Kevin Chamberlin, who plays Dimas, the comic gardener, in Triumph of Love, is a longtime online fan. He has agreed to post a diary of his opening night experiences as part of Playbill On-Line's "Countdown to Curtain." Look for his logo throughout the day!
October 23, 1997 - 8:10 PM Intermission The once scene I'm always worried about is my scene with [F.] Murray [Abraham]. But tonight it was the best it's ever gone! The audience was laughing at every line! It seems there are a lot of people who love Betty and Murray because they know them from TV and film. That's great, but it makes our [the rest of the cast's] job a little harder. That's what we we're worried about. But the audience is loving us all the same. They're embracing the show -- which is what we hoped."
The second act is killer. There's not one bad number in it and it goes by like wildfire. My big number, "Henchmen," is in the second act and I'm really nervous about it.
I can hardly open the door to my dressing room. It's filled with so many flowers and gifts from friends and cast members . I've had telegrams and flowers from friends wired to me. It'll probably take me two days to go through all of them!
I haven't even begun to think about the party and all the networking and meeting people. The one person I'm looking forward to meeting more than anyone is Rosie O'Donnell. She has the power that Frank Rich used to have. She doesn't break a show but she can really make a show!