Saturday, October 01, 2005

Big Butt Order 9/30

Here's a copy & paste of the order that Alyssa posted on the MSN board:

1. Jennifer Connely wrote me a postcard and I'm going to share it with you by Patrick Ashcraft

2. Three poems by Nicholas E. May

3. Popping the question by Katy Baggs

4. No Shame within a No Shame by Tralex and Stevo

5. The song about the clock by The Michael Tabors

6. Bird's eye by Eli Wilkinson

6.5 If Jaws could play the Congas by Stephen Hiro

7. Several terrible tree puns in succession by Mirri

8. The new curriculum by John Leigh

9. The revenge of Amber Dautremonde by Aprille Clarke

10. Ouch hey stop that please by Sadie Smith

11. The perfect end to the perfect day by Seth Owens and Alisa Rosenthal

12. Twenty-minute Macbeth, Act IV by William Shakespeare, Graphic Design by Adam Hahn

13. The seven Simons by Bernice Wells Carlson

14. Dinosaurs: A poem about dinosaurs by Sophie Taft

18 Comments:

Blogger Eli Wilkinson the First said...

Hey everyone here is my review to jump start things this week. Enjoy.


1. Jennifer Connely wrote me a postcard and I'm going to share it with you by Patrick Ashcraft

Interesting. I like the continuous Jennifer Connely skits. She is hot. and a decent actress. Anyways, as for this piece I liked the reading of the postcard but I don't think he should've had Jamal find out that Patrick actually knew her. If he were to have left it a mystery he could've strung it out with more continuing hilarity. But in the end it's Patricks call and he is always great. Minus the whole piece about me.


2. Three poems by Nicholas E. May

These poems were too short. I know there is no limit to poetry but I would've liked to hear some more. Short and sweet is fine, but it seemed that just when I got slightly interested It was over.

3. Popping the question by Katy Baggs

Butt poo is gross. Fingers in butts even more so. But this wasn't gross because couples should share all bodily fluids and kindof solids. The kiss topped it off. It was gross but cute. But Once again it was short, a little more would rock. I

4. No Shame within a No Shame by Tralex and Stevo

INGENIOUS! My favorite of the night. Danielle got a workout on those lights. I think this piece sums up what many feel about No Shame and how crazy and childish we can be. I wouldn't change a thing.

5. The song about the clock by The Michael Tabors

Cute song. Everyone should go to the mill on monday. I want to hear this unreleased song. I don't know any other band that can mix a clarinet and achoridan as well as these guys. A pleasure to listen to.

6. Bird's eye by Eli Wilkinson

Experiment. People were confused. Whatev. If you wanna find out more go to my website that I will post on my blog sometime this week.

6.5 If Jaws could play the Congas by Stephen Hiro

I'm affraid I wasn't really paying attention to this piece b/c I was still recovering from mine. Sorry!

7. Several terrible tree puns in succession by Mirri

My second favorite of the night. These tree puns were so bad that they were funny. The only thing I would add is a larch reference and maybe a little movement.

8. The new curriculum by John Leigh

Eh. Once more, the piece was fine but i still just get bored with these pieces plus my spanish is really really rusty. As in I haven't used any of it in 2 years. All I felt when this piece was on was when these Gomez pieces are going to end.

9. The revenge of Amber Dautremonde by Aprille Clarke

This on the other hand was excellent. The alien black hole vagina reminded me of my ex... good choice using Jesse as the other girl.

10. Ouch hey stop that please by Sadie Smith

He he he he. This reminded me of an old sixties cartoon my dad has on tape. Even the music was 'scooby doo-ish' adding to its hilarity. I wouldn't have liked it as much if there wasn't a father figure in the end that added the right flavor of storyline to it so that the piece wasn't just random and out there.

11. The perfect end to the perfect day by Seth Owens and Alisa Rosenthal

Great timing, Alisa and Seth are great (and maybe some of the best) at using silence and making it funny. It was slow...just kidding Alisa. lol. Fine piece.

12. Twenty-minute Macbeth, Act IV by William Shakespeare, Graphic Design by Adam Hahn

Am I almost done dying yet? lol. IV went well. The jump roping wasn't really working but the ending more than made up for it.

