Saturday, December 09, 2006

IC BONS Fall 06

We had a show!

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Blogger timm said...

1. "A Deep Intellectual Monologue About My Feelings" by Eli Wilkinson
2. "Sucks to Be You, Pluto!" by Christina Gulick and Eric Landuyt
3. "Sad Song" by Sad Sophie
4. "This Cake Is Not for You" by Evan Schenck
5. "Rigga the Fart Machine" by Michael Tabor, Jake Gontero, Jamal River, & Alyssa Bowman
5.5 "One Way in Which I Am Like Clarence Thomas" by Katy Baggs
6. "Bubble Gum Yuppies & Hardcore Puppies" by Danielle Santangelo
7. "Stiff Upper Lip" by Lydia Crowe
8. "I Want a Life" by Arlen Lawson
9. "Have It Your Way . . . Bitches" by Mortimer Snert
10. "Nine True Things About Russia and One Half-Lie That You Will Find Hard to Forget" by Mirri
11. "Tarzan" by Adam Hahn
11.5 "Hopa-my-pock-ama" by Joake Gontero
12. "Paincake" by Erin "Tenacious E" King
13. "I Can't Believe It's Not a Butterfly!" by Janani
14. "Eg Bio Ao Heilsa" by Rock 'n' Roll Norris
14.5 "I MIND!" by Alyssa Bowman
15. "Kisses of Sale, by the Wishing Well" by Lord Benington and His Theatre Troupe
16. "What I Did for My Summer Vacation" by Johnny Kirchner by Timm Sitzmann
17. "Sasquatch and Meanie Cut the Cheese" by Adam Burton and Carolyn Jacobson

12/09/2006 1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

16. "What I Did for My Summer Vacation" by Johnny Kirchner by Timm Sitzmann
was the best piece and by far the best delivery of the evening! Awesome job, way to go!

12/09/2006 4:29 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson the First said...

All in all an awesome show. I'll post my full review later. Good job y'all.

12/09/2006 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pieces that were better on second viewing:
1. "Deep Intellectual Monologue" - Bravo Shelton. The DAAAAADS were even more aggressively pathetic this time. Loved it.
3. "Sad Song" - The choruses worked better this time.
4. "This Cake Is Not For You" - At last, an Evan piece that clocks in just right. The cuts made it so much more effective. Patrick was a great choice as the cake eater; as he was taunting Michael Tabor I thought, "He reminds me of a smooth high school villain from a John Hughes movie. One of those guys who leans up against a locker and destroys you with a look." I want to see these two together onstage more often!
5. "Rigga the Fart Machine" - Seeing this in closeup was way funnier. Jake turned so red! And then when he took his hands away from his face, it turned white! Just like strawberries and cream!
7. "Stiff Upper Lip" - Lydia spoke more clearly this time. All the invented Britishisms were easier to understand.
8. "I Want a Life" - This was fiery the first time but it seemed even more so on Friday.
9. "Have it Your Way" - Snert uses silences really well. Everything about this piece felt clearer and better executed. Shifting the staging 90 degrees (so it all happened in profile) was a good choice too.
14.5 "I MIND!" I thought this was okay on one-minute night. The second time was much funnier.
15. "Kisses of Sale" - I got my wish - Evan and Patrick onstage together again! Whatever the No Shame Oscar is, Lord Bennington gets it. When he was roaring about stealing all the wishes, I literally did not recognize him anymore. I wanted to call the insane asylum right then and there.

Pieces that were about the same:
2. "Sucks to be You!" Both Eric and Christina have written better stuff. This piece is okay.
5.5 "Clarence Thomas" - I'd never seen this before. Katy rocked the nudity. It wasn't risque in the least. Just up-front, matter-of-fact.
10. "Nine True Things"
17. "Sasquatch and Meanie" - My first time seeing it. I liked it, though Carolyn was a little hard to hear.

Pieces I liked better the first time:
6. "Bubblegum Yuppies" - Beautifully told, but it felt a little too planned - overstructured? this time. Maybe the element of surprise was gone. I don't know if Danielle actually changed anything - the piece just didn't hit me the same way.
11. "Tarzan" - The first time this felt lighter and more playful. This time Adam was superdramatic. It worked on the Tarzan howl, but not so much for the rest.
11.5 "Hopa-my-pockama" - It was less slapsticky the first time.
13. "Butterfly" - I think this fell apart a little toward the end. Someone said the guys couldn't dance as insanely as they did the first time because it was making the CD skip.
16. "What I Did For Summer Vacation" - I think Timm nailed the naivete just right the first time. This time it felt a little bit too actory.

Pieces I only saw from the side:
12. "Paincake"
14. "Eg Bio Ao Heilsa"

12/10/2006 4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

janani said...

