Tuesday, October 06, 2009

No Shame Iowa City 10/2/2009

Hey Everyone!

We had a show. It was fun. There were a lot of first time performers. You should review it. The order is in the comments section.

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Blogger Eli Wilkinson said...

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10/06/2009 11:11 PM  
Blogger ERIC L. said...

.5) That Poor Cat - by Penny
I can't recall any other shows that started with a .5; clever choice by the board. This piece seemed a little disconnected though, like it should have been in "Things I Feel You Should Know" instead of by itself.

1) You know you like it you dirty girl. -by Eli Wilkinson
I had fun with this one, but my performance needed more focused energy. Thanks to Katy for not biting my head.

2) Variations on Row Row Row Your Boat - by Luke Christensen and Julie Daniels
A creative concept that Luke and Julie performed well. Good use of the space.

3) Timothy Applebee -a song by Taylor Cook
I liked this song a lot. Taylor projected his voice well, and the lyrics were interesting.

4)Ligeia and Paula - by Athena
This piece was unsettling in a good way. Eliciting a strong reaction, whether positive or negative, is always an accomplishment. Athena's delivery and presence were good, and the imagery in the poem was unsettling (in a good way) as well. I hope she comes back.

5)Of the Abject - Seth Mussman
I mentioned voice projection earlier, and the opposite was true here. I'm sure it was embarrasing for Seth to have someone to yell "Louder" during his song, but I could barely hear him in the second row. I'm not a singer, but here are some suggestions for singing at No Shame:
A. Hold your head up. You may have to look at the strings or your music, but keeping your head down just sends your voice into the floor. It also constricts your throat so you can't sing as loud.
B. Play your instrument quieter. The theatre's acoustics always favor the instruments, so tone it down to allow for your voice.
C. Sing to the back row. If it helps, imagine your voice as a ray of light or a current that you can picture going from your mouth to the back of the theatre (this holds true for speaking too).
D. Be confident. Nervousness makes you lose your breath, lower your voice, and keep your head down. Rehearsing more can help you stay relaxed.
I hope these tips help in some way.

5.5) Cologne-ization of the Americas -by James S. Roth
I forgot how bad asthma inhalers smell.

6) An Anecdote in Which a Member of the Myrmecophovigidea Family Suffers Racial Discrimination - By Spencer Abbe
Spencer had good energy, though I think some of that was nerves. He paced around a little too much, and at one point, I noticed his hands were shaking. Hopefully he'll gain confidence as he keeps performing.

7) Poem -by Tiffany
More like "Song", but maybe she decided to sing it spur-of-the-moment. The lyrics were pretty good, and I commend anyone who has the guts to sing the first time out.

8) A Piece for No Shame -by Sheela Kangal
I like pieces where people make use of silence and offstage action; good job by Kjai and Sheela.

9) I Guess I never Really Realized How Morbid the Weather is - by Asher Stuhlman
I'd just like to add how nice it is to have lots of new people coming to No Shame. I love the regulars, but variety is the spice of life.

10) Who is Sunny and Why is She on the Couch -by Athena
Why did you leave? Or was the whole point for us to think about a person named Sunny on a couch somewhere other than the theatre?

11) Speech for Forgotten Realms Club of Sciences - by President and Ceo: Norman R. Pace
Possibly the highlight of the night. Great makeup and costume, and the energy was strong. I especially liked the "feeding the cat pancakes" and "names on the grocery list" parts.

12) Those Gay Mormons in "The Smelly Buttplug" -by Dr. Mondo
It looked like the actors had fun. The whole "gay" aspect was sort of undercut by the fact one of them being female, but then the characters didn't really seem Mormon to me either, so maybe the title was just meant to sound ridiculous. Props again to the actors for taking a piece they'd never seen and basically directing themselves (watching them rehearse in the lounge was funny by itself).

10/07/2009 10:46 AM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

?.5 A Child is Frightened by a Logical Syllogism with a False Premise by Katy Baggs

I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT THIS WAS ALSO IN THE ORDER THX

10/07/2009 10:32 PM  
Blogger Eli said...

Sorry Katy. I missed it. Here is the CORRECT Order.

.5) That Poor Cat - by Penny
1) You know you like it you dirty girl. Don't deny it. Just do it. -by Eli Wilkinson
2) Variations on Row Row Row Your Boat - by Luke Christensen and Julie Daniels
2.5 A Child is Frightened by a Logical Syllogism with a False Premise by Katy Baggs
3) Timothy Applebee -a song by Taylor Cook
4)Ligeia and Paula - by Athena
5)Of the Abject - Seth Mussman
5.5) Cologne-ization of the Americas -by James S. Roth
6) An Anecdote in Which a Member of the Myrmecophovigidea Family Suffers Racial Discrimination - By Spencer Abbe
7) Poem -by Tiffany
8) A Piece for No Shame -by Sheela Kangal
9) I Guess I never Really Realized How Morbid the Weather is - by Asher Stuhlman
10) Who is Sunny and Why is She on the Couch -by Athena (UNPERFORMED but in the order regardless)
11) Speech for Forgotten Realms Club of Sciences - by President and Ceo: Norman R. Pace
12) Those Gay Mormons in "The Smelly Buttplug" -by Dr. Mondo

10/07/2009 10:42 PM  
Blogger ERIC L. said...

2.5 A Child is Frightened by a Logical Syllogism with a False Premise by Katy Baggs
I enjoyed Katy spitting out off-brand Cheerios.

10/08/2009 10:53 AM  
Blogger luke said...

I liked all the new people and when Normon combed his hair

10/08/2009 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like boobies!

10/09/2009 1:01 PM  
Blogger evan schenck said...

I like boobs too!

10/09/2009 4:36 PM  
Blogger Eli said...

I don't.

10/09/2009 6:02 PM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

I like dicks!

This was a great show because we had so many new performers, who I hope come back.

I went apeshit over Norman R. Pace. Awesome.

I liked Spencer Abbe's piece and the way it kept giving vague clues so as to make us guess what the protagonist was (I thought: is Frank some kind of bug? A raccoon?) and the last line was excellent.

I guess I also like science-related or titled pieces, so there's that.

And yeah, it was already said that Seth needed to project his voice, but I want to say I liked his guitar playing! The music in this song was catchy, as was Taylor Cook's.

10/09/2009 6:15 PM  
Blogger Katy Baggs said...

OH Asher's piece made me laugh hard too

10/09/2009 6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a good reason why No Shame can't always be in Mabie Theatre? It just "feels better" there.

10/10/2009 10:34 PM  

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