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09:09 am: Last Night
The show went well. I actually thought I was in better voice most of the time than I have been all run. I did crack on a couple of high notes, but those were during choral moments, and hopefully nobody noticed. It was good to see popebuck1 and angryclown, among others.

Here was the downside of the evening: there were two young women sitting in the front row who were blasted beyond all sense and provided a loud-drunk running commentary throughout the entire show, as if they thought they were watching Rocky Horror. It was very distracting, although it was the rest of the audience that I felt worst for. For some reason, management declined to throw them out, even during intermission, a decision that mystified a majority of the cast--the SM's feeling seemed to be that it was no big deal, as if the rest of the audience's politeness implied that they just didn't mind all that much.

After the show, the two women traipsed onto the stage. Then after the SM politely chased them out, they stole one of the Bat Boy Meets the Mayor pictures from the lobby display.

Sheesh.

I've been in kind of a funk for the past 24 hours. These two chicks didn't really help it very much.

Current Mood: crankyfunky
Current Music: Ben Folds—Songs for Silverman

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From:popebuck1
Date:April 29th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
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Don't worry - despite the presence of the Idiot Twins, I think the audience thoroughly enjoyed the show. I know I did.

My one major problem was that the orchestra was playing too loud, and I couldn't hear all the words to the songs. It was okay for the most part during the solo numbers or duets (since the four leads all really knew how to belt, and the band backed off for the quieter numbers), but in the big ensemble numbers, I think the band felt the need to blast its volume, and as a result the chorus got drowned out.

Also - Mr. Marion just CANNOT resist the urge to mug at every opportunity. There were several times I just wanted to slap him. (He works at the Commission, and I can tell you, I'm not the only one who wants to slap him on a regular basis. Not by a long shot.)
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From:dampha
Date:April 29th, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC)
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Glad that you liked the show! The band volume thing is a saga in and of itself that I'll tell you about another time--suffice to say that many band-volume options and variations were weighed, and the trouble that you experienced in hearing the chorus was one of the risks the production wound up taking. I will try to sing EXTRA LOUD FOR MY LAST TWO REMAINING SHOWS!!!! ;)
From:radio_redhead
Date:April 29th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)
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We had two nights of constant chatterers during Cementville. Imagine how bad that was in the little tiny close-quartered Evjue! One night in particular there was an incredibly annoying woman, probably on drugs or major quantities of alcohol, who sat in the front row and loudly repeated everything the actresses said, and it was horribly distracting. Unfortunately our director was sitting right next to her and thought it was funny and "kept us on our toes." Er, no, it was RUDE and only served to piss us all off. The girl was apparently one of our actors' best friend's girlfriend, and he was mortified that she would behave that way.

So yes, unless audience participation is part of the show, I firmly believe that audience members should not try to put themselves into the show without being asked. I'm sorry that happened to you!
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From:dampha
Date:April 29th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
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A lot of concert venues have policies in place specifically to eject disruptive patrons. I encounter this sort of thing rarely, but when I do encounter it, it really does interfere with my ability to do my job (or, as an audience member, to experience the production). Do you think the Bartell needs such a policy? Does it have such a policy? Do any of the resident companies?
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From:fountainal
Date:April 29th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
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I think they just need to have all of the seats wired, so they can send an electric shock up the ass of any patron who gets out of hand.
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From:dampha
Date:April 29th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
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That might encourage some of them.
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From:fountainal
Date:April 29th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
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Good Point
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From:riney
Date:April 29th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
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Gosh. I had to kick people out of ComedySportz for being disruptive! And they asked for audience participation! I can't believe a theater wouldn't do the same (remove them if they were disrupting the show).
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From:dampha
Date:May 2nd, 2005 01:41 pm (UTC)
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Well, yeah, I'm still mystified about it, too.
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From:fountainal
Date:April 29th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
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Yes, but I bet the two chicks coming to visit you tonight from out of town will help.
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From:dampha
Date:April 29th, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC)
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Provided that they don't show up on Saturday night's show with a flask, I am certain that is correct!
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From:bellanotsoblu
Date:April 29th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC)
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are flasks allowed??
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From:dampha
Date:April 29th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC)
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No, that's Broom Street.
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From:rob_matsushita
Date:April 29th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
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Flasks are not allowed at Broom Street.

They're MANDATORY.
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From:fountainal
Date:April 29th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
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And in some cases, NECESSARY.
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From:dampha
Date:April 29th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Next show I produce, I'll hire bouncers! Wanna volunteer? ;)
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From:lady_mishegas
Date:April 29th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC)
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At least they weren't eating herring.
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From:dampha
Date:April 29th, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC)
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And at least they were engaged in the show. Believe it or not, I'm a bit ambivalent about condemning them for their behavior.

Augusto Boal writes against many of the conventions of theater, and especially the convention that the audience is expected to sit passively and politely and just absorb whatever it is that the production has to offer. And when I read him, I'm all "right on!" and I really do think that there are theater events in which coarse audience participation, reaction, and even resistance are valid. This is just not that event...
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From:psycho_kate
Date:April 29th, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC)
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George and I are coming tonight!! This is his SECOND time. He loved it! I promise to be sober and quiet.
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From:dampha
Date:April 29th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC)
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I only bind you to that promise until before the curtain call.
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From:rob_matsushita
Date:April 29th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
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I seem to remember having a series of hecklers for Irish Lesbian Vampire 2.

Well, I guess better it be that one than Orange Murder Suit.

Although the show, admitted deserved this one, I STILL get pissed when I think about the following heckle:

Actor in character: "Is it over?"

Audience member: God, I HOPE SO!


THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE FROM AUDIENCE.

Ow. THAT hurt.
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From:angryclown
Date:April 30th, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
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I haft to say that although I enjoyed the show for the most part you and Kelly where the strongest chorus members. I enjoyed the Leads and I thought that "Batboy's" Physical work was great.But Because I knew the show before seeing it the ending did upset me...But what can you do. I did have one question...who's idea was it to have the old guy dress up like Puck during the taxidormy song, I found that to be going a bit too far. Needless to say but, You rock and we will chat soon.
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From:dampha
Date:May 2nd, 2005 01:41 pm (UTC)
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That wasn't Puck; that was Pan, as in the fellow (not sure if he's actually a god) from the Greek pantheon. Personally, I kinda liked that costume, and I assume that it's a standard choice in most productions. The taxidermy, actually, was the weird variation on that scene.

I'm very glad that you enjoyed the show! (And I'm also glad to be moving on to the next thing...)
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From:angryclown
Date:May 2nd, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
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I see your point.. But He had little horns? That's what kinda threw me off. But like I said eariler you and Kelly K. were the best members of the chorus. I don't know...Pos. cause it was a Thursday night. But overall I didn't feel that the energy was low....just maybe a little off?
But once again. Great Show!
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From:dampha
Date:May 2nd, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
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It would appear so. Only not so little...



Kelly was a lot of fun to work with--I'd recommend any chorus with her in it!
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From:angryclown
Date:May 2nd, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC)
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She is just one of those energies that you find around the theather that is there to just do good work. I've been lucky to have been around mostly that type of people. And I didn't ever see a vanity side to the work that she was doing....Always positive energy! As with you! Sir.
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From:dampha
Date:May 2nd, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
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And you, sir.
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From:angryclown
Date:May 2nd, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC)
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we do have fun in show together don't we? It has always been a blast working with you.
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Date:May 4th, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC)
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You're POSTING again!!

Delighted to see it. Must to catch up!

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