Pieces that were better on second viewing:
1. "Deep Intellectual Monologue" - Bravo Shelton. The DAAAAADS were even more aggressively pathetic this time. Loved it.
3. "Sad Song" - The choruses worked better this time.
4. "This Cake Is Not For You" - At last, an Evan piece that clocks in just right. The cuts made it so much more effective. Patrick was a great choice as the cake eater; as he was taunting Michael Tabor I thought, "He reminds me of a smooth high school villain from a John Hughes movie. One of those guys who leans up against a locker and destroys you with a look." I want to see these two together onstage more often!
5. "Rigga the Fart Machine" - Seeing this in closeup was way funnier. Jake turned so red! And then when he took his hands away from his face, it turned white! Just like strawberries and cream!
7. "Stiff Upper Lip" - Lydia spoke more clearly this time. All the invented Britishisms were easier to understand.
8. "I Want a Life" - This was fiery the first time but it seemed even more so on Friday.
9. "Have it Your Way" - Snert uses silences really well. Everything about this piece felt clearer and better executed. Shifting the staging 90 degrees (so it all happened in profile) was a good choice too.
14.5 "I MIND!" I thought this was okay on one-minute night. The second time was much funnier.
15. "Kisses of Sale" - I got my wish - Evan and Patrick onstage together again! Whatever the No Shame Oscar is, Lord Bennington gets it. When he was roaring about stealing all the wishes, I literally did not recognize him anymore. I wanted to call the insane asylum right then and there.

Pieces that were about the same:
2. "Sucks to be You!" Both Eric and Christina have written better stuff. This piece is okay.
5.5 "Clarence Thomas" - I'd never seen this before. Katy rocked the nudity. It wasn't risque in the least. Just up-front, matter-of-fact.
10. "Nine True Things"
17. "Sasquatch and Meanie" - My first time seeing it. I liked it, though Carolyn was a little hard to hear.

Pieces I liked better the first time:
6. "Bubblegum Yuppies" - Beautifully told, but it felt a little too planned - overstructured? this time. Maybe the element of surprise was gone. I don't know if Danielle actually changed anything - the piece just didn't hit me the same way.
11. "Tarzan" - The first time this felt lighter and more playful. This time Adam was superdramatic. It worked on the Tarzan howl, but not so much for the rest.
11.5 "Hopa-my-pockama" - It was less slapsticky the first time.
13. "Butterfly" - I think this fell apart a little toward the end. Someone said the guys couldn't dance as insanely as they did the first time because it was making the CD skip.
16. "What I Did For Summer Vacation" - I think Timm nailed the naivete just right the first time. This time it felt a little bit too actory.

Pieces I only saw from the side:
12. "Paincake"
14. "Eg Bio Ao Heilsa"

12/10/2006 5:01 PM  
Blogger Mortimer said...

uh...thanks for the recap, Mose.

12/10/2006 6:13 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

>1. "A Deep Intellectual Monologue About My Feelings" by Eli Wilkinson

Eli's work has steadily been improving throughout his No Shame career. I think the joke of having Shelton go up there and whine and pretend to be a girl is a bit too easy, though.

>2. "Sucks to Be You, Pluto!" by Christina Gulick and Eric Landuyt

This was a good idea for a piece, but something went wrong in the writing. Also, I think that that slanty stage (Ol' Slanty) got in the way of Katy's orbiting. The orbiting is a good joke, though.

>3. "Sad Song" by Sad Sophie

Wonderful! I really enjoy the line "this is the worst life I've ever had" and Sophie having the whole audience singing about how they were sad was really great.

>4. "This Cake Is Not for You" by Evan Schenck

I think that Evan's delivery was a little off. Not as good as last time. But he did a good job editing and him having Patrick get the cake and taunt me was in good form. Kudos, Evan.

>5. "Rigga the Fart Machine" by Michael Tabor, Jake Gontero, Jamal River, & Alyssa Bowman

After this was over, Lumo said to me "I don't know what the big deal was. That was a good little piece of theatre." And I agree.

Initially, I had a feeling that this piece was put in the order to just be ornery. And, don't get me wrong, I appreciate the irony that this was put in the show by the same board that had a member shut the lights out on it the first time, but I wasn't not sure, objectively, if this deserved to be in. Jamal and I each did pieces that were more appealing to a wider audience.

But after we did it, I think that the piece did hold it's own...it was pretty good. The audience seemed to enjoy it. I watched it on video and it was fun!

Jake totally out performed me on this one.

>5.5 "One Way in Which I Am Like Clarence Thomas" by Katy Baggs

This was good.

>6. "Bubble Gum Yuppies & Hardcore Puppies" by Danielle Santangelo

I think that this was the one that I didn't pay attention to the first time. I liked it just fine. I didn't have strong feelings one way or the other.

