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Title: Theater
Post by: Junkyard on November 07, 2007, 02:30:47 PM
"What DO you know?"
"Food! Eating! The Theater!"
-Oscar Martin as Tommy and Trace Beaulieu as Crow T. Robot as Trumpy, from Mystery Science Theater 3000 Episode #303: Pod People


I gotta admit: I love theater. There are few things as fun to me as watching real people preform real shows to a real audience.... really.
Anyway, what noteworthy experiences have we had here with ther theater? Good stuff, bad stuff, preferences?


I myself have had some of my best experiences with local theater. We have two good ones nearby; The Shorewood Players, and a Cedarburg centered group that I'm gonna have to look up the name for. Saw Fiddler on the Roof and Evita with the Shorewood Players, and Harvey and Dracula in Cedarburg. Their Evita was better, by a fair stretch, than the Madonna version. And Dracula was just plain cool.

When I went to London a couple of years back, I saw their Phantom of the Opera- actually pretty crappy, to be honest. At least, compared to the movie version, and if my sister's description is right, the New York version. But I also was suffering from jet lag and really bad seats at the time.

Also, do musicals count as Theater?
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: Tripe on November 07, 2007, 02:34:04 PM
Absolutely musicals count a theatre.

I really should go and see a play in the Detroit area but the playbills are always so lack-luster. That's one of the things I miss from Stratford.
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: RoninFox on November 07, 2007, 02:43:49 PM
I was a theater performance major in college, and was in two f'ed up versions of Shakespeare before transferring to being a COM major.  First was a "cyber-punk" (directors words not mine) version of Julius Ceasar.  We all wore black leather pants and had weird hair while we praised Ceasar to bad techno music.  The only worthwhile thing to come out of it was the fact that they let me play with a sword.  I had the best swordfight on stage too...that's not really a boast as much as an offshoot of the fact that my fight partner was the choreographer but...

The second one was an attempt at a Comedia del Arte style for Merchant of Venice.  Just kind of "meh" to be honest.  Most fun I've ever had on stage was playing Freddy in my high school production of Noises Off! 

Most fun I've ever had watching theater was when my brother was a set design major and I got to see his college's production of Little Shop of Horrors, knowing my brother made all the plants.
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: Bob on November 07, 2007, 02:44:38 PM
Aside from watching an ex-girl friend in some plays in the Kansas City area (she stunk!   :D), the only real play or theater I have seen is Rent in Chicago back in 1997.

I feel culturally deprived.
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: YoohooRiffer on November 07, 2007, 02:51:43 PM
I too quite enjoy the musical theatre.  A few weeks back I saw RENT for the second time.  Since I live in a suburb of Chicago I have seen several Broadway in Chicago shows like Wicked, The Lion King, RENT, Beauty and the Beast, Phantom of the Opera, Harispray, The Producers, Fiddler on the Roof, and Assassins.

I'm kind of a showtunes junkie, too.  :)
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: Junkyard on November 07, 2007, 03:00:35 PM
Oh, and regarding high school musicals-
STOP CHOOSING CUTE WESTERN COMEDY MUSICALS YOU NUTLESS FREAKS! JUST BECAUSE YOU DIED INSIDE AFTER 2 YEARS OF TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE TO BE COMPLETELY SPINELESS! WHY NOT "ROPE?" WHY NOT "DEATH OF A SALESMAN?" WHY NOT SOMETHING INTERESTING OR RELEVANT OR CONTROVERSIAL?!!
AAAHHGGG!!!

Well, that's how it is over in my town. Suppose it's not the same all over.
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: Tyrant on November 07, 2007, 03:04:38 PM
Pak and I saw Spamalot in Vegas a few months back. I'd have to say it was extremely entertaining and funny. The musical numbers weren't too shabby either. They had a "Vegas Exclusive" ending so, to this day, Pak and I still don't know how the "official" play ends. We've also caught a few plays over at the Popejoy Hall on the UNM campus (aka High Culture Central in Albuquerque). One of the coolest was a minimalist version of Richard III. They didn't mess with the original play at all, but the props and costumes were of a modern avant-garde motif. Somehow made everything even more intense for the audience.

  
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: Tripe on November 07, 2007, 03:05:09 PM
I too quite enjoy the musical theatre.  A few weeks back I saw RENT for the second time.  Since I live in a suburb of Chicago I have seen several Broadway in Chicago shows like Wicked, The Lion King, RENT, Beauty and the Beast, Phantom of the Opera, Harispray, The Producers, Fiddler on the Roof, and Assassins.

