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April 6, 2007 |
I had the great pleasure of seeing your 3/31 broadcast in person at Town Hall with my wife and two friends. We loved it. The four of us, however, could not understand the on-going exchange of paper (scripts? invoices? contracts?) that goes on throughout the show along with lots of very serious looking conversations between you and the stage manager. What gives? We were all assuming you would have everything ready before 6:00PM but... maybe not!
You are perspicacious indeed when you mention invoices and contracts, sir. I like to keep very close track of every aspect of the show and no detail is too small to engage my interest. Mr. Webster the stage manager is bringing to me invoices from the piano tuner, the sound company, the stagehands' union, the makeup and hairdressers' guild, the limo company, and also our caterer, Brosnan's Prestige Hospitality of wait a minute Metuchen hmmmmm which regularly overcharges us for mustard and mayo packets that we did not use and though it's a tiny tiny thing, it really burns my bacon. I mean, I am primarily concerned with the quality of the show itself, but something in me rebels against the idea that some bandit from Jersey is skinning us alive on the corned beef and putting in fewer and fewer slices into each sandwich while charging us the same insane price and meanwhile we are being charged for pickles that, I swear this is true, DID NOT COME WITH THE ORDER. Were not there. Not delivered!!! And yet right there on the invoice it says "1 qt dills sliced". Unbelievable. Just unbelievable. Just because we are from Minnesota, do you people think we have DUMMY written on our foreheads? If you cut us, do we not bleed? Anyway, that's what I'm doing on stage with Mr. Webster. Also we're figuring out what we need to cut in order to get off the air on time.