KCRF Fifth Weekend: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

The Good:

  • . It’s been a very long time since I’ve performed with someone who gives so much to a show. Not only does he literally throw himself around, but his energy is infectous (ewww….), and the rest of us are uplifted by it. The wine wenches across from the Pub, apparently, have dubbed him The Boy Who Falls Down A Lot. I prefer to think of him as The Boy Who Keeps Us Interested In The Show.
  • Great audiences this weekend. Not a dead crowd in the bunch, and we were really packin’ them in, too. Especially nice was the pub show this weekend, where the fact that we’d be followed immediately by and her fellow belly-dancers made for HUGE crowds. Hell, we had a large crowd at our Mermaid Stage show on Saturday, and when it started downpouring, only about 2/3 of them ran for cover. The rest STAYED.
  • Going out to dinner on Saturday night for Italian with , et. al. As I said then, it was the first time that she had come out for dinner, and bluntly, she could have suggested that we go to Sonic and I’d have been there, for the company alone. The fact that it was tasty post-rain comfort food was a HUGE plus.
  • On Saturday, I made it over to the lanes by T’gers to witness the much-vaunted Strumpet Nibblies and “Muerte and Chuy’s Story Time.” Really nice to get to other parts of the Festival.
  • giving me a stern talking-to at closing cannon, about taking care of myself, so I can keep doing this. Blunt, unflinching, and motivated by caring….in short, everything she is.

The Bad:

  • Apparently over-did it on Saturday, exacerbated by the cold rain late in the day. OW. PAIN. This is really very frustrating, because I want to wander the site, interacting with other characters, seeing other things, being a full participant in the experience. But no, I have to sit between shows, otherwise I’m just in too much pain. I know that a lot of this could be reduced by dropping at least 50 pounds off my fat ass…and preferably 100. I need to do that. It’s not just the weight, though…I’ll eventually need to see a specialist of some sort, and may even need corrective surgery. However, the total lack of insurance on my part makes that pretty much impossible right now.
  • Yet again, our name and time didn’t appear on the sign at Crown & Rose, until I fixed it myself.
  • The geniuses-that-be have us performing all of our shows within a stones throw….Crown & Rose, Gallows, Pub and Mermaid. So much for getting to sample audiences from other parts of the Festival. We spend most of our time in one area.
  • Especially annoying is our 1:30 show at the Gallows, which occurs literally right across from the Lord Mayor’s Company, performing another Shakespeare-based comedy show, on the Crown & Rose, starting at EXACTLY THE SAME FUCKING TIME. *sigh*
  • doesn’t come out and play often enough. Boo.

The Ugly:

  • Experienced (20+ year) performers being given admonitions for being “too bawdy” in the lanes. Apparently, the Master Slaver balancing his feather-staff on his head, and using it to hook the basket on the head of a rose-wench was “too suggestive” for the opening gate. You’ve got to be fucking kidding me.

24 Replies to “KCRF Fifth Weekend: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”

  1. *blushes*

    *drags toe*

    Awwwwww…

    Might I suggest that you invest in an appropriate cane or walking stick to help you get some of the stress off of the ankle…

    I would say to you that they appear to be doing all they can to convince the Slaver that this place is too big a pain in the ass to be anymore. Which is a sad thing, he is one of the hardest working people out there.

    D.

  2. Re: the stages being close together – at least you don’t have to walk as far between shows so it’s easier on you.

    Having the Lord Mayor’s Company at the same time in the same area is.. is…toomanywordscan’tpickjustone

  3. Might I suggest that you invest in an appropriate cane or walking stick to help you get some of the stress off of the ankle…

    Problematic, since it’s both ankles that are afflicted. However, I half-joked with at dinner last night that next year’s show may feature a quarterstaff fight, so that I can walk around with one all day. :)

  4. I would say to you that they appear to be doing all they can to convince the Slaver that this place is too big a pain in the ass to be anymore. Which is a sad thing, he is one of the hardest working people out there.

