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A Noise Within

I saw The Rehearsal at A Noise Within in Glendale. It was completely and utterly fantastic. Not one thing was wrong in the entire production. The acting, especially by the two male leads was jaw droppingly good. Watching them made me believe I was actually watching real people and not characters on a stage, which is a very very good thing.

The play is written and the stage design displays the idea that people, when frivolous miss out on the deeper meanings of life and ultimately love. And when one innocent, simple notion of genuine love comes and penetrates the facade it can tear a life apart. It's like focusing on a picture and believing the idea that it really is multi-dimensional only to remember that its a flat canvas. When the realization comes, to magic you once felt is gone and though you enjoyed the facade, you can move on knowing better. You can always go back to believing in that which was never real, but you're no longer blind to it. It was clever, funny, emotional, raw, frivolous and of course satirical.

Its set in France 1950s. A couple and their lovers are to have a huge 18th c. ball in their manor with entertainment. They all wear 18th c. clothes throughout the show, which is confusing quite often, which makes it even more multi-dimensional. They rehearse for the show they will eventually perform at the ball. One person that has quite a huge part is the goddaughter of the "Count's" lawyer. She's pure, innocent and genuine, something the rest of the people lack. The Count falls in love with her, at first as a game, he hates to be resisted by women, but then it is real. He sees love, her, life beyond his made of world of friviolity and after realizing it too, so does the young girl. Unfortuntely, the Count had ruined his best friends life by talking him out of marrying his true love. Something of which his friend has failed to fully forget. Since he broke up with his only true love he became a sex crazed drunk, seeking to break anyone's happiness. Because of this, he's focused on finding a way to repay his so-called best friend and somehow break any genuine happiness, and until the young girl came into the picture, it was futile, but of course the young girl came in and all hell broke lose.

It was also the first time I've gone to a stage production without wishing I could be on the stage, or involved. I love the theater dearly, but the stage bug that I thought would never leave me, has and I'm quite fine with that. I can now watch theater without having that twinge of jealousy I used to have for every actress with a good role. Well, maybe.



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May. 15th, 2009 11:38 am (UTC)
oh, that's cool you saw it and enjoyed it so much! count tiger lives in my building. :D i haven't seen it.. yet!
May. 16th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
OMG really? He was absolutely brilliant. He and the other male lead are beyond great actors. I actually remembered him from the last show I saw there and that last show I saw there was in 2002ish, Life is a Dream. Where do you live?

Anyway, I think it's closing soon, if you are going to see it, which I recommend, better go soon.
May. 16th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC)
that's awesome. i'll have to let him know! his voice is amazing, isn't it? so deep. basso profundo. i live in silverlake, right by the hyperion bridge. :D

yeah, i've never been to "a noise within" but i hear it's a great place to see a show. i might have to go next weekend. :)
May. 15th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I wish the theatre/acting bug would leave me but I'd be soooo depressed if it did. I have other goals but I don't ever want that desire to die, its just always been with me, I guess its just a part of me whether or not I ever use it. I hope I get so sad over not being a part of it one day that I just dive head first into it again.
May. 16th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
It was too painful wanting to be in a business so consumed with outer appearances so much so that I always felt I'd have to be backstage when I always wanted to be on stage. I think if I was still trying to act I'd have mental breakdowns on a daily basis. And with politics I've found a love that just beats the theater enough that I can put theater in a catagory of enjoyment, not life ambition.

Theater can never leave me though, its too ingrained in the way I am. I just don't want to act on stage in the same way I did. I don't know its hard to explain. Maybe outright rejection, constantly, when auditioning broke me. I realized once at UCI that I was wasn't strong enough to weather the rejection that line of business requires of a working actor.

I love watching theater though and last nights show was fan-freakin-tastic.

Someday I imagine I'll see you in a movie. It'll be random out of nowhere I'll see you and turn to my friend and say 'dang, I know her, didn't she rock'?

May. 22nd, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah its a trying process no doubt. There are a lot of out of work actors and its hella depressing to think about. I think I would be okay with being a theatre actor and never doing film, but who knows where I'll end up. And it does suck that so much of it is based on who you know and how people see you....talent seems to take a serious backseat. :/

Thanks babe, you made me smile. =)
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