Saturday, October 06, 2007

Iowa City October 5

Oh, boy, there was a show.

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Blogger AdamEggHahn said...

No Shame Oct 5

Order:
1. "The Coyote" Arlen Lawson
2. "Eli Needs a Shelton Part Two" Evan Schenck
3. "The Cautionary Tale of Sir Gregiwald Gergadorff: A Medievalesque Balladette for the Banjo and Freinds" Alisa Rosenscruggs
4. "We're Forcing Dave in No-Shame So He Can Be Part of Our Little Circle" Dave Sutton and the Dave Sutton Hazing Committee
5. "The Spanish Flowers" by Mirri
5.5 "A New Character" by Greg Machlin
6. "I Learn About Ancient Rome and You All Have to Suffer" Luke Christensen
7. "Rivers" Flabbergasted Jakers
8. "Beethoven's 2nd Unfinished Symphone" Beethoven
9. "The Three Puppy Bears Have a Mustache Waxing Consortium" Two Puppy Bears and One Human Man
10. "And Now! Here's Something We Hope You'll Really Like!" Cool Jesse, Moose, and Squirrel
11. "Do You Like Adventure?" Katy Baggs
12. "IAMKILLJOY" Adam Hahn
13. "1997" Janani
14. "Eli and the No Shame Audience Make a Personal Ad for an Adult Dating Website" Eli and You!

Come back next week for my LAST Iowa City No Shame.

10/06/2007 12:12 PM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

Background Trivia:

11. "Do You Like Adventure?" Katy Baggs

My original idea for a piece was for me to play Forest Whitaker speechifying about Barack Obama, and as I was talking of Important Things, I would be repeatedly interrupted by the audience shouting things like, "Last King of Scotland!" and "Ghost Dog!" and finally "BATTLEFIELD EARTH! WHOOO!" That idea didn't go any further and so it didn't happen, and I don't really feel like writing it anymore, but I hope someone else tackles the Forest Whitaker thing the future, and also casts a white woman such as myself in the Forest role.

And in the monologue I actually wrote, I never decided who the hell my character was that they would be inviting others to visit The Universe, but I did it anyway.

13. "1997" Janani

Janani came over to my place with her Idea Notebook earlier Friday evening and we laughed at the Basketball Diaries trailer on Youtube. She wrote and rewrote her piece on my laptop and I heard a lot of stuff that was later cut out. I can't remember any of those Deleted Scenes now except that she briefly considered titling her piece (and I loved it and wished she had kept it) "The Death of Innocence, the Birth of an Artist."

10/06/2007 2:09 PM  
Blogger jamal said...

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10/06/2007 3:27 PM  
Blogger jamal said...

Katy:

I liked that you were just inherently the spokesperson for the universe in that piece. I didn't think it needed an explanation, was probably cleaner without one!.

(PSSS the deleted comment is just this comment with some key words left out)

10/06/2007 3:30 PM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

Thx, jamal! I liked the puppy bears!

10/06/2007 5:42 PM  
Blogger Gregory Thomas said...

Hello, once again my name is Thomas Gregory, not Gregory Thomas. You see, I entered my name wrong when I was signing up for this blogger account. Please do not get confused about my name. I came up with another knockout piece idea. I think somebody should take the 2 week Kellogg's Fiber Challenge in one night at No Shame! They could maybe do it during the whole evening at the table on the side during the other pieces. We'll have to figure out how many boxes of cereal that will require, but I think it's a fantastic idea.

10/06/2007 6:02 PM  
Blogger luketheweeds said...

I really liked this show. I think it's probably my favorite so far this year.

1. "The Coyote" Arlen Lawson
A man doing nothing as he watches an unborn coyote pup die in the womb after he has killed it's mother. I think that's all that needs to be said.
2. "Eli Needs a Shelton Part Two" Evan Schenck
I like it when pieces build off each other. I know it may be too clique-ish but I sometimes like to think that no shame is my personal court jester who is booked solid and i can only afford the slot at 11 pm on friday nights.

