was extremely fortunate to have been able to see Kate in the play Love,
Lose and What I Wore, both Saturday night and the last performance on Sunday
afternoon. I had already purchased a ticket for Sunday and then someone
posted on Totally Kate’s Face Book page that their friend could not make
Saturday, would anyone like the ticket. I inquired and got the ticket.
Always nice to meet more Kate fans.
So it was a Kate weekend for me.
This review encompasses two days in two
pages, so...Let's just jump right in shall we. And now that the play is
over, I will also talk about the skits she performed.
First, I noticed two women with bouquets
of flowers in the audience. We spoke of them and how pretty the flowers
were.. (It ties in trust me)
Saturday night was unbelievable. The audience
was into it, and the actresses fed off the laughter, which was in an abundance.
Unfortunately Allison Mack could not be there, and they called in Ashley
Austin Morris to perform.
Kate does the Senator skit. It is about
a woman who is married and meets a married man and they fall in love. He
is going to jail. They both leave their spouses and get together.
She visits him in jail in pants with a hole cut in the crotch so they can
have fun and pull one over on the guards. When he is released, she meets
him in knee high boots and nothing on under her raincoat. She goes on to
say... “I'm a Senator now, and he's a life coach. You might know us, but
you will never know this story is about us.” This got a round of applause.
Let me just say, that all of the skits Kate did alone got a round of applause.
She also plays the mother to Ashley’s bit
about the embarrassing 'outfit' her mom got her for her birthday.
She plays the shrink to Adriane Lenox's woman who is married and needs
to get a divorce. Again it's Kate who plays the big sister to Adriane who
falls in love with a guy who wears cowboy boots. Ashley is the other sister
and she and Kate have many lines that intersect quickly - and they did
Kate also plays a woman who remembers as
a little girl she is given a beautiful dress by her mother. A few weeks
later her father, who is a doctor, has the mom committed and divorces her.
He then marries his nurse, who gives the dress away to the cleaning lady’s
daughter. Lots of angst and guilt when she sees her wearing it during
recess and attacks her. Very moving and we applauded loudly.
The dressing room. I think this got the
most laughs and loudest applause. Kate’s character goes to buy a bra and
the sales person tells her she is buying the wrong size. So she puts her
in a dressing room that is probably the utility closet because it has a
case of paper towels in it. She puts her in a bra a size too small in cup
size and lifts, hoists, grabs, squeezes and calls in all the other sales
clerks to check it out. Now mind you, as she is telling this Kate is lifting,
hoisting , grabbing, and squeezing! Then she says she looked in the mirror
and she was a new woman. Her last line is... “I am a new woman, and it
took being felt up by Marveline in the utility closet.” We all howled with
laughter and clapped like lunatics.
Kristine Nielsen does the purse skit, which
is about a woman who has no fashion sense and has the last 10 years in
her handbag. She is so over the top with her facial expressions,
vocal range, body mannerisms. You have to laugh at it all. Which the entire
cast did. Kate was laughing so much she was grabbing Jayne Houdyshell's
She also does Geralyn's story - the cancer
survivor. Riveting. We applauded at the end because it was so poignant.
She definitely uses her voice to convey the emotion she is feeling in this
Jayne has a small skit about how as she
gets older her cleavage looks like a peach pit. As she was doing this,
her necklace came undone and fell into her cleavage. She dug it out and
made a comment about how it wants to enhance it. We all fell out laughing.
Kate was hysterical. Jayne looks at her and goes, “I couldn't have planned
this if I wanted to,” To which we all cracked up. Nice save.
Jayne says her outfit is from Eileen Fishers.
She turns and glares at Kate. To which she draws back shocked. Kate has
the line, “If you shop at Eileen Fishers, you might as well say you gave
Which is not true, because all the outfits
came from Bloomingdale's. I don't remember this line at the opening, so
I'm wondering if it is an ad-lib recently added.
For the first time in my life, I waited
at the stage door.
