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OK, since Sunday night’s show started 30 minutes earlier than Saturday, and we were able to find a parking garage that didn’t close until Midnight, I was able to stay for the last fifteen minutes of the show and curtain call. 

Although Randy had no more dialog, he is on stage the entire time… mostly hugging Olivia, or simply observing as the rest of the play’s misconceptions are unraveled. Including the discovery of the prank played on Malvolio, and the release of Antonio from custody. The Duke and Viola finally succumb to their attraction, even if Orsino does need some convincing while Viola is still dressed as “Cesario!”  Both happy couples do share a dance w/ each other as well as couples… so I did miss Randy dancing yesterday.

At curtain call, the two couples appear last, taking their bows and then departing… as they leave, Sebastian playfully chases Olivia off stage while tugging at her gown.


As I expected, there was so much going on in this play I noticed some things tonight that I didn’t on first viewing. I was also seated closer to the stage – 6th Row Center – so that also added to the enjoyment. I thought Randy’s facial expressions when first meets Olivia were priceless. His comedic timing was perfect. His shirtless “Dance of Joy” was also done w/ just a bit more flourish.

The Theater was once again near capacity and the audience was very enthusiastic. I think that translated to the stage and allowed the actors to feed on it.

As to some questions I had about Antonio & Sebastian, and the age of the twins… I picked up a few more clues.  In one scene, Olivia asks about the young gentleman The Duke has sent to do his bidding… Malvolio responds that he “is not yet a man, but also not still a boy... perhaps midway b/ a man and a boy.” Now I know concept of adulthood was different when this play was written… but I took it to mean 16 or 17. That would certainly allow for the “not a man, yet not a boy" comment, but it would, IMO, still make it believable for Sebastian to be able to take on three grown men in a fight.

As for Antonio and Sebastian, in Act II, since the stage has already been inundated w/ the rose petals of love, the actors playing the ensemble roles now appear on stage and perform a tango style dance to hearken the arrival or departure of couples in love. When Antonio and Sebastian leave after one of their scenes, two male actors perform the Tango dance.

Some other things I noticed… the only time Sebastian appears in Act I, he is in shadow as the rose petals fall over Olivia as she watches “Cesario” leave. When it is not TRUE love, such as Malvolio falling for Olivia, the rose petals are red and yellow.

I once again waited for Randy after the show, knowing that since this was closing it might be a long wait…. And it was. Randy had come out earlier w/ some other people from the show and they loaded some things in cars before going back inside. (Randy ran across the street while trying very hard NOT to spill the drink he was carrying! You will be happy to know he was successful! ) He was very surprised to see me when he did leave, walking over and asking why I didn’t stop him earlier. I explained I didn’t want to intrude on his conversation w/ his friends. He chatted for a while, signed a playbill for me and for a friend and then posed for a few pictures, before thanking me for coming and wishing me well. We departed as other cast members who were leaving called out to him, "Hey, Randolph!"

All in all a very nice ending to summer vacation!

 One picture w/o flash, and the one where we remembered!


Date: 2010-09-06 09:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
this report is great and randy was so nice
the pics looks so good,thank you so much for sharing :)

Date: 2010-09-06 12:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Glad you enjoyed the report, and yes, Randy did seem quite happy and relaxed.

I like his expression in the first pic better, that's why included it even though it is such poor quality.

Date: 2010-09-06 10:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Trish! You're great!! When I'll go to Paris in October I'll send you some pictures!!
May I add your pictures and your report on the web?
P.s. I was in DC last month... :( I'm back home on august 12th.. SIGH!

Date: 2010-09-06 12:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, I would love to see some pictures from the Paris Con! That would be great!

DC is a great town, so much to see and do all on it's own. It's a shame your trip didn't coincide w/ this play. It was truly wonderful.

Yeah, sure... it's OK to use the report and pics. =)

Date: 2010-09-07 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks hon! You're always sweet!!!

Date: 2010-09-06 11:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
thanks again ( I did it too on IMDb ... )here are pictures , thank you for that too!

Date: 2010-09-06 12:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're welcome!

Yes, I am having a bit of touble figuring out how to get the pics on IMDb... I'll have to work on that when I get home.
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Date: 2010-09-07 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're welcome!

Yeah, I have seen a picture where he wore a black "wife-beater" underneath this shirt. I think it was all Randy this time! 8)

Date: 2011-01-27 10:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hey, just wanted to tell that I love your reviews ... I mostly read them at imdb, but I don't have an account there so... A happy new year to you and lots of interesting things to share!

Late to play, but better late than never :))


Date: 2011-01-27 02:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ha Ha!
Well, I must admit I was surprised when I saw a comment to this post today!

It's kinda nice though, remembering this warm, breezy late summer evening.... instead of facing the 16+ inches of newly fallen snow I have to go out and shovel!

Hopefully, there will be some new exciting Randy event for me to report on again soon!

Thanks again for reading and commenting!

Date: 2012-05-20 02:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nice report of the production of Twelfth Night and the pics of Randy are great.he looks very sweet and relax like everyone mention.

How was it when you met him? I assume this was a while back. So lucky!

Also do you know where i can find up to date news on Randy:-)


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