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Opening Night!!!

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It is 2 in the morning and I have a film audition tomorrow sometime late in the day, I am still up. Just got home from the opening night party of "Manipulation" at the famed Sardis on 44th St. Coincidentally, this was the same venue for opening night of my first Broadway Tony nominated show, Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge" in which I portrayed "Catherine," (the role that won Scarlett Johnanson her recent Tony win). Anyway, what a journey!

Those of us who are still with "Manipulation," such as, Jeremy Stiles Holm, Robert Bogue, Gabriel Furman, and John Patrick Driscoll, were relieved to have officially opened and celebrating it, finally! One of my best pals, Daphne Rubin-Vega, who played my sister in the musical version of "The House of Bernarda Alba" at the Mitzi Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Ctr. was there on hand for support and also my husband, Roger Squitero, who took the night off from his gig, playing percussion in Broadway's hit "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert."

Had a nice conversation with designer, Nicole Miller about how Soho has changed, and how her shop is still present there as well as the uptown Madison shop. A feat in these times. Photographer, Aubrey Ruben flirted and bended my ear as usual. Our lovely writer, Victoria, completely in her element, basked in the fun with her friends and family such as, photographer, Franco LaCosta, and artist/dir. Mary Jordan. Mary wore the most fantastic vintage 30's floral dress and followed me around with her mini cam video taping everything. She is working on an art project having to do with the conservation of water. She lives in Brooklyn and gets around on her 3 different motor bikes.

Reviews will be surfacing soon, and I have learned to ignore them. An actor has to learn how to do this. Because even if you get a glowing review, it can alter your performance for a while and play with your psyche. Personally, I like to go see theatre via a recommendation through word of mouth. Its much more reliable. I played a critic in the musical "Nine" on Broadway, and even thou I was glamorized in it, I always felt extremely unpleasant in the role.

I am really looking forward to hitting the stage again tonight. I've got a load of cousins from Bayshore, Long Island coming, oh boy!