Sunday, November 15, 2009

No Shame 11/13/2009

We had a piece packed show! And an audience. It was great.

Also, before I get to the order. We ARE having a show next week (11/20/2009). So bring your best pieces because this show will be the last show for pieces to be considered for Best Of No Shame.

And now... The Order:

1) David Phillips Says Some Things -by David Phillips
2) An Alphabet Book -by Noah Brown
3) Awkward Conversation - by James S. Roth
4) The Tabular Adventures of the Table - by The Table
5) Metamorphosis -by Deirdre Hong
5.5) In Honor of Friday the 13th - By Kristin Wirtz
6) No Shame History Presents: -by Eric Jesteadt
7) Close your Eyes & Listen -By Jesse Daniel Blaine
8) Herman and George Face a Moral Dilemma -by Eli Wilkinson
9) Mr. Dog -by Spencer Abbe
10) Stephen King Story -by Mirri
11) Monster, a Song -by Old Man Charlie
12) Couchism, a New Way Forward -by Josh Carlson
13) The Asshole of Humanity - by Jake Edwards
14) Why I'm So Confused -by The Ghost of Christmas Past

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you were to take the initials of all the pieces performed at this show, it would spell "DPSSTAABWCTTAOTTMIHOFT13NSHPCYEALHAGFAMDMDSKSMASCANWFTAOHWISC." Food for thought, yes?

11/17/2009 9:32 AM  
Blogger Eli said...

Very interesting...

11/17/2009 11:41 AM  
Blogger LSK said...

1 - I don't remember a whole lot about this piece. I recall being amused by it.

2 - I thought I'd end up not liking this, but I loved it. The rhymes were what made it work.

3 - Awkwardness makes for awesome story material.

4 - My piece. I'm not sure if the table's going to be a recurring character in my work or not. I didn't like this that much when I turned it in, but I was happy to hear good things about it afterwards.

5 - Not bad for a first piece.

5.5 - It's bad luck to be superstitious.

6 - NOT fun. This needed loads more refining.

7 - Eh.

8 - Awesome.

9 - As usual, darn tootin' good.

10 - Meh.

11 - This play's title got Fred Schneider's "Monster" stuck in my head and I didn't get it out in time to process your song. Sorry. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IYx_tRnpVg)

12 - Trite.

13 - Generalizations are always false. Also I felt this kinda went over.

14 - I have no shame.

11/17/2009 10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Asher. My suggestion if you want to keep using the table as a character: move it to front and center while the lights are dim before the piece begins. That way no one is playing to the upstage and it'll be in more light.

11/17/2009 11:05 PM  
Blogger Eli said...

A review from someone who has written many reviews.

1) David Phillips Says Some Things -by David Phillips

-This seemed unprepared. Like he had forgotten the little parts of his stand up and had to try and make the core jokes funnier to compensate. It wasn't bad though.

2) An Alphabet Book -by Noah Brown

-Eh. It was kinda cute. What if it were sung instead of read?

3) Awkward Conversation - by James S. Roth

-I liked this. This was a departure from James' other work and it was a good change of pace. Keep it up.

4) The Tabular Adventures of the Table - by The Table

-I agree with anonymous. Bring the table front and center. That way we think its a prop and are surprised when it becomes a character.

5) Metamorphosis -by Deirdre Hong

-I also liked this quite a bit. I hope she comes back. Sadly, I only have the title from the script that was submitted so i can't give you detailed feedback. But I remember she didn't pace around and had me captured in the writing. Good job.

5.5) In Honor of Friday the 13th - By Kristin Wirtz

-Good god can she scream. Ouch.

6) No Shame History Presents: -by Eric Jesteadt

-I've been down this road before. Strangely, pieces that involve twisting history for comedic effect rarely work. Mainly because most people hate history and purposefully either don't pay attention or forget everything they learned in school. Without that basic understanding of what the TRUE history of the event(s) were, people just don't get it. Also... Nerf guns don't help sell the skit. They detract from it quite a bit and it just comes off as a reason to have playtime on stage.

7) Close your Eyes & Listen -By Jesse Daniel Blaine

-I miss Cool Jesse. His poetry and stage/show presence is greatly missed.

8) Herman and George Face a Moral Dilemma -by Eli Wilkinson

-My piece. I was pretty happy with the writing. I would've liked to have rehearsed it but it took me until 10:50 to cast it so, you know, it was what it was. Originally it was for Me and Shelton.

9) Mr. Dog -by Spencer Abbe

-This was okay. I felt the length was good and it had some funny parts but didn't have that punch that Spencer usually has.

10) Stephen King Story -by Mirri

-This was really good. I tend to like short stories about cannibalism (since my Best Of piece last sem was one). I thought the writing was good and using "god" for the man's name was brilliant. The only thing I can knock it for is being a tad too long.

11) Monster, a Song -by Old Man Charlie

-Always good.

12) Couchism, a New Way Forward -by Josh Carlson

-This was okay. I think Josh can still relax a little bit more on the stage though. I think this piece would've worked better had it been delivered from a 50+ year old man. Maybe a veteran. Maybe crazy.

13) The Asshole of Humanity - by Jake Edwards

-Cut it down a ton. This piece went on for quite some time. But that wasn't my problem with it. My problem was that the jokes where so generically cliche that I knew where he was going the second he started. The best pitch sometimes is a curveball and these were straight down the lane, slow as can be, and by the time they got to us, the batters, we didn't even want to hit it out of the ballpark because we had lost interest.

14) Why I'm So Confused -by The Ghost of Christmas Past

-Ha ha. Remember when more performers were mean to each other just for the sake of being mean to each other? I do. I sometimes miss those days... when things were good.


Which brings me to an interesting point. Back in those aforementioned days, performers were always trying to one-up everyone else. I feel like that is sometimes missing from the show these days. I believe we all try to make a conscious effort to better ourselves and our writing. Maybe its time someone got up on stage like a narcissistic ass and challenged everyone to top him/her the next week. But who could do such a thing?

11/19/2009 12:42 AM  
Blogger Eli said...

And by "Top" I really mean "do better than" not slang for a man who inserts his penis into another man thus being the 'top' to the other mans 'bottom'.

11/19/2009 12:44 AM  
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11/21/2009 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the order from 11/20 be posted on this blog or the new one at noshametheatre.com?

11/21/2009 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has that site even really been updated in the past 4 years?

11/21/2009 11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was referring to the new noshametheatre.com that was mentioned at last Friday's show. Will all blog activity be shifted to the new site, or will there still be some connection between the two?

11/23/2009 1:13 PM  

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