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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen years ago) link

erik digibeet post here!!

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


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

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

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

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

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

Er, that would be "London."

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

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

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

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

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

what about DANCE?

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

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

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

are you dancing tonight?

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

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

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

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

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

bla bla proscenium arch bla bla.

s1ocki (slutsky), Sunday, 24 October 2004 18:58 (sixteen 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.


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 (sixteen years ago) link

um, i mean, ROFFLE etc.

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

the encounter pretty incredible if you like that kind of thing

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

suwm you woulda loved my performance art.

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

haha i'm sure :)

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

one month passes...

so is Lynn Nottage all that?


Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 17:00 (three 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 (three 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.


ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 14 September 2017 01:00 (three 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.


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

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


ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 15 November 2017 22:51 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (two years ago) link

good stuff

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

five months pass...

this was fucking great, transgressive as hell and highly recommended:

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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

i saw the NT Fleabag tonight; solid show!

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

The OST for the outrageously good and crazy wordy"A Strange Loop" came out today - described by the Liz Phair loving playwright/composer as a musical about a black, fat, queer, effeminate theater nerd searching for meaning by writing a musical about a black, fat, queer, effeminate theater nerd who writes a musical about a black, fat, queer, effeminate theater nerd searching for meaning - and it's great.

Author is Michael (r) Jackson, so he names the lead of his roman a clef "Usher" and he's an usher at a Disney show. Highly recommended!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 27 September 2019 16:26 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you make theatre relevant again:


pomenitul, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 11:39 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

I am not into streaming theater really but I think this should work basically okay with a good set of headphones and was fucking great on broadway

St. Ann’s Warehouse presents
The Encounter
Conceived, Directed, and Performed by Simon McBurney
Sound Design by Gareth Fry with Peter Malkin
A live discussion and public Q&A will take place on WED, MAY 20, 2:30 PM EST (7:30 PM BST) with Simon McBurney and guests. Register here to join the discussion.
Please wear headphones to experience the full effect of 3D Sound Design.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 18:34 (nine months ago) link

oh great, thanks.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 19:00 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...
one month passes...

so....yeah, no secret I'm an amateur theater person. my troupe had done a theme two years in a row - pop culture movies done Shakespearean style. we started with Shakesp3are's Ghostbusters, which was mostly a modern-timed Ghostbusters with faux-Shakespearean language, developed by a troupe in Toronto and adapted for stage by us (I was Louis Tully). last year, we did a more ambitious piece, Shakespeare's Terminator the 2nd, which we set in Elizabethan times (so, swords and shit). I was the psychologist and other rando parts, and it was a blast.

this year, we were supposed to do Shakespeare's R3servoir D0gs (an existing script), and I was supposed to be the balladeer who sang all of the music in the show on uke, and obviously that was cancelled. however, that wasn't the original project - we were going to do a more dramatic piece, Shakespeare's S1lence of the Lambs, which a cast member treated. Director didn't care for the script, and we abandoned it.

well, after the world ended, he and the other author kept treating it, so we're going to do a filmed production of it. they cast me as....Buffalo Bill.

I'm more of a comic actor, though I can do dramatic, but, this is prettty left field for me (I did SAm Byck in Assassins, but that's pretty comic). so I do the "I'd fuck me" scene, which is now more of a monologue. I had to have a Delerium Tremens before I did that on Zoom and achieved the creepiness but unfortunately the comic side slipped out where I did the "I'd fuck me" line.

I am so out of practice after just 5 months, need some time with this!

popeye's arse (Neanderthal), Sunday, 16 August 2020 23:38 (six months ago) link

(sorry, we were doing a Zoom readthrough, which I didn't specify)

popeye's arse (Neanderthal), Sunday, 16 August 2020 23:39 (six months ago) link

lol, u go assassin

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 16 August 2020 23:47 (six months ago) link

glad to have some form of project, but i think i'ma need unlimited takes

popeye's arse (Neanderthal), Sunday, 16 August 2020 23:48 (six months ago) link

two months pass...

Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Pulitzer finalist this year) has two more performances Saturday 10/24.

