Last night was the first read-through for The Underpants
, at the director's house. Being a proper guest, I decided to bring some peppered salami and cheese over for general consumption, and picked up some delicious Volpi Romano Salame
from Schnuck's, where the nice lady at the deli counter told me that they couldn't slice it for me unless I paid for it in advance. Once I'd paid for it (up front) I brought it back where the other, not-so-nice lady told me that they didn't do that, and she had to be corrected by the nice lady. The not-so-nice lady begrudgingly took the salami, set the slicer to the thickest possible setting, and cut it into twenty-eight 3/16" thick slices without asking how I'd like it. If I were more confrontational, I'd probably have gotten it for free, and another one sliced properly. Still, it was quite popular at the readthrough.
Reading through the show, with minor interruptions, took about an hour and fifteen minutes, by a rough estimate--we should be able to knock the whole thing out in an hour and a half. Nothing elicited many chuckles during the readthrough, until the scene where Theo attempts to seduce Gertrude, which got a pretty good laugh every line for a page or so, but I'm thinking we'll have a pretty good audience response, since the author's name will have them in the mood for comedy.
The first really good punchline doesn't hit until the second page, and it's only a bone thrown to those of us who really like Picasso at The Lapin Agile:
LOUISEThe whole event lasted two seconds!
THEOHaven't you heard? Time is relative. (He references the newspaper)
It's a great joke, but I fear it may fly over the heads of many of our audience members.
Fortunately, there are fart jokes later in the show, so it'll have something for everyone!
Official rehearsals begin next Monday, and I'll keep everyone apprised of anecdotes as they occur. For those of you who might want to make a drive to Memphis for a weekend's entertainment, the show runs April 11-27, I'll be appearing onstage in my underwear, and there's a pretty decent bar across the street for pre-performance bracers, or for post-performance memory loss induction.
Also, new "Underpants" tag. I might make an icon, too.