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December 8, 2000 Taping of What About Joan

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WAKKING AROUND CHICAGO 8/10/2001
Contributed by Caraleigh H.
I Met Kyle Too!
Roundabout Theater Company's Production of PICNIC
December 8, 2000 Taping of What About Joan
January 19, 2001 Taping of What About Joan
March 9, 2001 Taping of What About Joan

Well, I came back last night from the Joan cusack show in chicago. I walked ever so carefully on the sidewalks of chicago because I was afraid of falling. So, as soon as I got back to cleveland and was getting in my car, I slipped and fell! The parking lot was icy and I went, boom! All is well, though. I'm sure that you would rather hear about Kyle though. so, this is it. before getting into the show must tell you that the pictures and tv do not do him justice. HE is so HANDSOME in person. I can't describe it. It looks like Kyle and sounds like kyle but 1000% better. Can you imagine something so much better than you thought it was? If you can, then this is Kyle. He, in one scene had on a blue shirt and tie. In another scene he had on a green shirt, tie and suit (suit in both scenes). with his mud-puddle green eyes, that is the color for him. Of course, we saw him in shorts, too. there was a bedroom scene, with him in his bvd's. Now to get to the total information on the show, We arrived at the studio before 5:pm. We signed in and I was number 14. We were going to be seated by number, so we figured that meant the first or second row. After signing in, we went to a heated tent. there was hot chocolate and coffee. The staff was very congenial to us. there were porta-potties for use. No indoor plumbing, for us. The crowd struggled in, but by 6pm,I think we had our 200 people. they finally let us in at 6:30, which meant that we were outside standing for 2 hours.It could have been worse, if the tent wasn't heated. I was nervous and had to go to the bathroom all the time. I thought I did quite well standing there, because I didn't complain about my feet, but i guess I didn't because my feet hurt all day saturday and into today. At 6:30 or so they let us in. don't forget I was no.14 and it didn;t make any difference. When we got in the first 2 rows were taken and we were seated in the 4th row ,I think. A tall man sat in front of me and blocked my view. About the only thing that i didn't think was fair was the seating. there were some empty seats in lower rows,but that is where we were seated. I guess some people were there from the cancelled show last week and some ABC executives. should I tell you about the story?

It was not about a girl flirting with Kyle.

The story was: Joan was going to a ballet rehearsal where her niece danced. the driver,a co-star, I don't remember his name, but vicky will. He was driving too slow and she told him to go faster than a bicycle rider who passed them up. He got pulled over and arrested for trying to bribe the cop. Joan, who was extremely upset, called Jake(Kyle) and left a message on his answering machine. Jake went to her apartment and was sleeping when she came home. Joan didn't know he was there and went to sit on the bed and there he was, She jumped and he sat up, in his sweatshirt and shorts (like EE). He got out of bed and sat on the side with her and tried to talk to her. Leaving out some of the small points he offered to represent Wayne?(not sure of his name), pro bono. Jake threw around some legal terms and it was a turn on for Joan. she was still upset and he almost got her in bed and she became distraught again, jumped up and left the bedroom. the scene ended with Jake sitting on the side of the bed. He hit his hand on his side of the face and said "coitus interruptus."

A good ending to that scene.

I'll skip over a little that didn't include Jake and the last scene has Jake, Joan and wayne(?), going to see the prosecutor. this is where Kyle had on the suitMaybe grey) and the green shirt and tie,TOO HANDSOME FOR WORDS! OOZING SEX APPEAL. the story had a happy ending. they took a curtain call and that was it.

I can't wait to see it on tv to see the final cut compared to what we saw at the studio, everything was shot twice, from a little different angle and a couple scenes were half shot over or with added lines for the continuity of the show. I know I left out little things, but i don't think I forgot anything important. By anything important, I mean with Kyle in them. He wasn't in the whole show, maybe half. It is definitely worth it to go to chicago and see the taping if you can. I hope the show takes off, since Kyle is in it. After the show, we were going to go to gibson's, a restaurant where Kyle had been seen in the past. the show ran over timewise, so we lost our reservations. Jayne's daughter went to gibson's because they got to the studio too late and she said it was awfully crowded and she didn't see him there, I understand they were still filming after we left. the next day we went to Mcginty's and took pictures. We saw the Blackstone, too. It looks like it is being renovated. We couldn't find the fountain where gary sits while he is waiting for the beautiful blonde It was an exciting trip and one that I will never forget. I wish that we could have met Kyle, but it wasn't to be, I guess. Chicago is an exciting town and certainly worth visiting. I'll leave it at that.

- Geri
Keeper of Gary's navy peacoat