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The Cane Mutiny (Rated PG) November 5, 2015

So, right now I’m working in a very small theatre. Like one-hundred-and-fifty seats, the stage is two feet high, and we have no microphones kind of small. It’s usually really great to work in such an intimate space, but every once in a while I want to scream and refuse to ever work on a small stage again. For example, I can tell you with absolute certainty that the actor standing two feet away from you can in fact hear you talking to your neighbor. Even if we’re in a blackout, the darkness does not block out noise. I can hear what you’re saying. And yes, I do know how much longer Act I is, and no, I am not going to answer you right now.

But the mother of all things that pisses Megan off while she’s on stage is when you put your shit on my stage. I don’t care if it’s a program, a tissue, or a cane. Don’t put your shit on my stage. Especially not a freakin’ cane! A cane! Right on the front of the stage.

What did he think? That we didn’t need that part of the stage? That his cane would be a nice addition to the set décor? WTF, sir? We are not your television. If we trip, we fall and get hurt.

And this, this is an eloquently simple demonstration of what is wrong with the human race. (more…)

 

Gobble Gobble Greed November 15, 2014

Here’s the thing. Don’t you love it when I start a post like that? It means I know some of you might get angry. I don’t like Black Friday shopping. And I don’t like Thanksgiving shopping. I’m not a big fan of crowds, or being cold, or getting pushed and yelled at by angry people.

Personally, I don’t really think it’s worth saving the little bit of money I would on buying the small presents I want, so I generally avoid the whole mess. I would have to have my husband post to you all, “Sorry. Megan was trampled to death while trying to save a few dollars buying How to Train Your Dragon 2.” (more…)

 

The Absolute Worst April 16, 2014

Filed under: Tales of Humanity's Imperfections — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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Here’s the thing. I don’t know why I always start rants with “here’s the thing,” but it just seems to come naturally. It bothers me when people say “you don’t know what (fill in the blank) is until you’ve (fill in the blank).” There are lots of examples of this. My favorite being “you don’t know what being tired is until you’re a parent.” Or “I never want to hear someone who’s not a parent complain about being tired again. They don’t know what tired is.”

Now granted, I have no children. I don’t even have a puppy. I’m sure that having a new baby is exhausting. My sister has a new baby. She isn’t the type to complain. She’ll grin and say she’s fine even if she’s dragging her intestines on the floor. But I can tell from her voice that she’s about ready to drop. But if we say that “you don’t know what tired is if you don’t have a child,” perhaps we should take it a step further. (more…)

 

How to Not Be THAT Actor February 8, 2014

Filed under: Tales of Humanity's Imperfections — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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There is a curse that all actors are subject to: the curse of the next job. Actors spend a huge quantity of time and money searching for the next gig. Theatre may seem glamorous, but really we are like migrant field hands or plumbers. We stay until the job is over and then move on to the next job… if there is a next job. The only difference is that we wear sequins and are required to smile.

Different actors handle this chronic problem in different ways. (more…)

 

Flames on the Side of My Face – An Actor’s Rant July 24, 2013

Filed under: Hi-Ho the Glamorous Life — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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Please forgive my actor’s rant. I know I am incredibly lucky to be able to call myself a professional and employed actor. I love my job. But sometimes there are things that just shove you over the edge. This time, it’s parents. Not the parents of the kids in the show. The parents in the audience. (more…)