Reason #3,012: the NY Times article on why Sunday's performance of The Little Dog Laughed was delayed: Julie White was at Bed Bath & Beyond, buying mattress pads.
The show started previews on Thursday, and this Sunday had an added evening performance. To accomodate the added show, the regularly scheduled 3pm matinee was moved up to 2pm.
“It gets to be about noon, which is the time I would start getting ready to go to the theater for a 2 o’clock,” Ms. White said yesterday. “And I think, ‘Oh wait, I have a whole ’nother hour, and I hate my mattress pads!’ ”
So on she goes to Bed Bath & Beyond, where she buys not only mattress pads but also a whole Jonathan Adler bedding ensemble, plus a lampshade.
The audience waited, and at ten after two, director Scott Ellis came onstage and "asked the audience if they would rather give Ms. White another half-hour, get refunds or see him play the role. The majority chose the first option." Um, hello? C'mon audience, go for #3! Who wouldn't want to see Scott Ellis don the killer stilletos?
“I’m just moseying to the theater, happy to be working on Broadway with my big giant pita in my hand,” she said, “and I hear two people say, ‘There she is!’ ”
She pretended to know them, naturally, but they turned out to be audience members, and upon their sighting a chorus of other people joined in. “Julie!” she recalled them crying. “Your matinee is at 2! It’s O.K., it’s O.K., just go!”
Of course, she made it, and they started the show at 2:45. If anybody can pull it off with style, it's her.