Movement director: Paul Zivkovich
Featuring: Austin Goodwin and Ryan VanCompernolle
Friday, July 18, 2014, Late Show (10pm)
Number 37 was a long overdue introduction to the McKittrick for some of my best friends: John and Billy—who just got married in June—and Billy’s Best Man Barry. For their first visit, I knew they needed the full experience. So we started with some very strong cocktails in Gallow Green. It was my first time visiting the rooftop this season, and I thought it looked stunning. I know a lot of the personal touches have disappeared, but i still think it’s one of the most charming, magical spots in the city.
From there, we dined at The Heath… where the cocktails and wine continued to flow. The staff was superb on this evening, playing along with us; commenting on John and Billy’s recent nupitals. It really was a charming night. For the lottery, we all four received Queen cards—Four Queens! It was great. Although, I must admit that I was quite inebriated by the time the food actually arrived.
At one point, I went to the restroom and on the way back started chatting with John Lindsay. I drunkenly wanted to ensure that at least one of my friends get a 1:1. Lo and behold, all three’s fate had already been decided as each received a separate 1:1. John had the “typewriter;” Barry had the “phone call;” and Billy had “6th Floor.” Each one was perfectly suited for each guy. And I couldn’t have been more pleased. In my intoxicated state, I even asked Mr. Lindsay to dance with me, and he kindly obliged. Thank you for the dance, John, and for kicking off our evening with such magic!
By the time we reached Manderley (through the normal street entrance), I was still feeling quite buzzed. And a glass of champagne cocktail only lubricated me more. I didn’t have much of a game plan for the night. There were some things on my wish list, so I just had to see who was who and what was what. Unfortunatley, the late show was… well, late… so I missed the first ballroom, but quickly sorted out that Boy Witch was Tony Bordonaro. I hadn’t followed him in a while, so I joined up with him for the rave, his shower (gave him towel and shirt) and the decent to the banquet.
I was stil out of sorts (i.e. drunk) and had trouble focusing on the cast. When off to the side, I spied Nurse Shaw—Anna Finkel! One of my wish list items. So, I knew I needed to follow her up to the 5th, which I did. I stayed with her for a while, enjoying her nuanced Nurse. And eventually she led me into her chambers for a 1:1.
By the time the reset came around, I was still fumbling around, but managed to find EAM as Banquo—something I’m always drawn to. So, I followed him through lost luggage and crypt and through the trees to his quarters… where he invited me inside for his 1:1. I’m not sure why—although I suspect the alcohol—but I was extremely weepy during this entire scene. My eyes just kept filling with tears. EAM was pefect and gentle and somehow comforting. Thanks, I needed that.
Despite finding Paul Zivkovich as the Porter (!!), I knew I had a date with Patrick Ferrari’s Fulton and set off for the 4th floor. I enjoyed tagging along with Fulton as he examined Sexy Witch; watched the rave; floated around the 4th floor. By the end of the night, we were the only two together and so he kept me in the funeral parlour for his 1:1. Then he kicked me out. I decided to wait for him and literally was the only person on High Street (besides the black masks). He eventually emerged, but stopped by his tailor shop to pick up his coat. I tried to follow him in, but was denied by a black mask. Luckily he re-entered High Street, took my hand and let me to the finale. And then walked me out.
It was probably the drunkest night I’ve had in the McKittrick, but I still had a great time. I met back up with my friends, who follwed my advice and “went their own way” and each had different stories to tell. Billy completely missed the rave, so he definitely wants to return. While Barry wanted to see more of Macbeth. John got to help dress Boy Witch. So, I think they all had a good time. They left remarking, “OK, we get it. We understand. We all want to come back.”
Tim Heck is off on a new adventure this fall and looking for a little financial assistance. If you’ve ever spent time with him inside the McKittrick, consider donating a few bucks as a way of saying “thanks.” He’ll even write you a letter from the road! Godspeed, Mr. Heck!
"Five Dances" is finally available for rent or download on iTunes as well as Wolfe Video’s site (http://wolfeondemand.muvies.com/reviews/4257-five-dances). I’ve been dying to see this film since I first heard about it, but missed it in theaters. It features SNM and TDM alum Luke Murphy as well as Broadway performer Ryan Steele. Not sure how long it’s been available for rent/download—I might be late to the party here—but enjoy!!
Friday, July 4th, 2014
Back again for my second July 4th in a row. Unfotunately because the fireworks moved to the East River, there was no special party this year. But I still had a good time.
