thank you for the information you provided me on where to look for info on the Titanic extras. You have a truly great site, I enjoy every minute I spend on it, and always learn something new. Thanks again for providing a great service and resource to the 'theater geeks' of New England!
Craig Cormier

IF YOU GET CAST, KEEP A BACKSTAGE-JOURNAL FOR THE MIRROR!
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Greetings!
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 09:14:44 EST
From: Singsowell@aol.com

Hi There:
Love your web site.....

Could you provide (either e-mail or place on site) any/all information regarding any musical productions, or musical comedy productions currently auditioning, etc.?
I am a singer/actress looking especially for an "in" to musical theatre and would like to audition for as many opportunities as possible.
Please advise, also, do you have a print newsletter of sorts for mailing purposes? I would greatly appreciate a subscription.
Regards,
D

FIRST OF ALL, YOU HAVE TO SUBSCRIBE TO StageSource AND DIAL THEIR AUDITION HOTLINE EVERY DAY:
Telephone: 617-720-6066;
Fax: 617-720-4275
Email: StageSorce@aol.com
Snail Mail:
StageSource
88 Tremont Street
Suite 714
Boston, MA 02108

Second, you need to buy a subscription to the New England Entertainment Digest
An annual subscription to NEED (12 monthly issues) is $20.00, or $35.00 for 2 years. NEED is also sold for $2.00 per issue at these locations throughout New England: Send a check or money order to:
NEED Subscriptions, P.O. Box
88, Burlington, MA 01803
((NOT Their on-line website, but the newsstand magazine))

Those and the Thursday GLOBE Calendar and perhaps the PHOENIX are the best sources for audition information, and you will need all of them.
(I only list audition calls that come to me via e-mail; I don't have the time to chase for completeness)

Then you will probably learn more and get into more rolladexes if you simply attend Lots of auditions all over the map, whether you think you qualify or not.

And don't expect help from peers. It's a soprano-eat-soprano world out there, there are more women chasing fewer female roles every year, and directors and music-directors often have their own lists of reliable performers.
Break a leg, and keep in touch.
Love,
===Anon.

Subject: Re: Greetings!
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 12:57:47 EST
From: Singsowell@aol.com

Hi Lar:
Love the line "soprano-eat-soprano" world out there.... Boy, did you ever hit the nail on the head with that one!!!!

I can't even find a piano player to work with in this area....If I call Berklee, I get students with no experience and no transportation. The Boston Phoenix has a real bad habit of running very moded ads for people who aren't looking for anyone, but never take their ad off the classifieds listing...Some I guarantee you are over 2 years old, and not even updated.

thanks for your suggestions though, and would ask if you do run across a piano player looking to work with a female vocalist, in the Broadway, Cabaret type mode, please refer them to me. My number is 978-86-1780 during the day. I would greatly appreciate any assistance/advice you could lend.
Best wishes,
God Bless,
Dawn Marie


Subject: Help
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 20:08:13 -0800 (PST)
From: "Kerry C." broadwaydiva@yahoo.com

Do you have an e-mail address for the Winthrop Playmakers? I am involved in a production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and we are looking for a certain prop (the shotgun that fires an umbrella) that we can't find anywhere. I saw that they did a production of it recently and I was hoping they could help us out.
Thanks!

LARRY STARK FOUND IT ON THE EMACT WEBSITE
Winthrop Playmakers
60 Hermon Street, PO Box 5, Winthrop, MA 02152
617-539-1175
Also, the DELEVENA Company did the show last year, and the BCA boxoffice [ (1(617)426-0320 ] should have a number for them.
Break a leg with it!
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Titanic Extras
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 19:35:12 EST
From: Crcormier@aol.com

Good evening Larry. I had a friend who told me yesterday they heard something on the radio about a possibility of the need for local extras in the production of Titanic coming to the Wang. She didn't know any details and couldn't remember where she heard it. I was wondering if you or anyone else in the greenroom had heard anything to this effect? Thanks very much.
Craig Cormier

