We really don't care about theatre do we?

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People hardly ever talk about theatre on ILE. There isn't even a Culture:Theatre category. Is this a sign that it really is an art form whose relevance is dying? Or just that it's intriniscally hard to talk about on a global forum like this, performances being site and time specific?

Do you go much / at all?

N. (nickdastoor), Sunday, 6 April 2003 14:17 (sixteen years ago) link

I noticed that too.

Last month I've been to a Proust theatre adaptation.
My favorite shows are from Pina Bausch, Alain Platel en Jerome Bel.
I was more interested in dance-theatre than in plays really.

I think modern/contemporary dance is no big issue here either tho.

erik, Sunday, 6 April 2003 14:29 (sixteen years ago) link

But Erik, one of the best Mark S moments was his attempt to talk about a modern dance thing Dr Vick took him to. He came up with "It's like Blake's Seven, but a different kind of silliness," which I loved.

In the four years I've lived in London, I've been to the theatre once. My last girlfriend (the Italian one who I talked about here some) worked for Amnesty, and got free tickets. We went to one things together. She offered me some more freebies this week in fact, for that new Tommy Cooper tribute that stars wossname Jerome out of Robson and, which I'm sure isn't at all an attempt to cash in on the success of the Morecambe & Wise tribute. I didn't think I could stand two hours of looking at a fool do an impersonation of my all-time favourite funny man.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 6 April 2003 16:15 (sixteen years ago) link

Well, there are at least two musicals threads. Haven't seen much talk about plays.

I am interested in musicals up to and including (some of) Sondheim, from a pop, maybe even rock 'n roll, perspective. But as a phenomenon today, I think there's little to talk about because they have almost nothing to do with changes in culture. I don't know if that's a cause or effect of their audience (at least in New York) - very old people and tourists.

gabbneb (gabbneb), Sunday, 6 April 2003 16:23 (sixteen years ago) link

I got dragged to Les Miserables once, about ten years ago. It was just okay, but I wasn't mad about it. But I used to have a habit of going to stuff with people who didn't want to go on their own.

Being a social outcast has some advantages, then!

ChristineSH (chrissie1068), Sunday, 6 April 2003 17:01 (sixteen years ago) link

erik digibeet post here!!

mark s (mark s), Sunday, 6 April 2003 17:12 (sixteen years ago) link

I used to do theatre, as a teenager and in college. By "do" I mean I was part of a small theatre company, as an actor, writer, director, ass't director, production-type-person, lighting/sound person, propmaster, etc. And after college I worked in the business office of a ticket agency that specialized in New York theatre -- so I got to see a lot of Broadway and off-Broadway shows for free. My most recent exposure to that world was in 2001, when I was dating a critic who would let me be his plus-one whenever he had to review some piece-of-shit play.

But no, I really don't care about theatre. Not that much.

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 6 April 2003 17:13 (sixteen years ago) link

I've seen two pieces of theatre in the last month.

Thus I am "sophisticated."

slutsky (slutsky), Sunday, 6 April 2003 17:19 (sixteen years ago) link

I was hoping when Nory was here that there'd be a bit more dance stuff.

I don't see any theater at all, really. I've not even been able to keep up with film for the past few years, and at some point I gave up even trying; theater's unfortunately even a step below that in priorities.

nabisco (nabisco), Sunday, 6 April 2003 17:22 (sixteen years ago) link

There are two productions in NY right now that i want to see, The Blacks from the Harlem Theater Company and Fucking A on Broadway, you know the reworking of

edmonton theater is really vivid and i try to see one a month, but it is prohibtivley expensive.

anthony easton (anthony), Sunday, 6 April 2003 17:22 (sixteen years ago) link

(Yeah, Nabisco, what happened to Nory? I liked her. Can you lure her back, please?)

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 6 April 2003 17:43 (sixteen years ago) link

(Seconded.)

