Saturday night was the show, and I arrived with no time to spare. I was told I was up next. Of course I felt like oh shit no time for a sip of wine. I found my buddy and his guest. I gave him the camera and batteries for him to tape my performance. I asked his guest to hold my coat and bag. I got a cup of water, looked in the mirror, and then told the co-host I was ready. It turned out they switched me with the musician who was going to originally go on after me. So I sat and managed to get a wine before my time to get on stage. But after two sips, I was up.
The show was mostly music. The audience was mainly 20s and 30s and some older. I hoped very much my material would work with these folks. I was starting with something "dirty" though it isn't really dirty as much as sexual. But many people call that dirty. None of my stuff makes people go "euwww," but sometimes it makes people go "oooohhhhh."
One of the beautiful parts for me was it was like a reunion mixed in because people I've worked with in Unboxed Voices productions over the past two years were there. My leading man from two summers back when I played Madame Ellipsis in "Ellipses" and my co-actor from a play I was in last summer (who was the first actor I was to kiss in a production) were both there. The latter is a musician and played piano in the variety show. His adult daughter was with him. She enjoyed my comedy as did he. He made a point of letting me know. People who had been my directors in the previous two summers were there, and they definitely saw another side of me. I felt new-found respect from some and new-found distance from others.
My best buddy taped me. His date enjoyed the show very much. She told me her view of the audience reactions. I felt so glad I was up relatively early in the show, so I could enjoy the rest of it without worrying about my set.
Outside of the Parkside Lounge, I practically drooled over the musician, who goes by the stage name Braxton Hicks, enjoying the evening with his adult daughter. I told her a nice story about working in a play with her father. Then I said, "I can't wait until my son and I can have evenings like you two."