A Delicate Balance – The Show Must Go On

delicateprod01THIS JUST IN – a comment by David Laundra

On B’way yesterday to see “A Delicate Balance”. When Glen Close made her entrance in the second act she had a tissue and was daubing at her nose. After a few lines she stopped, turned to the audience and said that she had a nose bleed and rather than pretending that it wasn’t happening she would just step out and deal with it. She then exited the stage leaving the other three actors standing there looking a little awkward. After a moment or two John Lithgow turned to the audience and said “So, should we all sing Christmas carols?” After a big laugh and a little applause he suggested that they bring the house lights up and we all “take five” and thats what we did.

Part of the magic of live theatre is that you can never know for certain whats going to happen.

Tulis McCall

Author: Tulis McCall

For my money, the theatre is up there in the ten top reasons to be human. I leave my home and go sit in a dark room with complete strangers and watch actors do their stuff because I want to be inspired. I’m asking to be involved. I’m volunteering to be led down any old path they choose as long as they don’t let go of my hand. And if I see a show, and it is NOT so very good – I will try to divert you, because I don’t want you to come to the temple when the preaching isn’t up to snuff. I will bar the door, I will swing from rafters, I will yell FIRE just to set your feet on a path that does not lead to disappointment. Do something different with your evening I will say. Save your money for dinner with a friend you haven’t seen in months because you are too frigging busy. Go take a walk with your dog or your child or your significant other. Go to bed early, I will say. Don’t come to the theatre when it is less than it can be. I’m an usher snob, and that’s all there is to it.

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