We really don't care about theatre do we?

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Was at a cast party for a show my friends did last night. Usually fun, but man, sometimes actors can get so sensitive about press that they wind up being out of character offensive.

Take my close friend, D, for example. He's a compassionate, family man with two kids, who occasionally lapses into childish territory, but no more than any other emotionally stunted actor. He was very friendly and supportive a few years ago when quite a few notable local theatre personalities tragically passed away.

So it was quite uncomfortable and disturbing to me when he got on the topic of this awful show we did together last year (that he wrote). It was one of the worst things I've done, and quietly, many of us involved have admitted as such after the fact. Except him and a few others. We got a bad review in the press by one of the local critics, and he was stung by it at the time.

However, six months later, she tragically died in her sleep. Many people in our circle knew her and were devastated by it...and D knew this. For whatever reason, though, he still hasn't made peace with the review, and starts whining about this woman and her lack of credentials last night. Which would have been somewhat harmless if he wasn't doing it in front of one of the late critic's friends, who I could tell was trying to get him to pump the brakes, before reluctantly tuning him out for two minutes until he got on another topic.

o_O. Awk...ward. Actors who can't see their own faults and hate critics confuse the everliving shit out of me.

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Sunday, 26 February 2012 16:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

(the 'she' that died being the critic)

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Sunday, 26 February 2012 16:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Profile of Mike Nichols:
http://nymag.com/arts/theater/profiles/mike-nichols-2012-3/index2.html

He's using the original set and score for his Death of a Salesman revival. Hmm.

Clancy Fans and Fancy Clans (Eazy), Tuesday, 6 March 2012 20:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Just booked tickets to see Juliet Binoche in Miss Julie at the Barbican in September. PSYCHED!!!!!

jed_, Monday, 16 April 2012 22:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Off to Other Desert Cities tonight (annual Broadway splurge); haven't seen Stockard Channing in awhile (2 Guare plays) and Stacy Keach never...

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 11 May 2012 15:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

saw brimstone and treacle at the arcola in dalston (london) last night... very good though lots of changes from potter's original, and hackneyed use of punk music between acts to show changing britain or some similarly dumb overdone thing.

ooooiiiioooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaoooooh un - bi - leevable! (LocalGarda), Friday, 11 May 2012 15:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

only saw the film with Shting

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 11 May 2012 15:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

jesus just googled that, crazy! is it any good?

the original tv play is brilliant.

ooooiiiioooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaoooooh un - bi - leevable! (LocalGarda), Friday, 11 May 2012 15:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

stage version last night did have the amusing cliffhanger at the end whereby nobody wanted to applaud too soon after the rape scene that ends it. long, long and awkward silence.

ooooiiiioooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaoooooh un - bi - leevable! (LocalGarda), Friday, 11 May 2012 15:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

I remember it being good... probably the 3rd Potter I saw after the two versions of Pennies from Heaven.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 11 May 2012 15:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Plug plug plug to New Yorkers:

A show I adapted and directed is going to run in NYC in August. Details here and here.

Odd Spice (Eazy), Thursday, 12 July 2012 01:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

thx Eazy.

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 12 July 2012 01:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'll be at all the shows--say hi if you make it there.

Odd Spice (Eazy), Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

Tech-ed my show today. Love being next door to Mamoun's and the Comedy Cellar.

Showtimes:
http://www.nyc-arts.org/events/20291/fringenyc-an-interrogation-primer

Earth, Wind & Fire & Alabama (Eazy), Thursday, 9 August 2012 00:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

hah, I was at Mamoun's at 6pm... I'll have to figure this out

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 9 August 2012 02:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

Saw Sam Shepard's new play, Heartless, last night. As always with him, very hit or miss, but some moments that work are sticking with me. Truly weird, rather than the more naturalistic True West, et al. Back to his shapeshifting roots.

Really liked the Signature space a lot--acoustics were perfect. And all tickets are $25--perfect price for an inconsistent show that I'm very glad to have seen.

Gary Cole is actually terrific in this.