LARRY STARK IS CHECKING...
Anyone else heard anything?
Love,
===Curious


Subject: norbert zaborowski
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 02:42:47 +0100
From: "elfakir@ctv" elfakir@ctv.es

hallo i am a street performer of de storry fakir live in spain an see the name auf zaborowski de a not a lot of thater show emil adress elfakir@ctv.es

??????????????????
Love,
===Bemildered
( a k a Anon. )


Subject: web referrers
Date: Sun, 14 Feb 1999 12:37:01 GMT
From: RikP@pobox.com (Rik Pierce)

Hi Larry
I just thought you might like to know that I've been running a tracking device on the Concord Players site and I just discovered that 23 percent of all the hits I get that have come from a referral have been from your Theatremirror site. There have been 23 hits from you and the next closest was 13 from AACT. So, thanks ! :-)
Rik in Carlisle, MA
http://concordplayers.org

WHAT A PERFECT LETTER TO COME THE DAY AFTER OUR NEW BANNER-ADS WENT UP!
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Kathy St.George
Date: Sun, 14 Feb 1999 07:39:17 EST
From: ROOSTA2@aol.com

Mr Stark :
I would like to know if there is any information that you could give me about the actress, Kathy St. George. We went to the same high school and college. Some time ago I received a newspaper clipping from a friend in Massachusetts. The clipping showed a picture of Kathy and the fact that she would be starring in a show called "Definitely Doris ". I have tried, unsuccessfully, to find a way to contact her and I hoped that you or someone in your organization might be able to help me. I would settle for an E-mail adds if she has one or maybe the town that she resides in. It has been about 25 years since I have seen her and I thought it might be nice to check in with her. FYI - I am a happily married man with children and live in Fayetteville, GA. The purpose of my interest in contacting Kathy is entirely honorable ! If you could provide me with information or pass this on to Kathy I would appreciate it.
Thanks,
John O'Connor

ALL I CAN DO IS HOPE SOMEONE READING THE GREENROOM CAN HELP.
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Thank You!
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 15:07:29 -0500
From: Julie Lydon julie.lydon@cbpr.com

Dear Mr. Stark,
I read your review of Boston Theatre Work's production of Hamlet this morning. I was especially pleased to read the following portion of your review:

"Luckily these self-conscious abstractions and objectifications become intermittent and perfunctory as the play unfolds, and something like real dialog between people peeks through the stylizations. But when Hamlet asks the newly-arrived player to "Say on: come to Hecuba" the actress (she is an uncredited chorister, wearing Hollywood high-heeled booties and silver chain-mail tights with matching bolero flack-jacket; all the chorus are in modern motley) launches into the speech with such intense concentration and melodiously impassioned sincerity that this supposed spate of "play-acting" makes all that comes before or after seem like clever games by comparison."

. . . because this is me! Thank you so much for your extremely kind words. What an honor to be recognized by you for my brief moment in the spotlight!
I look forward to meeting you one day in person. Until then, I'll keep your encouraging words in my mind.
Sincerely,
Julie Lydon
First Player and Understudy for Ophelia in Boston Theatre Work's
production of Hamlet
julie.lydon@cbpr.com
LARRY STARK INSISTS HE MERELY SAYS THE SOOTH!
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Information about performance space for hire in Boston
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 11:59:42 -0500
From: Dave Haig dwh@c4.net

I would love to get information about performance space in Boston. One night production to be held in 100-200 capacity house January 2000. Any feedback would be helpful.