13. The seven Simons by Bernice Wells Carlson

I liked it better than last weeks although they are way too silly and still remind me of my middle school improv group.

14. Dinosaurs: A poem about dinosaurs by Sophie Taft

Secret confession: Until middle school I wanted to travel the world digging up Dinosaurs. Honest to god. I met some of the palentologists that you seen on TV in the black hills of South Dakota. So this piece reminded me of my childhood. I still couldn't hear parts of it. btw how old is Sophie? (Now dont get any gross ideas, I'm just curious.)

All in all it was a pretty good AND SHORT show. Everyone should bring friends though. We should get that crowd back up since it appears those new writers brought all their friends with and they wont come back, or everyone discovered alcohol. Or both. Whatever. Peace people.

10/02/2005 9:07 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

>13. The seven Simons by Bernice >Wells Carlson

>I liked it better than last weeks >although they are way too silly >and still remind me of my middle >school improv group.

TOO silly? Is that even possible?? You can never be too silly.

10/03/2005 12:30 PM  
Anonymous bobby said...

1. Jennifer Connely wrote me a postcard and I'm going to share it with you by Patrick Ashcraft

This made me laugh a lot. i was satisfied because at one point i turned to katy and said, "That's a lot to be written on one postcard." and then that issue was addressed in the piece and was proven wrong by the fact that.... IT WAS ALL WRITTEN ON THE POSTCARD. that was pretty awesome.


2. Three poems by Nicholas E. May

poetry is good.

3. Popping the question by Katy Baggs

Is it rude to comment on a piece you had something to do with? probably. so i will just shower the brains behind the piece with affection. Katy knows komedy klassicly. her and her butthole fingers.

4. No Shame within a No Shame by Tralex and Stevo

too much funny. sort of critisized no shame but in a not insulting way. in a kind of appreciative way.

5. The song about the clock by The Michael Tabors

MICHAEL TABORS NEED TO BE FAMOUS RIGHT NOW! I DONT CARE IF THATS NOT THE POINT!

6. Bird's eye by Eli Wilkinson

I was shocked that Eli did something different, good work uncle E!

6.5 If Jaws could play the Congas by Stephen Hiro

i wished i could hear the words better, but i like these Stephen Hiro pieces. music is usually good.

7. Several terrible tree puns in succession by Mirri

Very funny, more focused than the other puns piece, which i liked.

8. The new curriculum by John Leigh

Oh, Gomez. How i long for thee. I like that they are incoporating babies, i like these pieces. i want her to find gomez and be with him in a scene. maybe.

9. The revenge of Amber Dautremonde by Aprille Clarke

Oh, aprille, you make me laugh heartily with your cleverness and wit. Also inter-gender actor/characters is cool.

10. Ouch hey stop that please by Sadie Smith

i like sadies style more than i like butter on toast and smiles on dogs!

11. The perfect end to the perfect day by Seth Owens and Alisa Rosenthal

Mucho humoroso, i like a lot

12. Twenty-minute Macbeth, Act IV by William Shakespeare, Graphic Design by Adam Hahn

I didn't get to see this as much cuz i was behind the scenes, but this is probably the best idea ever.

13. The seven Simons by Bernice Wells Carlson

this makes me grin with delight. i liked when the final person came and did stuff.

14. Dinosaurs: A poem about dinosaurs by Sophie Taft

adorable!

i didn't really give anyone that much "criticism" that they can "use" so, sorry about this, i guess i just like telling people that i like them.

SIGNED!
bobby

10/03/2005 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Alisa said...

Selected comments:

4. No Shame within a No Shame by Tralex and Stevo.

I really liked the idea of this, especially when we caught on that they were doing the whole show they just laid out, but I couldn't keep everything straight, so a lot of the references were lost on me. I thought the use of lights was brilliant.

7. Several terrible tree puns in succession by Mirri.

Mirri's puns are pretty enjoyable. Overall, I loved this piece, especially in performance her disdain for the puns she was making directly after she made them. The only thing I was hoping for was that the puns would eventually be so plentiful that the piece would climax in full sentences of complete tree words that almost make sense because of how she's delivering it and what they sound like.