That being said, after the introduction of the billy shakes i thought there was enough for everybody here, and i liked it.

3. "The Cautionary Tale of Sir Gregiwald Gergadorff: A Medievalesque Balladette for the Banjo and Freinds" Alisa Rosenscruggs
there was a banjo for which I had been eagerly awaiting. I enjoyed how the tale of such a powerful loving relationship lasted the duration of part of a hot air balloon ride. Looking at Alisa's titles makes me and my titles feel inadequate. I sometimes think she has to spend as much time on her titles as her pieces. Don't misunderstand me. That's not an insult. It's two compliments.

4. "We're Forcing Dave in No-Shame So He Can Be Part of Our Little Circle" Dave Sutton and the Dave Sutton Hazing Committee

I like the idea of new people. I didn't like this skit.

5. "The Spanish Flowers" by Mirri

I can't remember this?

5.5 "A New Character" by Greg Machlin

I talked to Greg about this already. I thought it was great.

6. "I Learn About Ancient Rome and You All Have to Suffer" Luke Christensen

I thought this should have been WAY tighter. I needed more practice
7. "Rivers" Flabbergasted Jakers

I had fun with this. Telling off a river is so absurd it's wonderful.
8. "Beethoven's 2nd Unfinished Symphone" Beethoven

I was skeptical, but then it paid off.
9. "The Three Puppy Bears Have a Mustache Waxing Consortium" Two Puppy Bears and One Human Man

Great ensemble work+facial hair. I think you guys shouldda gone all out and grown moustaches and waxed them
10. "And Now! Here's Something We Hope You'll Really Like!" Cool Jesse, Moose, and Squirrel

Every time Jesse opens that little book from now on my ears are going to perk up, because every time he does it's great
11. "Do You Like Adventure?" Katy Baggs
I wanted to take a trip to the universe. I thought this could have been a little tighter, but I liked the premise a lot and it had some great one liners.
12. "IAMKILLJOY" Adam Hahn
BABY BEAT DOWN, I'll miss Adam Hahn
13. "1997" Janani
I don't know enough about leo diCaprio have fully appreciated this piece.
14. "Eli and the No Shame Audience Make a Personal Ad for an Adult Dating Website" Eli and You!

I'm waiting to see how it turns out.

10/07/2007 12:37 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Another strong show.

1) The Coyote--frightening, in a very good way.
2) Eli Needs a Shelton, Pt. 2--this was a fun piece, and it had the "third thing"--Eli still needs a Shelton; Jamal suggests using a time machine; we actually get to meet Shakespeare/Bacon, and a perfect twist at the end. Actually, this piece may have had *four* things. Nicely done, Evan.
3) I was a little freaked out by the fact that part of the character's first name was "Greg," but other than that, this piece was cool.
4) I thought this was kind of fun, but I think the creators should've written some stuff out for Dave.
5) Spanish Flowers--I liked it.
5.5) I am astonished this piece turned out so well; thanks to Alisa for suggesting that I change the opening line.
6) We need more mime at NoShame. Well done, Luke. (I guess mime was invented in Rome?) Also appropriate given the recent death of Marcel Marceu.
7) Very fun.
8) Who was this kid? He was *great.*
9) I love the fact that this piece was done entirely in unison.
10) Very good.
11) Very fun.
12) I Am Killjoy--this may be my favorite Adam Hahn NoShame piece, and second only to "Jesus and Peanut Butter." Priceless.
13) 1997--Funny and poignant at the same time. I loved Jake's role in this.
14) Personal ad--we need more pieces like this. This was great.

10/07/2007 1:37 AM  
Blogger luke said...

was somebody taking pictures at noshame?

10/07/2007 4:27 PM  
Blogger Alisa said...

1. "The Coyote" Arlen Lawson

"Are you ready to laugh??" Pretty awesome. I liked this piece, and I also like that a lot of the other monologueists are starting to imitate Arlen's gesticulation.

