Saturday, December 01, 2007

No Shame Iowa City. November 30th

Hey we had a show. It was good. Good like cocoa on a snow day.

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Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

The Order:

1)A Technological Love Song - King Sophie

2) Black Lace - Jana Nicolina

3) Trekaphor- Adam Burton

4) Halloween: An Exchange- Paul Machlin, Greg Machlin, and Erica Machlin

5) A Persian Story- Evan Schenck

6) Pajamas & Turds- by Some UI Student

7)2girls1Noshame - Eli Wilkinson

8) Distance over Time- Nick Beatty

9) How to Detect a Werewolf- Eric Landuyt

10) How to Break A rule at No Shame without even trying - by the John Hammond Players

11) Two Gregs is way too many, and one Greg is not enough - Jake Gontero

12) Clay is Average- Samuel C. Fuller and Clayton Wade Howard have no shame

12/01/2007 1:44 PM  
Blogger Nicholas said...

1)A Technological Love Song - King Sophie

Awsome song, equally awsome guitar.

2) Black Lace - Jana Nicolina

It was different to see Janani up on the table. and yelling at rude audience members. I liked the images of plam reading. I enjoyed it.

3) Trekaphor- Adam Burton

My star trek knowldge is limited. so most of this piece was above me.

4) Halloween: An Exchange- Paul Machlin, Greg Machlin, and Erica Machlin

I'm miss writing letters. I loved the fathers vocabulary. Sequals!

5) A Persian Story- Evan Schenck

I was reminded of "Tales of the Dervishes" It read like one of the Arabic Folk tales. I was engaged all the way through. The thing that gave it a great twist was the ending.

6) Pajamas & Turds- by Some UI Student

Drawing a blank... I am so sorry. This is why I wish everyone would use their real name on pieces.
Once again I'm very sorry...

7)2girls1Noshame - Eli Wilkinson

Grand

8) Distance over Time- Nick Beatty

I wish my hand wouldn't shake when I read.

9) How to Detect a Werewolf- Eric Landuyt

My favorite of the night.

10) How to Break A rule at No Shame without even trying - by the John Hammond Players

I laughed mainly because I had no clue what was going on. But laughing is always a good thing.

11) Two Gregs is way too many, and one Greg is not enough - Jake Gontero

I also really liked this one. And I think there needs to be many more Gregs running around. In the same way I believe in the rule of the highlanders.... there can only be one.

12) Clay is Average- Samuel C. Fuller and Clayton Wade Howard have no shame

They way it was read made this piece. And the unexplainable odd tension was fun to watch.

Twas a fun night.

12/01/2007 4:19 PM  
Blogger evan schenck said...

How about the Best Of nomination thread?

12/02/2007 12:54 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

1)A Technological Love Song - King Sophie

-Even without any knowledge of the Sims I liked it.

2) Black Lace - Jana Nicolina

-I liked the monologue but was very concerned with the "Fuck you" Janani said to the audience member. It seemed in character at the time but probably didn't reflect well upon the relationship between performers and audience members. Though I would've probably said something similar.

3) Trekaphor- Adam Burton

-Pretty funny. The farm kid and the old man made a funny parallel

4) Halloween: An Exchange- Paul Machlin, Greg Machlin, and Erica Machlin

-This was a good piece. Made funnier by the fact they were real emails. BTW Greg I totally facebooked your sister. Its obvious who got the better looks in your family. Just kidding. I thought the dumpster part was great.

5) A Persian Story- Evan Schenck

-Something new from Evan. I liked how the main man had the option of not ending up hated but then takes that path anyway.

6) Pajamas & Turds- by Some UI Student

-Forget about it!

7)2girls1Noshame - Eli Wilkinson

-I had to leave everyone feeling dirty.

8) Distance over Time- Nick Beatty

-This was an interesting piece. I feel it would've been stronger if there weren't as many numbers. Cut out half or at least a fourth of them and you have a great piece.

9) How to Detect a Werewolf- Eric Landuyt

-Perfect casting of Evan in all his smuggy assholeness.

10) How to Break A rule at No Shame without even trying - by the John Hammond Players

-Wow. Word for word and I didn't even care that it wasn't original.