I'm kind of a showtunes junkie, too.  :)
me too (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,5900.msg166511.html#msg166511)

I love Wicked, not the best parts for male voices however.
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: daltysmilth on November 07, 2007, 03:11:02 PM
I was in a few high school and church youth group productions in my time.  One of my favorite things to do, and I realize this was totally unprofessional and immature of me, but it was fun nonetheless, was to see if I could cause one of my fellow performers to crack up during a performance.  Oh, I never did anything too blatant, it was mostly writing little jokes on pieces of paper, or whispering into their ears, or something like that. 
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: Junkyard on November 07, 2007, 05:14:04 PM
Another thing I like is audience participation theater. "Shear Madness" in DC was a lot of fun, as was "Totally Hollywood Abridged," with the Reduced Shakesphere company.
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: AmandaGal on November 07, 2007, 05:38:34 PM
I love the theater too.  Too bad Arkansas isn't really prime for theater.  Currently we have Cats playing at one of our two big local theaters.  Movin' Up is coming though and I have to admit, even though it sounds cheesy I'm kinda excited to see it.   We have had a few good things like Rent and I actually enjoyed Mamma Mia too.

I was in a few High School productions but I can't really sing.  I was in Little Shop but only as one of the street whores.  I really wanted to be Audrey [sigh].

I was mostly AV / Stagecraft. . .  the perfect thing for those who want to perform but lack the talent.  The thing I loved about stagecraft is my fellow geeks would sit around and talk about how superior they were for doing the lighting.  I love the irony of a bunch of geeks sitting in the rafters and thinking they're superior.
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: msmpls on November 07, 2007, 05:52:16 PM
All the kids who took drama at my high school were jerks, and I was too busy getting underclassmen in trouble to bother with theatre. That said, we have a thriving arts culture in the Twin Cities, and even though you couldn't catch me within 50 feet of a musical I'll attend a taping of Prairie Home Companion or In The Loop now and then...
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: mrbasehart on November 07, 2007, 06:28:23 PM
I love musicals: Return to Forbidden Planet is a great one, Miss Saigon was pretty entertaining, though on the whole, I don't really like Andrew Lloyd Webber.  I really want to see Spamalot (especially after hearing the soundtrack), and there's a great production of the 39 Steps which won a bunch of awards recently. 
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: Dim of the Yard on November 07, 2007, 06:42:15 PM
I've seen Mama Mia in Toronto in 8th grade (as a graduation present from my godmuddah), and I've seen Spamalot and Rent in NYC.  I REALLY wanted to see Evil Dead: The Musical, but I didn't have the necessary funds to make the trip and see the show.  But I do adore the music.

I'm a bit of a theater geek, so I've been in a couple of musicals.  I can't look back on my high school musicals all that fondly, however.  I adored Fiddler on the Roof, but I wasn't so much a fan of Sound of Music.  From then on, we got a new director who had no idea what she was doing and had a horrible style of directing, so I detested working on Sugar and Grease with her.  Now, I can't watch the movie Grease, nor can I watch Some Like It Hot.  Not cool.

And yet, somehow, I still adore theater.  Odd.
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: Junkyard on November 07, 2007, 06:43:02 PM
Wait, they do a 39 Steps show?! Awesome!
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: RoninFox on November 07, 2007, 07:00:16 PM
Another thing I like is audience participation theater. "Shear Madness" in DC was a lot of fun, as was "Totally Hollywood Abridged," with the Reduced Shakesphere company.

My brother took me to see The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, performed by some friends of his at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival.  Ever since I've wanted to be in a production of it.  I love the writing in that show.
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: Chaos on November 07, 2007, 08:24:42 PM
Shakespeare Abridged is awesome.

I have 2 contributions to this topic:

Enrico IV, about a man who pretends to go insane and convinces his friends that he believes he is a medieval-era duke, forcing them to "humour" him for fear of causing further psychological damage to him should he find out he isn't really royalty. Featuring some very amusing 4th wall violations.

Coming Attractions, about a man who pretends to be crazy and goes on a rampant killing spree in an attempt to become famous, on the advice of his agent. It's a musical, it's hilarious, and (for some reason) it is falsely attributed to Fanny Flagg (of Match Game and Fried Green Tomatoes fame).

Look them up. Find them. SEE THEM. You will not be disappointed, especially if you enjoy dark humour like I do. :)
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: Reductio_ad_absurdum on November 07, 2007, 08:46:20 PM
I would love it for one time in my life that I take up the role of Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance.  I probably wouldn't be very good, but still singing "I am the very model of a modern major general" has always sparked an interest ever sense I first heard it.  Plus it would be a spiffy uniform.
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: Tripe on November 08, 2007, 05:08:23 AM
I would love it for one time in my life that I take up the role of Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance.  I probably wouldn't be very good, but still singing "I am the very model of a modern major general" has always sparked an interest ever sense I first heard it.  Plus it would be a spiffy uniform.