2. "Eli Needs a Shelton Part Two" Evan Schenck

Use of Shakespeare = delightful. A nice transition into mine. Also, can I just say, for a second, that whenever Jamal is in a piece, I always think it's his, because he's so natural when he says, yeah, pretty much anything.

3. "The Cautionary Tale of Sir Gregiwald Gergadorff: A Medievalesque Balladette for the Banjo and Friends" Alisa Rosenscruggs

Let me tell you another little tale about titles. When I was a wee Freshman at No Shame, someone by the name of Michael Tabor endlessly berated me for having boring, short titles, a la "The Dinner Party" and "The Wait." SO THERE.

4. "We're Forcing Dave in No-Shame So He Can Be Part of Our Little Circle" Dave Sutton and the Dave Sutton Hazing Committee

Oh, stand up at No Shame. It's a very, very gutsy thing to do, so kudos to you! If there's one thing I've learned from No Shame, it's that stand up is very, very hard. But please still try new things and come back!

5. "The Spanish Flowers" by Mirri

This was a great Mirri piece. I really liked the main narrative, and the commentary as well.

5.5 "A New Character" by Greg Machlin

Haha Greg, you totally pulled it off! Definitely the biggest laugh of the night.

6. "I Learn About Ancient Rome and You All Have to Suffer" Luke Christensen

Luke. Do more physical comedy. Seriously.

7. "Rivers" Flabbergasted Jakers

Very funny, just like my good friend TBS. The repetition wasn't overwhelming, and it was a fun, silly idea. And well delivered.

8. "Beethoven's 2nd Unfinished Symphone" Beethoven

Wow. I kind of wish he had been in the light, but I can't have everything I wish for. In addition to Beethoven's secret impressive burping prowess, this piece had great timing. I'd love to see what the deaf maestro has for us next.

9. "The Three Puppy Bears Have a Mustache Waxing Consortium" Two Puppy Bears and One Human Man

I liked this one a lot! Again, the repetition wasn't beating us over the head, and having all of them talk in unison and to each other was just really funny.

10. "And Now! Here's Something We Hope You'll Really Like!" Cool Jesse, Moose, and Squirrel

I kind of fear for my life when Jesse takes the stage. In a good way.

11. "Do You Like Adventure?" Katy Baggs

I do! And I like Katy Baggs! First of all, I liked Katy's dress. Second of all, this piece was fun and well written.

12. "IAMKILLJOY" Adam Hahn

Ok, so, first let me thank Janani for dictating to me every move I had to do in this piece. Second, I always look forward to Adam's pieces, so he will be missed once he, you know, moves, or something. This one didn't take itself too seriously, had great timing, and had a lot of energy.

13. "1997" Janani

Was this piece written by Janani or Alisa? Seriously, Janani, this SPOKE TO ME. I've never actually written these thoughts down, per se, but wow. The Basketball Diaries. The Olive Garden. Was I watching Lifetime because this was MY STORY. All in all, very cute and funny, and use of Jake was really and truly fantastic.

14. "Eli and the No Shame Audience Make a Personal Ad for an Adult Dating Website" Eli and You!

Great piece to end on. I love it when the whole audience can come together for the sake of silliness. I'm intrigued to see where this goes. Because everyone should get a little booty out of No Shame.

10/08/2007 9:22 AM  
Blogger Alisa said...

Hey fly writers-

The University's Ten Minute Play Festival is taking submissions. The deadline is October 29. It says:

"Only undergraduate students may submit plays. You do not have to be a full-time student or a theatre major. You do not need to have taken a splaywriting class in order to submit. You must be enrolled as an undergraduate for both the fall ('07) and spring ('08) semesters."

If you're interested, stop by the Theatre main office for the rest of the guidelines. You can submit up to two ten minute plays. Good luck!

10/11/2007 3:52 PM  

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