A ‘birthday’ on stage
Debra Brass. New Yorker. Born in New York. Lives in New York. Educated at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Now starring in the American Airlines Theater. The show? “Birthday candles.”
“I have remained locked in my apartment throughout the pandemic. Depressed. Grief. I thought I wouldn’t have the opportunity to ever do this show. We lost an actor. Luckily we have the rest of the company. I had been working on this piece for five years. The principal was my classmate. We tested it in Detroit, Chicago and read it in New York. I literally cried. I thought, ‘Please let me do this.’
“To lift myself up, I taught myself a new skill. I learned to play the piano with 10 online books. My gift to myself to survive.
“Memorizing is hard. Doing a sitcom helped me hone my skills. Once on stage for a full 90 minutes, never off, I’ll never forget how I forgot. Berkshire Festival. Still a student. I was on stage. Alone. And I literally froze. Nobody to help. Trust me, this fear never goes away.
“Now I use an online learning app. Use every word of your game. You can then listen to it again in all kinds of ways. over and over. You repeatedly pick up the preceding words of what prompts your speech. You can even practice your lines in bed. Because of this one experience 30 years ago, I remember it like this.
“Actors have to be flexible. Rehearse all day. work all night They use different muscles. Different hours. It sure is an adjustment.”
Opening night: Sunday.
Ladies eyeing some space in the mall
Lincoln, Jefferson, FDR: The gentlemen have taken the Washington Mall. Laws are passed, New York funds are being raised — as we speak — for the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum. The next meeting is in July at the Washington Mall.
The lengthy advisory board includes consultant Mary Boies, designer Tory Burch, actresses Rosario Dawson and Lynda Carter, Billie Jean King, former Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Alice Walton of the Walton family. Barbie and I are – so far – not in the collection.
she never left
Hillary. over the hill? No. If it doesn’t upgrade, it certainly won’t run down. Or off. She is thinking. Prepare. Ready. Carolyn Maloney of Congress is holding an event for her this month. As the saying goes, Hillary has no anger like a despised woman. She becomes active. Put the finger on old age. After supporting Maloney, Maloney supports her next Tuesday. A lunch. HRC is the guest of honor.
The Library of Congress asked if Dr. Ruth Westheimer gave her papers to some institution. They collect all areas of Americana and culture, particularly in the world of psychology and women’s and gender history. Her collections include Sigmund Freud, Margaret Sanger, Margaret Mead, Rosa Parks and perhaps soon Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
After the pandemic, people are waking up again. This man ordered an “extra rare” martini. The bartender said, “You mean ‘extra dry.’ ‘ The man insisted, ‘I mean, extra rare. I eat it for dinner.”
Only in New York, kids, only in New York.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/05/debra-messing-stars-in-birthday-candles-on-broadway/ Debra Messing is starring in “Birthday Candles” on Broadway