I said I’d post more frequent updates, didn’t I? Well, at least this time only three months have passed since the last post, compared to six months the time before.

The Hovey Summer Shorts were great fun. I got the rare opportunity to do a dramatic (rather than comedic) piece as well as a comedy that gave me the opportunity to create some "bits" that weren’t in the script. (Unbeknownst to me, the writer of the comedy was in the audience for one of the performances. Fortunately, he liked the bits I added. Or at least he was polite enough to say so.)

I have a busy fall. Next up for me is She Loves Me at the Woodland Theatre Company, a show from the composer and lyricist who did Fiddler on the Roof and based on the same source material as You’ve Got Mail. I’m looking forward to reuniting with director Doug Hodge, who did such a great job with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum last year. She Loves Me has four performances over Columbus Day weekend. After that, I’ll be appearing in the Fiddlehead Theatre Company’s production of one of my favorite shows, The Pirates of Penzance. I was lucky enough to have seen the Broadway production of Pirates with Kevin Kline, Rex Smith, Linda Ronstadt, Estelle Parsons, George Rose, and Tony Azito and I’ve been in love with it ever since. As a sophomore in college, I played the Pirate King and stole as much from Kevin Kline’s performance as I could. In the Fiddlehead production I’ll be playing the Sergeant of Police, who sits out the first act but has two great numbers in the second. I’m looking forward to acting once again with my friend Maya Murphy, who I met doing FishNet-NetWorks.Net back in 2009.

I learned a lot from the reading of Right Ho, Jeeves in June. Most importantly, I learned that it was too long. Most of the material worked, but you can’t have a light British comedy of manners that runs over two hours. You just can’t. So I have to cut and cut and try it again. My cast and director were great and I hope to work with all of them again.

I’ve also made a big decision this summer: I’m going to quit my day job. I’ve been running my own information technology consulting company for the last 11+ years, and I’ve decided that it’s time for a change. I need to spend my time on more creative endeavors. I have a couple of ideas for what comes next that I’m not quite yet ready to share. Stay tuned!

 

Wow, over six months since my last entry. Whoops! It’s been an extremely busy time for me in all aspects of my professional and personal lives. Some of the highlights included:

  • A very successful run of Alarms and Excursions at the Hovey Players in Waltham last January.
  • An enormously successful run of Blackadder II:Live at Theater on Fire in Charlestown in April. I played five different characters in this recreation of six episodes of the British sitcom. It was the first time I show I was in got reviewed by the Boston Globe, and they even mentioned me by name (“very funny, despite dropping a few lines”). Well, that’s what you get when the reviewer comes on opening night.
  • An upcoming reading of my first evening-length play, Right Ho, Jeeves. It’s part of the Second Annual Three Rings Reading Series and will take place on June 3 at the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston’s South End.
  • Getting cast in two pieces that are part of the Summer Shorts festival, back at the Hovey Players in Waltham. The festival funs July 7 – 16.

I’ll try to be a good boy and post more frequent updates going forward.

 

Melba LaRose was interviewed about the International CringeFest, now running in Times Square. She mentions that one of her favorite pieces in the festival runs under five minutes. Hmmm … Phil in Customer Service runs under five minutes. Could she have been talking about me?

 

The International CringeFest in New York is divided into several themed evenings, and my two short sketches are both part of “Sex Encounters of a Disturbed Mind.” (My film, “The Boss Gets Some Bad News,” will open every night of the festival.) “Sex Encounters” is looking to be the marquee event. It will be playing the night of the festival’s gala event, and one of the actors in the cast is Richard Pryor, Jr. (yes, the son of that Richard Pryor). Read more at Playbill.com.

I won’t be going to the gala, but I will be in New York to see the show on July 31. If you’ll be in NYC that weekend, let me know!

 

I’ve been invited back to the International CringeFest in Times Square this summer. This is the group that did The Flaming of the Shrew last year. They’ll be producing two of my comedy sketches and showing a Downfall parody I created just for this festival.

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