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Friday(ish) roundup: Jo-Jo Lamotte Edition

Posted by Robin Abrahams  April 6, 2013 03:03 PM

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Sorry for the slow posting week, folks. Mr. Improbable has been on tour since March 1st, and like Mrs. Obama, I'm beginning to feel like a busy single mother. And I don't even have children.

I do, however, have a bouncing baby project to share: I'll be playing the role of Jo-Jo Lamotte in the Belmont Dramatic Club's production of "Agatha Christie Made Me Do It," April 26-28. It's a comic murder mystery about a young heir who wakes up after a bender married to two women: Annie, who works in a chocolate factory, and Jo-Jo, a nightclub dancer.

Community theater being what it is, actors are asked to bring their own costumes if possible. The show is set in 1978, and my friends, it is truly impressive how many outfits I have that could plausibly be worn by an off-duty stripper in the 70s. (For the audition, I wore a black silk kimono over black velvet lounge pants and tank, leopard-print platform heels and a wide leopard-print headband. Very Joanne Worley. I did not anticipate getting lost on the way to the Belmont Town Hall and having to stop at a gas station for directions.)

I'll be posting more about the show as rehearsals go on. In the meantime, mark your calendars! Tickets are $18 and despite my character's profession, it's family-friendly G-rated silliness all the way (think "Carol Burnett Show" sketch).

A moment of social science: Priming refers to the way information you already active in your mind affects the way you make sense of any new information you get. Exactly how priming works and under what conditions is still unclear, but it's definitely a thing. Driving to rehearsal Thursday night, I was singing along to the radio in Jo-Jo's voice and trying to remember my Act II blocking. The car in front of me had a bumper sticker in the religious-symbol-font style more often seen with COEXIST.


Robin would have read that as TOLERANCE. Jo-Jo read it as POLEDANCE.

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