|I saw Love, Loss, and What I Wore on both
Thursday, August 5th and Friday August 6th. The first evening was
planned, I got the tickets as soon as it was announced on Totally Kate
and dragged my theatre buddy who cheerfully endured all my Kate Enthusiasm!
I loved it so much that I bought tickets for the second evening the next
day and took my mom as I knew she would love it. Well, I won't go
into detail about the specifics of the play because Chris did such a great
job of it in her report that I don't want to reiterate.
I'll just tell you a bit about my experience on the whole and what happened
at the Stage Door.
First, as Chris stated in her report, the
theatre is so small and intimate that no matter where you sit you are pretty
darn close. I happened to be in the same seats both nights (funny
right?) 3rd row center, directly in front of Kate. I can't even describe
how excited I was to be a few feet from her for 100 minutes, as she has
been my personal hero since I was 9 years old watching her on Ryan's Hope.
I saw her in Equus, but this experience was truly unique in that the setting
was so intimate and I was so close that I had to remind myself to breathe
and not to stare just at her, but to actually pay attention to the other
cast members when they were speaking as well. To be seeing her live and
up close after watching her all of these years was surreal! She is
so expressive. Seeing all of the Kate faces, like when she laughs
and puts her hand up to the bridge of her nose...you all know what I mean,
The play was serious at times, funny at
times and truly poignant. One Scene entitled "I Hate My Purse"
was so funny and wonderfully done by Kristine Nielsen that Kate and the
other cast members were laughing hysterically at her antics. Adriane
Lenox actually had a tissue out to wipe the tears coming from her eyes.
As Chris said, Kate had a lot of funny lines and the audience laughed wildly.
I found myself looking around the theatre to see if I could discern the
Kate Fans. We should all wear name tags or some color or something
so we know who we are!
The Stage Door...It was with some trepidation
that I waited at the stage door. I am not a wait at the stage door
type of person. I've never been to a convention or asked anyone for
an autograph, it's just not me. Plus, meeting the object of ones
admiration is somewhat terrifying. What if she's not nice?
What if she doesn't stop? I should just leave her in my mind where
she's lived all of these years. I very nearly talked myself out of
it. And then I ended up doing it twice!
On the first night I was very surprised
and delighted to find that no one else was waiting. She was the first
one out along with Kristine Nielsen. She changed from the black dress
you see in the LLAWIW pictures to a red dress,
flats and her hair was now tied back in a pony tail the way she usually
wears it. She looked stunning! I called out to her, whipped
out my sharpie and she signed my playbill. She said "You were such a great
audience tonight." I then asked her if she would take a few pictures.
Now, I cannot tell you how this pained me, I somehow left the flash off!
I was so ridiculously nervous and after all of that effort I didn't even
have a distinguishable picture. I couldn't live with that, so I bought
tickets the next day and back I went with my mom in tow. I really
could have just waited at the stage door again, but the show was so good
I wanted to see it again and maybe this time breathe and take it all in!
The second night, Kate came out last.
So I said hello to the other members of the cast who came out one by one.
I was very impressed by their warm greetings. I told Allison Mack
how much I enjoyed the play and that it was my second night in a row and
she literally grabbed me, hugged me and thanked me. She was so sweet!
Now this time, there was another group of women waiting right beside me
to greet Kate. When she came out, again with Kristine Nielsen (seems
like they're good friends), she was wearing a black dress, hair down just
as in the play and black short boots. She looks a lot younger than
55, let me tell you, she is gorgeous! I said something like
"Kate...I was here last night." She looked at me smiled and replied
"I remember." Then I told her that I enjoyed the play so much that
I brought my mom back tonight to see it and I told her that last night's
pictures didn't come out. With that she turned to my mother and said
"That's so wonderful, you took your mother, let's take another picture
then" and she put one arm around my mom and the other around me to
take another picture. You'll notice from the pictures, that she kept
moving before the picture actually flashed, due to the delay on the camera.
I had to make her re-try about 3 times, I wanted to die! She was
also laughing and commenting to my husband & daughter who came to pick
us up and the women waiting right beside us. I said to her "look for these
pics on Totally Kate, sending them to Totally Kate." Now I really
wanted to tell her how much I admired her and it took all of my gumption
to say something like, "I have adored you since you were on Ryan's Hope...inspiration...blah
blah...I don't even know quite what else I said. That seemed to give
her pause, although I'm sure she hears it all of the time, and she turned
to me and said in a thoughtful tone "Wow...really? That long?
That's great thank you so much." I then said goodbye and told her
that I was looking forward to seeing her in Antony & Cleopatra and
she said "You're coming? Wonderful! Thank you for coming out
again tonight" and she turned to give her attention to the other
ladies waiting. After she spoke to the other ladies for few
minutes & took some pics with them, she turned to Kristine Nielsen,
who was waiting for her, and they walked down 43rd St. together, just as
they did the night before. Note that this entire time, Krisine
Nielsen was standing there waiting for Kate with an amused look on her
face. I could only imagine what their conversation was like as they
walked together down that block!!
Wow, this report is a lot longer than I
intended and I tried to omit the superfluous. So, I'll conclude
by saying that as a native New Yorker and a theatre buff , I have seen
a great many shows and Love, Loss and What I Wore is definitely my favorite!
Watching Kate perform live in such an intimate setting and getting to meet
and talk with her, even if just for a moment or two, was a great thrill
and something I will never forget! She didn't disappoint; she is
talented, beautiful, warm and gracious! I hope whoever reads this
enjoys it as much as I have enjoyed the reports of so many of you!
It's been a pleasure and a privilege getting to know so many Kate fans!