Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Hobbled-together Order, 12/2

Thanks to everyone who contributed to piecing this together (Tim especially).

1. shelton's pants mansion piece
(Shelton inherits one peanut butter twix, but must spend the night in a haunted pants mansion)

2. patrick singing a song, Sadie thought for her but it was actually for Shelton who Patrick kissed

3. Eric's monolouge about a girl, possibly a theme of continual rejection

4. Timm Sitzmann "Nothing Special (A couple fights with interjecting quips from a third figure)

5. Dori - talking about her job as a dominatrix

6. Adam Hahn - "Three Beer Commercials You Will Never See on American Television" (threesome, suicide, vomit)

7. John Leigh - "Clone Love"?

8. Aprille's piece where she ate an omelette from her own egg

9. "Gustav & George" a scene from 2034 by Greg Machlin

10. Sean Shatto got our help doing a crossword.

11. Evan Schenck did his piece about overthrowing the No Shame board. Stage 5: Dragons!

12. Dirty 60 - "David Ogden Stires"

13. Cool Jesse - "Jesse Blaine is not here!"

10 Comments:

Blogger Shelton said...

1. shelton's pants mansion piece - The twix was supposed to be a swiss cake roll - because swiss cake rolls are hilarious. This damn city doesn't carry them! Also, could people actually see my genitals in this piece? please be honest!

2. patrick singing a song - I liked this piece - until patrick stuck his tongue in my mouth. Before the show he asked me if he could kiss me, and he promised no tongue. But he broke his word, he did!

3. Eric's monolouge about a girl, possibly a theme of continual rejection - this was a good piece. for more info on it, please see the comments for the BONS order.

4. Timm Sitzmann "Nothing Special" - I actually don't remember this piece.

5. Dori - talking about her job as a dominatrix - a very...interesting piece. It made me feel a very wide range of emotions, ranging from a little fear to joy.

6. Adam Hahn - "Three Beer Commercials You Will Never See on American Television" I would love to see the suicide commercial as an actual commercial. That was hilarious, and useful. Nothing helps you deal with suicidal tendencies quite like a depressant.

7. John Leigh - "Clone Love" - THANK THE LORD!!! The end has come! Quite anti-climactic, though. How did the scientist turn into Aprille? And why was Gomez Mecial?

8. Aprille's piece where she ate an omelette from her own egg - I REALLY hope that the egg was a real Aprille Egg.

9. "Gustav & George" a scene from 2034 by Greg Machlin - I totally saw that coming.

10. Sean Shatto got our help doing a crossword - The skit part was really funny. Not so much the crossword.

11. Evan Schenck did his piece about overthrowing the No Shame board. Stage 5: Dragons! - This is a chilling vision of the future.

12. Dirty 60 - "David Ogden Stires" - Dirty 60 is the hottest new band to hit NS since The Strokes.

13. Cool Jesse - "Jesse Blaine is not here!" - Brilliant! It was totally avant-garde. I don't know what that means, but that's what it was.

12/07/2005 1:40 PM  
Blogger Evan Schenck said...

1. shelton's pants mansion piece

This was a rather funny piece. I didn't really see any Shelton genitals, but if I had actually been looking for them I'm pretty sure I could have got a gander. His underpants were in considerable distress. I thought Michael did a good job with the punchline.

2. patrick singing a song, Sadie thought for her but it was actually for Shelton who Patrick kissed

This piece was kind of meh, because it was really just a setup for the punchline of Patrick going for Shelton instead of Sadie, and I saw it coming from the very beginning of the piece. The two things I most appreciated about this piece was the fact that Patrick took time out in the lounge to de-tune all of his guitar strings so he would sound appropriately disastrous on stage, and the slipping of the tongue on Shelton. That last bit was horrible for Shelton, no doubt, but awesome for everybody else.

3. Eric's monolouge about a girl, possibly a theme of continual rejection

This piece was good. I thought it worked on two levels, first as the literal speaking to a girl, and also as a statement to the No-Shame audience. That crazy guy (probably a townie of some kind) with the huge beard in the audience kept laughing at the performance, which was not really funny nor supposed to be.

4. Timm Sitzmann "Nothing Special

It's a little hard to remember the particulars of this piece, but Timm Sitzmann hopping around the stage to mock the people's relationship was good. The freeze-frame effect was well-executed by the actors.

5. Dori - talking about her job as a dominatrix

This was an interesting piece, but I do have to say that I hope its the last piece from Dori about dominatrixing for a while. I think that she could have things to say about other things, and while a serial piece is good from time to time, I don't want it to be her whole thing.

6. Adam Hahn - "Three Beer Commercials You Will Never See on American Television"

The vomit one was the weakest commercial, whereas I am hardpressed to decide which of the other two was better. The rationalization about how they didn't actually have a three-way was excellent, but so was watching Adam Hahn go after his wrists with total ineptitude.

7. John Leigh - "Clone Love"?

Thank God this is over. I thought Katy Baggs salvaged this piece from basically being crap, with her physical acting.

8. Aprille's piece where she ate an omelette from her own egg

Michael Tabor should dance more often. The concept of eating one's own eggs was pleasantly disgusting.

9. "Gustav & George" a scene from 2034 by Greg Machlin

Kudos to the actors in this one. I didn't think the writing was as good as it could have been, because the ending didn't surprise me, and the idea of a victim who wants to be victimized was done earlier and better by Douglas Adams. I think more could have been made of that situation.

10. Sean Shatto got our help doing a crossword.

Sean Shatto doesn't know anything about doing crosswords. We totally would have solved that fucker if he had listened to me.

11. Evan Schenck did his piece about overthrowing the No Shame board.

This was not a piece, this was a statement of intent.

