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Saturday, October 21st, 2000
11:48 am
Quickie Movie Reviews
Best in Show - hilarious, not better or worse than Guffman, just different

Lost Souls - yaaaawwwwwwnnnnnn

Where the Heart Is - cute and sweet, liked it

But I'm a Cheerleader - stupid and hypocritical, apparently, there are all sorts of lesbians, but all gay men are screaming queens

The Pornographer - boring and sophomoric

The Definite Maybe - boring and sophomoric

Keeping the Faith - one of the most sophisticated romantic comedies in the last 20 years, excellent!

Flesh Gordon - hee hee, bad soft porn, lots of fun
11:25 am
Hello Everyone
Due to my overloaded schedule, I haven't been here in a while, but I decided to just stop by for an update.

It's been a bizarre week. The opening of Misery at The Little Room went extremely well. As a director, I was very proud of the cast and crew and the performance was excellent. We received a great review in the Other and the Voice review should now be out. I'll try and pick up a copy of it today. The show is a lot of fun and I hope some of you guys can come see it.

I'm in Hell Week for Act II of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn which performs next Friday at 2 and Sunday at 4:30 at UH. More major dancing. It's been difficult for me as I've been suffering from bronchitis for the past week and I'm just not in the mood for this show. I'm so tired. On top of all this I had mid-terms, but I did pretty well.

I was asked by Carolyn Boone to replace an actor in Three Sisters, so in January I will be playing Tuzenbach. I'm excited to be doing Chekhov, and it will also mean I won't have to take a production class my last semester, so the timing was perfect.

My parents have decided to take me to NYC for Christmas again this year with my friend Greg Brown. This will be our third trip to NYC together with him. It's a lot of fun and he really helps as a distraction from being with my parents the whole time, which can be a bit trying. The hard part is deciding what shows to see in such little time. I know I want to see Seussical and The Dinner Party for sure. The rest I'll decide when I get there.

Rick kind of pissed me off last month, so I haven't been talking to him. Now he's calling me like crazy. I'm sure he's wondering why I'm not returning his calls as he's always so oblivious to how I feel. I think a month is long enough and I'll talk to him later today, but I'm not going to make it easy on him. I'm sure he forgot that today's my birthday. Unless, of course, it was in his Palm Pilot.

The past couple of weeks I've run into Mikeypop and Carligirl. It was so great to see them and chat for a bit. I really miss everyone and hope I get to see you guys soon.

Ta for now and lots of love!

Current Mood: tired
Monday, October 2nd, 2000
4:26 pm
Happy Birthday Cyn!!!!
I hope you have a great day Cyn!!! I send you lots of love, hugs, and kisses. I'll update more tomorrow. Talk to you guys later!

Current Mood: bouncy
4:26 pm
Happy Birthday Cyn!!!!
I hope you have a great day Cyn!!! I send you lots of love, hugs, and kisses. I'll update more tomorrow. Talk to you guys later!

Current Mood: bouncy
Thursday, September 21st, 2000
10:40 am
Gray Day
I found out I was NOT cast in Three Sisters at UH. I know I shouldn't be pissed, but I am. The callback auditions were a fiasco! I read three lines in a scene. Then she wanted me to read a monologue. After an hour of studying the monologue, she changed her mind and wanted me to read a different monologue. After another hour of studying, she decided to take a break and asked me to read another scene of only three lines. I spent four and a half hours at this callback and three guys were cast that (and I hate to say this) were just not very good. It was the biggest waste of my time and it's going to force me to take production (6 hours of work a week for 1 hour credit - free labor) my last semester.

Sorry . . . I just had to vent.

As Nicole pointed out, I neglected to mention the location of the performance of A Tree Grown in Brooklyn this weekend. It's in the Black Box at the Wortham Theatre at UH (not downtown). Friday at 2pm and Sunday at 5:30pm. This will be the first act only. The second act will be performed in Oct. It is also a workshop performance. Minimal set and black costumes.

I love this weather. It always invokes a sense of nostalgia for me.
Tuesday, September 19th, 2000
10:56 am
Wow, I've been busy. A couple of classes are REALLY kicking my butt this semster and I'm having a difficult time keeping up. Misery rehearsals have started. I have Jim Lawrence playing the author and so far, so good. With a cast of two, everything moves along so quickly. The set is nearly completed, which makes blocking easy on me.

I STILL HAVE NO STAGE MANAGER!!!! I had one, but it didn't work out, though it wasn't her fault. Just one of those things. I am sending an EMERGENCY message to anyone who reads this to PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE try and help me out and ask anyone you know if they can do this. My resources are tapped out. The show runs Oct 12-Nov 18 and I need someone ASAP!!!