    Luckily he’s ornery enough, hopefully he’ll keep it up just to show ’em…

  5. I’ve wondered that sort of thing off and on for years.

    Except for one thing…the owner himself believes that what brings people into his door is shopping for the women, beer cheaper than the ballpark and tits for the men to look at. So long as that is the case, I think there will be wenches.

    And frankly, we play things amazingly tame, when you think about it.

    D.

  6. The nice thing about a cane is that you can switch off. I would think the one that you would want to pamper a mite is the one that you hurt badly last year…?

    D.

  7. Or two canes, beentheredonethat and it did help. The woodworkers up by the Cup & Chaucer have reasonably priced natural canes, some with handles.

    I truly feel your frustration at not being able to wander and visit. Compared to last year, I’m a social butterfly, but still not getting around nearly as much as I would like.

  8. LMC noticed that glaring bit of scheduling foo ba too :). I think they were more frustrated however with their next show on the R&C, which was opposite the LOUDLY mic’d scene at the front gate.

  9. I would think the one that you would want to pamper a mite is the one that you hurt badly last year…?

    You’d think so….

    But, oddly, the other one has been giving me slightly more trouble this season. Maybe because I’m favoring the other.

  10. “It’s been a very long time since I’ve performed with someone who gives so much to a show. Not only does he literally throw himself around, but his energy is infectous (ewww….), and the rest of us are uplifted by it.”

    I made a vow to myself long ago, and continued that vow when I left Los Angeles, that no matter what I acted in, I was going to give it everything I had. I realize that not every actor believes this, but I think the audience enjoys the show more when it’s obvious that the actors are giving their blood to the show. That’s why I said I was still going to do all of my falls Sunday morning when you told me I could cut some of them out. I don’t care if I’m acting on Broadway, a Renaissance Festival, or dinner theatre in Hoboken (God please no), I’m going to give the audience every single bit of my being, even if it kills me. Thats what being an actor means to me, sucking the marrow out of life.

  11. doesn’t come out and play often enough. Boo.”

    Who’s malinear? Is she a street character, or is she in one of those stage shows? I for one wander the lanes a lot, and I don’t recall really seeing her much.

  12. Seeing as how I’ve been this style of wench for 26 years in that environment, with Mr. Peterson’s full grinning approval, I would expect so.

    D.

  13. Which is a confirmation every day that I made the right choice in asking you to join me on this, hermano.

    The Hurricane From Spain, indeed.

  14. not my fault that I kept to my original group plans for Sat night dinner and everyone else had to change their minds. Not that I wouldn’t have liked to join you all, but McBrides had been the plan for a couple of weeks. Also not my fault that I don’t really have the money to go out to eat out every night like others. *shrug* Not to mention that I didn’t drive on Sunday.

    And I really can’t help that I’m not as much of a social whore as the rest of you ;)

  15. Well, Sat night was the first time that Laura and I had even heard of McBrides, so perhaps if we had been in on the “couple of weeks”, we’d have been more likely to argue in favor of it.

    As it was, it was fairly obvious that those plans hadn’t included us, so forgive us if we went with an offer from folks who DID include us.

    Jus’ sayin’…..

  16. ah, see, I thought that it had been mentioned outside of the Manor before…but whatev. And I’m not holding it against you guys, just sayin that I did have other plans so…

  17. Plus I went where Carlye went. The fact of the matter is that I don’t have a working car (you’ve been more than willing to mention that to everyone) so I go where my car ride goes. Plus I don’t get to spend much time with Carlye on the weekends since I’m always out and about making appearances and trying to get people to our show.

  18. I really didn’t intend to make it seem like I was upset with anyone or anything. So if that’s how it came off, I apologize. I’m hereby dropping any regard to this as I feel like we’re arguing over something that I wasn’t trying to argue about, nor should it be.

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