We had a pretty emotional day yesterday. Before I begin that, I want to first talk about Adrienne Viscardi.
Adrienne was our first Chaperone on this trip and she was amazing. Besides managing the kids, she did it
with humor, grace and a smile. She was also the tech person for our happy show and she was outstanding.
She made mistakes, but never let that define who she was. She was always striving to improve and when she
had problems, she never panicked, she sought help and delivered to the very best of her abilities. She genuinely
cared about the production and doing the best she could to support it. I am forever grateful for that.
A sincere and heartfelt thank you to an outstanding person.
Yesterday, we began to get our reviews. We had earlier received a twittique from Fringe Biscuit that was totally positive but
only gave us 3 stars, I felt greedy and wanted 4 stars. Next up came a rather detailed review from Fringe Review, but it picked apart
the show and while I believe the reviewer enjoyed herself, it felt more like an autopsy. Here at the Fringe, unless you are a big budgeted
show it is hard to find true perfection. The environment here is more about adapting to impossible situations and instead of folding, overcoming
the challenges. As a Director/Producer I am constantly looking at the situations and making decisions both artistically and budget wise, that
will help or hinder my production. Ultimately, I am taking into consideration that I have young actors, and how much strain am I putting them under.
While I want them exposed somewhat to the fire of the Fringe, I prefer to take the brunt of it on myself. I was disappointed with the Fringe Review as it highlighted some of the choices I had to make and pointed them out as failures. We also got a review from the Fest that was totally positive. That helped a bit, but I was still sore about the previous review. Not wanting to show that in front of the cast, I kept a brave face. I was wondering when are other reviews were coming, I spoke with the brilliant Matthew Shelley (my friend and our publicist). He encouraged me to pull our report and see
who had come, so I followed his advice. Low and behold I found that the most sought after and important reviewer had come to see our show, not once but twice. The Scotsman is the holy grail of reviewers. I have been coming to the Fringe since 2007 and I have never gotten more than 1 star with any production. In fact, the earlier incarnation of this play (Gibby Stone and Her Problem) earned a 0, yes 0 stars. My heart exploded when I saw that we had gotten 3 stars from this reviewer. She wrote "While the mismatched group of people on stage significantly outnumber the two of us in the audience, this only adds to the (deliberately) outlandish mood of George Griggs and Paul Andrew Perez’s quirky new musical.....Tebsherany has a beautiful voice, which, along with th on-stage band, makes for toe-tapping tunes out from tales of not fitting in.........it’s fueled by wild imagination and good-humoured asides.........it’s a reminder of how a low-fi aesthetic needn’t limit large-scale ambition." I was in Seventh heaven. It was an incredible validation to the work that George and I put into this piece and to the dedication and commitment that this cast put into the play. I have never been prouder of any cast, than this. To top off our day, our friend Derek Newlan came and gave us 5 stars from the Derek Awards. We also had our biggest crowd and met some lovely people from the UK whose show we are going to support today. Also, the delightful Jill Bazos and her family arrived. Jill is a bundle of energy and experience and is just so much fun to be around. While we will dearly miss Adrienne, we are also excited to have Jill around.
Olivia and I were also invited to perform at the Royal Society of Edinburgh's fundraiser for Children and The Arts. Olivia will be performing some of her musical set she did at the Wee Pub and I will be accompanying her on guitar.
Today we are all going to see our new friends perform and we have another Wee Pub as well as a a new late night performance at Sweet Novotel called Pic and Mix. It is at 8:30pm, so it should be fun.