2 dec SOFTLY UNSAID 11:11 Productions MIDWAY STUDIOS 122
3 dec THE EGO SHOW #VI Nicole Pierce B U DANCE STUDIO 123
8 dec APOCALYPSO! Rough & Tumble Theatre Company BCA 124
9 dec ARCADIA Longwood Players DURRELL HALL YMCA 125
10 dec A DOLL'S HOUSE Small World Big Sky DEVANAUGHN 126
11 dec PROMISES, PROMISES Animus Ensemble BCA 127
12 dec CHARLES DICKENS' CHRISTMAS CAROL New Rep 128
15 dec THE FIREBUGS TheatreZone CHELSEA THEATRE CENTER 129
16 dec ANDY WARHOL'S XMAS SPECIAL ImprovAssylum 130
18 dec TRUE WEST Dangerous Animal Theater DEVANAUGHN THEATRE 131
22 dec A BUCKET FULL O' CHRISTMAS CHEER Deveney Prod Devanaughn 132
23 dec 12TH NIGHT Actors' Shaxpy Peoject CAMB MULTICULTURAL CTR 133
6 jan RITALIN READINGS #1 Theatre Cooperative SOMERVILLE 1
7 jan RITALIN READINGS #2 Theatre Cooperative SOMERVILLE 2
10 jan RHYTHM OF THE PEOPLE Our Place Th Proj BCA 3
11 jan DARK AS A THOUSAND MIDNIGHTS Our Place Th Proj BCA 4
13 jan LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES Hovey Players ABBOTT MEM 5
14 jan LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES Huntinton Theatre Company B U 6
Unfortunately, I found less will to write of these plays than any of them deserved --- mainly, I think, because of some other appontments. To whit:
1 dec DR. LARS RICHARDSON Cortisone Shot/Right knee
8 dec LARYNGOLOGY Sleep Test for Sleep Apnea
21 dec DR. SAECHIN KIM Decision About Left Knee Surgery
29 dec MRI For Knee Surgery
2 jan LARYNGOLOGY Sleep Test of CPAP Machine
10 jan DR. VICTORIA MAKKER Conference on Knee Surgery BETH ISRAEL
11 jan PINT OF BLOOD Reserved for Knee Surgery
Last year was, as I've said elsewhere, a brilliant year of excellent theater in and around Boston. I do hope that, despite my short-comings, I have tried to trumpet the glories I have been privileged to see.
But, increasingly, I have been aware of my knees in irritating ways, and Dr. Makker worried that shortness of sleep might over-strain a peculiarly functioning heart. We decided to try to do something about both problems.
Amid all the scheduling of appointments with half a dozen doctors scattered all over Boston, buying a pair of shoes without holes, and facing again the big Gift-Giving Season of the Year with empty pockets, admittedly I gave in, reluctantly, to a fit of brooding on the obvious ineffectuality of my life --- at least in comparison to my hopes of Doing Anything Memorable.
The sentiment is totally Subjective; I'm not fishing for compliments here!
But my age (which today I can say is "Going On seventy-four"! Ghod!) is one at which the offhand allusion to such outcomes of surgery as brain-damage, coma, or death --- all of which I was supposed to sign saying I was Aware Of, even while the surgeons smilingly sloughed off the possibility of Any disasters --- pricks the mind to thoughts of decline, debility, termination, and, yes, Legacy!
I long ago decided that Immortality could be achieved only biologically (through children) or intellectually: through the memories in friends of whatever effects one may have had upon their being. The ultimate immortal among men is, of course, Willie Shagsberd; but many here in Boston still remember the name Elliot Norton with fondness and respect --- whether we can spell it right or not.
I am happy --- and yes, even a little proud --- when the word backstage "Larry's here!" whispers through a greenroom during the act-break. I like to think that occasionally my words have assured someone of the value of their work, or justified a company's worth, despite the indifference or hostility of other voices. Just as I have worked for more than the money, most of my theater friends, I like to think, felt some reward from my awareness of their artistic successes.
But my laughs and tears and applause are contingent on my Presence, aren't they? I'll be four days in hospital, and after that how many in ReHab learning slowly to walk again. Even with those crutches I saved from the left-knee replacement 11 years ago, it may be weeks or a month, or more, before I can get back in the saddle again --- and, at some point, inevitably, I will be face a full stop.
And what will, I wonder, remain of Larry in his absence?
Rest assured, I'm working on the problem!
No, I haven't figured all the details. But I think I'd like to attach my name to something a little more permanent than archived pixels on a screen.
Let me think a little more.....
But, in the meantime:
17 jan SLAMboston Another Country Productions DEVANAUGHN THEATRE
18 jan PINT OF BLOOD reserved for knee surgery
18 jan HOME Queer Soup Productions BCA
19 jan UNACCUSTOMED TO MY NAME Wellesley Summer Theatre
23 - 26 jan TOTAL LEFT KNEE "REVISION" Deaconess Hospital