David Haig
Artistic Director
STAGES Theatre Co.
Cape Cod

SOUNDS LIKE THE BCA TO LARRY STARK. ANY OTHER IDEAS?
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Theatre Gift shop
Date: Mon, 08 Feb 1999 22:38:17 -0500
From: Gus Platas "Platas@frontiernet.net"@frontiernet.net

Hello- I am a volunteer managing the gift shop for a regional theatre in Rochester, NY. I am curious whether other theatres have gift shops, and what merchandise they find profitable. Also, if you are aware of any suppliers of theatre-related gifts, I'd be grateful for the suggestion. Thanks for your time. Rose Platas

OTHER THAN BROADWAY, LARRY STARK HAS SEEN SOME TEE-SHIRTS... aNYONE ELSE? Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Horton archives
date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 04:13:32 -0500
From: E Noonan egrace@ultranet.com

I'm notoriously bad at sending you mail, or letting people know when I'm reading things {hangs head, shuffles feet in shame}, but I've been enjoying the rereading of Geralyn's reviews very much.
-- Living an and life in an either/or world
egrace@ultranet.com
http://www.geocities.com/~acter

HAH! LARRY STARK knew SOMEONE WAS READING THEM!
(Which reminds me, I'm late getting up the new one for today!
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: this 'n that
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 15:06:05 -0500
From: Geralyn Horton ghorton@tiac.net

just taking a minute to thank you for the "Glorious Wharf Rat" write up-- 3 of the 6 are friends of mine, and I should have been there.

Also, thanks for the Horton archives. I don't bnow if anybody else reads them -- certainly nobody has emailed me-- but I'm reading them, and my prose seems less pompous and more informative to me by the day. I even think I'll take my gush over Richard Mawe in to him tomorrow-- he's playibg joe keller in "Sons", and it's a joy to watch him at work.

What a wonderful painful wordy posturing play!!--

G.L.Horton http://www.tiac.net/users/ghorton

EXCERPTS FROM HER LETTER WHILE STAGE-MANAGING 'All My Sons" AT THE LYRIC THEATER WEST.


From: MERRITT101@AOL.COM@INET02# Internet Gateway
Sub: Personal News from Todd Oson
for l.stark4@genie.geis.com; Tue, 19 Jan 1999 06:54:30 GMT

Dear Friends,

I just wanted to share my good news.

Very recently I accepted an offer to serve as the new Associate Artistic Director at Tennessee Repertory Theatre, a four illion dollar LORT C company located in Nashville, TN. It is a big step on many levels. did not look to move from Boston; this job fell from the sky over New Years. An old professor of mine, David Grapes, got the job as Artistic Directorand asked me to join him as we try and turn this sluggish, underachieving theatre around I will also serve as Director of Education, direct 2 of the 5 plays (tentatively Wilde's AN IDEAL HUSBAND and MIRACLE WORKER) help plan the 6-show season, aidin marketing, and plan long-range goals (a studio season, touring, apprenticeship and iternship programs, developing a summer season, possibily even a conservatory under the TRT roof). The operation is 15 years old and was founded by arts philantropist Martha R. Ingram (Ingram Micro). The Rep performs in a state-of-the-art 1100 seatfully equipped proscenium house (fly lines, orchestra pit) located downtown in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. That facility houses three theatres and isalso home to a professional symphony, ballet, and opera company as well as the Rep. I wil move down April 1 with Charlotte and Jonas to follow June 1.

Those of you who are interested in keeping in touch with an eye toward working together, send me two resumes. I hope this generic update finds you well!
Todd

GOOD NEWS FOR TENNESSEE, Great NEWS FOR TODD!


Subject: WGBH DOCUMENTARY
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 16:32:43 -0500
From: Nancy Curran Willis imadirektor@mediaone.net

Dear Friends . . .
Many of you know that I just completed working as Assistant Director (I got a promotion) to Rick Lombardo at New Repertory Theater in Newton on a Boston area premier called "Beast on the Moon." During our production process, WGBH did a documentary on pulling together a play. They filmed early discussions with designers, early blocking and acting rehearsals and the final product once we hit the stage. They also interviewed the director, playwright and cast about the meaning of doing this particular play for them. It is a beautiful, poignant, funny, heart-wrenching piece about two young survivors of the Armenian genocide and their struggle to make it in America. I was pleased to be a part of this production. And even though any shot of the AD will probably wind up on the cutting room floor - I thought you may be interested in seeing the piece. It will be shown on WGBH TV (channel 2) Wednesday night (this week) at 9:30 pm. I also recommend you immediately get tickets for the play which runs thru Feb 14th. Enjoy!
Luv,
Nancy Curran Willis

THAT'S ALMOST WORTH BUYING A T-V FOR!


