The play I’ve been developing with my best friend for the last three years, The Best of Everything, opened this week. And something amazing happened.
We got a rave in The New York Times.
That’s me in the blue dress. Kind of bad-ass, don’t you think? (If you overlook the static cling.)
The review was written by Ben Brantley, widely regarded as the most powerful reviewer on the planet. On his word alone, a show can run for years or close in a week. For better or for worse, that’s how the theater world works.
How it doesn’t work: that said most powerful reviewer would ever choose to review a small little show like ours. But he came. And he liked it. And he chose to endorse our show.
Things are happening really quickly now. Our little show has become one of the hottest tickets in town. (We just added two performances, by the way, so if you tried to get tickets– and couldn’t– there are now more available.)
After next weekend, who knows? The theater is booked so we have to leave. We’re working hard to get the show a future life. We’re also trying to stop and take in where it is– already beyond our wildest dreams– and to be very grateful.
Blogger Ann Imig (who created Listen to Your Mother) is celebrating her fourth “blogiversary” today. Her words and her creative spirit have given her a new career that she couldn’t have imagined. But this past weekend at the fab-and-tiny Creative Alliance ’12 conference, she had a major aha! moment. Here’s Ann, writing to herself…
You’ve found such contentment in this phase of your life four years later, that even though you no longer have to wear 30 pounds of kids on your person at all times, you went and replaced it with a boulder named All Down Hill From Here. Sheila made you realize you’re more than one big idea and listening to her flipped on your DREAM BIG switch again.
YES. Yes, don’t all of us (particularly mothers of the beyond-preschool set) carry around that boulder? It’s all downhill from here. For me, it was telling myself I couldn’t kickstart the acting career I back-burnered a decade ago– and that if I did, it meant the last several years that I’ve spent writing and blogging and creating that part of myself will have been wasted.
But I can do both. I’m more than one big idea.
No way it’s downhill from here.
Speaking of dreaming big- Listen To Your Mother is currently accepting applications for new cities for 2013 shows. This was Ann’s dream, and in three years it went from one city to ten. If you’ve ever watched the incredible video channel and thought “God! I wish they’d do this in my town”… well, you may just have had your next big idea.