9. The revenge of Amber Dautremonde by Aprille Clarke.

Very enjoyable. I think I would have preferred the piece to end before the other characters come on stage since it slowed down the rest of the piece, but the realization that Amber was in fact just a girl with a hump on her back was pretty fantastic.

10. Ouch hey stop that please by Sadie Smith.

This was adorable, a word I often find myself using to describe Sadie. The use of Of Montreal was just about perfect, and the whole premise is making me smile now. It went on a bit long; it was a little repetitive toward the end and I felt like I got it already, but still, lovely little idea.


Overall, a pretty good show. It was a very quick evening, but I think the lack of audience sucked a bit of the energy. Or maybe I was just in a bad mood. Having access to the lights made a huge difference.

10/03/2005 7:43 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson the First said...

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10/03/2005 9:09 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson the First said...

Yes you can be too silly. Just look at Monty Python's Meaning of life. It like the BWC piece are really funny but not nearly as good as a structured piece.

Btw. Any thought about changing the name to "Tall Skinny Butt Theatre"?

And Bobby, be a good nephew now. (hugs)

10/03/2005 11:54 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

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10/04/2005 8:23 AM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

>Yes you can be too silly. Just look at Monty Python's Meaning of life. It like the BWC piece are really funny but not nearly as good as a structured piece.

It sounds to me that your critisism here of Meaning Of Life is not "too silly" but it is "not structured." Would you like MOL if it was just as silly but more structured? Would you like Bernice Wells Carlson if she was just as silly but more structured? If so, then your critisim should be "it's not structured enough" rather than "it's too silly."

10/04/2005 8:29 AM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson the First said...

Okay Michael, you win. I submit myself before you. Like Cornwallis at Yorktown I offer you my sword. That would be a better argument for me to make. I will diminish into the country side in respect and fear of the BWC pieces. But hey dude how about a review from you? I'm sure you can help a sad lesser mortal like me with some constructive criticism. Peace.

10/04/2005 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Jamal said...

'If so, then your critisim should be "it's not structured enough" rather than "it's too silly."'

'Okay Michael, you win. That would be a better argument for me to make.'

No no, you two. That makes no sense. Last Friday's piece? Very very structured. Structured to the point that its immense predictability became an inherent part of the joke. It was a very structured, very silly piece. I am willing to accept the initial claim that one could find BWC "too silly" (theoretically, you understand), but not too un-structured. All her pieces' narratives are very focused in a simple, straight-forward manner. Probably because... they're written for kids (but YOU love 'em too!!!).
-Jamal "I can't remember my password" River

10/04/2005 5:52 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

Oh, I agree, with you Jamal. BWC pieces rely HEAVILY on their structure...I'm just poking holes in every little thing that Eli says...like a jerk.

10/04/2005 6:32 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson the First said...

Ha ha! It's true... I'm an idiot. Ha ha. Oh I looked up BWC. When did her "make it yourself" book come out? Wasn't it like 1950? I honestly can't remember and I'm too lazy to look it up. If so, the stuff based on her books can be called "Vintage".

10/04/2005 11:22 PM  
Anonymous J-mall said...

'Ha ha! It's true... I'm an idiot. Ha ha. Oh I looked up BWC. When did her "make it yourself" book come out? Wasn't it like 1950? I honestly can't remember and I'm too lazy to look it up. If so, the stuff based on her books can be called "Vintage".'

I'm confused ...I musta missed something.

-Jamal "It turns out I never had a password" River

10/05/2005 12:30 PM  
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10/07/2005 8:52 AM  
Blogger ibm5_25 said...

I finally found the No Shame Theatre blog, yay!

Eli - Thanks for the review of my poetry, I've been considering reading more and any input is always appreciated. If you truely would like to hear some more, they're available on my website at http://nicholasemay.net/poems. I also blogged about reading the poems.

Also, I think no one ever changed the default time zone on the blog from Pacific. I suppose this blog is supposed to be nationwide, but No Shame did start in Central time, after all.

10/07/2005 1:11 PM  
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