I cried most of the day at work. Crazy, huh? I know I'm doing the right thing, but that doesn't stop me from feeling the loss of CPI. I received more presents, and more kindness from everyone. It was such a bittersweet day. Someone said, "How do you feel?" And I said, "Ambivalent." And that was true. But now I no longer feel that way. I just feel good! And those tears are spent and gone.
Last night's show was such an amazing experience. We were all there and ready to go when the audience was let in at 9:45. The house was about half full and we felt great about that.
Every single sketch was well received--the audience was super. They laughed everywhere they were supposed to, and several places that surprised us. Some of my friends attended--many were friends-in-common with the rest of the troupe, but the ones who came just for me warmed my heart. Tony, Nancy, Judith, Christopher, Catherine, and a few more that I'm blocking on right now. Many other comedians were there, and it was so gratifying to hear their compliments.
Afterward, we all celebrated in the bar at ComedySportz. The rest of BroadMinded gave me a polyester rose (it'll never die, Mel said) and a lovely card that made me cry. Stacy brought a great cake from Dairy Queen, and she jumped on the bar and proposed a toast to me. Gosh, I cry a lot, don't I? Cause I cried again at that.
Boy, was it ever fun! We received compliment after compliment. Some favorite parts (according to the audience): Mel's song that opened the show--It's Hard to Be a Republican; Anne's Sally Ann Petrosky, the nerdy (and loveable) high schooler; Megan and Stacy in the Hunters--as drunken hunters dancing to Paris Hilton; Maria as Doris Stone from Ready, Set, Hair; Mary Jo as Jasmine; and the favorite character I portrayed was Charity Blossom--the 80-year-old whore. But that's not all certainly. Others gave us kudos on other characters. I'm not trying to brag, but am still so high on those emotions from yesterday.
I'm going to miss BroadMinded so very much. The performing and the fun, sure, but mostly the women. I've grown to love each of them--individually and collectively. There will never be another night like last night for us, because the composition of the group will be different.
MJ's husband, Tom, took lots of pictures. I can't wait to see them, and will post them. Plus a friend videotaped the whole thing, and that will be fun to see as well.
I got home at 2 AM, and slept from 3 to 11 AM today. That felt good.
Now it's time to work on the condo. Time marches on....