Thanks to Convergence Theatre’s co-producer Aaron Willis for squeezing me into Variation One of the sold-out The Gladstone Variations.
The eagle-eyed stage manager gave away my reserved media ticket to a waiting-list person right when I appeared asking for it – 6:45 pm, 15 minutes before the show began. I’d biked in the rain from another show, and did I really want to bike back without seeing it, with no show to review? Glad the company got some $ from the ticket.
Also in line and spotted at times while the crowds for the plays intersected were playwright Mike McPhaden (whose Requiem For A Hotel, part of the double double bill, is terrific); actor/playwright/bittergirl Alison Lawrence, who I remember seeing at Convergence’s 2006 site-specific show, AutoShow; Tarragon’s former General Manager Mallory Gilbert, grinning throughout; producer Mitchell Marcus; singer/songwriter Nancy White; and someone who looked an awful lot like lawyer Clayton Ruby down one of the Gladstone’s hallways.
Although lots of shows are selling out (hits include An Inconvenient Musical, BASH'd), the Gladstone Variations, because of its limited audience capacity (30 for each Variation) is the hottest ticket at the fest.
Buzz is building for lots of other shows, like ...And Stockings For The Ladies; Funny Business: The Musical; Jesus In Montana; Conservatives In Love; Kafka And Son; and two plays I saw at the Factory Studio today, Dickens Of The Mounted and the utterly unexpected Underneath The Lintel.
Book your tickets now.