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Gkidwell
UWS, Manhattan
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Interests: I'm an actor-student living in New York and trying to figure it out.
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Feeling lousy? I've got the solution. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Y'all, I didn't know what to write about this week. I was suffering from acute, professional-level, insidious writer's block. I couldn't think of a damn thing. Everything felt repetitive or derivative or some other kind of "ive." Try as I might, the answer would not come. I felt like I was back in Geometry class. (Side note: When I was in high school, there was a rumor that my Geometry teacher did porn and if it hadn't been for my family's lousy dial-up AOL internet connection, I would have investigated.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Crazytown
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Well... By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I wasn't going to write about this. Honestly, I just didn't really want to seem like that guy who's looking for sympathy and attention. Not that I don't love attention. Let's get real. Something about this particular situation made me want to stay quiet. Believe it or not. But then...I felt like I couldn't get my mind off of what happened. A bit of background: I live in New York city. I'm a musical theater performer, which means when I'm in New York I wait tables, cater, nanny, teach swim lessons and generally do whatever... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Crazytown
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Books are powerful little things, aren't they? One particular book has acted as a friend and an adviser to me throughout my life. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) When I was in the third grade, my brother performed in our elementary school play. He was in the sixth grade, so obviously he was super cool. It only made sense that he would play the title role in... My brother's performance was groundbreaking, Gielgud-level work. I assure you. It was the best performance you never saw. But that's not really the point. The show was absolutey thrilling. I can remember sitting in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Crazytown
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I'm tired, y'all. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Gurrrrrl, the last two weeks have been tough. I'm not sure if you noticed, but last week's blog post was a repeat. Are you pissed? Please don't be. I have serious guilt issues already. I'm a middle child AND I'm Catholic. Feeling guilty is basically my default setting. It's just that the last two weeks have sort of kicked my ass. About a month ago, my lovely company mananger, Lisa, walked into the dressing room and told us four guys that we had been hired by a casino in Michigan to do a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Crazytown
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Playing to a small crowd By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) There are moments when an actor steps on stage and looks out onto a fully packed house. Two thousand seats, maybe. Full. To capacity. The heart starts to race. The adrenaline gets going. Suddenly the high notes don't seem so high. The triple pirouettes feel like singles. He rides the wave and comes out on the other side feeling exhausted...in the best way. The whole stressful process of putting up a show seems worth it. No, not just worth it. It seems glorious. Or...kinda like this: But it's not always like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Crazytown
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Look, Stress. I get it. You're here to stay. But don't you dare mess with my sleep time! By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Picture this... Last Tuesday night, I finish my nightly glass of five dollar Merlot, bid a fond goodnight to Rachel Maddow and get myself all cozied up for bed. Ten thirty rolls around and I'm quickly falling asleep. Perfect, because we have ten A.M. shows down here in Myrtle Beach. Senior citizens love their doo-wop tunes and they love them bright and early. I'm all set up to have a restful, restorative sleep, which will hopefully result in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at Crazytown
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Here are a few tips and techniques to consider. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) People just LOVE when a guy sings super high. Look at Michael Jackson or Prince or Pavarotti or those Castrato dudes. (Don't know what that last reference was? Not to worry. I've Googled it for you. Be warned: it's gross.) Better yet, take a look at this insanity: Like...WHAT?! The point is that people go just nuts for a tenor - for big high notes. And the show I'm currently doing is full of 'em. Eight times a week, my fellow castmates and I belt our little... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Crazytown
This post is about becoming and remaining grateful. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Turns out learning twenty-six songs, with full staging and choreography, in two weeks is pretty damn difficult. I suppose I knew that before I came down to Myrtle Beach to start rehearsals for my latest project. I knew that putting up a show is tough. In fact, it's kind of a miracle: A whole bunch of people get together and one guy is like, "Here's a bunch of money. Go put on a show." Then another guy says, "Okay let's meet everyday for two weeks for eight or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Crazytown