The Ostrow Musical Theatre Lab is a lot of fun this year. We'll be performing act one of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn this Fri 2pm and Sun 5:30pm. It's free, so come on out and see the show. It's really good and we've been working our butts off. You actually will get a chance to see me dance, if you're into that. This musical has been unavailable since the original Broadway production in 1951, so it may be your only chance to see it if Stuart decides not to produce a Broadway revival.

Hope you are all doing well. Movie reviews: Any Given Sunday - loved it!, The Big Tease - Guffmanesque fun, Titus - bizarre, but cool, Breakfast of Champions - the jury is still out, it was really weird, The Celebration - MUST SEE, AWESOME, ONE OF THE BEST!!!!!
Sunday, September 3rd, 2000
11:09 pm
All this stuff about who said what about whom really has me paranoid. Apparently I miss everything because I don't know anything about half the stuff you guys are talking about. It just makes me wonder what people say about me behind my back. Or maybe people misinterpret what I say or do (like Beasley). It's really creepy.

On the flip side, I had a fantastic day with Anne Mallory. We went to the aquarium at Moody Gardens. It was really . . . unimpressive. Compared to the New Orleans or Monterey aquariums, it was the K-Mart of the aquatic world. Half the fish weren't even labeled, so if you saw something interesting, you never knew what it was. But we still had a lot of fun. I brought the camcorder and we performed with gerous amounts of easy-cheese.

Afterwards, I went to the Ecclesiast church with her and I was mightily impressed. It's kind of a new Baptist church focusing on the arts. There was a Christian rockabilly band. The atmosphere was really laid back and the minister was quite humorous and fun. They also provide sketch paper and pastels and encourage artistic creativity during the sermons. The art is displayed around the church and some of it is quite good. They don't pressure you or try to recruit you. It's just a bunch of people hanging out together who enjoy worshipping God. I highly recommend a visit just once even if you're not Christian (as I am not). It would also be a great subject for a documentary.

Then we had ice cream at Amy's and our day was complete. I came home and watched Trekkies - mildly stimulating, but it's no Hand on a Hard Body (that video I need to get back from someone).

Wink Wink

Current Mood: chipper
9:43 am
Just having a relaxing fun weekend. I've been hanging out with my girlfriend Anne. She wanted to audition for Chess yesterday, so we went to that and then had coffee at Dietrich's and did some window shopping. Today, we might go to Moody Gardens to the aquarium. I just love aquariums. I don't know why, but I do.

I told Rick that if he wanted to go out this weekend, that he had to call me back and let me know his schedule, so we could plan something. As usual, he forgot to call, so I just said, "screw him!" and made other plans. Needless to say, I did not call him back.

I think I might go to the movies tonight. There's so much I want to see - Eyes of Tammy Faye, But I'm a Cheerleader, Psycho Beach Party, Cecil B. Demented. I just don't know how I'm ever going to choose!

I have to read The Libation Bearers before Tues, though (zzzzz). At least I already have my costume history plates done for Tues. I'm glad that's out of the way. I'm getting such a jump start on this semester. It's really a lot of fun being stress-free at school. Now I just need to find a stage manager for Misery and hope I can cast the role of Paul.

Have a fun weekend, guys.

Current Mood: relaxed
Friday, September 1st, 2000
4:59 pm
Personality Test
Ok, here are my results and, boy is it weird . . .

(Submissive Introvert Concrete Feeler )

Matt Joseph
Like just 11% of the population you are a HELPER WHO FINDS MISSING CHILDREN OVER THE INTERNET (SICF). You are very tentative in the world and introverted with people--which means you are the shy and silent type. Hence the Internet. But behind your reserved exterior lies a dedicated person with a passion for the concrete truth who wants to, in his heart of hearts, help find missing children. God bless you.

Your Results
Here's your personality type as compared to all the people you know who've taken the test.

Through rigorous testing, we've discovered that your compatibility with someone is exactly how likely you are to *kiss them when drunk*.

People *you* know... type compatibility
Chris fightdir@aol.com Guru 52%

People *they* know...
Cyn cynnann@hotmail.com Guru 71%
Lisa Collier lissa2680@aol.com Mentor 81%
Brandon Peters bpeters@ev1.net Politician 59%
Carli carli_girl@hotmail.com Guru 77%
Johanna Bonno jbonno@comsys.com Dreamer 83%
Jenni forestyellow4@yahoo.com Healer 100%

And people *those people* know...
Sean K. Thompson sean_k_thompson@hotmail.com Guru 79%

Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, August 29th, 2000
7:24 pm
I'm Back
OK, I haven't been here in a while, but I'm back. I've been incredibly busy getting my shit together for the beginning of school and I'm happy to say that it looks like it will be a good semester for me. I'm feeling very little stress and that is so rare. It's a great feeling. Unfortunately, I'm still kinda sick, but it's SLOWLY getting better (I think).