>7. "Stiff Upper Lip" by Lydia Crowe

I didn't like this as much as everybody's reaction to it made me think that I should. It was a bit long and the joke of saying a made up thing wore thin for me. The punch line at the end was a good pay-off, but it could've come sooner.

>8. "I Want a Life" by Arlen Lawson

This I liked. I've been thinking about the thing about everything dying, but the things at the bottom of the ocean. Then, after they evolve in 3 million years...aliens come to Earth and say "Who is Arlen Lawson?"

>9. "Have It Your Way . . . Bitches" by Mortimer Snert

I like Benyo. I like his sensibility and I think he's funny and I think he's nice. I didn't get this piece. It was no Hooch 'n' Pooch. It drug on and on.

>10. "Nine True Things About Russia and One Half-Lie That You Will Find Hard to Forget" by
This was pretty well written. My criticism is that it seems more like a short story or something along those lines than a theatre piece. It was just Mirri reading to us.

>11. "Tarzan" by Adam Hahn

Oh, my god. All these years I thought that Adam's name was "Padam." When I opened the program I was shocked and horrified that I've been calling him the wrong name all these years. Is this why he hates me? Because I've been calling him "Padam."

One of my first interaction with Adam was during Sports Club. He showed up and Aprille said, "What's up, Adam?" and I heard: "What's up, Padam?" and it stuck with me. I mean...every time somebody said his name from then on, I'd hear "Padam" and I've always called him Padam. And then I saw in the program that his name is "Adam."

You see, my hometown there was a guy in my graduating class named Padam Hahn. And I've even talked to Adam about it and he was like, "Oh, cool." I don't know why he didn't correct me and tell me his correct name. Was he being polite? But, I mean, obviously this whole ordeal has cultivated resentment that could have obviously been avoided. This is so horrible! I'm so sorry, Adam.

To review Padam's piece: I'm never, ever a fan of that brand of poetry. I enjoyed his piece as much as he enjoyed Rigga.

>11.5 "Hopa-my-pock-ama" by Joake Gontero

I think Jamal out performed me on this as Jake out performed me in Rigga. "Sir! You are being very rude!" was a great ad-lib on his part.

>12. "Paincake" by Erin "Tenacious E" King

So good! Really great.

>13. "I Can't Believe It's Not a Butterfly!" by Janani

Ol' Slanty (or, as I call him: "Slanty Pants") strikes again!

>14. "Eg Bio Ao Heilsa" by Rock 'n' Roll Norris

This wasn't my cup of tea. I'm not for the "bearing your soul" and "being sad" pieces. But some people liked it and it was well written. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't my thing.

>14.5 "I MIND!" by Alyssa Bowman

This is one of the finest point fives I've ever seen. It's really good. A great set up and a great punch line. It's up there with "A Hilarious Prank."

>15. "Kisses of Sale, by the Wishing Well" by Lord Benington and His Theatre Troupe

Ol' Slanty Pants wrote a pretty good piece! I enjoyed it.

>16. "What I Did for My Summer Vacation" by Johnny Kirchner by Timm Sitzmann

I wasn't as keen on this one as everybody else. It needed editing and I didn't like his delivery.

>17. "Sasquatch and Meanie Cut the Cheese" by Adam Burton and Carolyn Jacobson

Great!

12/11/2006 10:50 AM  
Blogger AdamEggHahn said...

Take a study break tonight with the 365 Days/365 Plays festival. This is a collection of short works by Pulitzer winner Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by grad directors and performed by members of Darwin Turner Action Theatre. Gather in the Theatre Building lobby at 7, 8, or 9 PM to be led to several performance spaces in the old Art Building. The program is free and runs about half an hour.

If blogger lets you see this link, go here: http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2006/november/112906turner-action-theatre.html

12/11/2006 10:51 AM  
Blogger Mortimer said...

michael, its okay if you didnt like my piece. im actually very happy that you guys liked hooch 'n' pooch. i wasnt sure if you were joking about that before. hooch 'n' pooch is more dear to my heart. i woke up one day and had that classic schizophrenic stream of thoughts running through my mind and the phrase hooch 'n' pooch entered my mind. i started laughing out loud. all day long whenever i would think of those words it would make me laugh. so, naturally i decided to write an entire sketch that revolved around that phrase. the other jokes in the piece were just filler.

HOOCH 'N' POOCH!

also, in reference to a conversation we had on friday, i would have winked after what i said, however i am incapable of winking. if you know what im referring to, then good. if not, i refuse to clarify.

12/11/2006 12:18 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

"...but I wasn't not sure, objectively, if this deserved to be in."

Wasn't not sure....God. I'm such a moron. Wasn't sure. I wasn't sure.

Benyo, I'm totally down with what you're putting down.

12/11/2006 12:30 PM  
Blogger Mortimer said...

excellent.