Earth, Wind & Fire & Alabama (Eazy), Monday, 13 August 2012 22:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

My show's getting a bunch of great reviews. Tix may sell out soon.

http://www.backstage.com/review/ny-theater/off-off-broadway/an-interrogation-primer-at-the-NY-Fringe-Festival/

Earth, Wind & Fire & Alabama (Eazy), Saturday, 18 August 2012 23:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

great stuff Eazy. well done!

jed_, Saturday, 18 August 2012 23:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

i had a great time watching 3 Tom Murphy plays today.

http://www.druid.ie/productions/druidmurphy-the-plays-of-tom-murphy

all the worlds a stage and kitty's just stepped into the spotlight (cajunsunday), Saturday, 18 August 2012 23:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'll be dere Saturday, Eazy.

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 12:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Great great--I'll be there.

Earth, Wind & Fire & Alabama (Eazy), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 15:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

seeing this tomorrow:

jed_, Friday, 24 August 2012 16:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

it lasts four and a half hours.

jed_, Friday, 24 August 2012 16:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Eaz, just look after the show for a guy who has a cane or appears to need one. (hoping I can get there, today is a bitch)

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Friday, 24 August 2012 16:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

The theater (unfortunately) is up two flights of stairs, in case that makes a difference.

Been a good run, both with audiences and press. Hope to do more with it.

Earth, Wind & Fire & Alabama (Eazy), Friday, 24 August 2012 21:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

holy shit that was 4 hours of absolutely incredible stagecraft. i have NEVER seen an entire audience give a standing ovation for a full ten minutes but that's what happened.

jed_, Sunday, 26 August 2012 01:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

just found out i won free tickets to see theatre de la ville-paris's staging of ionesco's 'rinocerose' tomorrow night!

TOP FEMALE LAWYER & CARTOONIST FOR 2011: (donna rouge), Friday, 21 September 2012 01:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

btw I really liked the play Eazy directed, and not just cuz 40 mins is about the longest I can sit these days.

kizz my hairy irish azz (Dr Morbius), Friday, 21 September 2012 01:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

Hey, thanks. Didn't think you made it, between the two flights and the cane, and very glad you did.

canonical casual cordouroy (Eazy), Friday, 21 September 2012 02:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

I get these Theatermania discount emails that encourage you to "Go beyond Broadway..."
The first two shows offered in today's are Cougar the Musical and The Butt-cracker Suite.

I must've asked about the Steppenwolf VaWoolf? revival before , yeah? And has anyone seen Mies Julie in Brooklyn?

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 24 November 2012 04:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

This I'd like to see:
http://www.thewrap.com/culture/article/fiona-shaw-returning-broadway-colm-toibins-testament-mary-72086

Haven't heard anything bad about VaWoolf all these years. Never was in the right place at the right time to see it.

This is funny:
http://www.broadway.com/buzz/166904/whos-virginia-woolf-watch-tracy-letts-and-amy-morton-endure-five-awkward-tv-questions/

to each his own but (Eazy), Saturday, 26 January 2013 19:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

^Saw it yesterday.

The state of Broadway audiences is such that the douse-your-phones announcement was made BEFORE EACH OF THE THREE ACTS. George's Who's Afraid monologue about the coming death of civilization via technology fulfilled.

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 3 February 2013 15:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

Glad to hear it's worththe time and ticket (just saw the Albee thread). Did it feel like a good version of the same play you'd seen before, or new/fresh?

a tidy profit in Russia (Eazy), Sunday, 3 February 2013 16:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

well since I'd never seen the full text performed, given the film cuts, yes it did seem fresh. I'm pretty sure the Act III scene where Martha tells Nick that George is the only man who's ever satisfied her was not in the movie?

I'm gonna look for that 4 x LP of the first staging now, tho I won't play it today...

I don't think I could watch that Fox interview, anymore than a snuff film.

