Latest addition to my list of things that suck: listening to a friend give you a list of reasons why they aren’t a better friend.
I’ve been rehearsing with the Culver City Public Theatre for the last few weeks on Much Ado About Nothing via Tanya, who’s playing Beatrice and doing a heckuva job. There was a lot of nonsense recently regarding costumes and line cuts that came to a head when somebody went to the Board bitching about the director. The Board called him onto the carpet in what was one of the more disgusting displays of ineptitude I’ve seen recently. It hits #2 on my list of worst things I’ve ever seen in theatre.
Anybody who acts or is involved in the biz - especially in theatre - knows that there are two types of people: actors and drama people. Actors are people who want to act, drama people are people who ‘want to do plays.’ You see a lot of them in high school, fewer in college, and - until now - I really hadn’t seen any in Los Angeles. Apparently, all of the drama people gravitate to public theatre.
They aren’t necessarily bad actors, but it’s pretty clear that being with their friends and saying ‘I was in a play!’ is a lot more important to them than, say, training. Or having any kind of artistic integrity. It can be frustrating.
I don’t think I’ll be looking to act anymore with municipal theatre, and I suppose that if any of them read this, the problem will solve itself.
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