Somewhat delayed post about the full-cast rehearsal of The Clean House that bloggergal watched on Sunday March 5.
In addition to the actors, director Ali Joy Richardson and stage manager Lizz Armstrong, Assistant Director Nevada Banks was there, and producer Laura Jabalee Johnston arrived later.
Scenes worked on included the serio-comic moment when workaholic doctor Lane (Andrea Irwin) confides to her sister Virginia (Annemieke Wade) that her surgeon husband Charles (Neil Silcox) is having an affair. Lane also works up to firing her Brazilian housekeeper, Matilde (Marina Moreira), who doesn’t like to clean so much!
“Go with your instinct, and we’ll figure out optimum funny,” Ali directed actor Annemieke Wade (Virginia) on a bit of physical comedy.
There was a stumble-through of Act II scene 5 – “the longest scene in the play”, as Ali noted. In this scene, Charles boldly brings his new “soulmate” Ana (Lilia Leon) to meet his wife. Virginia and Matilde are there to witness the awkward encounter.
At one point, actor Andrea Irwin (Lane) requested guidance from director Ali Joy Richardson: “Do you want me to freak out there, or hold the freak-out until…?”
We had a special guest at rehearsal: Annemieke’s 11-month old daughter Vesper. AD Nevada entertained Vesper in another room for the most part, but the baby got her on-stage moment in Scene 5. Annemieke’s character Virginia is supposed to bring drinks for everyone, and Vesper played “the role of the serving tray”, in Ali ‘s words!
Photos of the action courtesy of producer Laura Jabalee Johnston.
The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl runs April 7-22 at Alumnae Theatre.
The web page http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/the-clean-house.html will be updated this week with team bios and photos, etc. Also visit the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1301005259957126/