I was standing next to one of the women
who had flowers. We chatted for about 15 minutes while we were waiting.
She was there with two friends. She said she knew Kate, and that the other
woman with flowers was a good friend also and was still inside giving them
out was Ashley. I got her autograph and chatted about how wonderful she
was and how she performed like she was with this ensemble for the entire
time. Nice woman. Then the others came out of the stage door.
All of a sudden Kate was strolling along the walkway, flowers in hand.
She came out the front door, not the stage door. I got a photo of Kate.
She is holding the flowers and it's framed with the flowers waiting to
be given to her by her other friend. The woman in front signing is Kristine
Kate walked up to the woman with the flowers
and hugged and kissed her and they chatted for a bit. Ashley and I continued
our conversation. Then Kate turned to us and walked over. She said “Nice
to see you again. I bet you want me to sign that, huh?” I laughed
and said please. As she signed it she noticed Ashley already signed it.
Kate said to me, “Wasn't she wonderful, she was called in at the last minute
and did a great job, don't you think?” I agreed and we had a nice chat
about the play and Ashley, who stood not inches from us beet red as we
spoke of her as if she wasn't there. We just chuckled.
Kate signed a lot of stuff and took a lot
of photos with fans. Then she called over to the woman and her friends,
“Let's go have dinner”. Which had me chuckling because of one of her answers
from the Q&A recently posted.
All in all a great night.
Closing day was electric!! I swear
the actresses must have taken a bet on who could draw the most laughs.
They were all out of control. Once again Kate walked on stage first.
As she did she said hello to everyone as she walked by.
During the Senator skit, as she was describing
the crotchless scene she actually draped herself over the chair like she
was 'worn out'. Again we clapped.
The bra skit. She was unbelievable. She
was grabbing, squeezing, hoisting for all she was worth! Jayne who sits
to her right, was gasping for breath. Kristine who sits to her left was
leaning back in her chair howling. The other two had their hands covering
their mouths as they laughed.
Kristine was beyond over the top with the
handbag skit. Everyone was laughing. Kate was laughing so much she would
look to Jayne and they would share looks like... Can you believe her??
She even lost it so much she leant over and once again grabbed Jayne’s
knee to steady herself. She was even looking down at the floor. I guess
to try and compose herself - to no avail. She would look away and just
crack up. She actually reached over and smacked Kristine at one point.
When she was done, Kate raised her arm and tried to hug her. But they were
too far apart to get a good hug. It's a tie as to who garnered the most
I have said it before. Closing nights are
magical. They really do leave it all on stage. During the encore they all
danced again, but with vigor this time. Kate was doing a butt bump with
Kristine. Too funny!
again Kate strolled out the front door. She put down her bags on the sidewalk
and walked into the sea of fans waiting, She signed anything and everything
that was put in front of her. Took pictures. She walked to all the groups
of people and chatted with them all. She literally worked the crowd like
it was a party.
She even wound up standing in the street
signing stuff and taking photos.
I was alone and asked someone to take my
camera, and if Kate agreed to a photo to please take it for me. I made
my way over to Kate and asked her to sign some Playbills for friends, which
she graciously did. I then asked for a photo. She said, “Sure.” Well
she's signing and we are chatting. Next she looks up and goes, “Where is
your friend with the camera?” I drew a blank and just stared at her. She
just looked at me and before I could say a word, she glanced to the left
and said “Is that her?” I laughed and said yes. I totally forgot I had
handed off my camera to a stranger. Needless to say, she took the
photo when neither of us was looking. I brought up the picture. And mumbled
“Well this sucks.” Kate looked over my shoulder and did a throaty laugh
and said, 'Yes'. I asked if she would take another one. 'Absolutely.” She
was a real trooper and stood there waiting for the woman to take the picture.
I thanked her and gathered my things and
left after a bit. She was still standing there signing stuff and taking
photos. I believe she was the last actress to leave.
Kate really is all about her fans and thanking
them. Once again, she showed herself to not only be a great actress, but
a great person. Thank you Kate!