Friends, Weddings, Friends’ Weddings, Theater, Memorials, Theater Memorials, Writing, Writing About All Of That Aforementioned Stuff
Monday October 25th 2010, 1:37 am
Filed under: Family, Friends, Health (Not Cancer), Leukemia, NYC, Word Nerd

I’m feeling well, I think. It’s been a while since I’ve felt okay, but I think tonight, right now, I’m feeling well. Turns out there’s a lot to catch up on, so go to the bathroom now and grab a snack on your way back before you start reading. I’ll wait.

Okay, welcome back. Here we go. Remember to keep your hands inside the blog at all times.

This evening, my grandma took my folks, my aunts and uncles, and me to see Alfred Hitchcock’s 39 Steps at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. She had already seen the play and thought I would enjoy seeing it so much that she gave tickets to my parents and my aunt and uncle as anniversary gifts. Their gifts also included seeing the show with my grandma, my other aunts and uncles, and me. It made some sort of sense, somehow. And even if it didn’t, everyone had a great time.

This production of 39 Steps was turned into a farce of itself and Hitchcock films in general. It was in one of the DCPA’s theaters I’d never been inside before. It was like a black box, only with good, comfortable seats. The play was great and very funny; it was well re-imagined, well directed, well acted and well produced. The ensemble was fantastic. In many scenes, two or three actors switched between different characters faster than the audience could track. Each actor made clear distinctions between their different characters, so there was no confusion between their split-second changes. They were aided by an array of spectacular hats and, in several cases, entire wardrobes–changed on stage in the blink of an eye. They did a great job–with only four actors–filling the stage with more than a dozen people. I highly recommend seeing 39 Steps if you have a chance.

I feel like I haven’t been writing in my blog as much as I’d like to lately. I think, as I’ve been sick for months and months with little well time in between, it becomes monotonous and depressing to write about how I feel, what the doctor says and what we’re going to try. I’ve been writing (offline) while resting in bed. I have a few things I’m really happy with, and that I have to admit I look forward to having time to work on during the day. It’s that writer’s high I’ve written about before. I’ve never personally experienced a runner’s high, but for all my marathon running friends out there, I figure the principle is the same, at least.

There is one blog post in particular that has been giving me trouble. I’ve been tinkering with it for a week, trying to get across exactly what I want to say about being at Summer and Alex’s wedding in Connecticut and being with our ever expanding family of friends. But, to hell with that: everything was great. The wedding was absolutely wonderful, and I was thrilled to be able to attend. The ceremony was just about as perfect as any I’ve ever attended. Not only was the wedding great, but being around my friends was intoxicating. It always is. Being around this family of friends always seems to refresh my health, my mood and my outlook. All the significant others seem like such perfect fits into our circle. It’s very hard to say goodbye to everyone, but at least we’re already scheduled to have two more weddings next year–several months after the chemotherapy drugs should be out of my system. Maybe I’ll be able to stay up and party past 10:00 pm!

We were down one friend at the wedding, who we missed greatly despite his valid excuse: McDole’s in or near Afghanistan right now, serving our country. He taught me that life is–or can be broken down into–a series of five minute achievable goals. I try to use this as often as I can to get through tough situations. Recently, though, he announced a long term plan for all of our friends that I’m not sure whether or not it was genuine or a joke. One day, he told us, our circle of friends should all live in the same cul-de-sac. That sounds pretty damn great to me. And I think McDole was serious.

Speaking of weddings, Dave Burdick is getting married. That’s awesome, and I’m really excited for he and his fiancee Rachel. For some reason, this news struck me entirely different than other friends’ wedding announcements have. Maybe it’s because I don’t see Dave as much as I’d like to anymore. Maybe it’s because just about everything Dave and I have ever done together would be something 14 year olds would enjoy, and 14 year olds don’t get married, or if they do, it’s usually frowned upon. That’s probably it. I’m really happy for them.

Before traveling to Connecticut for Summer and Alex’s wedding, I caught up with friends in New York City (which was great), and I attended a memorial service for Chris Thomas. Chris was head of Pace’s Performing Arts Department when I was there. He had been there for many, many years, but had to retire last year. He set the Department on the path to offering new majors like musical theater and dance, he set the school on the path to offering an MFA program, which happens to be the Actor’s Studio, with whom Chris opened discussions with. He cared about us, he took care of us and I think he was always very proud of us. The circumstances surrounding his death are incredibly sad, and I just hope he knew how much he was loved. Judging from the memorial and its many speakers (including me), Chris Thomas won’t soon be forgotten.

Finally, I have the Dictionary.com app installed on my iPhone. When I woke up today at 1 o’clock in the afternoon, I could only chuckle at today’s word of the day: slugabed. It’s not entirely an accurate summation of my circumstances, but I have certainly announced that I’ve felt like a slug many times through my treatment. And for today, it was entirely accurate. Haha.

All right, I think that’s good enough for one night and eight blog entries.

–Reid.

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Now playing: Guster – Jesus & Mary
via FoxyTunes


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Next Summer; BTTM presents: Reid Levin and Matt Gallo, in SLUGABEDS!
The Horror Western Sci-fi Comedy Musical, inspired by true events.

Don’t miss it!

Comment by Matt Gallo 10.25.10 @ 8:19 am

I’ll be there… if I’m up in time.

–Reid.

Comment by Reid 10.25.10 @ 1:15 pm

Heck yeah!

Also, our critic liked 39 Steps, too!

Cherry Coke,
dave

Comment by Dave 10.25.10 @ 2:04 pm



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