12. Dirty 60 - "David Ogden Stires"

Good song, I'd like to hear more from Dirty 60. The sudden interlude of the MASH theme was a nice touch.

13. Cool Jesse - "Jesse Blaine is not here!"

This was not avant-garde, people. Cool Jesse was just about to burst onto stage when you decided his piece was at an end, thereby totally ruining it. I told you what was going on, and you disregarded it, and I think you should know that Jesse is pissed.

12/07/2005 9:28 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson the First said...

I think you should know that Jesse was at Stevo's after party for the show right before No Shame. He was laughing his ass off at us. As he should that piece was great.

12/08/2005 7:59 AM  
Blogger Evan Schenck said...

No, Eli, the avant-garde part of the piece was how he decieved you at the party after the performance and made you think he wasn't about to jam a screwdriver through your eye.

But just you wait.

12/08/2005 9:02 AM  
Blogger aprille said...

I got some things to say. I don't have time for a full review right now, but here are some selected comments.

1. Shelton's pants piece was brilliant. I laughed so heartily. It was great when he was sleeping fitfully. The movements he made were really funny and charming.

2. Patrick's song: Having been force-kissed a couple of times in my life (both by Chris Stangl, who has a terrible alky-hol mouth all the time), I can say that while it is gross and unpleasant, it's worth it for the memories.

3. Eric's monologue: when the people first started laughing, I thought, "Holy shit, that's so rude." Then, as the monologue went on and I realized the themes were all about failed communication, I thought maybe the laughing audience members were plants. I like that idea--I was impressed that Eric used that level of metatheatricality and layered themes. I guess it turns out they were just assholes, though.

4. Timm's piece--the most memorable part was when Patrick's character got a semi-boner when he talked about breaking up. That's a funny and sad image at the same time.

5. Dominatrix piece--this didn't work for me very well, in part because she seemed like she wasn't really investing in it. The disrobing was gratuitous and the outfit seemed to be a substitute for careful writing. If the writing is strong enough, the audience would have really believed her stories without her having to wear ill-fitting dominatrix gear.

I thought the writing wasn't very convincing. Dominatrixes are supposed to be intimidating and full of confidence. Don't apologize for the fact that your whip is small and tell us about how the real ones are much bigger--make us BELIEVE that that fucking whip could kick the shit out of us. I just didn't believe it. It wasn't committed enough.

6. Adam's beer commericals: I liked this--it was silly and fun, perfect for Dead Week. Also, I'm watching season 3 of Six Feet Under, and I had just seen the episode where David and Keith have a threesome with a guy who wanders into their bedroom in only underwear and says, "It's cold out there." The line in this piece where Adam tried to make us believe that we took our pants off because it was hot was cute and funny in the same way.

7. Gomez--being in these pieces was torturous and I'm glad it's over. That said, it was a fun last hurrah. Seeing Mesch in that wig...wow. It was extra funny to me because a middle-aged coworker of ours inexplicably was in the audience that night.

9. Gustav & George--I agree, the writing was predictable, but it was a good performance by both Adam and Eric. It was a tad long.

10. Sean's crossword puzzle--Sean never needs a job, because he can just stand on the corner and make a living off his chutzpah. Good ol' Shat.

11. Overthrowing the board--I hated this because I felt threatened and insulted. No, wait, that's not true. I liked it and I thought it was cute, especially the dragons part. I'm looking forward to Evan developing his writing more in the future--I think he's got good potential.

12. Dirty 60--what a good song. I saw them play it again the next day at the CD release party, and it was different but just as good. Did you know that Jakers is a good pianist? I didn't either. I often find myself singing "David Ogden Stiers" to myself. "Sure knows how to take it easy..."

12/08/2005 11:09 AM  
Anonymous Eric said...

Aprille, I'm surprised you gave me that much credit. I wish I were that clever. But I now think that those people genuinely laughing at my piece was actually better. The fact that they honestly didn't get it turned out to be a much stronger reinforcement of my failure to communicate. I was pissed off at the time, but then I realized those people actually helped prove my point. I'm glad someone else sees it that way, even though it didn't happen by design.

12/08/2005 12:01 PM  
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12/08/2005 3:06 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

My favorites of the evening (in order): 1) Pants Mansion (good special effects); 2) Evan attempts to overthrow the No Shame Board; 3) Michael Tabor dancing. 4) Three Beer Commercials you will never see. Honorable mention: Patrick Ashcraft. Also honorable mention to the band, although his name is actually pronounced David Ogden STEERS.

While I cannot comment on the relative merit of Dori/Mistress Sasha's piece due to personal involvement, I'm a little surprised she got tagged as "unconvincing" since she is, in fact, an actual dominatrix. Perhaps it was the fact that the piece was improvised as opposed to pre-rehearsed.

12/08/2005 9:44 PM  
Blogger timm said...

my favorites:

Shelton's pants mansion piece.

I thought the lawyers dialogue was hillarious. Also "THe pants! The pants!" and the image of shelton sprinting out the stage door all the way through the hallway back into the theatre.

I thought eric's piece was well performed, but at the time I percieved as a piece about how his pieces are received at No Shame Theatre - a theme i thought he had written many other pieces about. (which now I guess I mistook as well) The thought didn't even appear vaguely that it was about a girl. maybe i'm just dense.

Evan Schenck's piece was good. especially the dragon line. However, it would have been GREAT had it been rehearsed once and performed twice as fast. the performance was slow, and drug on. It felt like it lacked energy. But the writing was very good.

ALso, david ogden stires was awesome. i was glad to hear the song again Saturday night.

I feel like there were 15 pieces that night... are we missing some?

12/09/2005 12:31 AM  
Blogger timm said...

what happens to a post deferred?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

All over your face?

12/17/2005 5:29 PM  

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