Smoke on the Mountain – 3/1/08 – Triage Edition

Welcome to March.  We had a two-show day today, sellout crowds that were ready to have fun.  It should have been cake.

But physically we were falling apart.Sick - flickr photo from Foto71

One of our actors threw his back out this morning while brushing his teeth.  Laugh if you will, but it’s true, and frankly that’s usually the way a spasm will work.  You’re doing something simple and it just seizes up on you.  So he was in a lot of pain.

Then, at the end of Act I, another of our actors made a faster than usual exit because he was getting nauseous.  Between the two of them it looked like triage in the green room.

And this is the first act of the first show.

The impressive thing is that neither of the two audiences would have had any idea that there was a problem.  These are two pros that played through.  We were all ready for anything, but they both did their jobs amazingly well.  I’m very proud of how everybody banded together.

So tomorrow we’ll have Saltines with an Icy Hot chaser!

[Sorry you’re not feeling well either Foto71, but thanks for the picture]
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One Response to Smoke on the Mountain – 3/1/08 – Triage Edition

  1. Peter Boyer says:

    This is part of why I love theatre — not that I love falling apart, personally, mind you — but the occasional anything-can-happen-and-yet-the-show-goes-on-and-the-audience-doesn’t-even-notice-or-if-they-do-they-have-a-good-time-anyway thing. Let’s ya know you’re alive.

    I have a fave story about John Barrymore: supposedly he was performing Hamlet while seriously hung over (not a big surprise). In the midst of the “To be or not to be” speech, so I read, he had to throw up. So — in the middle of the speech — he walked off stage, tossed cookies in the wings, returned to the stage, and finished the speech. The next day, the reviews came out — the reviewers loved it, thought it was such an interesting choice.

    Viva la teatra unpredictabla! (Don’t bother looking it up, my latin is impeccable)

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