Cozen (Cozen), Sunday, 6 April 2003 19:04 (sixteen years ago) link

Nory is megafanfab! And a grand person. :-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 6 April 2003 19:38 (sixteen years ago) link

The whole "realism" thing is still being worked out. I think film overtook theater in this dept sometime around the New Wave and theater's still going through spasms trying to deal with it. I don't really go that much. We don't talk about theater here because we'd it's not mass-distributed so we don't have common events or artifacts to anchor a discussion. We'd all have to be like total theater-hounds to even talk abstractly about stuff, and one thing theater's not served by is abstraction.

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Sunday, 6 April 2003 19:55 (sixteen years ago) link

The whole "what eyes are seeing this" thing is SO much smaller w/theater, its circulation is so curt-tailed. So it seems less "important", in a "must have opinion on this" kind of way?

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Sunday, 6 April 2003 20:29 (sixteen years ago) link

(Nory's currently doing the jobs of about two and a half people, so she doesn't really have the time.)

nabisco (nabisco), Sunday, 6 April 2003 20:58 (sixteen years ago) link

We don't talk about theater here because we'd it's not mass-distributed

Quite so. This is the strength and the weakness of theater.

Skottie, Sunday, 6 April 2003 21:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Can you get her fired from one of them, Nabisco?

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 6 April 2003 21:11 (sixteen years ago) link

Hey, that's mean! But if it would give her a little more time with no salary decrease...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 6 April 2003 23:22 (sixteen years ago) link

If someone could explain to me why theatre/er still has a point, I might get interested in it. I don't think it's the same as the paintings/drawings/etchings/whatever vs. Photos thing at all (because you can DO so much more with the former set than the latter whereas it seems like you can do less with plays than with film but I still feel really small-minded saying that but i think it's only because High Culture is still into plays and we've still got that thing where we think that They Know What They're Talking About despite the fact that every play review I read reads like it's completely made up of really weak excuses for a pathetic, unentertaining experience).

Dan I., Sunday, 6 April 2003 23:28 (sixteen years ago) link

In NYC, Richard Foreman and the Wooster Group. They (forgive me) rock. And they've both been essentially doing the same thing for decades. But not only does that thing (those things) give unending returns (I think), it also seems as though nobody else has managed to do anything weirder or more interesting or dizzying or disorienting. Your standard theater just guarantees me ninety minutes of sound sleep. But things are different in Lodon, I think. Yes?

Methuselah (Methuselah), Sunday, 6 April 2003 23:29 (sixteen years ago) link

Er, that would be "London."

Methuselah (Methuselah), Sunday, 6 April 2003 23:30 (sixteen years ago) link

I just saw the Wooster Group's "Brace Up!," their adaptation of Chekhov's "Three Sisters," and it was absolutely fantastic. Only running for another week--GO SEE IT!

Douglas (Douglas), Monday, 7 April 2003 00:44 (sixteen years ago) link

The only good theater I've ever seen has been plays directed by Tadashi Suzuki. I'm sure there's more stuff out there just as good, but I haven't seen any yet.

A Nairn (moretap), Monday, 7 April 2003 00:55 (sixteen years ago) link

" it seems like you can do less with plays than with film"

What about the differences between watching a concert video or being at a concert. The is more excitment and energy live, it is happening 'now', and there is no setbacks of use of media when seeing it live.

I think potentially theater could be one of the most amazing artforms, but I've never seen anyone do much good with it.

A Nairn (moretap), Monday, 7 April 2003 00:59 (sixteen years ago) link

Somebody needs to invent mass-distributable theater so we can talk about it!

