Last night we had a preview of Saint Matilde’s Malady in our rehearsal room at UT. We did a run through right before people showed up. 27 minutes. 27! This filled us with fear and panic. One of the crucial elements of our crushing our competition and winning Best of Fest is not getting disqualified for being over the allotted 25 minutes. We were fearful. Our director was not. Liz Lay, who could have been the Queen of Pirates herself in another lifetime, said, “We’re tired. We’ve been rehearsing relentlessly since last Monday. I fully predicted this runthrough to be our longest. But we are in a good place. Our play is not a hot mess. We know it is golden. We have a challenge people, and our challenge is this. Just keep the train moving at all times. No nested responses between dialogue, no dead air, no holding for laughter. Just go, go, go.” Our friends came in to watch and even with their not-infrequent laughter, we clocked in at 24 minutes. Better, but still scary. So, we had to shave off some of the stage business. Some of the physical comedy, that added to the show, but also could tip us into the red zone on time. That would just be devastating. Because this play is good, and all the talent attached to it is as well. Cross your fingers for us tonight and say a little prayer that we make it all the way through with a minute or so to spare.