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Nothing is permanent, folks. And that's awesome. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Suzanne Anderson moved to Colorado when we were in the third grade, but until then we were best friends. We spent practically all of our time together. From playing house to hide and go seek to dress up, we were rarely apart. And then one day, Suzanne's mom told me that she and Suzanne were moving to Colorado. The memories I have after that are hazy, but there is one that remains fresh in my mind, as though it happened yesterday. I'm standing at the end of the driveway... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Crazytown
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My life changed more than a little bit in the last week. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Last Thursday night, I was walking to a catering shift and thinking to myself, "I have got to book a show." I spent the Fall doing a bunch of really terrific concerts and readings. I'm not complaining about that. But the truth is that I was frustrated with spending a bunch of time doing something other than performing. You know the drill. Oh, and I was seriously cold. Like the type of cold that penetratesyour clothes, goes through your skin and into your spirit.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Crazytown
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How Super Mario Bros has changed my outlook. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Remember the 80s? TAB soda. The New Kids On The Block. Reaganomics. Your childlike belief that you might actually achieve your dreams. And yes...Super Mario Bros. I don't like playing video games. I have neither the patience, nor the hand-eye coordination. Plus, video games are super slutty and violent nowadays. I'm not interested in playing a game where a half-naked fairy girl goes around removing her enemies' body parts. No thank you. But what I love - genuinely love - is watching people play video games. When I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at Crazytown
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My new mantra for when times get tough: WWBD? By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I had a rotten audition on Wednesday. Like pretty epically roten. My voice cracked...twice. I sounded shitty. The casting director found a typo on my résumé. And, as I always do when I'm in an awkard or humiliating situation, I made a dumb joke that went over about as well as a fart in church. Not my sparkliest moment. Of course, in these situations one is presented with various ways of responding: Hit "da club" and drink/dance his troubles away with an old guy who says he... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at Crazytown
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It's 2014. How about we all stop being dicks to each other? Cool? Great. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I worked the last three days at a fashion industry trade show. Things I saw that were awesome: Shoes over which even Queen Beyonce would lust. Miss B has some killer shoes, as is evidenced below: Grown men in full length...yes...full length mink coats. An eighty year old fashion writer with flaming Nikki Minaj pink hair. A group of women from Japan who ran a clothing line, the designs of which looked like a cross between The Lollipop Guild and Cindy Lou... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at Crazytown
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I've gotta get something off my chest. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Famous people say ridiculous stuff about gay people all the time. From Ann Coulter to Alec Baldwin to 50 Cent, they just can't seem to help themselves. A simple Google search of the words, "anti-gay celebrities" turns out a surprising number of results. Most of the time, while the media whips itself into a frenzy, covering these "stories" to the point of complete overkill, I ignore it. The truth for me is that these idiots are better left ignored. Forget 'em. But the most recent controversy has me a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at Crazytown
How inspiration can sometimes lead to smacks, kicks, punches and slams By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Let's get real for a second. Every now and then, I come across a performance or a piece of music or a bit of choreography that is so inspired, so other-worldly, so goddamn beautiful that I cannot figure out how to properly react. And so, I find myself experiencing this acute, laser-focused feeling of inspiration. But it's not the kind of inspiration that makes me feel like I'm one with the universe or that God is shining down on me. It's the kind that makes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at Crazytown
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A few thoughts on a fantastic new show By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) I came out to my parents over the phone from the parking lot of a Wal-Mart. I had been living up in Northern California, working at a repertory theater and spending my days obsessing over how and when I would tell mom and dad the big news. Tomorrow. No, Saturday. No, when they come up to see the show. Eventually, I'll do it eventually. I'm just not ready yet. That was the thought process for longer than I'd like to admit. But like most major news stories, my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at Crazytown