Subject: hello
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 12:15:13 -0800
From: "sharyn" sharyn@wolfenet.com

Just wanted to wish you Happy New Year and the blessings of the season, which lasts all year as far as I'm concerned.
"Felicity" is being looked at in a number of places. Thanks for believing in her and me.
Sharyn

THE SAGA OF SHARYN SHIPLEY'S PLAY IS IN Reflections. Break a leg with it!
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Re: Notebook entry
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 99 07:45:10 -0500
From: Laney Roberts wharfrat@shore.net

You are a beautiful and gracious man.
It is my pleasure to know you, Larry.

Thanks for the wonderful words.
More inportantly, thanks for sharing the week with us!
Much Love!
Laney


Subject: THANK YOU
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 10:42:29 PST
From: "hussein el-ali" elalihussein@hotmail.com

dear larry,
i thank you for including me in your brand names.
i sincerely think that you were too kind with me and my work that you have seen.
i was feeling very trepidatious about my theatrical future in this city, since my experiences in it so far have been, for a variety of reasons, less than ideal. however, your kind words are a definite spur to perseverance.
thank you again.
h. alex el-ali
IT WAS THE ONE-ACTS THAT CONVINCED ME.
I don't think good directors are rare around Boston, but I'd hate to lose any one of them. Theater here is not an easy life, and the only reward, apparently, is that life itself. But the fact that I could make a "Brand Names" list at all, despite all the adversities, means that some people, including me, refuse to give up.
Persever, man. And keep me informed about where you'e working next.
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Looking For
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 17:11:13 -0500
From: "Jeffrey (my friends call me ISH!) Isherwood" ish@borg.com

Hi there!
I'm entering a competition to direct a one act play for the Rome Community Theater in Rome NY, and want to take a shot at a show that I saw many years ago when I was young called "Adaptation" by Elaine May.

I've been trying to track down the publishing company that owns the rights to the show, but cannot seem to find that info anywhere. A search on the net doesn't seem to reveal much, can you tell me who the publisher was? Please? Or direct me to a source that might allow me to search for the publishing company?
Much Thanx in advance!
Jeffrey Isherwood
Rome Community Theatre
Public Relations and Advertising Director
ish@borg.com
Phone: (315) 337-7666
Fax: (315) 330-8009
"Every now and then, when you're on stage, you hear the best sound a player can hear. It's a sound you can't get in movies or in television. It is the sound of a wonderful, deep silence that means you've hit them where they live." Shelley Winters
YOU NEED BAKER'S PLAYS, ISH!
If they have it in stock, they'll be able to handle the rights and royalties as well. If they don't, they can get it. If they don't handle it, they'll tell you who does.
And by e-mail, too!!! (I thought EVERYBODY checked with Baker's first...)
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Origin?
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 19:03:41 -0700
From: Judy davidson@dcache.net
Thought someone there could help me. What is the origin of the term"Green Room:

LARRY STARK HAS HEARD THAT:
The answer always comes up "Apparently that was the color of the room where Sam Pepys and Sam Johnson made dates with Nell Gwyn"
Well, not that specific, but that is the only serious answer anyone has given: that room was that color once, and it entered the language.
I don't know when the term entered the language, but I think it was around the time when "actresses" began plying their trades... and going onstage in plays occasionally, too!
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: A Coarse Evening
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 17:38:17 EST
From: BrenHow@aol.com

Dear Larry,

I appreciate your comments about our show. Especially the ones about my fight choreography. It was difficult and a bit ironic to create my own ass-beatings. I noticed you on opening night and, not knowing who you were, figured you were a critic. Of course you sat where the choreographic tricks were revealed, which I did my best to put out of my head. Thanks again. I'll see you from the stage next in Twelfth Night with New Rep in March.