12/11/2006 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Michael Tabor...
Do you remember when we asked you about a secret surprise before BONS and then we were like "we'll figure out the details later," but then we never did? How about... If you're still up for it, give me some kind of email address or something and I can give you more information.

12/11/2006 7:20 PM  
Blogger Lydia said...

It makes me sad that Michael Tabor didn't like my piece, but to tell the truth that piece was mainly an excuse to prance around in the costume, anyway. I was surprised that people liked it so much in the first place!

I am a shitty reviewer because I tend to like everything so I really shouldn't be here. But my favorite parts were #5 and #5.5 and #9 and #11.5 and #s 15 and 16 and also all of the other ones.

12/12/2006 1:01 AM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

Sophie-

michael.tabor@gmail.com

I swear to God. If any of you other weirdos that I DON'T want emailing me ...emails me...I'm going to be pissed.

Lydia-

Don't take me not liking your piece that hard. It's nothing personal. Let's be friends! But don't email me!

12/12/2006 7:07 AM  
Blogger Lydia said...

I would love to be friends, Michael Tabor! I like your pieces & your band. I will not e-mail you.

12/12/2006 10:38 AM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson the First said...

1. "A Deep Intellectual Monologue About My Feelings" by Eli Wilkinson

-Not my best of this semester at all but the re-writes worked so well. For best see: Fucked up or Gods amongst men or The Tease

2. "Sucks to Be You, Pluto!" by Christina Gulick and Eric Landuyt

-I thought this was a cheap way to get two writers in the show at once. Both Eric and Christina had excellent pieces that should've been in the show that were better than this. Sorry fellow board members. Not to say the piece wasn't fun the first time but this time I don't know it just lacked the energy of the first time and the abyss of Mabie theatre's acoustics really killed the sound. I couldn't hear half the stuff the people at the table were saying.

3. "Sad Song" by Sad Sophie
This piece was totally as fun as it was the first time.

4. "This Cake Is Not for You" by Evan Schenck

The re writing helped. Too bad the cake itself wasn't as good. Plus I loved stealing the cake during piece change over. That was one of the funnest parts of the night. I hope...

5. "Rigga the Fart Machine" by Michael Tabor, Jake Gontero, Jamal River, & Alyssa Bowman

-I actually thought this was funnier the first time and Michael is right, Jake stole the piece with his rapid bubble farting that lasted forever.

5.5 "One Way in Which I Am Like Clarence Thomas" by Katy Baggs

Wow. Katy, you know you just became Jon Shelton's new best friend, right? A+ for the bravery to show it all. Took me by surprise.

6. "Bubble Gum Yuppies & Hardcore Puppies" by Danielle Santangelo

-I loved this piece mainly because I have also met the man Danielle was telling us about. In fact I had a small dialouge with him about Comic books at Daydreams. Its so sad, you know the reason he reads comics are that they are short enough that by the time he finishes them he can still remember what happened at the beginning. Whereas if he reads a novel 50 pages into it he has forgotten all that happened already.

But anyway the piece was nicely written but it didn't have the same impact it did the first time.

7. "Stiff Upper Lip" by Lydia Crowe

The punchline is the best part of this piece. Too bad the lights went out and people thought it was over.

8. "I Want a Life" by Arlen Lawson

Still one of my favorite pieces of the year. This is one of those pieces that you listen to and the imagry is so fun that you don't forget it anytime soon. Kinda like that piece Arlen did when I was a freshman about fucking vampires who have like a sharp horn near on or near their vaginas.

9. "Have It Your Way . . . Bitches" by Mortimer Snert

Definately not my favorite Benyo piece from the semester. Dear Left Leg was great. Dangerous Minds 2 was great. Hooch and Pooch too. But this piece just i don't know. It was too slow to make the rapid ending funnier.

10. "Nine True Things About Russia and One Half-Lie That You Will Find Hard to Forget" by Mirri

I really enjoyed this mainly because of some of the images Mirri described like the earring in the side of the head and the horny stalkers waiting outside for a half hour. But I think the last line too the cake for me.

11. "Tarzan" by Adam Hahn

-I love Adam's pieces and this one was great and all I just wish it wasn't so whiny. I wanted too see why she meant so much to him that he became like an animal. As opposed to just seeing the animal.

11.5 "Hopa-my-pock-ama" by Joake Gontero

Not as good as the first time.

12. "Paincake" by Erin "Tenacious E" King

Pancakes and boobs touching. There is a god.

13. "I Can't Believe It's Not a Butterfly!" by Janani

-Also lacked the energy of the first time. The raked stage didn't help. It was weird seeing lip sync piece at best of.

14. "Eg Bio Ao Heilsa" by Rock 'n' Roll Norris

-Also slightly lacked the impact it had the first time. I guess this is mainly due to the performer and his emotional reactions during the performance. The first time was a fresh I really miss this place enough that it brings me to tears like performance and the second time was I still miss this place but I've kinda gotten over that type performance.