Best example I've seen all year of how to do theater on Zoom in a way that doesn't feel like an approximation of a performance but is intimate, intense, and completely delivers the play. Takes play one night in Wyoming, with four hardline graduates of a conservative Catholic college reuniting, one of them an Ann Coulter-like Bannon acolyte. Really worth seeing.

... (Eazy), Saturday, 24 October 2020 03:16 (four months ago) link

I care about and badly miss the theatre.

all cats are beautiful (silby), Friday, 6 November 2020 15:58 (three months ago) link


Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 6 November 2020 16:05 (three months ago) link

i'm mega glad I crammed as many theatre projects as I did between 2018 and 2019 as this has been the emptiest theater year of my life since I was 16

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Saturday, 7 November 2020 00:07 (three months ago) link

I care about and badly miss the theatre.

― all cats are beautiful (silby),

exact same. the last thing i saw was a new staging of Nixon In China so i went out on a high.

Gerneten-flüken cake (jed_), Saturday, 7 November 2020 00:40 (three months ago) link

jealous. i'd love to be able to see good theater from time to time. hi jed :)

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Saturday, 7 November 2020 00:44 (three months ago) link

hi map! :)

Gerneten-flüken cake (jed_), Saturday, 7 November 2020 00:57 (three months ago) link

over the summer (cases were lower here then) i bubbled w some people for a "shakespeare in the parking lot" prod of othello (lav mics, radio transmitter, applause by honking). ironically i'm pretty sure it was our best turnout ever. people are desperate. hope you can get involved in something again soon neanderthal even if it's zoom.

difficult listening hour, Saturday, 7 November 2020 02:48 (three months ago) link

saw a great 3 piece ensemble doing a performance covering about 60 years and a stack of characters in a thing called THis iS What She Told Me from the Crucible theatre in Sheffield.
Very powerful even if not entirely polished. Assume the closed caption was truer to the script and some of them tripped over a couple of lkines. But overall, like wow.
was hoping there was going to be a video to share but it seems to have been withdrawn.

Also did a play reading for Utopia tHeatre who put on the play I just mentioned. I read narration and some stage directons. Play was Wole Soyinka's Death & tHe King's Horseman which I really love now. Hadn't come across it before.
THis wasa spinoff of a Zoom course on African classic plays which was really interesting and is hopefully going to get a part 2.
Seems that African plays get little coverage in drama courses which is a shame since there are some really good ones and I would think getting to play roles from world theatre can only broaden one's craft.

Stevolende, Saturday, 7 November 2020 11:02 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

i did this earlier in November and thought it was well worth the time and effort. Tickets are free but you gotta RSVP now... spaces are filling up!

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 12 December 2020 04:19 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

loved this play in college, wonder how it holds up?

Marisa Tomei, Oscar Isaac and Patrick Breen star in this thrilling reading of BEIRUT, the play that launched MCC in 1987.

How do we sustain the human spirit, hope and love in the face of a plague? We’ve been here before, in history and on the MCC stage. In 1987, Alan Bowne’s Beirut launched MCC Theater’s one-act festival. A play to remember, and one that is as relevant today as ever. Set in a dingy Lower East Side apartment in the 1980s, Beirut follows the story of Torch (played by Oscar Isaac), a young man who is in quarantine after testing positive to a nameless disease. His girlfriend (Marisa Tomei, reprising her award-winning role from 1987), refuses to leave him isolating alone. It’s raunchy, it’s real, it’s poetic; and it reminds us of the power of stories, and their role in fostering hope, solidarity and documentation of extraordinary times.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 28 January 2021 17:10 (one month ago) link

have i mentioned that dynasty handbag is god? dynasty handbag is god.

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 6 February 2021 04:12 (three weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

i have recently discovered the proshotmusicals reddit with lots of links to streamed theatre (and uploads of recorded versions) and it is a very good source, i would otherwise have missed a live production of toneelgroep doing three shakespeare tragedies in one day. i've otherwise found it hard to keep up with what's streaming from all the various international theatres (there's a big emphasis on international 'auteur' directors like van hove and ostermeier) anyway heads up for those

plax (ico), Monday, 22 February 2021 12:04 (one week ago) link

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