3800 Elizabeth Goes From Boneless to the Knickerbockers

Shaquille O’Neal

Okay, I just read the funniest thing on ESPN.com: Shaquille O’Neal‘s comments regarding his role with his new team, the Phoenix Suns:

“I’m more like a senior adviser so I don’t like to come in here and try to take over,” O’Neal said. … “Just like your basic karate movie where the young guys come to the old guys with beards who have them do weird stuff to get to the other side. That’s who I am, the old guy with a long beard.”

Teammate Steve Nash‘s response to that statement comes in a close second. You can read the rest of this hilarious article here.

In other news, it’s been a quiet week here at the ol’ blog. The Companion and I have both been a little bit under the weather (numerous folks at both our workplaces are sick) and we’re persevering as only we know how: she’s rehearsing a staged reading that goes up later this week; I’ve been convalescing at home with Season 5 of The Shield, courtesy of Netflix. The weekend also brought with it repeat viewings of two old favorites, Woody Allen’s Broadway Danny Rose and Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, neither of which The Companion had seen before. Good times.

Otherwise, it’s just been non-stop 3800 Elizabeth around here. Last Sunday saw the debut of Episode 3, “Sonja the Boneless,” which brought our biggest crowd yet. Lots of friendly faces and repeat visitors. Also a trio of regular civilians (i.e. not theater people or friends of ours) who showed up because they saw our listing in the Village Voice. We were even visited by an honest-to-God reporter from New York Press who’s writing a little something about us for an upcoming issue. (Don’t worry: I’ll be sure to let you know when it runs. In the meantime, you can enjoy this little write-up we recently got in The Brooklyn Paper.)

As happy as I was to see so many people in the audience – it’s great to see that we’re actually building an audience, and in record time – last week’s performance was a little lacking in the energy department, I must admit. ‘Twas wan. Boneless, as it were. We let it slip away from us a little bit due to a panoply of factors, all of which we identified and are confident we won’t repeat. I mean, everyone’s entitled to an off night every now and then, right?

Meanwhile, it’s full steam ahead, as usual. This week we’re brushing up for the rerun of Episode 1, “Knickerbockers” (for those of you who missed it because you were watching The Super Bowl instead), featuring special guest stars Hope Cartelli (filling in for Iracel, who’s on vacation this week) and Ian W. Hill (reprising his turn as Bob Slebodnick, the H.R. guy for the Knicks). We had a read-through with Hope on this past weekend, and she was typically outstanding. Peter and I remembered our lines pretty well, so this ought to be a real fun time.

In the meantime, I’m hoping to get a leg up on the following week’s episode, “The Man on the Silver Mountain.” This one showcases Peter’s character, AJ, so I thankfully don’t have as much script to memorize as usual. Ideally, I’d like to have Episode 4 under my belt by Sunday so I can be a week ahead of schedule. Fingers crossed. Let us pray.

Footnote: Ian subbed in as our stage manager on Sunday, and did a splendid job (check out his blog for the recap of the live commercial he and Gyda Arber did for us). He even took the time to photographically record the proceedings for posterity. I’ll leave you with one of the images he preserved in time for us – namely the entire 3800 Elizabeth crew in tech rehearsal action!

Aaron Baker, nytheatre mike, Iracel Rivero, and Peter Handy

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