Monday, March 03, 2008

NS Iowa City Feb 29th. Freaky leap year show!

Hey all. We had a great show this week. Let's keep it up.

Party on Wayne. Party on Garth.

Order in the 'replies' section. I promise.

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Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

The Order:

1) Heeheehee heeheeheehee OH! Heeheeheeheeheehee - By Katy Baggs

2)Lightning - Eric Landuyt

3)Untitles dance piece - Kelsey Akers

4) An Report to the Iowa City City Council on the importance of Spacetronauts- by Evan Schenck

5) Jerome - by Jeromes Ghost

6)Eats Butter- By Brian Lenth

7) Noon Day Witch- By Mirri, Performed by the Birdies!

8)Bip Bop Music - Kyle Ford

9) Hi, my name is Jesse and I have a problem - by Luke Christensen

10) The Jerk and Jesus - by Eli Wilkinson

11) The Driving Lesson - by John Bates

12) Russian Girl - by Clay Howard and Sam Fuller

13) The Sequel - by Greg Machlin

3/03/2008 12:34 PM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

I just posted the order. Now i am going to take it a step beyond that and review it. Get the ball rolling.

1) Heeheehee heeheeheehee OH! Heeheeheeheeheehee - By Katy Baggs

-Cute. Ran a bit too long.

2)Lightning - Eric Landuyt

-A good serious monologue but it could've easily been cut in half length wise and still been just as good.

3)Untitles dance piece - Kelsey Akers

Hoola hoops are fun.

4) An Report to the Iowa City City Council on the importance of Spacetronauts- by Evan Schenck

-Lacked some of the bite in other Evan scripts. I felt the kid like monologue is often unused and was happy to see two pieces like it this week.

5) Jerome -by Jeromes Ghost

-Something really fucked up about the idea of a stalker masturbating to you in perfect time. I would recommend about 88 beats/ min.

6)Eats Butter- By Brian Lenth

Had some really good moments in it. Though it kind of lagged in the middle. Faster delivery perhaps?

7) Noon Day Witch- By Mirri, Performed by the Birdies!

-Nice song. And ELECTROFIED!!!

8)Bip Bop Music - Kyle Ford

-Idk why there was a sticker on his cd but it was great until he broke his stick.

9) Hi, my name is Jesse and I have a problem - by Luke Christensen

-Cute. i think you can really go further with the character as well. Make him likeable but at the same time a little rascal that people can identify with.

10) The Jerk and Jesus - by Eli Wilkinson

-My reaction to Shelton cutting all communication with me.

11) The Driving Lesson - by John Bates

-Excellent. As per usual. The dual speaking really got energy flowing.

12) Russian Girl - by Clay Howard and Sam Fuller

-Not bad but the awkward slow delivery really made it drag.

13) The Sequel - by Greg Machlin

-A continuation of the "masturbating with your tears" joke that floated between me and Shelton for the past 4 years. And yes. I was actually touching myself.

3/03/2008 1:49 PM  
Blogger luke said...

I really loved the whole show.
Good show guys

3/03/2008 8:50 PM  
Blogger ERIC L. said...

1) Heeheehee heeheeheehee OH! Heeheeheeheeheehee - By Katy Baggs
Amusing, then unnerving, then amusing again, then unnerving again, then finally amusing. I love how Katy throws herself into whatever she does.

2)Lightning - Eric Landuyt
Not perfect, but I thought it went well.

3)Untitles dance piece - Kelsey Akers
This was something different, which I liked. I admire anyone with that kind of physical dexterity and control, and I think it also stands as an example of how people can really do anything at No Shame.

4) An Report to the Iowa City City Council on the importance of Spacetronauts- by Evan Schenck
This was pretty funny and I appreciate that Evan tried stretching himself outside his usual snarky/abusive character. He seemed to be trying to channel Michael Tabor with this one.

5) Jerome - by Jerome's Ghost
Remember Eli's "Oedipus Reloaded" piece that I performed at BONS last fall? I had a stranger at Jimmy John's quote the "lips are lips" line from that to me when I was buying a sandwich. I'd find it very ironic if the same thing happens with this piece.

6)Eats Butter- By Brian Lenth
This piece was very Michael Tabor-esque. I liked the bit about the CVS card.

7) Noon Day Witch- By Mirri, Performed by the Birdies!
A decent song, but I wish Leigh would have done more on bass. I think I felt that way because I was admiring how nice her bass was, and if you have something that nice, you should use it to its fullest.

8)Bip Bop Music - Kyle Ford
The CD difficulties came to an amusing conclusion with the sticker thing. The piece itself was pretty good up until the one glow-nunchuka (like a glow wand but it's a nunchuka; I'm sure there's an official term, but I like mine) broke. As with Kelsey's hula hooping, I admire the physical skill this kind of work takes.

9) Hi, my name is Jesse and I have a problem - by Luke Christensen
This was a great piece. Luke created a really sweet and endearing character with an interesting situation that the audience wanted to hear about. It's harder than it seems to play a little kid well and not just talk in a childish voice while acting naive. Awesome writing and character development.

10) The Jerk and Jesus - by Eli Wilkinson
I found this funny on one level, but knowing the subtext behind it made me sad. I miss Jon Shelton too.