11) Two Gregs is way too many, and one Greg is not enough - Jake Gontero

-I wanna Mach-Attack this piece into Best Of

12) Clay is Average- Samuel C. Fuller and Clayton Wade Howard have no shame

-I agree with Nick. The script itself was okay but it was the awkward staging and things like Sophie still sitting there when the guy says that she's hiding in his closet that made it great. Keep coming guys.

12/02/2007 3:02 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Ah, good to have NoShame back to a healthy audience & good pieces.

1) Technological love song--Ah, Sophie. Some day you will be successful and famous like Jonathan Coulton. And we can say we knew you when.

2) Black Lace--I assumed the cell phone ring was planted, which made me listen to the other stuff surrounding the piece--an audience member moving, a cough, something being dropped--in a new way, which is pretty darn impressive for one piece.
I didn't actually find the piece anti-man, but the heightened awareness of the audience made it harder to concentrate. I liked it, not as much as Janani's ghost story from earlier in the semester, but I liked it.

3) Trekaphor--It's great to have Adam back! This was like pieces I've done in that it needed to go faster and have more rehearsal, but Jake does a surprisingly good Kirk/Picard (I couldn't tell.)

4) I knew Evan could do my dad's overextended vocabulary without breaking a sweat. And he did. Janani as 3 years old was so good she made me crack up. I think there needs to be an entire piece of her as a 3-year-old. I'll get to work.

5) Persian story--Really liked this. This piece is "true"--it says something real about human nature.

6) Pajamas & Turds--I had no idea what was going on, but it was fun.

7) AAAAAAAAAAA. GROSSSSSSSSSSSS. Funny. But gross.

8) Distance over time--Serious pieces are hard. I speak from experience. I applaud Nick for trying something different, but I think it just needed a bit more rehearsal (which I know couldn't happen, because of printer problems.)

9) How to Detect a Werewolf--enjoyable.

10) This was too perfect. Though I'd argue it's still "original" due to the new meaning Patrick & Matt brought to the table with their self-aware readings, a la Gus Van Sant's remake of "Pyscho." But funnier.

11) God, I love performing these.

12) Very nicely done; the lack of Sophie being in the closet was a wise choice.

12/02/2007 3:35 PM  
Blogger luke said...

1) I liked the sims, and also liked this. I sophie was going to delete the ladder on the edge of the pool so that the sims could afford to eat, but didn't realize that the sims couldn't just climb out of the pool unless you spent $250 on a ladder for them to get out. Then have him/her drown and die.

well it happened to me.

2) I like the idea of not being fully happy with a perfectly pleasant relationship. We humans can me masochistic like that.

I'm too lazy to do a full review. Fun night. kind of horrifying. good job

12/02/2007 10:58 PM  
Blogger evan schenck said...

1)A Technological Love Song - King Sophie

Hey yeah, I liked this song a lot. I really appreciated the return of awesome King Sophie to No-Shame, because she's been missing for a while. This was pretty.

2) Black Lace - Jana Nicolina

A very emotionally honest piece, I guess. I thought it was pretty good.

3) Trekaphor- Adam Burton

I'm not sure this completely worked with Jamal's performance kind of meshing with mine at the start, but I really enjoyed it from behind the curtain.

4) Halloween: An Exchange- Paul Machlin, Greg Machlin, and Erica Machlin

I hope I did a good job on stage.

5) A Persian Story- Evan Schenck

I'm not entirely certain that this worked out completely as a performance piece. Maybe it was better as just a short story.

6) Pajamas & Turds- by Some UI Student

Whoa, this was hilarious.

7)2girls1Noshame - Eli Wilkinson

Mashed potatoes? And poo?

8) Distance over Time- Nick Beatty

I also felt that maybe the numerical figures distracted a bit from the thrust of the piece. They could have been abstracted a little bit so that the natural emphasis fell more on the emotion.

9) How to Detect a Werewolf- Eric Landuyt

I was on stage for this, so I don't know. I thought Luke and I did a damn good job of acting it, and no mistake.

10) How to Break A rule at No Shame without even trying - by the John Hammond Players

Wow, even though it was written by somebody else, the performance made it a beautiful addition to the night.