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Monday, 7 April 2003 05:17 (sixteen years ago) link

i work at the Guthrie Theater here in Minneapolice (ush-urr-ing), but i don't see much theatre outside the place.
just the same play over and over for a month---which is fine when i like the play---and i'm learning a lot about this mysterious art...but:
Six Degrees of Separation was shrill and the jokes were all flat. it WAS kind of amusing to watch our stodgy patrons reel back in shock and horror when the naked hustler showed up, and see them fidgeting nervously during the long silent boy-boy kissing scene, but christ i'm glad its not 1991 or whenever this was considered 'edgy' and deep.

tonight was closing night thoughYAY.
and next up is -Chekhovs's Three Sisters-. i am very excited.

and Top Girls at the Guthrie Lab- no idea.

anyway the Guthrie is nice and usually lush and well-produced an stuff, and i get starry thinking about upcoming Shakespeare but it is warping my young mind by relentlessly beating on about the CLASSICS. etc. i really need to find myself a wealthy sugar-momma to take out to other theaters.

ok i got my tightpants on- i'm off to lurk 'mysteriously' outside high-priced Edina hairsalons.

gabriel (gabe), Monday, 7 April 2003 08:37 (sixteen years ago) link

We recently TRIED very hard to sit through the first part of "A La Recherche du temps perdu.' Sadly the heating was on FOOL BLAST, the seats were too 'ard to sit comfortably watching the show and... the show itself was a-trocious. Trying not falling asleep when the main character puts his head between curtains and his face is screened on those curtains while he is reading off an auto-cue. On top of that the book/play itself is loooooooooooooong.

nathalie (nathalie), Monday, 7 April 2003 12:22 (sixteen years ago) link

Aha, you've been there too. Marcel Proust on Tour.

Erik, Monday, 7 April 2003 12:30 (sixteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
'theater-hounds': Hand is such a card.

the pinefox, Thursday, 24 April 2003 23:18 (sixteen years ago) link

I haven't been to the theatre in ages, mainly because the companies and writers I've been following have done dick all lately.

good theatre is great. people who think theatre is obsolete know nothing.

DV (dirtyvicar), Friday, 25 April 2003 11:01 (sixteen years ago) link

however, theatre only really works in venues seating less than a few hundred people.

DV (dirtyvicar), Friday, 25 April 2003 11:02 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
I haven't been to the theatre in ages mainly because the sort of theatre i like no longer comes to Glasgow. Ten years or so ago Mainly because of the Tramway) it was possible to come to Glasgow to see The Wooster group perfmoring almost their entire ouvre (the only place in Europe you could see it) of which i have seen Brace Up!, LSD (just the highlights) and House/Lights. Their new one "Poor Theatre" is just about to kick of in New York - i'd love to see it and am extremely jealous of you new yorkers.

In addition Lepage/ Ex Machina were frequent visitors to Glasgow and i think i have seen most oof his plays here. Theatre de Complicite don't come here anymore either. I miss stuff like this.

jed_ (jed), Sunday, 24 October 2004 17:56 (fourteen years ago) link

what about DANCE?

RJG (RJG), Sunday, 24 October 2004 17:59 (fourteen years ago) link

I meant to go to the tramway, this weekend, but forgot.

RJG (RJG), Sunday, 24 October 2004 17:59 (fourteen years ago) link

are you dancing tonight?

jed_ (jed), Sunday, 24 October 2004 18:01 (fourteen years ago) link

I would like to but I have stupid things, to be up for.

RJG (RJG), Sunday, 24 October 2004 18:05 (fourteen years ago) link

Dan sums up my own feelings well upthread. Theatre is irrelvant and invariably dull. Upper class and upper middle class goons go to it to feel special and sophisticated. I've met these people and they are assholess so why should I want to be in their company anyway?

Mad.Mike, Sunday, 24 October 2004 18:37 (fourteen years ago) link

well you're just in a theatre so you're not really in their company. The theatre i love most is not likt that at all in any case.

jed_ (jed), Sunday, 24 October 2004 18:40 (fourteen years ago) link

The 'theater' is so far from being dead that it has become the dominant art form.

Of course, this is only true if you disregard the technical differences between onstage performance, film and television. As far as I am concerned the differences really are minor technicalities.

