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get out of the house, go see a play. [Jun. 17th, 2008|12:53 am]
kyle cassidy
[mood |in awe]
[music |my empty head rattling]

Friday night trillian_stars and I went to see W;t at the Addrianne Theater -- good god, it was like having my soul dry cleaned. Really, it was the most intense, amazing experience I've had in a theater in a long time -- years -- some of the most amazing performances, especially from Susan Giddings, who played the lead. I wanted to sell my house and give her bags of cash.

The play, for those of you like me who had heard nothing about it before, is about an english professor dying of ovarian cancer -- the whole thing takes place in a hospital during the final 8 weeks of her life and ... it's like you're there, invisible, peering into someone's desperate hours -- a fly on the wall. But what makes it really remarkable is that the protagonist, Vivian Bearing, Ph.D. is not simply desperate -- she's eloquent and witty, and funny and charming and wonderful and every word from her mouth is one you wish you'd thought to use and you love her and you believe in her and you want desperately for her, but you know that she is doomed.

In any event, after the curtain falls, the audience leaps to their feet, thunderous applause, tears streaming down everybody's face, you're just aching to give this woman props for an amazing performance. After long minutes, the noise dies down, the curtain closes, we dry our eyes and hope that somehow we can continue with our lives after having witnessed this. trillian_stars runs off to the bathrooom, and I'm standing around waiting, and holy smokes! what should happen? but Susan Giddings comes out! she had friends in the audience! she starts speaking to them! here's my chance! I rush over, I say something like "Oh gosh, oh gosh! oh gosh! oh gosh! shoes! oh gosh! pudding! oh gosh!" and she looks at me like I'm a toddler shoveling oatmeal into the VCR but shakes my hand decorously while I jabber and make no sense like the star struck fool that I am. And look! Here comes trillian_stars! She sees me talking to Susan Giddings!!!!!!!!! My worth has increased!!!!!!! Her love for me must grow! She is probably GREEN WITH JEALOUSY!!!! But wait! Susan Giddings looks over! She sees Trillian coming down the isle and what does she do???

She yells across the room: "trillian_stars! My best girl! My darling favorite actress!"

I freaking kid you not.

They embrace. Susan Giddings gushes over Trillian. I quickly receed into the background as the jabbering lunatic who couldn't say anything comprehensible. Susan says: "So! Trillian! Let's go have a drink!"

And thus I am reduced to the whimpering simpleton I am.

And here's a swamp.


[User Picture]From: winter_in_asia
2008-06-17 05:14 pm (UTC)

And here's a swamp.

Best. Non sequitur. Ever.
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[User Picture]From: razberri_swirl
2008-06-17 05:42 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: trillian_stars
2008-06-17 05:17 pm (UTC)
this post made me ache with love for you!!!! aaargh! I can't stand it!!!!

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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2008-06-17 05:20 pm (UTC)
no doubt because I shook hands with Susan Giddings!
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[User Picture]From: jessalynn76
2008-06-17 05:18 pm (UTC)
you had a fan girl moment :D except I guess it was a fan boy moment....

you and trillian both make me want to see this play!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2008-06-17 05:21 pm (UTC)
>a fan boy moment....

srsly, i thought my head was going to pop.
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[User Picture]From: kimmykat_______
2008-06-17 05:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing this bit of your life. I sit here, grinning like a fool, because I know the same blabbering moment in my own life...

and WiA has it right! That is one giant leap of a non-sequitur! Love it!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2008-06-17 08:58 pm (UTC)
i'm glad it's not just me....
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[User Picture]From: ladycelia
2008-06-17 05:27 pm (UTC)

Great swamp

Ah, but now your love for Trillian must grow! She is the 'darling favorite actress' of Susan Giddings!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2008-06-17 05:28 pm (UTC)

Re: Great swamp

I have been OUTED as probably UNWORTHY! or at the very least some sort of buffoon.
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[User Picture]From: ersigh
2008-06-17 05:44 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: hazeleyedfae
2008-06-17 05:52 pm (UTC)
I haven't heard of a play that could invoke that kind of reaction in a long time. This play is only near to you guys? Boo!, for your entry has made me want to see it!

Do you or Trillian have a picture of Miss Giddings in your collection, so others might know what she looks like?

And nice swamp. :)
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[User Picture]From: trillian_stars
2008-06-17 06:00 pm (UTC)
If you click on Kyle's link to the play, her face is on the advertizing -- she's a magnificent English actress of infinite talent.
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From: suzannemercury
2008-06-17 05:54 pm (UTC)
I went to college with Maggie Edson, the author. She was my hero when I was a gawky freshman. :-) An awesome, awesome person whose words are pure gold.

God, I wish I were in your neighborhood to see this.

Oh, nice swamp!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2008-06-17 06:14 pm (UTC)
come on down and see it! you can stay on the sofa. roswell will sleep on your head.
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[User Picture]From: dd_b
2008-06-17 06:18 pm (UTC)
It must be a bit strange to play a role that gets to the audience that thoroughly. Particularly when most of the audience is seeing the play, or at least the performance, for the first time, whereas after a while the performer is doing it for the umpteenth time; that alone makes it different.
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[User Picture]From: silveringridd
2008-06-17 07:46 pm (UTC)
and here's a swamp.

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[User Picture]From: silveringridd
2008-06-17 07:50 pm (UTC)
the only version of this i have ever seen is the emma thompson version. it was wonderful.
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[User Picture]From: meternieth
2008-06-17 08:45 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: damidnara
2008-06-17 08:53 pm (UTC)

Wit is indeed very moving

When I was in nursing school some years ago, one of my first classes involved watching the movie of this play. Emma Thompson (swoon) played the lead. So. Powerful.

I think watching that film helped shape my career as a nurse/nurse practitioner. I still get chills thinking about that film. Oh how powerful it would be to see it live. But CA is a long ways away from PA.

Thanks for sharing!

(BTW I think they were in just as good company as you were in theirs)
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[User Picture]From: bocabuzznutt
2008-06-17 11:48 pm (UTC)
my heart was racing just reading your review! what a great writer you are!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2008-06-18 12:03 am (UTC)
thanks so much! hope all is well in florida!
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[User Picture]From: fivecats
2008-06-18 01:44 pm (UTC)
"And thus I am reduced to the whimpering simpleton I am.

And here's a swamp."


you see, sir, being hopelessly outclassed is something you'll just have to get used to. i had thought that being identified by an anonymous someone on the street, in passing no less, as "Roswell's Dad" would have been enough. sadly, i fear those author interviews and long lines of people at BEA waiting for you to autograph their newly-purchased copy of "american arms, legs, hands and feet" must have pushed your ego back over the edge.

*le sigh*

well, if being seen with trillian_stars isn't enough to remind you of your proper status in the world, i will humbly recommend carrying Roswell around with you wherever you go. maybe that might help, too.


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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2008-06-18 02:25 pm (UTC)
i'm hardly fit to carry trillian_stars's luggage!
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From: ex_neke
2008-06-21 09:59 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! XD Love the swamp. ^^
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