11) Two Gregs is way too many, and one Greg is not enough - Jake Gontero

Hey. Whoa. Awesome.
It is going to be hard to decide which Greg Machlin piece by Jake to put in Best Of, I tell you what.

12) Clay is Average- Samuel C. Fuller and Clayton Wade Howard have no shame

I liked this piece quite a huge amount. I think these guys have some kind of inherent understand of what works on the No-Shame stage which is pretty unusual for new people, and I hope they keep coming around. This was a hilarious piece.

12/02/2007 11:40 PM  
Blogger ERIC L. said...

1)A Technological Love Song - King Sophie
This was a great song. You didn't have to be an expert on "The Sims" to enjoy it. I was glad to see a musical piece since we've gone a while without any.

2) Black Lace - Jana Nicolina
I really liked the imagery of this piece and how it took things we often overlook like lines on someone's hands and thought about what they mean.

3) Trekaphor- Adam Burton
I was surprised by how good Jake's Picard voice was. I loved Luke as the other student/ensign.

4) Halloween: An Exchange- Paul Machlin, Greg Machlin, and Erica Machlin
I enjoyed the dad's vocabulary. Janani was adorable as a three-year-old. Good fun.

5) A Persian Story- Evan Schenck
I really liked this story; great characters and imagery. Something different from Evan, and pieces like this add some variety to the evening.

6) Pajamas & Turds- by Some UI Student
A mixed bag, but some parts were funny.

7)2girls1Noshame - Eli Wilkinson
For those who understood the reference, it was amusing. For those who didn't, I think it's better that you not try to understand for the sake of your own unscarred mind. For those who wondered why I was wearing long underwear, the building where I work for 8-10 hours a day is terribly cold and I have to dress accordingly.

8) Distance over Time- Nick Beatty
I really liked the perspective in this piece. It makes you think about how small we are, but also how much small things matter.

9) How to Detect a Werewolf- Eric Landuyt
Evan and Luke gave awesome performances. Very fun to watch.

10) How to Break A rule at No Shame without even trying - by the John Hammond Players
Patrick's performance was good, but I think this one went on just a little too long.

11) Two Gregs is way too many, and one Greg is not enough - Jake Gontero
Greg gave a great performance. Funny.

12) Clay is Average- Samuel C. Fuller and Clayton Wade Howard have no shame
I agree that the performances made a middling script better. The writing could have been tighter because it started to drag toward the end. Revealing that he was her piano teacher was a nice touch.

A good show all around.

12/03/2007 1:00 PM  
Blogger ERIC L. said...

I think this is the highest percentage of posts actually about the show that we've had for quite some time. It makes me glad inside in very special way.

12/04/2007 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Sophie said...

Man, you guys should put some descriptions of the pieces in there when you post the order, it makes it way easier to review

1)A Technological Love Song - King Sophie
I made up a key for the first verse. I bought that guitar at Walmart. Five baby seals died to create the beauty that is strawberryguitar.

4) Halloween: An Exchange- Paul Machlin, Greg Machlin, and Erica Machlin
It was funny because it was like meeting Greg's family, and meeting people's families teaches you a lot about them.

5) A Persian Story- Evan Schenck
It took me a minute or two to come to terms with the fact that it was a serious piece, but once I got that, it was pretty good. It sounded pretty. Also it sounded like the thing if you play a video game (which I don't, actually, but I've seen other people do so, I believe.) and they have sort of a prologue thing. Like at the end Evan would be like "AND THEN HE HAD TO DEFEAT A DRAGON, BUT HE HAD A PRIOR COMMITMENT SO HE LEFT IT UP TO YOU!" And they I would be a little dude in a toga.

6) Pajamas & Turds- by Some UI Student
Maybe this was the one where I was like "I bet they just found this on the floor and it was funny so they did it for a No Shame piece." I don't remember if that was this one or not.


8) Distance over Time- Nick Beatty
It is equal to speed. I know this, because I am currently receiving a publicly funded education.
I liked this one a lot. It was kind of unexpected, and seemed like he was stepping out of his usual style, and it worked. Although, I really haven't been at a lot of No Shames lately, so maybe this has become his usual style in my absence. Either way, it was nice to see something that was serious but didn't make half the audience a little uncomfortable.

