The newly renamed Katselas Theatre Company (formerly Camelot Artists) was brought to life this weekend with my latest directing effort, Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing. Our official press opening is May 2nd, but I’ve never paid much attention to the whole preview / opening distinction – once there’s an audience in the seats, I consider that I’ve opened. I’m very proud of the actors and the work they’re doing in this very difficult play, and I think Milton would have gotten a kick out of a couple things I’m doing in this as director. The shows went very smoothly, except for the fact that our soon-never-to-be-seen-again incredibly hostile lighting and set designer brought my set in at 7:15pm the night of the first performance. Yeah, that’s 45 minutes before the first curtain. And he brought a set that looks like crap – I’ll have to have the whole thing redone. It was supposed to be a set of really nice stained wood bookshelves, and he brought what looks to be particle board that has been spray painted brown. NICE!