A nice trip down memory lane about a play and a role for which I have treasured memories, especially about working with Jo Malin, Bennett Wood, and Tony, and wearing Andre's stunning costumes, which are even more lovely this second time around. However, I must say, Elizabeth Almond, Austin Sloper's rarely seen sister is not in the least eccentric; unlike the "romantic" Lavinia, Elizabeth is the most reasonable of the siblings. So, this time, I, like Barclay, am playing against type.
Dorothy was the dearest person and the most generous of actresses on stage and off. I viewed Dot as a mentor and had the good fortune of sharing the stage with her several times over the years; like countless others, I basked in her warmth, love, and support. A deeply, profoundly beautiful woman of boundless energy, she lived life to the fullest and probably never made an enemy. I will miss her terribly and will always, always love her.
I'm glad to know I'm not the only person who finds "Mama Mia" cloying and boring.
By Chris Shaw
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