14.5 "I MIND!" by Alyssa Bowman

-Cute and short. I liked.

15. "Kisses of Sale, by the Wishing Well" by Lord Benington and His Theatre Troupe

I Was so happy to see the ending of this piece. I was reallt left hangin back in the day when that lady ran the lights.

16. "What I Did for My Summer Vacation" by Johnny Kirchner by Timm Sitzmann

-I guess what this piece lacked was proximity to the audience. Had I been closer to the stage I probably would've laughed more.

17. "Sasquatch and Meanie Cut the Cheese" by Adam Burton and Carolyn Jacobson

-This was wierd. I totally thought the first time was better. For some reason where I was sitting Carolyn seemed completely inaudible. CURSE YOU MABIE THEATRE!!! The piece was just too damn quiet!

12/12/2006 8:12 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson the First said...

I said:

"5. "Rigga the Fart Machine" by Michael Tabor, Jake Gontero, Jamal River, & Alyssa Bowman

-I actually thought this was funnier the first time and Michael is right, Jake stole the piece with his rapid bubble farting that lasted forever."

What I MEANT to say was I actually thought this was funnier THAN the first time...

12/12/2006 8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going to post a review once I'm sure that this thing works!

12/13/2006 12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. "A Deep Intellectual Monologue About My Feelings" by Eli Wilkinson

I liked this, but the "DAD" started to get to me after awhile. It was funny though!

2. "Sucks to Be You, Pluto!" by Christina Gulick and Eric Landuyt

I loved when Katy said, "But I orbit the sun just like everybody else!" and Evan said, "Actually, you don't." I totally identified with that joke, by which I mean, I totally got that joke, which I thought was pretty funny. Yeah.

3. "Sad Song" by Sad Sophie

I like that the sad song made most people laugh. It's a good song.

4. "This Cake Is Not for You" by Evan Schenck

How long did it take you to make that cake? Did you dread having to make another cake once you found out this piece was in best of? Were you worried the cake wouldn't be as good as the first cake? I liked this one both times I saw it. I can't believe they stole your cake during that other piece.

5. "Rigga the Fart Machine" by Michael Tabor, Jake Gontero, Jamal River, & Alyssa Bowman

I was honestly surprised to find out this got into best of, because of the weird reaction it got the first time we did it. It felt like people enjoyed it more. When I stopped making noise after I turned really red, I felt really light headed and felt like I was going to throw up. Maybe that would have improved the piece? I don't know.

5.5 "One Way in Which I Am Like Clarence Thomas" by Katy Baggs

I must admit that I did not get this joke!

6. "Bubble Gum Yuppies & Hardcore Puppies" by Danielle Santangelo

I don't know if it was the weird mood I was in that night, or if I was still trying to recover from feeling like my head was going to explode, but I had a hard time following this piece, so I can't really say anything about it.

7. "Stiff Upper Lip" by Lydia Crowe

I liked this a lot the first time I saw it, and I still liked it this time. I laughed a LOT the first time I saw it. Not as much this time, but probably because I knew what to expect. I like the phrase "can you beat it?" and I really liked how it was signed, "British." Some of those words you made up were really good, and I was happy that you went to all that work to dress up for it too.


8. "I Want a Life" by Arlen Lawson

I liked this. It reminded me of monologues Arlen used to do a few years ago. I want to see more of those monologues!

9. "Have It Your Way . . . Bitches" by Mortimer Snert

I don't know if it was because of the performers, or what, but I probably laughed more at this piece than I did at any other piece that night. Patrick and Danielle were great.

10. "Nine True Things About Russia and One Half-Lie That You Will Find Hard to Forget" by Mirri

This was good. Most of these things made Russia sound like a not very fun place!

11. "Tarzan" by Adam Hahn

There was a lot of yelling in this piece! My favorite part was when you got in Amanda's face and yelled at her. I could tell she was probably pretty uncomfortable.

11.5 "Hopa-my-pock-ama" by Joake Gontero

Jamal's "Mister! Hop into my pockama" was funny. It was fun to watch Michael and Jamal do this.

12. "Paincake" by Erin "Tenacious E" King

This was really funny and weird. I got a piece of pancake put into my own mouth! I liked seeing the crawling on the stage saying weird stuff.

13. "I Can't Believe It's Not a Butterfly!" by Janani

I think I liked this piece better the second time. The end was fun when Janani was carried off stage.

14. "Eg Bio Ao Heilsa" by Rock 'n' Roll Norris

I loved the icelandic "Skin in the Back"

14.5 "I MIND!" by Alyssa Bowman

This was an actual conversation we had about actual sun chips! I'm glad she spoke in a piece.