9) How to Detect a Werewolf- Eric Landuyt
It was good. I don't remember this as much as I wish I did. I just remember laughing.

11) Two Gregs is way too many, and one Greg is not enough - Jake Gontero
I have been thinking about armpit cream for about five days now. I thought of it this morning I thought of it at night, and I probably had a dream about it. Oh wait no I didn't, I had a dream that a friend of mine who plays the clarinet actually played the cello and it freaked me out.

12) Clay is Average- Samuel C. Fuller and Clayton Wade Howard have no shame
So what happened was I didn't really read ahead in the dialogue all that much, and there was no stage direction telling me to leave, so I said "I'm going" or whatever, but then I still had to say things, so I didn't actually leave, then I was surprised to learn that I was supposed to be in a closet. I'm glad it maybe looked like some comedic effect instead of me not knowing what was going on though. I mean, stage directions are pretty cool.
I thought it was much better in performance than when I just read it over. Nice job. Write more things.

12/04/2007 5:23 PM  
Blogger janani said...

1) A Technological Love Song - King Sophie

Another nice tune by the Soph. Sammy the Snake's still my favorite, though.

2) Black Lace - Gianna Nicolina

I was in the bathroom for this one.

3) Trekaphor - Adam Burton

Star Trek leaves me kinda fridge.

4) Halloween: An Exchange - Familia Machlin

I enjoy playing children and ingenues. When I was six I was in an Animal Christmas Pageant where I played Cat. I wore cat ears and a puffy nylon cat-tail hanging from my butt. Early in the show I pulled the cat-tail up between my legs and proceeded to gently masturbate it for the rest of my time onstage. It was a song of innocence and experience.

5) A Persian Story - Evan Schenck

The last line of this - "and he slept well for the rest of the night," I think? - made me shit my pantaloons. I don't know where Evan is finding this dry, brutal narrative voice, but I like it. It's like hearing a catatonic guy recite some anecdotes while chained to a rock in hell.

6) Pajamas & Turds - Some UI Turd

hehehehehe

7) 2girls1NoShame - Eli Wilkinson

I thought it was going to be chocolate cake or some such. It turned out to be mashed chocolate potato cake.

8) Distance over Time - Nick Beatty

It dragged, but Nick is so frank and charming onstage that I didn't mind. The last line, which I believe was, "I'd walk a jiggazillion miles to find ya if it meant you had jiggazillion miles to walk me home," made my heart murmur.

9) How to Detect a Werewolf - Eric Landuyt

I agree that Luke and Evan rocked and socked this. Evan especially is developing into a terrific comedian.

10) How to Break a Rule - The John Hammond Players

weeeeeeeeeee trapeeeeeeeeeeeze

11) Two Gregs is Way Too Many, etc. - Jake Gontero

Do you believe in Soul Mates? Now I do!

12) Clay is Average - Sam & Clay

Clay was so unobtrusively rad that I am giving him a standing ovation right now. As I stand. At the cash register at West Music.

12/04/2007 6:13 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

Also, we have the opportunity to perform in front of the dorm kids on December 13th at 8 pm. This would be a great way to get people interested for Best of the following night. Would anyone be interested in participating? Let us know. By us I mean, Eli or Evan or Alyssa or Benyo. They asked that if we don't do some of the more risque pieces because it isn't a theatre show but open and public so like rules that apply for performing at River Fest and all that would apply. Thanks.

12/04/2007 7:05 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

Those rules are:

Cut down on swearing. No nudity. No over-the-top sexual scenarios. No feces. No 'just to gross them out' pieces. Etc. Use your best judgement. The pieces can be new, or something from any of your previous shows. If we are short people we may pull some out of the archives as well.

12/04/2007 7:08 PM  
Blogger ERIC L. said...

I'd be up for a dorm show. Where would it be? I assume the Currier MPR since it has a stage (and a pretty nice one, I may add).

12/05/2007 9:28 AM  
Blogger Nicholas said...

I'd be for it too

12/05/2007 1:54 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

The show would actually be in Quad. Not Currier. 8 pm.

12/05/2007 1:59 PM  
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