IMPORTANT FIRST POINT:
An understanding lady at Beth Israel yesterday gave me a prescription for new lenses that will put all the eyeballs back in the actors for me. Once I get them into the frames and on my nose, the world should look Quite Different! About as different as it did after reading these letters, which stacked up in my Inbox while TIAC's e-mail service was unavailable all day. (I wonder why the dregs of a hurricane screwed up their telephone number!) I don't know how to answer any of you, except to plunge on with as much effort in The Mirror as I can.
Subject: Theater Mirror
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 14:04:41 -0400
From: Rondel Lashley email@example.com
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your wonderful web site. I have used it a number of times and have found it to be quite informative and fun as well. Keep up the great work!
A fellow theater arts lover!
Subject: Re: TELL US ABOUT THE CONTRAST, JASON, AND I'LL PUT IT INTO THE MIRROR.
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 14:09:27 -0400 (EDT)
From: Jason Reulet firstname.lastname@example.org
I just checked your website and heard that you are going to the doctor about your eyes.
I was very sorry to hear that you have been under so much strain. You have done so much for all of Boston and have been a constant for all of the theatres that have come and gone and are still around. You have provided us all with a sense of community with your website and your presence at our shows. You are responsible for fanning an otherwise dying flame. You are the spokesperson for the small, nascent and living theatre, and your presence at our shows means so much to us all. So often all of the other papers have so many better things to do than to review something that may be a waste of their time. You go in search of the diamond in the rough.
Boston owes a great debt to you Larry. I wish you a speedy recovery!
jason m. reulet
Subject: Hope Everything is All Right
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 14:43:24 -0400
From: "Hennessey, Arthur" Arthur.Hennessey@Cognos.com
I just wanted to express my deepest gratitude for your continuing efforts at keeping all of us together as a family of theatre-goers and creators.
I think that we all take the Mirror for granted sometimes and forget the amount of work that goes into it.
Please take care, and enjoy your novels on Sunday afternoons.
Subject: Audition notice
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 14:46:08 -0400 (EDT)
From: Iain Bason - Performance Development Tools Iain.Bason@East.Sun.COM
Do you think you could get this audition notice onto your web page?
Thanks a bunch,
[NOTE: THE CALL IS UP IN AUDITIONS NOW.]
Subject: your health
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 15:03:10 -0400
From: Christine Connor email@example.com
You don't know me but yes, my world would be very different. I really hope you'll be okay and that with corrected vision, you feel renewed strength, energy and optimism. Blessings,many ChrisConnor
Subject: good wishes
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 15:20:59 -0400
From: John Fogle firstname.lastname@example.org
there are some things they can't take away from you, Larry - the good wishes
of your large circle of virtual friends.
John Fogle, VP/Creative Director
Promosis, Inc.-Promotion Marketing On-The-Wave
T 781-639-1937 F 781-639-1921
Subject: For Auditions page
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 15:26:20 -0400
From: "info" email@example.com
Urgently needed: Male, early thirties stage age, to play Frank Lubey in
"All My Sons" at the Walpole Footlighters, Walpole, MA. This is a non-paid
role. Rehearsals begin immediately and production dates are November 5-20
(weekends only). Call the director at 508-660-7160 for more info.
Check our web site at http://www.footlighters.com for more information about the Footlighters.
[NOTE: THIS, TOO, IS IN AUDITIONS NOW.]
Subject: don't jump, please!
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 15:39:51 -0400
From: "Katie O'Neill" firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Larry -
I wish there was a theatrical equivalent of "It's a Wonderful Life" that I could invoke here to prove to you that your work with the Mirror has had a profound impact on so many of us.
Now a ranting (yet sincere!) message from a total stranger is probably not going to be enough to help you rescind the cry for help we read in yesterday's Cricket Notes... But I think I can speak for every theater-going individual when I say: we appreciate you...and your mammoth efforts have not been in vain...
How many people would've missed out on an audition, would never have gotten that part & wouldn't have performed so magically if it hadn't been for you? How many of us would never have gone to this show or that show if we hadn't had access to the information you provide?
In a community of performers, theater-owners, directors, techies, patrons & educators, you an invaluable resource.
The theater "world" is so perverse in its quest to be simultaneously expanding & insular. Especially in Boston. You break through cliques & groups in your effort to get an audience out to a performance...and what nobler a cause than that?
Please Larry, we beseech you. Don't give up. We'll help. We're out there, and we care.
Subject: your recent Cricket Note
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 16:45:37 -0400
From: email@example.com (Peter Watson)
I was much moved by your story.
Its completely OK with me for you to let go of all that work.
You've done an amazing job and now its time to rest up and get well. There's no reason why those of us who have come to rely upon your wonderful website can't get it together to exercise our own fingers and patience to check out the "original sources" from which you crafted your multifaceted omnibus.
I hope that the eye exam went well
Subject: Congratulations !
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 17:51:47 -0400
From: Genie firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Larry : Hello. You probably don't remember me ,but about a year ago
I wrote to asking for information about auditions in the Boston or New
England area. Of all the letters that i sent out ,you were the only
letter that i received in return. You were my angel and because of you I
have not only worked as an actress in theater have also just finished my
second film project. Sometimes we get so caught up we forget to thank .
I'm sorry I took so long but THANK YOU and God bless you.
I heard you may be needing some help with the theater museum ...Count me in . Sincerely ,
Subject: Re: You are more important than you think.
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 18:28:43 EDT
You don't know me personally, but, you have done more for me than anyone else in my life...well, except maybe my Mom. = )
I log onto the Theatre Mirror web site every week. The information you provide is invaluable to all struggling actors. In fact I won a EMACT Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award this year kind of because of you. The audition was posted on your site. So I went. I got this incredible part, and ended up totally kicking ass!!! If you hadn't posted the audition, it might not have happened.
I know you work very hard on the web site and that you are doing it completely by yourself. You are a truly amazing person, and I applaud you and your dedication to the Theatre, I really wish to God that there were more like you.
Thank you so very much (from the bottom of my toes - = ) )!!!!!!!!!
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 21:00:35 -0400
From: Geralyn Horton email@example.com
I hear your eye exam went well, hurrah!
wonder if Sugan will be above water tomorrow?
Geralyn Horton, Playwright
Newton, Mass. 02460
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 20:31:09 -0700
From: Don Gillis firstname.lastname@example.org
I am hoping that all went well with your eye exam---or are you waiting for results? I am thinking about you...and believe it or not -- Hemingway probably is too....( God loves you!) and so do we---
Date: Fri, 17 Sep 1999 00:07:00 -0700
From: Don Gillis email@example.com
http://members.home.net/rhodytheater [NOTE: AND THESE ARE IN NEW REVIEWS...]
So, as Julie Harris (playing St. Joan in THE LARK) said (in 1952) to Me sitting right there in the front row of the first balcony:
"Well, let it end here then...
If nobody minds."