In all three media you have scripted dialogue telling a story with actors, costumes, scenery, lighting, incidental music, and so on.

The fact that a camera lens imposes a control over the audience's point-of-view that cannot be utilized in stage performances does not make much difference in my view. Stage direction tries to filter the audience's attention, too, except it uses lighting effects, blocking of actor's movements, and other technical means that are somewhat less effective than a camera. The goal is quite similar.

Theater people are just blinded by their nostalgic love of certain techniques that must be modified or discarded in a filmed setting as opposed to a stage setting. They identify these technicalities with 'theater', abhor the new technicalities of movies and tv, and overlook the overwhelming similarities between all the various forms of the modern theater.

Aimless (Aimless), Sunday, 24 October 2004 18:49 (fourteen years ago) link

i completely disagree, movies and theatre are MILES apart (pictures telling stories vs. actors telling stories), or at least they are when they're good

s1ocki (slutsky), Sunday, 24 October 2004 18:52 (fourteen years ago) link

tv and theatre, however, are definitely a bit closer.

s1ocki (slutsky), Sunday, 24 October 2004 18:52 (fourteen years ago) link

The fact that a camera lens imposes a control over the audience's point-of-view that cannot be utilized in stage performances does not make much difference in my view. Stage direction tries to filter the audience's attention, too, except it uses lighting effects, blocking of actor's movements, and other technical means that are somewhat less effective than a camera. The goal is quite similar.

you're making like montage is just another nifty gadget in the film director's toolbox; really it is ESSENTIAL to film, much more so than lighting and blocking is to theatre

s1ocki (slutsky), Sunday, 24 October 2004 18:54 (fourteen years ago) link

i don't theater and film need be, um, dichotomized so aggressively. they can fruitfully feed off each other. by its very nature film and theater pose different artistic challenges. many qualities grouped under the epithet "theatrical" don't really seem very essentially theatrical to me--just a legacy of the conventional wisdom that film only became film after it tossed off its debt to the theater (and "griffith invented cinema" etc.).

amateur!!!st (amateurist), Sunday, 24 October 2004 18:57 (fourteen years ago) link

well maybe i'm being reactionary. but i do think tv and theatre have a lot more in common than movies & theatre.

s1ocki (slutsky), Sunday, 24 October 2004 18:58 (fourteen years ago) link

bla bla proscenium arch bla bla.

s1ocki (slutsky), Sunday, 24 October 2004 18:58 (fourteen years ago) link

as an art form practiced in the real world, though, theater really has become marginalized.... any by film, i think, more than anything else. (film basically economically/otherwise supplanted entire theatrical traditions in a period of 10-20 years.) there's an argument that film is more appropriate for certain modes of drama--melodrama for instance. because its indexical quality makes it a better vehicle for spectacle and "illusion"--i think this is by and large true.

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the spatial quality of film and theater are to a large extent opposed.... the camera's "field of vision" is like an upside-down triangle, whereas a conventional stage is a bit the opposite (why it's rare for a theater director to stage a signification action in the back of the stage--harder to ensure that the audience's attention is directed to it). so they pose very different staging problems. i don't quite buy aimless's argument that this means they are different only in the method by which an audience's attention is directed. i think there is a place for ontological speculation....

amateur!!!st (amateurist), Sunday, 24 October 2004 19:03 (fourteen years ago) link

um, i mean, ROFFLE etc.

amateur!!!st (amateurist), Sunday, 24 October 2004 19:04 (fourteen years ago) link

i think with staging it's a completely completely different ballgame, unless we're talking rotating stages or something here

s1ocki (slutsky), Sunday, 24 October 2004 19:06 (fourteen years ago) link

anyway i think it's obvious that there are possibilities to filmic narration that simply aren't available in the theater--and this has implications for what films can do, how they can engage an audience. what isn't often brought up is what possibilities are inherent in theater and unavailable in film, aside from the "immediacy" thing--and i have to admit i haven't considered that and other possible advantages of theater too much, simply because theater has never had much place in my life. i have really enjoyed some plays, though, of course.

