Well, long time no bloggery. This lack of reviewing anymore certainly makes for a dull Visitorium…thanks to whoever out there is still taking the odd peek at this musty relic of a website every now and again. Thought maybe I’d dust it off mid-month for a few updates on what I’m up to, now that I’ve hung up my snappy reviewer’s hat (even IF Jamie Portman almost forced me to put it back on again, for the good of all, but that’s another post).
My theatre life has been mostly quiet post-Fringe…some cooldown and reflection after the adventure that was Hannah & George was indeed needed, though, I realize that now…so it’s probably for the best that I didn’t leap back into a production or other straightaway. That being said, after a couple months of inactivity I was getting as rusty as the cutlery on the Titanic and it was time to start flexing my actorly musculature again. But…where?
A 2-week clown and bouffon intensive I’d signed up for in Toronto went away in a puff of smoke, which was a bummer. Luckily, that freed me up to finally sign up for a course or two at Ottawa’s Acting Company, something I’ve meant to do for a while now. I’m currently 2 weeks into an 8-week Longform Improv course there, with Crush Improv’s Tim Anderson running the show. I took a ton of Improv workshops with Crush in years past, but it’s been long enough since that improv once again terrifies me. Which is exactly the dumb reason I signed up. So far so good, even if I’m still trying not to think about the showcase performance at the end of the course. Gulp. And following that, it looks like I’m diving right into Brad Long’s Acting Shakespeare course, which I’m really looking forward to. Check out their website to see if there’s anything that strikes your own fancy.
Along the way, I’ll be getting wild at Andy Massingham’s series of weekend workshops at Arts Court, the Acting Animal…and knowing Andy as I do, I know that there’s no logical way to prepare for whatever he’s gonna throw our way. Hoping to see some cool new and familiar faces getting pushed outside their comfort zones with me at these. Get more info from the workshops link at artscourt.ca
Still no new performance bizness on the calendar, but I am trying to force myself to prep a new Foofarah Live! Party or this December…and if anyone out there would be interested in participating in a low-key, fun-filled evening of rapid-fire tapas-style theatre fun, let me know! The last one in June 2014 was one of the better evenings of my life, and I can’t wait to do it again someday.
And then there’s real life, which is…better than ever. After years and years of very stubborn dumbness, I’m in a really amazing relationship with a wonderful girl I’ve known for several years, and I honestly haven’t been happier in a long, long time. I hope to see a ton of new theatre with her as the new seasons ramp up (and as I indulge in my Fringe raffle prize pack of FREE THEATRE FOR A YEAR, thank you very much) as well as embark on a ton of brand new adventures. See you all out there, and yes, I’ll try and keep this thing updated a little more often. 🙂 Peace, love and soul,
Kevin Reid (and Winston)