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June 18th, 2010

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10:51 am - found wifi at kelly's, life is good
By the way, if you're planning on still hanging around the Boston area this weekend, you owe it to yourself to go see Theatre@First's revival of The Margaret Ghost, going on tonight and tomorrow at 8:00 pm, with a 3:00 pm matinee on Sunday. It's being put on at the First Church of Belmont Unitarian Universalist which is a little bit of a hike outta Davis, but easy to get to if you like buses or carpools and driving directions are plentiful and simple.

The fact that T@F has been around long to get to put on a revival is wonder (R&G 2004 represent!) and if you saw the original Margaret Ghost production in 2006, you'll be quite impressed by the changes. And if you didn't, no problem. You'll enjoy what you see regardless. The dialogue sparkles at times, epigrams are delivered quite well, and all the original castmembers have come back to their characters and found new insights and new connections. It was wonderful watching the evolution on Thursday night, and I'm quite proud of everybody involved and I mean everybody. You go look at the program, go look at it, and everybody there I am proud of.

I was afraid I wasn't going to get to see the show cause I was away this weekend, but that's what Thursday performances are for. Congratulations, guys. The revival is great. It celebrates a milestone in the history of a "small but scrappy" theatre company which always promised more theatre and less drama, and the superb production quality of The Margaret Ghost revival: beautiful location, great sets, period costumes that don't make you blanch, and the amazing direction and acting (when you see a diminutive woman dominate a scene opposite a towering, severe fellow -- and you don't have to be told she's doing it, you know something good is going on) is befitting such an important celebration.

Rock the hell on, and break legs left and right this weekend.

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Date:June 18th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)

(I am always taken aback to be referred to as diminutive -- partly because I was a tall child, so it took a long time for me to internalize my identity as a short adult -- but boy, does TMG make me feel short. Except in Scene 1, where I feel like a giant. :) )
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Date:June 18th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Margaret is quite the giant in Act 1. The physical feeling can only help the attitude, can it not? :)

And to be honest, compared to heliopsis almost everybody is diminutive, but there was a moment late in the third act when the height difference is so very noticable. You were facing each other and Margaret's passion and energy at that point towered right over Emerson. I loved watching that contrast. You worked great together.
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Date:June 18th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
Great to see you there! This show is unlikely to be produced again anywhere, so it was wonderful that you made it. Thanks for posting - pulling together how wonderful the show was and "what it all means." We've come a long way from blown fuses and poles as masts!
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Date:June 18th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
This show is unlikely to be produced again anywhere

What makes you say that? Now that the script is publicly available, I think it's entirely possible that other groups will hear about it, read it, and find it worth doing. :-)
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Date:June 18th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, please! I don't know how all that works, but it would be wonderful...anything and everything to spread the word on Margaret Fuller!
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Date:June 18th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
R&G 2004 represent!

Spring 2014 is mine, all mine!

Thanks for the post and for making it out to see it. I've been really eager to see if people who remember the original production will be able to tell how different this one is and it sounds like the answer is yes :)

Have a great weekend!

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