I am without a doubt, the luckiest director in the entire world. Somehow, the gods continue to bless me with amazingly talented casts who are not only able to understand exactly what I want from them, but also translate that understanding into performances that go above and beyond. The photo above is from this past Monday's rehearsal for Top Girls and features five of the eight astonishingly good actresses in the show. From L: Jess (Dull Gret); Janet (Marlene); Sarah (Pope Joan); Liz (Lady Nijo) and Susan (Isabella Bird), toasting Marlene's promotion in the play's exceptionally complicated opening scene.
There is still tons of work to be done before we open next Thursday, but at tonight's rehearsal, I could feel the electricity really starting to spark. Each of them is a powerhouse in her own right, but when they are all 'on' at the same time - it's nothing short of magical.
I really do hope that if you are within driving distance of central NJ, that you get a chance to see these extraordinary women in this extraordinary play. You can order advance tickets here or buy them at the door. I know I say this all the time, but this really is a theatrical experience that you will not soon forget.
Shameless plug over. Go back to whatever it was you were doing (but do come see the show if you can).