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Actually, it's a bit more complicated than that. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) If I could be one of the X-Men, I would absolutely be Storm. To me, the reasons seem obvious but I'll explain them anyway. I'd get to have super fierce white hair. I'd fly around in a skin-tight white leather cat suit. Oh...I'D BE ABLE TO FLY! If I didn't like the day's weather I'd just change it. I'd make speeches like this on the regular: See what I mean? Alas, I was born without the ability to control the weather, to fly or to wear white leather... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2013 at Crazytown
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How's that for a sexy blog post title? By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) The first funeral I remember attending was my great-grandmother's. The memory is fuzzy - the kind that almost feels like it might have been a dream, as though I might simply have imagined the whole thing. I'm about six years old. I look up at the casket to see my mother's youngest sister, Maureen crying. I don't understand why. In fact, there are a lot of people crying. It's not sad. It's weird. My great-grandma's funeral was the first of many funerals I have attended. When you come... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at Crazytown
Don't get too bummed out when you hit a creative block. You can get through it. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) When I was in the fifth grade at Our Lady of Guadalupe (Yes, that was the school's name. Look it up. Fascinating story about the Virgin Mary appearing to some dude in Mexico.), Mrs. Leahy asked the class to try our hand at creative writing - poetry, to be precise. I remember I wrote some dark poem about dead roses or some such thing. It wasn't very good. I'm sure of that. But that isn't really the point. The point... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at Crazytown
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It doesn't always pay to be practical, especially when you want to be an artist. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) There comes a time in a young(ish) man's life when he must go for it, put his money where his mouth is, leap before looking, just do it and all of those other hackneyed phrases that sound super catchy but basically don't mean anything. Well, ladies and gentlmen, for this particular young(ish) man, that time was last week. One of the first posts I ever wrote here at Crazytown dealt with the fact that we artsy types must never forget that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2013 at Crazytown
Theater: It's about more than just your headshot and resume. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Last Sunday night, I had the great honor of singing in a concert at the incredible Rockwood Music Hall. I'm a pretty fortunate guy. I get to sing in concerts in really terrific venues all over NYC. They often feature the music of some fab new composer, but Sunday night was different. Last Sunday night, I shared the stage with some terrific performers at a fundraising benefit concert for the CO/LAB Theater Group. What's the CO/LAB Theater Group, you ask. Well here it is, right from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at Crazytown
How a story that's told backwards taught me to move forward. By Geoffrey Kidwell Take a look at this bootleg video of Miriam Shor belting a Stephen Sondheim tune at Raul Esparza. Pretty good, right? That Sondheim really knows what he's doing. Okay, now go back and fast forward to around the 2:38 mark. Did you catch that lyric? "Trouble is Charlie. That's what everyone does. Blames the way it is on the way it was." The song, entitled, "Like it Was" comes from Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, a show that tells the story of three friends in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2013 at Crazytown
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Settle in and listen to the story of how a little redheaded orphan taught me the value of playing pretend. By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor) Let me tell you something. I was never very good at sports. In elementary school, I probably would have chosen an root canal without novicaine over a game of football - especially when it was (GASP!) shirts and skins. Nightmare. As a result, I was always last picked. Correction: Audrey O'Neil was always last picked but I'm pretty sure she was dealing with some sort of undiagnosed mood disorder which caused the other kids to stay... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at Crazytown
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Sorry, but I just have to brag for a second. By Geoffrey Kidwell Hi All! Last week, I told you all about Misty Copeland - an extraordinary dancer, with whom I just so happened to dance when I was a little gay...guy...no gay. I was right the first time. Anyway, I mentioned that while I did dance with her many many many years ago, if we were to bump into each other today, she would not recognize or probably even remember me. I didn't want to make you all think that I had a friendship with her because I don't.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at Crazytown
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I've found a new obsession: Dancer and all-around beast, Misty Copeland. By Geoffrey Kidwell When I was about ten or eleven, I started taking ballet classes at the San Pedro Dance Center. I was the only boy (duh) in a room full of little ballerina bunheads. Dancers have always intimidated me - especially girls, sorry - and even at that young age I remember feeling pretty scared when the other dancers walked in the room. But there was this one girl... Her name was Misty Copeland and, despite the fact that she was absolutely the best dancer in the room...like..by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at Crazytown