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Today we had our first runthrough of the current show.  Originally this was supposed to happen yesterday, but the light designer wasn't available to see it then so it got bumped.  Which turned out to be a good thing since we finished staging the show at 3:10 today, and started the run at 3:30.  What this means practically is we had no time to go back over anything.  So all of the stuff the director just 'took a note' on, all of the stuff that we had just roughed in to finish later, all the stuff we had staged without all of the people there and just given notes on was back today, in some cases for the first time in a week.

And it went smoothly.

Well, as smoothly as a first run ever goes.  Two people do not equal six motors to move scenery so there are always some bumps, one actor forgot he was in a scene (*headdesk*), stuff like that.  But nothing major.  Nothing that reflected how frustrating, annoying, and sometimes flat out contradictory this process has been thus far.

This always happens.  I don't know what well of grace we pull from every time we do a first run but it seems to always be there.  Magically the thing looks like a show and the lovers look like they're in love.  And I'm a horrible person who, just once, kind of wants the first run to be the train wreck it feels like it should be.

Instead we get grace.  Every time.  I wonder if I'll ever expect it.

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I know right?!

You are SO right. Why does the process have to be SO frustrating if it's all gonna work out in the end? You really want to just slap people when it goes well.

Here's hoping you never come to expect grace... I think if you do that, you'll get the train wreck your inner-sadist is craving. :-p

Glad the first run went as smoothly as possible!

So if I expect the best I'll get the worst? I'm totally trying that next time!

I know that is evil but seriously this director appears to be trying to make this process as slow and non-productive as he can, and this cast is driving me nuts, so I would like there to be some mildly public consequences.

Instead I'll take a deep breath and be grateful that a good show will keep the company afloat which will keep me employed.

It's the whole reverse psychology thing. It fools that bastard Murphy every time. :-p

Staying employed is a good thing. I'll keep lots of warm and fuzzy thoughts for you and the show! :-)

I still think the most brilliant exchange I've ever heard in a movie was in Shakespeare in Love because it's sooo true and sums it up perfectly:

Philip Henslowe: Mr. Fennyman, allow me to explain about the theatre business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.
Hugh Fennyman: So what do we do?
Philip Henslowe: Nothing. Strangely enough, it all turns out well.
Hugh Fennyman: How?
Philip Henslowe: I don't know. It's a mystery.

Yes, that's exactly it. It's almost as though the early chaos is necessary to acheive the grace, though how I wish it weren't.

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