15. "Kisses of Sale, by the Wishing Well" by Lord Benington and His Theatre Troupe

Adam made some pretty disturbing faces during this piece. I was sad to see Evan be made to go home.

16. "What I Did for My Summer Vacation" by Johnny Kirchner by Timm Sitzmann

The word buffalo started to lose meaning for me it was said so much. I loved how much it was said.

17. "Sasquatch and Meanie Cut the Cheese" by Adam Burton and Carolyn Jacobson

This was hilarious. I think I was anticipating the "IT WAS CHEESE!" as much as Adam was. I was on the edge of my seat!

It was a pretty good order! I can't believe December 21st is only over a week away now. The Classy Broads is going to be a smash hit.

12/13/2006 12:52 AM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

>Jake said: "It was a pretty good order! I can't believe December 21st is only over a week away now. The Classy Broads is going to be a smash hit."

I know! I’m very excited. Is it a coincidence that we’re doing this on the first day of winter? Or is there a reason for that? All of these things will be answered!

12/13/2006 7:56 AM  
Blogger Evan Schenck said...

1. "A Deep Intellectual Monologue About My Feelings" by Eli Wilkinson

This was better than the first time. I enjoyed it for the most part. However, I think Pantsless Shelton is starting to get a little old and lose it's impact as a punchline. He's been pantsless in so many pieces...

2. "Sucks to Be You, Pluto!" by Christina Gulick and Eric Landuyt

I thought for most of the night that Eric had written me out of the piece, because I didn't get a script, but then it turned out that he had just omitted to print a script for me and I had to share his. I enjoyed being in this piece, especially since I got the play the part of the total asshole planet.

3. "Sad Song" by Sad Sophie

This is a good song but I think I wasn't as surprised by it as I was the first time. The first time I was like, "That Sophie girl can play the guitar? I didn't know that." And I was pleasantly surprised. This time I knew what to expect.

4. "This Cake Is Not for You" by Evan Schenck

People are telling me that the cake wasn't as good this time and I don't know why. I pretty much made it exactly how I made it the first time in (which, for Jake, took maybe an hour not counting when I waited for it to cool down for icing). I have to agree that it was all crumbly and maybe a little too moist this time.

I also can't believe that Eli stole my cake later in the night. I went up on stage to help people and when I came back he had taken my cake. That's what happens when you help people!

5. "Rigga the Fart Machine" by Michael Tabor, Jake Gontero, Jamal River, & Alyssa Bowman

I guess this piece went way better this time. I don't know why.

5.5 "One Way in Which I Am Like Clarence Thomas" by Katy Baggs

The joke, Jake, is when Clarence Thomas was in confirmation hearings this lady Anita Brown came forward and told everybody that Clarence Thomas was a disgusting pervert who had tried to seduce her by discussing graphic pornography with her at work, and one time gave her a can of Coca-Cola with a pubic hair on it. Apparently her response to these efforts was negative, though I can't see why.

This piece was good. It was weird because just before the show I was talking to Katy about how showing the whole thing might be uncomfortable and embarrassing later after the show, but then she did this piece anyway. I hope it went okay for her.

6. "Bubble Gum Yuppies & Hardcore Puppies" by Danielle Santangelo

Unlike other people I liked this piece about the same both times I saw it. A+

7. "Stiff Upper Lip" by Lydia Crowe

Good piece, better costume. I'll have to disagree with Michael Tabor, in that I thought the joke about making up Britishisms was good the whole way. Also, the understated joke about how the British explorer was soldiering on and keeping the stiff upper lip in spite of a horrible situation was good.

8. "I Want a Life" by Arlen Lawson

Yay, excellent piece. Clearly Arlen Lawson is like way awesome.

9. "Have It Your Way . . . Bitches" by Mortimer Snert

I also thought Hooch and Pooch was better than this one, but I guess it was pretty good. The highlight of the piece was during the really fast recap, when Patrick and Danielle shortened their weird whisper/makeout moment into a single quick dry hump.

10. "Nine True Things About Russia and One Half-Lie That You Will Find Hard to Forget" by Mirri

Good piece, Mirri.

11. "Tarzan" by Adam Hahn

I didn't like this piece so much. This time it seemed really very dramatic like Adam was about to cry, which I didn't like. I think this was a case of Adam picking the piece he liked best, because he had other work this semester that I think was better.

11.5 "Hopa-my-pock-ama" by Joake Gontero

I liked this better the first time, because of how polite the two men were then. This time it was more physical and not as understated. Jamal's comment about rudeness was hilarious.

12. "Paincake" by Erin "Tenacious E" King

Good piece.


13. "I Can't Believe It's Not a Butterfly!" by Janani

As I told Janani, I think this piece lacked the manic energy from the first time it was performed, which made it not as good. It was super-fantastic the first time, which is why it got into the order, but I think it was a case of circumstances coming together to make it amazing. I think Janani might have been better served with one of her more play-like pieces (the picnic, like) in the order. Oh well.