11) The Driving Lesson - by John Bates
John Bates, you are awesome. Just when the novelty of an otherwise cheerful and mild-mannered guy cursing a blue streak started to wear off, he threw in the twist of him being a minister. Great.

12) Russian Girl - by Clay Howard and Sam Fuller
Interesting choice by Clay and Sam. I wonder if it's based on reality.

13) The Sequel - by Greg Machlin
Another piece that reminded me of Jon. I liked the line about all sperm wanting to be hoofers but one getting to be a star. The masturbating with tears joke is starting to lose some of its punch, but that may just be because I've heard it several times before.

A good show with a lot of variety. Let's keep this up.

3/03/2008 10:18 PM  
Blogger evan schenck said...

1) Heeheehee heeheeheehee OH! Heeheeheeheeheehee - By Katy Baggs

I liked it but I agree that it maybe kept going a little longer than necessary.

2)Lightning - Eric Landuyt

I didn't know what this was about but I appreciated the intensity Eric brought to it.

3)Untitles dance piece - Kelsey Akers

Whoa, hell yeah this was pretty damn good. Physical performance.

4) An Report to the Iowa City City Council on the importance of Spacetronauts- by Evan Schenck

Aw man, this was meant for Jake to perform but I guess he was busy finding out whether things were or were not giants.

5) Jerome - by Jeromes Ghost

This was good and funny. I liked it. Jerome is a masturbating ghost, I guess.

6)Eats Butter- By Brian Lenth

This was a fantastic damn monologue which I loved. The logic behind his infinite amount of debt was beautiful. It was an exceedingly clever

7) Noon Day Witch- By Mirri, Performed by the Birdies!

Hey Mirri is good at playing the Git-arr and singing, and Leigh is good at playing the electrical bass and standing in place.

8)Bip Bop Music - Kyle Ford

This guy was good at the thing he did and he was also good on stage during the technical difficulties. I'm sorry that his prop failed and then exploded, it was a really good performance whilst it lasted.

9) Hi, my name is Jesse and I have a problem - by Luke Christensen

This was good, I liked it. The voice of the little kid came through. He sounded like a real child except speaking in a way that is possible for people who aren't his parents to understand.

10) The Jerk and Jesus - by Eli Wilkinson

This was okay. I played Jesus as totally high.

11) The Driving Lesson - by John Bates

This was less complex than most of John's pieces, really just a couple of gags (first, surprising and totally inappropriate cursing, second, they are a minister and daughter) but it was still excellent. The acting was very enthusiastic.

12) Russian Girl - by Clay Howard and Sam Fuller

I liked this piece. I don't have any problem with Mr. Fuller's delivery. I think that it's either intentional or it's just the way he actually talks. Imagine how goddamn rude it would be, criticizing the way a guy talks. Shit. Personally I think it's an interesting direction to go with stuff.

13) The Sequel - by Greg Machlin

I can't remember this piece so much because it happened a while ago. This was the one where Eli got yelled at for masturbating with tears? I still don't understand how that would even work. They're not even a lubricant at all, if anything, the opposite.

3/05/2008 1:17 AM  
Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

It's a painful process, Evan. Masturbating with your tears. It's painful, pathetic, yet beautiful at the same time.

3/05/2008 1:05 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

1) Heeheehee--this was cute, and surprisingly well-timed.

2) Lightning--a daring and nifty serious piece. I agree it could have been a bit shorter, but go Eric for taking on the mind of someone evil & humanizing him.

3) Untitled dance piece--This was AMAZING. Best of? I've never wanted to be a hula hoop more.

4) Report--I like "spacetronaut."

5) Jerome--fun and disturbing.

6) Eats Butter--Very entertaining.

7) Noon Day Witch--this rocked. We need more muisc.

8) Bip Bop Music--very, very cool with the glow in the dark. I could see myself nominating this for best of.

9) Hi…--Good little kid piece. Reminded me a bit of Timm Sitzmann.

10) Jerk & Jesus--funny, but less funny if you know the backstory.

11) The Driving Lesson--amusing

12) Russian Girl--I think Clay & Sam have definitely done funnier pieces, but it's good they're stretching a bit.

13) I wrote this on the fly; I think it was okay for a quickly-written piece. Eli sold it.

3/05/2008 10:31 PM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

I also want to give a KUDOS PROPS SHOUT-OUT to Kelsey Akers and Kyle Ford. They were great.

3/06/2008 12:54 PM  
Blogger luke said...

I 2nd what katy baggs just said

I didn't think Sam&Clay's piece this week was meant to be entirely funny. It talked about people, and people are funny creatures, so sometimes there is no escaping comedy, but overall I thought it was more sincere. I wish he would have picked his head up so I could hear him better though :P

Yeah, my piece was based on Timm's kid things as well as Richard Pryor's kid things.

My highlights were the movement performances, the sound Eric's gloves made when he clenched his fists, the logic of "eats butter," a plugged in instrument, and masturbating in time.

3/06/2008 3:27 PM  
Blogger ERIC L. said...

Luke, I have never before been complimented on the sound of my gloves, but it is certainly one of the most memorable reviews I have ever received.

3/06/2008 6:27 PM  

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