Started off the night in The Heath with my best friend Chad and his new boyfriend Lalo. Chad had been delayed getting into New York, so we had to rush through dinner. Luckily the staff was accommodating. Chad “got a phone call” when we were dining—his first 1:1 ever! And came back to the table looking like he’d seen a ghost. “Intense, huh?” I asked him. He just nodded and say “Yeah…” Well, you gotta pop your Punchdrunk cherry at some point and this was a good one to start with, in my opinion.
We were able to get to the street level for “Lindsay’s List” and entered the hotel as the first group was going in. We all received Aces and then got bogged down in the maze by some really slow and freaked out first-timers. I tried not to get annoyed, but found myself just wanting to get to Manderley… We finally arrived and were met by Maximilian and Jasper.
Then Aces; then Joe Poulson in the elevator; then a dash to the ballroom… where, lo and behold, Zach Martens was playing Malcolm. This has been the top of my list since hearing about it, but I had yet to see it with my own eyes. Good thing I’d worn some sneaks because off we went for some McKittrick cardio. I received his first-loop 1:1 and then continued to race after him… up and down stairs; back and forth… he’s a quick one that Zachary! I enjoyed Zach’s performance. It was interesting to see him as something other than Julian. And I thought he did a great job. The 1:1 was intense and intimate, as it should be. His dancing was more than adequate. And his scenes with Duncan were awesome. I had a moment after Duncan’s death when Malcolm collapsed on the main staircase. It was moving to feel his character’s grief and anguish. And Zach definitely portrayed that with aplomb!
After seeing the top of my wish list, I was sort of at a loss for Loop 2. I did a quick inventory of the rest of the cast. And ultimately landed on 4 with Hecate (Tara Franklin). This involved a bit of downtime while waiting for her to emerge from her lair. But it was well worth it. I thought Tara made for a nice—albeit intense—Hecate. She maybe isn’t as manical as some, but she definitely ruled the roost. And for the first time ever—I believe—Hecate stared me down during her dinner. She used to her knife to reflect the light into my eyes. And afterwards, she coughed up a ring which she placed on my finger. Then she led me over to the stage for her lip sync—all while not breaking my eye contact. It felt like a public 1:1. It was awesome to contact with her like that. At the end of the lip sync, she pulled a tissue from her bosom, dabbed each eye and then passed it to me. Someone else was selected for the 1:1, but I hung around anyway. And she eventually took me into her lair for a subsequent experience. Thank you Tara for the time and connection. It was fun to play with you!
Somewhere in the middle there, I took my intermission in Manderley and had a nice chat with Jasper… He really is a doll, I’ve decided. :)
The third loop I was still sort of unsettled. I bounced around a bit more but ultimately landed on Sexy Witch (Emeri Fetzer). Not sure if I’d completely followed Emeri’s Sexy before, so it was fun. She’s so engaging and flirty and fun. I always feel a connection with her. Much to my surprise, she grabbed my hand for the 1:1, which turned out to be truly interactive. I had a great time playing with her in Grace’s apartment… Thanks Emeri for the good times! I stuck with Sexy through the Rave, chosing to stand a completely new spot over by the chair sculpture and the basin with the baby. It was the best thing I could have done. A totally new view of things. And I loved it! I couldn’t help but feel slightly aroused as I watched Paul Z’s Macbeth ravage Emeri’s Sexy… My vantage point also put me in a good position to watch Sexy’s bar solo—which Emeri killed! Emeri is intense and you can feel her emotions as she “dances it out.” While other Sexy Witches are playful and mysterious, Emeri is all business. She flipped her wet hair with such vigor that some droplets actually landed on me from across the room. I loved it! And I couldn’t help but feel how the rave and this solo drained her to a point of melancholy… and when Hecate attends to her, it was a touching moment that made me sad. But by the time Sexy was putting her shoes on in the hallway, gearing up for a mad dash to the banquet, she was all flirty smiles again.
At the end, I found Malcolm in the dark and he walked me out to Manderley. It was a great way to cap off the night.
Post-show has become my favorite part of the experience these days. i enjoyed drinking and catching up with friends. Lots of fun conversations. And a very memorable 4th!!
This showed up in my feed as a “sponsored” item for HBO’s new show “The Leftovers.”
But I saw something totally different.
The Drowned Man? The end of the The Drowned Man? Hmmm…
Barefoot Shakespeare Company’s Summer 2014 Season
If you’ve been going to Sleep No More for a while now, you might remember an extremely friendly and lovable guy named Rob working in the coat check. He always offered a warm welcome to McKittrick visitors. He left the hotel months ago to pursue other ventures including his very own theater company called “Barefoot Shakespeare.” They recently launched a campaign to raise funds for their Summer 2014 season: “Comedy of Errors” and “Two Gentlemen of Verona.”
If you have a few extra bucks, toss it their way. Let’s continue to support our favorite hotel associates!