Grab a mic and then post the result here (http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,5900.0.html).
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: mrbasehart on November 08, 2007, 05:29:01 AM
I may not have gone to see it live, but I did see the original production of Death of a Salesman on DVD.  Lee J Cobb originated the role, and is truly brilliant in it. 
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: daltysmilth on November 08, 2007, 12:04:37 PM
I love musicals: Return to Forbidden Planet is a great one, Miss Saigon was pretty entertaining, though on the whole, I don't really like Andrew Lloyd Webber.  I really want to see Spamalot (especially after hearing the soundtrack), and there's a great production of the 39 Steps which won a bunch of awards recently. 

Miss Saigon wasn't Andrew Lloyd Webber.  It was the guys who did Les Miserables. 
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: Tripe on November 08, 2007, 12:16:37 PM
Miss Saigon wasn't Andrew Lloyd Webber.  It was the guys who did Les Miserables. 

Cameron Mackintosh
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: daltysmilth on November 08, 2007, 12:21:36 PM
He was just the producer, though.  It was written by a couple of French dudes.  I think it even says that on the Playbill.  "Written By A Couple Of French Dudes"

Any chance someone with Photoshop skills could go ahead and come up with a graphical representation of that?  Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks!
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: Tripe on November 08, 2007, 12:38:18 PM
Ah Boublil and Schnberg

(http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb319/TripeHoundRedux/MS.jpg)
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: mrbasehart on November 08, 2007, 03:15:51 PM
I love musicals: Return to Forbidden Planet is a great one, Miss Saigon was pretty entertaining, though on the whole, I don't really like Andrew Lloyd Webber.  I really want to see Spamalot (especially after hearing the soundtrack), and there's a great production of the 39 Steps which won a bunch of awards recently. 

Miss Saigon wasn't Andrew Lloyd Webber.  It was the guys who did Les Miserables. 

Ah,  that's the reason why I liked it then.  :)
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 12, 2013, 06:25:32 PM
I think there was a more recent thread on plays, but I couldn't find it.  Anyway, I found it so I could post the news that there will be a muppet stage show.  I hope it is less of a play and more of what would happen at an actual muppet show!

from the AV club
Quote
With The Muppets... Again! currently filming, the Muppets are already looking ahead to their next project: a potential Broadway musical. On May 31, over 85 Muppets convened at the New Amsterdam Theater to put on a proof-of-concept show for Disney Theater Productions, performing existing material under the direction of Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Pee-Wee Herman Show). Initial audience reaction wasn't terrific, as two unnamed elderly critics declared it “wasn’t half-bad—it was all bad!” before chortling to themselves. Nevertheless, Disney is confident it can overcome a host of obstacles, including drummer-oriented anger management, hiring an experienced chicken wrangler, and potential injuries from karate chops, explosions, science experiments gone wrong, and errant boomerang fish. 
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: Tripe on June 12, 2013, 07:24:01 PM
Absolutely musicals count a theatre.

I really should go and see a play in the Detroit area but the playbills are always so lack-luster. That's one of the things I miss from Stratford.

Ooh how times change: Now I'm on the board of one of the companies in the area and I'm good friends with the creative director of one of the other companies and we might be starting another company just to do plays by Shakespeare's contemporaries (and because she's a blood thirsty lil moppet who wants to bring a touch of the  Grand-Guignol to the Motor City).

I really don't think I've been this happy in years. :)
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: Tripe on June 24, 2013, 09:15:29 AM
So, on Friday, I went to see the collection of playlettes at a place run by a friend of mine (http://thecaid.org/who-we-are/). They were all linked by the fact that they were interpretations of section of the movie Thelma and Lousie.

So we had the opening delivered in the style of a competitive areobics bout, sections acted with box and sghadow puppets as well as the pivotal, Brad shags then robs Geena section acted out with stuffed animals and Barbies, all good stuff until the final bit.

This was a confessional meditation inspired by the car going over the cliff. And it was utter pants, really the performer might as well have just masturbated on stage for ten minutes, which would have be far more entertaining.

Still an otherwise good night really. :)
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: Johnny Unusual on June 25, 2013, 05:44:58 AM
Was the monologue from the car's point of view?

"Why did I have to die, I wasn't part of your suicide pact."
Title: Re: Theater
Post by: Tripe on June 25, 2013, 05:50:02 AM
Now that would have been fantastic. Sadly, no.

I'm so going to suggest we do this again in a couple of years and I'll do that!