amateur!!!st (amateurist), Sunday, 24 October 2004 19:06 (fourteen years ago) link

Mark Rylance has a thing too

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 27 September 2016 06:03 (two years ago) link

a thing he'd had in new york in 2013

conrad, Tuesday, 27 September 2016 10:31 (two years ago) link

didnt see it nor do i remember

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 27 September 2016 11:10 (two years ago) link

anyone see this when it ran 3 years ago? i remember the reviews... West End transfer finally, and Phil Daniels!

https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/this-house

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 27 September 2016 17:28 (two years ago) link

I thought it was great. I considered recommending it but I guess I thought it might be a little...specific?

conrad, Tuesday, 27 September 2016 17:39 (two years ago) link

i know a leetle about Brit politics of that era, having seen many punk documentaries :)

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 27 September 2016 17:40 (two years ago) link

I've seen a couple of other plays by the same writer which were fine but not particularly good - this house I remember thinking was particularly good. brisk and funny with convincing (to me) specificity.

conrad, Tuesday, 27 September 2016 17:46 (two years ago) link

The Black Crook was super excellent
http://www.brooklynrail.org/2016/09/theater/debauching-many-a-pure-mind-the-return-of-the-black-crook

Taylor's 24 hour show had life changing qualities and i'm still unpacking

the notes the loon doesn't play (ulysses), Monday, 10 October 2016 13:36 (two years ago) link

red barn bad btw

conrad, Monday, 10 October 2016 13:39 (two years ago) link

probly wouldn't have made my cut, but thanks

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Monday, 10 October 2016 14:20 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

any small/indie London theatre recs? i have West End taken care of with This House... wil likely visit TKTS, see if The Children at Royal Court is available. but their web page doesn't seem to list non-WE stuff?

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 22 November 2016 16:12 (two years ago) link

oh here we go

http://www.offwestend.com/

i've read good things abt the Pleasence Theatre

http://www.offwestend.com/index.php/theatres/shows/58

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 22 November 2016 16:27 (two years ago) link

I can recommend Southwark Playhouse and the Almeida.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 10:46 (two years ago) link

I don't have any particular recommendations at the moment - seeing the children in a couple of weeks. most of these "non-west-end" theatres, like the royal court and almeida, have their own sites and booking, although ATG groups together some incl donmar warehouse and trafalgar studios. almeida consistently good to very good and sometimes fantastic - depends when you're here as I think the current prod (which I liked) ends soon. southwark playhouse I have seen good things at but also some quite not good things. the king lear of glenda jackson at the old vic was good in parts - one part that was not good (was bad), sadly, was edgar. played by a grandson of patrick troughton. I realised later I'd seen him before in a not-great play by the guy that wrote this house.

conrad, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 12:17 (two years ago) link

Garrick prod of This House opened last night; on Monday I got a post-show-discussion w/ the playwright (who is ten tons of cute btw), director and cast as well. A very well-oiled, funny, energetic thing, and lucid despite all the 40-yo politics.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/this-house-garrick-theatre-review-james-graham-conservative-lib-dem-coalition-a7449831.html

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 1 December 2016 17:44 (two years ago) link

the theatre designer i think i mentioned at some point at the lexington is rae smith, who was designer for the house (hadn't put two and two together here)

mark s, Friday, 2 December 2016 10:34 (two years ago) link

plus in other ppl-we-discussed-at-the-lexington news: i got an email out of the blue from former ilxor colin beckett the very next day!

mark s, Friday, 2 December 2016 11:23 (two years ago) link

i strongly disliked the Taylor mac distillation that i saw b4 it was completed

surm, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 18:38 (two years ago) link

why? I'm a big fan.