Sincerely,
Weston Walls
LARRY STARK WOULD SAY 'Break a leg!" BUT........
In this case, noting the reckless abandon with which you fling yourself about the stage, maybe I should just note that Rick and his New Rep are Brand Names for me, and congratulate you on getting cast.
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Miser Review
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 21:16:46 -0400
From: TIAC CUSTOMER username@tiac.net
Larry:
Thanks for getting the review on line so quickly. There is a correction you should make however. The Stage Manager of this production is Laurie A. Light. She is a member of Actors Equity Ass. so please make that correction. David Lurie is a non union asst. and a student at BU.
Then a thought. You speak of Moliers Rhymed cuplets in your review. The Miser (L'avare) was written by Molier in PROSE. Bermel is to Molieres prose work. (The Miser, Doctor in spite of Himself-to name a couple) what Wilbur is to his verse work. I think you know me well enough that I would never allow a director to use a prose adaptationof a verse work. Its just not my style. Nor is it the style of David Fox. I just thought I would pass this along. The Phoenix made the same gaff when they reviewd my production of The Miser (Publick-1991) They NEVER wrote a retractionand it still sits in my craw.
Again thanks and I'll see you at The Baltimore Waltz.
Spiro Veloudos
Producing Artistic Director
A RED-FACED LARRY STARK HAS MADE THE CHANGES!


Subject: brandnames...
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 11:53:58 EST
From: NewRepThtr@aol.com

Dear Larry:
What can I say? I'm very flattered with the comments in your recent Cricket's Notebook, but mostly I'm so pleased that the artists who work at New Rep so regularly, and are such an integral part of the "New Rep Team," were noted by you. Theatre is, of course, a collaborative art form, and I'm very proud of the artists who choose to create their work on the New Rep stage.
Cheers,
Rick Lombardo
LARRY STARK "CALLS 'EM AS HE SEES 'EM!"
I think everyone who loves theater has a personal "Brand Names" list, whether it's conscious or unconscious. It's just that I get to talk about it here in The Mirror.
Anyone else like to send us a personal list of reliable theatrical "Brand Names"?
Good stuff should be talked about!
Love,
===Anon.


Subject: Mailing List
Date: Fri, 08 Jan 1999 02:39:09 -0400
From: "Tristram Perry" tperry@bostonconservatory.edu

Dear Larry,

Happy new year. I was wondering if Theater Mirror had a mailing list (preferably snail-mail) which I could borrow/buy from you? I'd like to send out some materials concerning our upcoming production of "Side Show" to those who would be MOST interested, viz., your readers.

Please let me know,

Sincerely,

Tristram Perry
Marketing Associate
NO, LARRY STARK DOESN'T
Some two years ago we compiled a mailing-list of Companies, hoping to interest them in buying advertising. But we've never "mailed" anything to readers, snail or e.
Probably the simplest way to get to "our readers" is with a Special Announcement. Or (dare I suggest) a short-term Banner Ad???
Let's dicker......
Love,
===Devious money-grubber
( a k a Anon. )


Subject: Permission to reprint article
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 1999 09:56:31 -0500
From: "Career Services" career@bostonconservatory.edu

Mr. Stark,
I would like permission to reprint Chipper Charley at Boston Conservatory by Beverly Creasey in The Boston Conservatory Alumni magazine the Trichordon. Please inform me of the procedure for this reprint. Thank you! Janet

Janet Neely
Director of Career Services and Alumni Affairs
The Boston Conservatory
8 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02215
(617)912-9150
(617)536-3176
jneely@bostonconsevatory.edu
BEVERLY WILL BE DELIGHTED!
And so am I>
Love,
===Anon.



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