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 3 February 2013 17:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

Othello at the NT last night. It's not a play I've ever been really attached or close to, but was totally blasted by this production; nightmarish sense of plot both moving like clockwork and getting horribly out control; production as a real play of soldiery works; Lester and Kinnear brilliant, Kinnear especially, Iago w/ a kind of James Corden matiness. Wasn't sure he could pull it off - plays nice too well - but yes.

woof, Thursday, 4 July 2013 09:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

Glad I managed to score some tickets then. Going to some Punchdrunk thing tonight: a "promenade performance", there will be "areas of darkness and confined space", "haze and strobe effects", and "audiences will wear a mask for the duration of the performance". Ulp.

ledge, Thursday, 4 July 2013 09:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

Apparently the standard line on Punchdrunk is "nice spectacle, shame about the narrative" - I somewhat concur but as a first timer I thought the spectacle (of "The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable") was fantastic, easily half a dozen genuine moments of wonder or surprise. On the level of individual performances it's closer to modern dance than theatre and the choreography was breathtaking, as were the performers. Apparently some reviewers wandered around in the dark struggling to find any action, I think they must have been idiots as there was almost always something going somewhere, we probably caught less than half of the action over the four floor venue and I'm seriously considering going back, even at £40 a ticket.

ledge, Friday, 5 July 2013 08:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Woof otm, Othello really was all that. One of the best things I've seen at the NT. First time I've seen it, hard to imagine it done better (would like to see it done differently for comparison). Modern setting worked brilliantly. No sense of strained credulity from Iago's villainy or Othello's falling for it. Unexpected and genuine humour, loved Rodrigo's buffoonish turn as well as Iago's more darkly comic moments, and an utterly devastating climax.

click here to start exploding (ledge), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 11:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

keen to see that. apparently chimerica, now at the pinter, is really good.

also recently enjoyed public enemy at young vic and the night alive at the donmar.

Shamrock Shoe (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, A Season in the Congo at the Young Vic was fantastic too. Definitely one of the better years for theatre - in my highly limited and doubtless unrepresentative experience.

click here to start exploding (ledge), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

I must check that out before it ends.

Shamrock Shoe (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

I also liked The Silence Of The Sea at Trafalgar Studios earlier in the year.

Shamrock Shoe (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

I saw The Amen Corner at the NT a couple of weeks ago. Good performances & staging but the play itself wasn't amazing. Managed to find a £10 ticket for Chimerica in Sept (one of the midweek matinees)- high hopes for that.

sktsh, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 13:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah it is meant to be amazing.

my biggest disappointment this year was mission drift at the nt shed. a lot of teachers/classmates from diploma i did were all raving about it, only time i've ever left something at the interval.

Shamrock Shoe (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 13:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

Wow, that bad!

I've done that once. It was Fiona Shaw in a Brecht. It got amazing reviews. I felt like an uncultured pinhead. Still fucked off for a pint.

sktsh, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 14:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

It was a musical (which normally I'd hate but my teacher whom I massively respect said it was one of the best things she'd ever seen.) I didn't like the music. I found the plot convoluted and pretentious. It was repetitive and noisy. The acting was fine, no problems there, but tonally it just killed me.

I was quite benevolently watching on thinking how bad it was and my friend whom I brought was sitting their with a look of disgust behind her fingers.

Was quite a funny interval with her all "I bet you loved it" and me replying that I fucking hated it. Then a good laugh in the bar ripping it to pieces once we'd both agreed to fuck off before coming back.

It got great reviews but when I later read the comments to find some fellow haters they were full of people, seemingly reasonable people, saying they'd left or if not, that they wished they had.

Apparently a lot of the shows had huge gaps after the interval, which is bad on anyone performing in it. But as I say it wasn't the performers' fault.

Shamrock Shoe (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 14:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

sitting there* - sorry, hurried post.

Shamrock Shoe (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 14:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

That does sound fucking awful.

"quite benevolently watching on thinking how bad it was" would be a good board description

sktsh, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 14:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think the performers were the writers etc of mission drift unfortunately

though corny in parts I found it entertaining enough and occasionally it hit a fair stride but its ~high concept~ kinda weak

conrad, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 15:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah I think that's fair. The fact I saw the closed caption show didn't help as reading all the song lyrics made it worse!

Shamrock Shoe (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 21 August 2013 06:44 (1 year ago) Permalink


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