Still need to find a stage manger for Misery. I've got a lighting designer and Richard is doing the set, so that's a HUGE load off my mind. I'll be holding auditions for the male lead Sep 9-10 at 2pm at The Little Room (for your website Brandon). If any of you guys know anyone interested, please call them.

And now for the moment you all have been waiting for. . .

I talked to Tracy and he's in Dallas this week, but we're going out next Mon or Tues after he gets back. :) He seems like such a nice guy. I just hope he likes me. It would be so much fun to date a nice guy. Rick was also nice, just a bit odd. Speaking of Rick, he just called. Wants to go to the movies this weekend. He's SUCH a DORK!

Just saw "Bring it On" and LOVED IT!!!! What a fantastic movie!!! Imagine a movie about high school kids that's not about getting laid, no alcohol or drugs, and people don't win by being mean and nasty to each other. It's very funny and helped restore my faith in human beings. I walked out with a big smile on my face and will gladly go see it again.


Current Mood: content
Saturday, August 19th, 2000
12:30 pm
Blah Blah Blah
I woke up feeling awful this morning, but took some allergy medicine and feel better now. Last night's show was awesome! The audience was spectacular and I felt like my voice was finally coming back. Erin and I are having so much fun on stage together! We keep coming up with all sorts of new things and it's just a blast because we just want to have a little party on stage. It makes the performance that much more enjoyable. I just love my little Brookie!

New Orleans was great. On the way, we stopped in Henderson for lunch at Pat's. We checked into the Royal Sonesta hotel on Bourban St. It's really beautiful. My dad and I walked down Bourban St and stopped in a Voodoo shop. Then we walked to Jackson Square and along the river towards the new mall. We noticed the new Harrah's and stopped in to play quarter slots and won $70 in 30 minutes. Then we met my mom and had hurricanes at Pat O'Brien's and went back to Harrah's and won about $100.

The next morning, we had beignets and coffee at Cafe DuMonde and just walked around. My momand I went to the aquarium. It was simply amazing! It's a must-see for anyone visiting New Orleans. My dad went to the D-day museum. Then we had lunch at the Palace Cafe and I had one of the best meals of my life. I would drive all six hours just to eat there again. My dad met the owner, Dick Brennan. He was really nice. After a nap, my mom and I scoped out the shops and art galleries and then met my dad for dinner at K Paul's. The restaurant is no longer a dinky sun-down hole-in-the-wall. It has been transformed into a yuppie art deco palace. The food was good. The gumbo was the best I've had. Then my dad and I had free cocktails provided by the hotel and walked over to Oz, the popular gay disco. It was small, dingy, and dead. We just sat on the balcony and sipped drinks and talked.

Thursday morning we had breakfast at Brennan's. It was pretty good, but WAY overpriced. I don't care where you are. There is NO justification for a $17 omelette. It was just eggs, cheese, and sausage. WHATEVER!!! On the way home we stopped in Jennings for lunch at the Boudin King. Not as good as it used to be.

Overall, it was a great trip and just what I needed. I can't believe I start school again Monday! At least there's a light at the end of the tunnel. I will graduate in May and hopefully, will get into the RADA summer workshop and get to spend 8 weeks in London. I really miss London and my incredible friends there.

After that, I will most likely move to NYC to give it a shot. At least I have many options available. If I can't make it professionally (i.e. earn a decent living), I will go back to school and either get my masters so I can teach at college, or train at conservatories so I can open my own studio in Houston. Houston really needs some good training programs.

Movie reviews:
The Cell - DISAPPOINTED! The scenes inside the killer's mind are awesome. The rest was banal and boring. Jennifer Lopez sucked.

Get Real - Great movie! If you like Beautiful Thing, you'll love Get Real. It so accurately depicts gay teenage coming-out syndrome. Very romantic and funny.

The Last Supper - Very intriguing. A wonderful little black comedy/suspense political commentary of the liberal/conservative battle.

Fight Club - I was worried about this when I started, but really enjoyed it in the end. It was tough to watch, but expertly filmed. I even thought Brad Pitt was OK.

I guess that's it for now. I just burned a copy of my LP of the infamous original London cast recording of the musical version of Gone With Wind. I am SUCH a fag!

Current Mood: good
Wednesday, August 9th, 2000
10:22 pm
King Dweeb
I just read the Triangle review and I'm thrilled that it was so good, but . . .