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Tuesday, 6 December 2016 19:14 (two years ago) link

you know, i think it would take me a long time to correctly articulate, but for now i would just leave it at i've never loved performance art! i was sort of dragged against my will....

surm, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 19:37 (two years ago) link

it requires buy-in, that's for sure. Not for everybody!

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Tuesday, 6 December 2016 19:44 (two years ago) link

^^truth

surm, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 20:07 (two years ago) link

the encounter pretty incredible if you like that kind of thing

conrad, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 20:40 (two years ago) link

i tend to!

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Tuesday, 6 December 2016 20:50 (two years ago) link

suwm you woulda loved my performance art.

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 6 December 2016 21:15 (two years ago) link

haha i'm sure :)

surm, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 22:47 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

NYT rave for the Sunday in the Park with George revival so I guess that's my spring Broadway outing; just got a balcony ticket for April. August Wilson's Jitney is at the half-price booths every night so I guess I'll jump on that in the next 2 weeks.

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Friday, 24 February 2017 15:16 (two years ago) link

My interest has been piqued by The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant at the New Ohio Theatre on Christopher St.

Josefa, Friday, 24 February 2017 15:26 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

so is Lynn Nottage all that?

http://www.playbill.com/article/lynn-nottages-sweat-wins-pulitzer-prize-for-drama

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 17:00 (two years ago) link

i saw sweat and it was fine. it was pretty predictable; not entirely sure why this rocks everyone's world... especially against Taylor Mac's 24 hours which definitely did.

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 17:46 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

I saw a few Peter Hall stagings on Broadway in the '80s. Amadeus still strikes me as a gimmicky thing, but it was engineered with maximum cunning, and Ian McKellen's ham was well situated in it. Vanessa Redgrave was really full of mystery and desperation in Orpheus Descending, though as some of the Hall obits have said her Italian/Dixie accent was alien in ways perhaps unintended.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29467703

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 14 September 2017 01:00 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

any Britfolk see this Long Day's Journey that's coming to Brooklyn? Jeremy Irons-Lesley Manville sounds pretty good to me. Casting of the brothers is crucial, though.

https://www.bam.org/theater/2018/long-day-journey-into-night

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 15 November 2017 22:47 (one year ago) link

also this... Lear and LDJiN make for quite a twin stampede of the soul if done well

https://www.bam.org/theater/2018/king-lear

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 15 November 2017 22:51 (one year ago) link

May as well dive into both, 7-8 dark hours.

Saw my first Ivo van Hove show this fall — A View from the Bridge at The Goodman. Had no idea going in if it would be high concept and shallow in character, but I was enthralled. Zero props in the whole show.

... (Eazy), Thursday, 16 November 2017 01:15 (one year ago) link

yeah, caek and I saw the NY run.

Never seen Lear onstage, LDJ twice in the '80s (Robards/Dewhurst/Campbell Scott; Lemmon/Spacey/Peter Gallagher).

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 16 November 2017 01:33 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

I don't know why a third of the stage of the National Theatre's production of Network starring Bryan Cranston was a fully functioning restaurant, but it was pretty amazing to watch the play from the stage while eating a five course meal. Amazing, and confusing, not quite being able to devote my full attention to either the play or the food. The play? That was fine. Staging was fantastic, Cranston was great. It wasn't the revelatory satire it may have been in the 70s; I was thinking it would have been trivial to update it to a contemporary setting, but then realised that would have entirely lost the plus ca change theme which for me was the dominant element.

lana del boy (ledge), Thursday, 11 January 2018 09:19 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

really loved The Band's Visit with Tony Shaloub. a musical based on the 2007 Israeli film about an Egyptian band that mistakenly gets stuck in the wrong town (with a name similar to the one they're supposed to perform in) for 24 hours.

lots to like in a simple story more to do with themes and feelings. one of the more entrancing scores in recent memory too (kind of had the effect that Light in the Piazza had on me)

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 03:27 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

so I'm closing a production of Sondheim's Assassins right now, where I played Samuel Byck. It's been a very flawed, amateur production, one in which we had an abbreviated rehearsal schedule (10 rehearsals) due to a previous show being scrapped and this one being substituted last minute.

