Captain’s Log 5,924
Friend Sally is in Crimes of the Heart that opens tonight at a local community theatre. It’s the same one I dabbled with these last few years and have since “retired.” She is absolutely fantastic! It’s interesting for me to see what the director did with the characters. I would have put a completely different spin on several of them, including Friend Sally.
She plays Lenny, the spinster-like sister who never left home or got married. She is the character with the most depth, but in this production, her character doesn’t ignite until the last act. That’s unfortunate. I cannot go to a theatre production anymore and not ponder what I would have done differently. I certainly would have done a lot more with Lenny, starting with the opening scene.
One of the funniest scenes is where Lenny chases the obnoxious cousin out of the house with a broom. There were so many choices in how to stage this. Observe.
The “poke and stab you in the ass” method
The “hold you at bay on the sink” method
Unfortunately, Friend Sally got stuck with the “pound the broom on the floor and try to look menacing” method. Regardless of the method, I applaud Sally for all the hard work she has put into this. Sadly, this group only produces three performances of every show. That is way too much work for such a limited run.
On another note. I got a tearful apology from someone who made my life hell on Wednesday. A day late and a dollar short. I still need to craft an exit plan. I am too old for this repetitive nonsense.