Matchmaker Musings

Audition advice to be taken with many grains of salt. Everybody's got an opinion. Season to taste. ;)

"I Never Call Out" is the Theatre Equivalent of "Most of My Friends are Guys"

Jul 11, 2018

Alright, folks.

Y’all. We gotta talk about some internalized BS going on in the theatre community.

Did you read that recent New York Post article so charmingly entitled “Diana Rigg annoyed that ‘My Fair Lady’ star is taking Sundays off”?

Well, if you didn’t, you can probably pick up what happened from context clues.

Let me catch you up:

Theatre veteran Dame Diana Rigg very publicly shared her annoyance that her co-star Lauren Ambrose will be taking off Sunday matinees.

This has caused some online hubbub in theatre community, to put it very mildly.

A debate seems to be raging, largely along generational lines, about whether or not it’s time to abandon the mantra, “The show must go on.” 

And, yes, as you can probably guess from my writing style, I am on the post-Cold War side of that generational divide.

But please rest assured that I am not here to drag Dame Diana Rigg.

I may be young, but I’m...

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You're Not Crazy

Feb 22, 2016

“Crazy.”

Ever notice how often we throw that word around?

Especially on the internet.

Especially when we have the comfort of anonymity.

Especially in reference to women whose behavior we do not approve of.

Let’s talk about that for a second, shall we?

If you’ve been on Audition Update anytime recently, you may have noticed this trend. It seems like every day there’s a new thread lamenting “these crazy non-eq girls” starting lists at 4am.

The nerve of them! Those crazies!

Here’s where I take issue.  By all means, vent. The non-equity audition circuit is BRUTAL. But the people starting lists at 4 in the morning aren’t “crazy.” They’re responding very rationally to a very broken system. Are you angry that you can’t show up to an audition after 7am and still get seen?  By all means, be angry. That sucks. But “those crazies” are not your enemy.

The fact that those women are behaving in a...

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