Here are some highlights from this troubled production (which, nonetheless, has been fun):

*Leon Czolgosz didn't say his own name correctly for two performances. The Balladeer sings it as "Jewgoz". Leon speaks and looks like Bob Ross.

*The production is filled with anachronisms, such as modern KFC buckets and beer cans for scenes from the 70s and a Lincoln scene featuring a newspaper with a picture of a car in it.

*They were supposed to build me a fake steering wheel to use in the second Byck "drunk driving" scene, which is customary, but didn't. so I had to mime a fake steering wheel.

*Giuseppe Zangara forgot all of his Italian last night, and just repeated the same line (something something "traverso te") over and over again for 5 minutes

*On opening night, after Booth asks why all redneck assassins have three names, Oswald is supposed to say his own name, but screwed up and said "John. W....(screams) AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"

*Charlie Guiteau both stated on one night that he killed James Kennedy then introduced himself on another night as James Garfield.

*I drink actual Budweiser in the show, and forgot to tell the director we were out before this weekend, so I opted to pick it up myself, but accidentally bought bigger sized cans (16 ounces). wound up having 3 during the show as I was stressed out, and had a beer beforehand, so was semi-buzzed and fucked up the order of my last monologue.

*Balladeer, who admitted he was 'high as a kite' during last Friday's performance, was listening to music through headphones backstage, then made his entrance and did the entire scene with his headphones still on

*4 actors got in a loud, Noises Off style argument at the backstage curtain yesterday, heard by everybody in the audience.

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Monday, 26 November 2018 20:09 (nine months ago) link

good stuff

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Monday, 26 November 2018 21:50 (nine months ago) link

VERY Noises Off!

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 27 November 2018 04:14 (nine months ago) link

did the gunshots cause any audience 'accidents'?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 27 November 2018 04:16 (nine months ago) link

Nah cos both prop guns busted tech week, director just replaced it with a sound effect

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 27 November 2018 06:10 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

The Tightrope, a documentary about Peter Brook’s rehearsal process, is on Amazon Prime and really compelling (after the first minute of clowning in the opening credits).

... (Eazy), Sunday, 30 December 2018 15:46 (eight months ago) link

Thanks for that; just saw the prisoner and have always been a fan so this is a good end of year tonic.

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 30 December 2018 18:25 (eight months ago) link

five months pass...

this was fucking great, transgressive as hell and highly recommended:
https://www.playwrightshorizons.org/shows/plays/strange-loop/

Also particularly good of late: Ain't No Mo, Mrs. Murray's Menagerie, Hillary and Clinton

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 3 June 2019 17:23 (three months ago) link

Went to one of the National Theatre's NT Live screenings last night for the first time -- Ivo van Hove's All About Eve with Gillian Anderson and a few new PJ Harvey songs. Really well shot/edited live performance, and van Hove's approach still knocks me out at its best moments. Especially the use of video for backstage scenes and closeups felt like he was taking what Lepage/Sellars/Akalitis did the generation before him and improved on it. Maybe I would get burned out after a dozen more of his productions but for now it really works.

... (Eazy), Sunday, 9 June 2019 15:12 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

Not a Sam Mendes fan, but his production of The Lehman Trilogy — three actors covering the 160-year history of Lehman Bros. — is one of the best shows I’ve seen this decade. It’s another NT Live screening, and $15 for a 3.5-hour epic is a pretty great deal compared to its Broadway prices next spring.

... (Eazy), Thursday, 19 September 2019 23:02 (yesterday) link

i saw the NT Fleabag tonight; solid show!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 20 September 2019 05:58 (thirteen hours ago) link


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