Did he HAVE to mention my love handles and pot belly???? OH MY GOD!!! I am SOOOO embarassed!!! I guess I better return to the gym soon.

I'm starting to feel a little better. My voice is still just a low croaking sound, but it's getting better. I'll know for sure tomorrow if I'll be able to do the show and I'll call Chris by 1pm. I went back to the doctor and got new antibiotics and steroids. My head is continually draining like Niagara and stuffy and my cough is still pretty bad. The doctor said it's all allergy-related and that half of Houston is suffering the same symptoms. I said, "Well, that makes me feel like a million bucks now! Just gimme some f***ing drugs and make me better!!!!" I have a really cool doctor. He understands me.

I felt bad about missing the put-in tonight, but I'm trying to speak as little as possible to ward off as much strain on my voice as possible. I really don't want to miss a performance. And I have to be up early tomorrow morning and take my last Psych exam. I think it'll go well. I have a B in the class as it is. I'm just worried about Poli Sci. I hate that class and have failed it twice. The Final is Tues and immediately afterward, my parents and I are taking off to New Orleans and returning Thurs morning. Just a little breather before I have to start the fall semester. We have a hotel booked right on Burboun St. I haven't been to New Orleans in 10 years, so I'm really looking forward to this break. New month, we're going to Biloxi to see Alegria! Wheeee!!!!

Current Mood: optimistic
Tuesday, August 8th, 2000
5:03 pm
Mr. Bunjee Lives
Well, it's happened. My voice is shot. I sounds like a croaking frog today. I went to school and braved my classes because I have an exam Thurs and a final next Tues. Then I came home and rested. I watched Superstar (yuck), and Lake Placis (slightly better). My head won't stop draining and I'm coughing up crap constantly. It's not pretty. In any event, I think Daniel should be on alert in case my voice doesn't improve by Thurs. If I still feel bad tomorrow, I'll probably go back to the doctor and see what I can do to speed up the recovery process. I just wish I could remove my nose from my face for a couple of days.

Rick called and left a message last night. He just called again and we talked a bit. He just wanted to see how I was doing and wants to come see the show. I got the feeling that he's missing me right now.


I'm really restless right now because I don't feel well enough to go do anything and because of all this drainage crap, I can't really nap or rest peacefully. It's very frustrating.

Current Mood: lethargic
Monday, August 7th, 2000
11:05 am
I've got the cough really bad now. It kept waking me up and my throat hurts so much!! Luckily, I've been getting some of this crud out of my system. Hopefully, I'll be fine by Thurs. I just need to get through the show tonight. Last night, I barely made it. My voice was starting to crack. I just hope I don't lose my voice. That would suck, to say the least.

As I said at the performance Sat night, I'm going to start my short story today. It will be titled Flag Football. I may write it in segments to make it easier on all of you guys.

Hope you're all having a Brady day!

Current Mood: aggravated
Sunday, August 6th, 2000
3:26 am
Before I Crash . . .
Let me just say that this has been the most bizarre evening. The show was awesome even though it was the strangest audience yet. I went to Guava Lamp to meet Richard and Natalie and after an hour when they didn't show I left. I went to Metropol and after an hour, finally saw Greg, Mikey, Patton, Meredith, Lisa, Les, and Jen and I must say I was underwhelmed. The music sucked, it was either frat party people or eighties-industrial-wannabes. I then (finally) got laid (no details) and afterwards, the guy told me he was a LRDS subscriber and planning to see the show (right). I came home and checked my voicemail (none), but on my Caller ID, I noticed Rick called twice while I was out today, ehcih made me feel totally weird. Let me just say that it was a totally ambivalent evening.

Current Mood: bitchy
Thursday, August 3rd, 2000
12:31 pm
For example . . .
I just logged in and my entry from this moring has not shown up in either my "Friends" location or in my "Recent" location. Is anyone else experiencing this problem?

Current Mood: aggravated
8:23 am
Ok, according to LiveJournal, when I press "Friends" the last entry was the song by Evil_Skippy and the last comments made were by Brandon in response to Chris talking about the reviews. Is this true or have there been more postings? I can never seem to trust this thing to give me what is actually current. Every time I hit "Recent" I get either July 23 or July 28 for my own journal and when I hit "Friends" it usually gives me several different responses. I emailed LiveJournal about this inconsistancy of current journal entries and they have yet to reply.

Current Mood: confused
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2000
4:36 pm
Not much going on today. Just getting some rest. I watched a bunch of movies in the past couple of days - Angela's Ashes, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Ninth Gate, and Girl, Interrupted.

