Its Title Day!
Here is the titles we are gonna vote on today: Fifty Shades of Gay Zamboni 2012 Hey Girl, I heard You like Comedy so I made this Revue One Hundred Years of Attitude One hundred Years of Bad Tattoos One hundred years of watching Youtube Eat, Pray, Give Up The Adventures of Foreclosed Homes Game of Thorns Wrigley’s Field of Dreams Its not me Its you It’s not us, it’s you Don’t Be a Menace to the...
Here is my theory on high concept scenes. To be successful the scene has three versions of itself. 1.The good enough version. This version has the basic concept down and is testing nothing more than the bare bone basics of that concept. 2. Adding the “high” part of the high concept idea. The thing that is seemingly making it hard to stage. 3.The razzle dazzle. The tasty sauce that...
Life happens again.
So as these things happen we have a cast member pulled away for the weekend for personal family stuff. The only reason (besides the obvious) its a bummer is because we are taking press pictures Friday. I have hired a photographer to do pictures before and during the set. I can’t put it off cause we need to go to press four weeks out with a picture and press release. So they won’t be in...
I know I say it a lot but the talent and dedication of this cast blows me away! They learned and staged three songs today in three hours (a feat I have not even witnessed my short stint with blue co). They will be performing them Friday. Just wow.
Here is our set from Saturday. A new ending for Dance Co came to me in a dream last night. Prolly won’t be able to stage it today as it is music day. But I think I finally figured out what is missing!
Tonight we are Chemically Imbalanced
So tonight we have at set CIC 1422 w Irving Park. 10:30. Come by and check it out
So they snuck in Cabin Boy…you tell me do you think it was worth it?
So because I tend to over commit myself I missed our set on Tuesday but they taped it for me. They snuck in an additional sketch with out asking and went over in time from the 12 min limit. I haven’t see the tape yet and am not sure it was worth it. I am surprisingly not mad, it’s not like they did it opening night. But I should probably address it so it doesn’t become “a...
So as I was trying to think how to open our show I looked at traditional openings and what they are for. 1. We want to see the whole cast. 2. We want to teach the audience what this show is about. Some of the Second City traditions are to open the show with three blackouts or a full cast song. For us I have decided we are going to try to take three similar theme scenes and break them each in half...
Here is our set from Pimprov this past week. Things are really working and I am starting to put together our running order for discussion today. We are in great shape!
Keep it Pimp'n
Tonight we open for Pimprov at CIC. How did we get so lucky to get such a valuable set in front of such a great house? Easy just found your own barprov night and fight for 12 years for it to get its own theater space and bar. At least that is how it worked for me. Tonight 10:30 1422 w Irving Park. It usually sells out so get tickets in advance 800-838-3006
Great set! Here is what I love about Blind Date, I really worried at the top of the scene. Then they built so much tension that the laughs at the back end were HUGE! Also I was nervous about neighborhood watch, Cesar, Monique and I talked about it and they both really wanted to do it. So of course we try it again. Both times it got huge laughs and reaction. So this is the case where I was...
Tonight we Sketchtest
So tonight we get back on the wagon. We are gonna test two new scenes and two blackouts. One scene we are gonna test with scripts in hand. I believe in this script as written and the actors haven’t had time to put it to memory. I need to know if it works in front of a crowd ASAP so we can move forward with it or not. We are running out of time already (can you believe it?) We only have a...
So here is the set from The Playground. Again we were 5 min over so I have to get better at approx the time of these scenes. Since we had to flip the RO last min it is looser than we planned. Here is what we learned from this set. Downton Abbey is working and is basically show ready. Attic, Spanx, and Future Me are cut. Attic cause it isn’t working, Future Me cause it is not as strong...
So Jess is not better, so we aren’t gonna push her to work tonight (cause it could mean her out of reho if so) and with just three cast members rather than force a square peg in a round hole we are gonna take the night off. It sucks, but it is also good. Rest is a good thing.
So tonight might be a tough one. We originally had a 20 min set that got scrapped. Joey has been out of town all week. Jess got sick yesterday and cause our long set got scrapped Ceaser asked if he could have the night off for a family event. So I am left with three actors and 15 min. That is if Jess is not up for tonight, she will make the call this afternoon. If she is in I have tons to test. If...
This is why it’s great to have a ton of material. Jess is sick, she is going to the doctor. So I have to flip the RO for tonight. And you know what…we still have 25 min of stuff. We have new stuff and re pitches. It feels good that she doesn’t have to push herself and the show is fine.
Mullaney: Performance Class at Upstairs Gallery... →
Cast Members class mullaney: This is an eight week class for intermediate and advanced improv students with some long form improv experience. You will learn how to create fun, interesting, two-person scenes; explore different ways to create second beats from those scenes; and try connecting different threads at the end of…
Pros vs Joes
So in the Director Program urban legend a student who would later become a TV actor and award winning director and performer around town had his cast quit on him two weeks before his final project would hit the stage. Now this is gossip and legend so I don’t know what actually happened but my guess is knowing this directors reputation for being a award winner and putting on killer shows...