14. "Eg Bio Ao Heilsa" by Rock 'n' Roll Norris

I am interested in Iceland.

14.5 "I MIND!" by Alyssa Bowman

Excellent point five.

15. "Kisses of Sale, by the Wishing Well" by Lord Benington and His Theatre Troupe

This was fun to be in. I guess I missed Patrick freaking out on stage and turning bright red and evil, which is too bad.

16. "What I Did for My Summer Vacation" by Johnny Kirchner by Timm Sitzmann

Whee!

17. "Sasquatch and Meanie Cut the Cheese" by Adam Burton and Carolyn Jacobson

Good.

Right now since all my bowls are dirty, I'm eating breakfast by taking handfuls of crispix from the box and eating them, while I drink soy milk from a cup (I can't have real milk). Does this count as breakfast? Anyone?

12/13/2006 1:05 PM  
Blogger Shelton said...

Two things
First - Just to clear things up for everyone, my character in Eli's piece was a guy. I realize that doesn't make sense, but seriously. He was a guy.

Second - Evan, I know my pants are off too much. This was kind of a special case, though, because Eli felt the original ending was more suited to lip-synch night. We spent all evening coming up with a new ending line, so through a combination of Jet Li's "Hero" and a healthy dip into the Pants Well, we got what you saw that night.

P.S. - Fuck you, Eli.

12/13/2006 1:34 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

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12/13/2006 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a brief explination:

lights work better with complete scripts and clear instructions.

besides that, lovely show.

12/13/2006 1:35 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

Evan said: "Right now since all my bowels are dirty, I'm eating breakfast by taking handfuls of crispix from the box and eating them, while I drink soy milk from a cup (I can't have real milk)."

Oh, Evan, this is so gross. And yet ...I don't understand. Is cripsix supposed to help clean out your bowels? Explain.

12/13/2006 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Right now since all my bowels are dirty,..."

That's funny, Michael. I thought that was what it actually said when I 1st read Evan's post. I thought, "Weird thing to say, but yeah, actually, my bowels have been feeling less than immaculate lately, too."

You know what I realized?!!! I think I'm for real going to miss the No Shame over the break! That doesn't usually happen so much! I must like you people more than I like most people, and I didn't even know! How thrilling! And don't you care a ghastly lot about my opinion of you anyway! You and your winterdom breaks! Yeee! You'll be in your Illinois suburbs with your funny fun fun Christmas families, and I'll be here: weeping and snotting and missing you all so too much! And no, not ALL as in LITERALLY all, but most -- there's only a couple "turds in the batter" as your pappy likes to say! when we watch TV together and make out! Hooray for good feeligns! I love you all, most of you!!!!!!!! Merry creepy fake Jesus Birfday and cold nasty winter to you're! How great it's!!!!! "fIRENDship is a plACE where people can be fun theyselves." -=Abram Joomahass Linclon

12/13/2006 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

adam burton said there were dudes videotaping the show. anyone know who they are or how to reach 'em?

12/13/2006 3:37 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson the First said...

Supposedly the man video taping was given permission to video tape if and ONLY if they were to get a copy of the tape to a board member. If they do not do this then I shall hire contract killers to hunt them down and force them to relinquish all said materials and or make them watch as they brutally mutilate a bunny rabbit.

12/13/2006 9:17 PM  
Blogger Evan Schenck said...

Michael Tabor said: "Poop and pee! Poop and pee! Poop and pee! Poop and pee! Explain."

Michael, to be honest, I have no idea what the fuck you're talking about.

12/14/2006 1:13 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

Evan, poop and pee are other names for excrement and urine. Excrement is that brown stuff that sometimes comes out of your butt after you've eaten a bran muffin. Urine is that yellow stuff that comes out of your doodad after you drink a lot of water.

Does that clear it up for you?

12/14/2006 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. "A Deep Intellectual Monologue About My Feelings" by Eli Wilkinson
This was pretty!

2. "Sucks to Be You, Pluto!" by Christina Gulick and Eric Landuyt
Did you do it on purpose?! It takes guts!

3. "Sad Song" by Sad Sophie
Never give up!

4. "This Cake Is Not for You" by Evan Schenck
I don't think the cake tasted worse than last time!

5. "Rigga the Fart Machine" by Michael Tabor, Jake Gontero, Jamal River, & Alyssa Bowman
Interesting idea!

5.5 "One Way in Which I Am Like Clarence Thomas" by Katy Baggs
Fun!

6. "Bubble Gum Yuppies & Hardcore Puppies" by Danielle Santangelo
That must have taken a long time!

7. "Stiff Upper Lip" by Lydia Crowe
Good use of the hat!

