Since far too often we only publicly say nice things about people when they are dead I’ve decided to randomly pick a Facebook friend every day and say something nice about them.
June 28, 2019
Today’s person: Jeffrey Lo!
Directors can be intimidating. No matter how talented they can also be harsh, thoughtless, even cruel in their single minded pursuit of fulfilling a vision.
Playwrights create the worlds directors make flesh, which means they can be the gods of their created worlds. They make and mold, and sometimes demean or crush those who do not achieve some boy by the writer level of perfection while embodying their creations.
But if, to all the needed imagination of those two skills, you subtract the psychotic cruelty and substitute the ever positive bubblyocity of cheerfulness that is Jeffrey Lo, you have someone who glows with imagination, kindness, talent, and a general lack of being an asshole.
Jeffrey is the sort of person that makes the madness of theatre attractive and handlable - so if your kid goes into theatre thinking it’s all fun and adventure full of affable creative geniuses who are always there to lend a hand or word of support you probably have a Jeffrey Lo to blame. With his talent making theatre look easy, and with a smile on his face Jeffrey has probably destroyed many a parent’s hopes for their kid to become accountants or dentists or MBAs.
Inspiring, talented, smiling - he’s like a commercial for a life in the theatre. I actually don’t know anyone who doesn’t like him. I know puppies that engender more animosity. And it’s not that he’s innocuous or soft or unopinionated - he’s directed tough actors in tough, very successful shows - but he’s just so... nice about it all...