re: Colorado Supreme Court upholds ban of smoking onstage Dec 19
2009, 11:34:05 AM
This is BS. I've always loved when REAL cigarettes (or clove, or herbal, whatever- but lit) are used in theatrical performances. Not for the visual, but for the smell. The actual smell. The feeling of an audience (I'm talking tiny theatres with small crowds in intimate spaces) perking up when the smoke starts to hit the audience is palpable. It reminds everyone that you are NOT at home, you are in a room with other people. And sometimes other people do things that you don't like, or aren't comfo
re: The Public Theater's Brothers Size/ Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet Nov 19
2009, 08:50:10 PM
I saw The Brothers Size when it was staged by O'hara with (I think) the same cast at City Theatre in Pittsburgh and LOVED it. I thought it was beautiful. Does anyone know if/how its been changed? It was staged alone and didn't feel like a one-act to me...
Is this being done around the country or is this pretty remarkable?
re: 15 Golden Rules of Theatre Etiquette Jul 27
2009, 07:45:45 AM
Mamasdoin, That article was very interesting. I had a similar experience watching August: Osage County. There are many funny moments but it bothered me very much to have people howling at the end of Act 2. It was tragic, not hysterical. It was kind of disturbing, but laughings a release of energy, so maybe at some point in a play like that it becomes to much and you have to release it some how.
re: 15 Golden Rules of Theatre Etiquette Jul 26
2009, 08:55:07 PM
I agree with all of it. There's absolutely no reason to give entrance applause, imho. All it does is further remove people from a show (actor included, I don't know how I'd respond to entrance applause, and I hope I never have to deal with it). And I'm extremely stingy about standing ovations, I wish they were worth what they once were.
The coughing's a hard one, but I have noticed that it is a mark of how involved people are in a show. There's no coughing when an audience is wholly
My Mom is paying for my greyhound or train ticket the next time I go up.
That's about all the gifts I'm getting this year...
re: Plays that have impacted your lives Dec 25
2008, 12:16:26 PM
Blasted by Sarah Kane seriously impacted my thoughts about theatre and what its purpose is and how that best can be achieved. I've never looked at a play the same way after having seen that.
Mamet's Oleanna was in the front of my mind for about a week after I read it. That play seriously challenged me.
August: Osage County The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Death of a Salesman Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brothers Size How I Learned to Drive- Paula Vogel
Blasted was absolutely incredible. I'm not saying it was the kind of show that everyone has to love, but anyone who would put that on a Worst Of list is a complete and total moron. And that's no hyperbole.
re: BLASTED, SHREK, or BILLY ELLIOT? Nov 1
2008, 09:27:29 PM
Blasted is sold-out for the entire run, so there's general rush every night. It's 20 if you're a student, 30 if you're not. I'd suggest getting in line early, and go in a group smaller than three, because I doubt they'd ever have more than two or three seats available.
It was the most fantastic and intensely powerful production I've ever seen. I'd recommend it in a heartbeat.
re: Seagull Student Rush Oct 27
2008, 07:39:47 AM
Last Sunday I rushed around 1:30 for a 2:00. I was on the very far left, had a little trouble seeing, but it wasn't bad.