Angela's Ashes was probably the best. It followed the book pretty closely. Of course, it had many events omitted, but it would have to have been a trilogy otherwise.

Snow Falling on Cedars was pretty to look at, but just as convoluted and hard to follow as the book. I still don't know who it's about.

The Ninth Gate sucked.

Girl, Interrupted was OK. Angelina Jolie was good, but not Oscar-worthy in my opinion. I still thought Toni Collette was better in The Sixth Sense. I did get a big laugh during "peppermint dick! peppermint clit!" I finally know what my friends are talking about now.

Tonight I'll probably watch Magnolia again. I thought it was the best picture last year and I thought Julianne Moore deserved an Oscar for it. She is just soooo amazing. Her performance in Boogie Nights was one of the most convincing performances I've ever seen.

Current Mood: awake
Monday, July 31st, 2000
12:35 pm
groggy, i'm so groggy
Well, I'm just staying home today. I was so nervous about the benefit last night, afterwards, I was just plastered. I'm not a big drinker AT ALL and I just cut loose. I'll be fine by this evening, I just need to get rest.

I thought the show last night went very well. Energy was high and the audience was great (despite their numbers). The benefit went so much better than I had expected and I think everyone performed so well. I was really proud of the level of professionalism and dedication from all those involved. I was scared to death, seeing as how I have never MC'd anything in my life and I was afraid of being a jibbering idiot. The last thing I wanted was to do something half-assed and I think we pulled it off. Even though we didn't make much money, we developed a great relationship with The Briar Patch which could really work to LRDS's advantage. It's a neighborhood bar with a strong family. Word of mouth will be good and it could become a regular place for fundraising and marketing. Maybe we could even get a sponsorship. I think it would be worthwhile to pursue.

I just want to thank all of you guys for the time you took out of your own personal lives to help out. I know it was a bit frustrating and stressful. Believe me, I KNOW! But it was filled with such love and positive energy, it couldn't be anything but healthy. Now that I've done this, I know how to make it better the next time.

I also enjoyed talking to Chris A last night. As he said, we used to have regular rap sessions and they were always so therapeutic. Sometimes it would be riding in the car, and others would be just sitting in a diner and drinking coffee for a couple of hours. We need to do that more often. There are people I form natural bonds with and Chris is one of them. It's one of those friendships that will always remain despite time or distance.

I just watched Hand on a Hard Body and was just overwhelmed. It's like the characters from Guffman, but scarier because they are real people. Now I'm going to watch Angela's Ashes and then take a nap so I can recharge the batteries for tonight's show.

Once again, thanks guys for last night and BIG thanks to Mikey for working so hard to quickly learn all those songs we already knew how to sing. Go up to him and give him a hug. He's such a great guy.
Sunday, July 30th, 2000
1:28 am
Oh, What a Night . . .
Lately, I've been so tired. Being ill all week has worn me out, but I've been mentally and emotionally exhausted as well. Which is why I have been a bit antisocial lately. It's not a pity party or anything. Just lack of enthusiasm and motivation.

I talked to Rick after the show tonight. And I must say I feel a bit better. Not only did I get a lot off my chest, but I also had many more questions answered. Not all of them, of course. But there will always be more questions than answers. And there are some answers that are probably best not known. At any rate, it was a therapeutic discussion and I feel a little better about myself. It's not that Rick is unkind, he's just antiseptic. Everything is black and white. I knew it would end eventually, but I never expected it would be so soon. I don't like being "out there". It's just so depressing and way too much work. I'm a very affectionate and passionate person and I don't date much for that reason. I'm extremely picky because I'm too busy to waste my time with someone I can't committ to. Being an actor, I also am very open with my feelings and emotions. Rick suppresses them as a defense mechanism. But he is actually very perceptive and analytical. We are both on paths leading in opposite directions and his path is most important to him right now. This is something I knew from the beginning. As I said, we both knew it was a temporary arrangement. But, he also feels that mine is just as important and doesn't want to interfere with, what he believes, is the beginning of a prosperous new career for me. In his own rather formal way, he actually made me feel quite special and important. And I thank him for that.

Still, a relationship, in whatever form, is a relationship. And I don't handle the endings very well. It's like a death. You will never be with that person in the same way again and I'm just in a period of mourning. Rick said he is merely a stepping stone to the right person for me and that may be true because despite how strange this whole relationship was, it was probably the least dysfunctional I have encountered. Makes you feel better about yourself, doesn't it?

Anyway, knowing that I did have the affections of someone like him makes me realize that maybe I'm not so bad after all. I know most of you may think that sounds crazy, but you just have to know Rick.

And that is not an easy task.
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