As I look to my last day of the Thanksgiving Holiday rest on Sunday today before the new work week starts–well, I’ll have to do a few registration overrides for students from home today–I realize that Sunday is not always a day of rest for others. In particular for Richard Armitage, Sunday is a show day for his NYC Roundabout Theatre Company play that he is currently starring in Love, Love, Love.
(with Fernanda Matais’ lovely graphic is at right, Thanks!)
And the recent Broadway World interview article about Richard Armitage’s Love, Love, Love experiences was insightful and an enjoyable read. But a few fans took exception at one of his remarks–in particular, his comments about fans coming to see him in theatre performance and his doing stage door (SD) or not–have been taken different ways by some of his fans. However, though I admit that I do not chain myself to social media and see every comment made, I only saw two comments indicating a fan felt “hurt” or disregarded. So out of the hundreds of thousands of Richard Armitage fans—perhaps millions since The Hobbit trilogy of films–around the world, the percentage of those viewing his remarks about SD in the Broadway World interview article negatively is relatively small. And I, personally, don’t think he meant any disregard for fans by his remarks.
So, I think that sister blogger Guylty (at her Guylty Pleasure blog) (her post image logo right, and click here to go to her essay post) expresses well the position of her also “not” viewing RA’s remarks as being negative. And she beautifully rebuts each negative view argument. I particularly like this Richard Armitage quote about his fans coming to see his plays, etc., that she shared as an example of how to view his remarks positively:
“…what stood out for me was the sentence [Armitage interview quote] “You know, we’ve had people come from far and wide, which is great.” For me, that [statement] was the acknowledgment by RA that he is well-aware of the effort people/his fans are making to see *him* on stage, in New York, and the SD is a way of both showing his gratitude, as well as attracting the potential audience to the box office.”
Well said, Guylty! Thanks for sharing!
And below is a lovely recent smiling picture (that I/Grati cropped, brightened, and enlarged) of Richard Armitage at a recent stage door that was shared by Ultra Veloce (Thanks!). And I/Grati thought the picture would add a further illustration of Richard Armitage’s cheerful grace in his doing the stage door for his currently running NYC play Love, Love, Love:
People may certainly still feel as they wish to feel about Richard Armitage comments in the Broadway World interview article and elsewhere, that is their right. But IMHO/Grati, giving another person–friends, family, and even Richard Armitage–the benefit of the doubt, feels good to me. And the talented British Actor Richard Armitage is also a nice guy who does SD (stage door) when he can with courtesy, grace, and yes “professionalism”.
So I hope that you have a restful and serene Sunday today–leaving the drama on the stage, and not at the stage door—as you go about your day.
Hugs & Love! Grati ;->
P.S. And with me having had a recent birthday—Thanks again for the kind notes and graphics everyone! I really appreciated them! Hugs!–I feel even more keenly the importance of focusing on positivity and helping others when I can, through donations to charities and being involved in my communities here and online.
So my hubby and I have once again made a modest donation to the United Nations (UN) for the besieged children of Aleppo (right) and elsewhere suffering under wars, famine, and natural disasters. We feel so blessed that our own nieces, nephews and greats have never had to suffer such devastation. So we made our donation in their honor. Ours may be a small gesture of help and of hope, but when coupled with other people’s small gestures, they can really make a difference in giving children food, housing, clothes, and medical care, etc.
And personally today, I’ll also be trying to make way for Holiday decorations in our home, since Guylty’s post also reminded me that today is the first week of Advent. And my hubby and I have not chanced having floor decorations—meaning XMAS trees—for several years, since the time that our then young male hound dog wiped out the hall tree as he careened around the foyer from the dining room (open floor plan house layout), him then also sliding into the plant stand sending dirt everywhere. Ha! Sighhh! I’m thinking serene and positive thoughts for having a XMAS tree or trees this year. Surely our dog is older and slower by now? Right? Wish me luck! Ha!