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My daddy is a movie actor, and sometimes he plays the good guy, and sometimes he plays the lawyer. — Malcolm Ford, to his preschool classmates on what his father (actor Harrison Ford) does for a living.
It seems to me that genuine success in life involves taking seriously what I do and create, while taking myself much less seriously. If a lawyer takes himself too seriously, he risks making his professional efforts more about himself than about his client, and in that way ends up serving the wrong person.
During the day, I serve my clients. This weekend and next, though, I serve my audience. If you want to find out whether I can carry a tune as well as I carry a case, now is your chance to find out!
I have had a passion for theatrical performance since my teenage years, and a special place in my heart for the Victorian-era operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. I started performing them in college, and when I arrived in Pittsburgh in 1988 to go to law school I quickly discovered The Pittsburgh Savoyards and became active. Behind the scenes I spent about ten years as a Trustee and two as President working to keep this volunteer company strong, but all of that disappears the moment the music starts, the curtain goes up and the lights blind me to the audience I came to entertain.
This weekend and next, for six performances, the curtain goes up again. Tonight is the opening night of The Gondoliers, a merry tale of two brothers who learn that one of them is the hereditary king of the island kingdom of Barataria, stolen away as a baby and raised by a gondolier who could never remember which child was his own son, and which one was the prince. When the two brothers — newly married — learn that whichever of them is king was married as a baby to the infant daughter of a Duke, things get a trifle complicated. I play the role of Giuseppe Palmieri, one of the brothers (you will have to come see the show to find out who the king really is!).
Preparing for the stage is much like preparing for trial, but for some obvious differences: lines instead of argument, props instead of exhibits, and a costume instead of a suit… but there is a judge there, all the same. In fact, there might be hundreds of them, each one in a comfortable seat, waiting for me to impress them with what I have to offer.
Can I manage it? This time, for the price of a theater ticket, you can be the judge. Performance times and other information may be found here.
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Michael B. Greenstein
Greenstein Family Law Services, P.C.
1789 S. Braddock Avenue, Suite 590
Pittsburgh, PA 15218