8. "I Want a Life" by Arlen Lawson
Mesmerizing!

9. "Have It Your Way . . . Bitches" by Mortimer Snert
Too funny!

10. "Nine True Things About Russia and One Half-Lie That You Will Find Hard to Forget" by Mirri
A haunting detail!

11. "Tarzan" by Adam Hahn
I hated it!

11.5 "Hopa-my-pock-ama" by Joake Gontero
Well done!

12. "Paincake" by Erin "Tenacious E" King
Funny and energetic!

13. "I Can't Believe It's Not a Butterfly!" by Janani
What a creative show! I love the rug she gets out of!

14. "Eg Bio Ao Heilsa" by Rock 'n' Roll Norris
Informative!

14.5 "I MIND!" by Alyssa Bowman
Those sun chips are good! Laugh out lout!

15. "Kisses of Sale, by the Wishing Well" by Lord Benington and His Theatre Troupe
Nice exclamations!

16. "What I Did for My Summer Vacation" by Johnny Kirchner by Timm Sitzmann
The lines of truth and fiction blurred!

17. "Sasquatch and Meanie Cut the Cheese" by Adam Burton and Carolyn Jacobson
Interesting use of words!

Thanks for the invite! Hopefully I'll have something ready for the next one!

Debbie "pampo22"!

12/14/2006 1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find the negative reviews of this show absolutely bizarre. My husband and I, 31 and 27 respectively, and both professional comedians, saw this show and found it to be absolutely extraordinary. Granted, we sat in the 2nd row (some of the negative reviews point out that the farther back you sat the less fun you had). I absolutely disagree with the idea that this show is for children and retarded people. If anything, I feel this show could bring a new appreciation to adults for a type of theater that is entirely under-appreciated in the USA. This show brought such awe, beauty, joy and sadness - I teared up during the finale and I wasn't even quite sure why. The artistry by the performers was inspiring - it reminded me of Japanese Noh theater at times. The clowns had such facial and body control. I noticed the main "yellow haired" clown even controlling when he blinked or not (which is difficult for one minute, let alone 90). P.S. Those of you who found this show stupid, or whose children didn't "get it," I offer my condolences for the death of your/their inner child. Sad. This show was AWESOME!!!

12/14/2006 3:27 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

All this reminds me of something that Gunga Din said once:

"You're a better man than I am: I'm Gunga Din!"

12/15/2006 10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damnit! Blogger just ate my entire review.

Pieces I was seeing for the first time & liked: 4) "Cake"; 8) "I want a Life";
10) "nine True Things" This was absolutely riveting; one of the best pieces of the night. I hope Mirri continues to do more serious pieces.

Pieces I liked better 2nd time:
9) "Have it Your Way… Bitches." The repeat at the end makes all the difference.
17) "Sasquatch & Meanie". This was very enjoyable the 2nd time.

Pieces that held up well 2nd time around:
6) "Bubble Gum Yuppies," 11) Tarzan, 14) Eg Bio

Pieces that lost something 2nd time through: "Sad Song," "I can't Believe It's Not a Butterfly," "Hopa-my-pockama." With Sad Song & Butterfly, I think it was just that the element of surprise was gone. With Hopa-my, the piece was changed so it was no longer simple (physical business was added) and I liked the simplicity the first time.

Everything else stayed pretty much the same. Overall, good show.

12/15/2006 7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Evan - the thing we were talking about that would have been embarrassing was my idea for an alternative piece, titled "One Way in Which I am NOT like Clarence Thomas." I put down the Cokes, pull down my pants, reach for a pube - but I am COMPLETELY SHAVED! NO PUBES TO BE SEEN! And I pause and say, "...Damnit!" Lights down.

12/16/2006 1:40 AM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

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12/20/2006 10:09 AM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

TOMORROW: The Classy Broads will be performed! We're off book and we're all set up and prepared. We're going to rehearse tonight and, depending on how we feel, maybe tomorrow before the show. It's exciting, because this is a really, really, REALLY good skit.

Nobody is allowed to watch it. We're not trying to be mean about that, we just think that it takes away from artistic credibility to have to pander to an audience.

We'll report back on how it goes.

Also, I have been keeping a log of the writing/rehearsal/production progress. We'll have to review it, but if it looks like it wouldn't be giving too much away...we may make copies of this log available for people to read.

12/20/2006 12:39 PM  
Blogger Mortimer said...

if no one is allowed to see, what separates a dress rehearsal from the real McCoy?

12/20/2006 2:33 PM  
Blogger Michael Tabor said...

That's a very good question. It's things like this that make this a good experiment. Trying to figure things like this out really get down to the bare bones of what we're trying to do. Maybe frame of mind is the difference. We'll have to see. We'll report back.

12/20/2006 3:03 PM  

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