afterTHOT: The Ex’s New Boo

I had to go over to The Ex’s to tie up some loose ends the other day.  While there, I had a cocktail and caught up with him and his friend.  Then he walked me to the bus stop so that he could vent a little about this friend.  Apparently this friend was betraying his trust and sneaking to read his text messages.  I was totally confused as to why this friend would be all up in his bitnass like that.

Me: There’s no reason for him to be in your personal stuff like that.  (as we continued down the block, I stopped, stepped back, and threw my hands up).  Unless he’s your new boyfriend.

The Ex:  Well he’s not over at my place helping me clean for no reason.  But we’re not there yet.

Okay, now he’s being honest and open.  Okay, this is a good thing, as I don’t want to lose him entirely.  We spent our entire adult lives together thus far.  

Me:  Oh ok.  Well, he still don’t needa be prying like that.  We were together almost 12yrs and I still never invaded your privacy.  Well, not until the very end because you was lyin’.  We not gonna get into that right now, but you know you was lyin’.

Then we both laughed.  He didn’t deny that he was runnin’ around behind my back actin’ brand new.  He opened up to me.  He admitted his betrayal.  

So then on Monday I performed one of my stories from my personal repertoire at a weekly event.  I was booked last minute so I didn’t really invite anyone to come.  Then The Ex called me on the day of the show.  When he found out I was performing, he promised to come.  Well, I gave up on his promises long ago, yet he actually did show up. I was the first to go on, and he literally left right after my performance.  So he was there just to support me.  That’s sweet.  He also convinced TENB (The Ex’s New Boo) to come watch as well, but he was late arriving so he missed my performance and missed The Ex.  So The Ex text me after he’d left to ask me to keep an eye out for him since his phone died and he wasn’t able to let him know that he’d left.  What the fuck!  How did I end up chatting over a drink at the bar with TENB?!  ONLY IN MY LIFE!  But I’m glad The Ex and I can move forward peacefully and with love.

Hubbard Street Evolves

Last week I had the pleasure of ushering at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.  Volunteering as an usher is a great way to see shows around the city for free (my little secret to you).  And the MCA is a great place to see performances because they have a wide variety of productions from theatre to dance. 

I was lucky enough to see danc(e)volve:  New Works Festival by Hubbard Street Dance.  Although there were a few times that the ensemble pieces lacked synchronicity, the great thing about contemporary dance is quite often there are many things happening on the stage at once.  This helped to mask the moments that needed the dancers to be in sync.  I also witnessed a dancer lose her footing in one piece, but I don’t think anyone else noticed.  Despite having said all of this, I still enjoyed the show.  However I must admit that the choreography was not that innovative.  Especially after recently having seen a private rehearsal by Hubbard Street Dance where the choreography was inventive and intriguing.  The story that was told in the rehearsal piece was much more clear to follow than any of the ones at danc(e)volve:  New Works Festival.  Yet, it was fascinating how the choreography was able to convey humor at times without the use of dialogue.  One audience member I spoke to who has been following Hubbard Street Dance for decades told me that she’s noticed the choreography become more emotive over the years.  I would also have to say that I did not like the video plopped in at the end of the first act.  It was endearing to see the teachings and relationships the company made while travelling the world, however I think only a short clip of the film would have sufficed.  I would have preferred to see more dancing instead.  

In both the rehearsal and the performance, there were male duets that were not only athletic but also sensitive and creative.  But kudos must go out to all the dancers for their abilities and stamina.

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Once In a Lifetime Glen Hansard Concert

If you’re a fan of the movie, song, or musical Once, you would have loved the Glen Hansard concert on Monday night.  It’s part of the Downtown Sounds series at Millennium Park.  Lisa Hannigan and a few of Hansard’s fellow members from The Frames joined him onstage for a three-hour set.  Personally, I think three hours is too long for any show, but I’m sure that the approximately 15,000 fans appreciated it.  In fact because there was such a high number of audience anticipated (and met), Hansard’s manager requested an extra hour of performance.  It was the biggest crowd for Downtown Sounds since the series kicked off a few weeks ago.  Though it was a long concert, Hansard kept the crowd and myself engaged the entire time. We definitely would have gotten our money’s worth had it not been FREE to the public already!  I must give special praise to the brass section for it’s bold, solid sound.   And of course I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how proud I am of my fellow Morehead State University Alumni Steve Kazee for winning the 2012 Tony for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in Once

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Break a Leg to Me!

Today is a very big day for me professionally.  Okay, so I’m not getting paid some major sum for a new project or anything.  But I am performing on the stage for the first time in YEARS.  Granted, I did read in my Cleaning Closets staged reading, but I had worked on gathering those interviews for months.  Besides, those were other people’s stories.  Tonight I perform my own personal narrative about my dad’s wedding!  Before that, though, I’ll be taking my FIRST Improv for Actors 1 class at Second City!  Even though I won’t be doing improvisation for an audience, it’ll be the first time I do any acting training in years as well!  I hope I break a leg!