Saturday, April 24, 2010

No Shame Iowa City 4-23-2010

Hey! We had a nice full order filled with many fun pieces. They all went down as follows:

1) Dog President -by David and Gregory
2) Ca-tho-lic The Prayer Game -by The Pseudo Saint
3) Gwoomtiggle's New Home- by Gwoomtiggle, the Harsh Reality of Nature and You
4) Cookies -by Taylor Cook
4.5) Grandpa Jackson -by A Rural Iowan
5) An Educational Skit about Eugene O'Neill -by Penny
6) An Imagined Collaboration Between Spencer Abbe and Dr. Mondo Buttplug -by Asher Stuhlman
7) Cuddle Monster -by Captain Falcon and the Gang
8) Daily Trivialities Presented Under the Guise of a Rather One-Sided Conversation -by David Philips
9) 201 -by Mohammed
10) A New Beginning -by Eli Wilkinson
11) Mama's Boys' Mamas -by Calvin
12) Breaking All of the Rules -by A Theresa
13) Eric Shares a Mildly Amusing Anecdote -by Eric
14) An Epic Tale of Magic & Romance -by Dr. Mondo Buttplug
15) Luke and Eric Do the Random Line Improv -by Eric and Luke

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Blogger Eli said...

The Order (again)

1) Dog President -by David and Gregory
2) Ca-tho-lic The Prayer Game -by The Pseudo Saint
3) Gwoomtiggle's New Home- by Gwoomtiggle, the Harsh Reality of Nature and You
4) Cookies -by Taylor Cook
4.5) Grandpa Jackson -by A Rural Iowan
5) An Educational Skit about Eugene O'Neill -by Penny
6) An Imagined Collaboration Between Spencer Abbe and Dr. Mondo Buttplug -by Asher Stuhlman
7) Cuddle Monster -by Captain Falcon and the Gang
8) Daily Trivialities Presented Under the Guise of a Rather One-Sided Conversation -by David Philips
9) 201 -by Mohammad
10) A New Beginning -by Eli Wilkinson
11) Mama's Boys' Mamas -by Calvin
12) Breaking All of the Rules -by A Theresa
13) Eric Shares a Mildly Amusing Anecdote -by Eric
14) An Epic Tale of Magic & Romance -by Dr. Mondo Buttplug
15) Luke and Eric Do the Random Line Improv -by Eric and Luke

4/24/2010 3:28 PM  
Blogger LSK said...

1. This was too much like their previous skit to be interesting. I probably would have liked it more if I hadn't seen the previous one, though.

2. A well-done take on the exaggerated deus ex machinas of Yu-Gi-Oh and related series. I felt it could have used a more cohesive internal logic - it did feel a little thrown-together - but the effect was achieved nonetheless.

3) I was working the sound for this one, so I didn't really see it.

4) This goes straight to Best Of.

4.5)

5) I liked the exaggerated style of this and I think I learned something about Genghis Kahn.

6) No comment - I wrote this one.

7) Gwar.

8)

9) I am all for full frontal nudity.

10) I love this sort of piece. (Purely the platonic sort, mind you.) No Shame definitely needs the occasional dark, serious piece.

11) This nicely followed the pattern of the more serious piece preceding it: start with a relatively mundane situation and toss in absurdity. The difference was that this piece went towards humor, which isn't a bad thing.

12) There are good concept pieces and then there are atrocious concept pieces. The fact that audience members were talking during it really speaks for itself.

13) I don't remember this piece.

14) Eh.

15) When those random lines work, they really work. When they don't, they're incoherent. Thankfully it was more of the former.

4/24/2010 4:57 PM  
Blogger ERIC L. said...

Part 1:

1) Dog President -by David and Gregory
I liked this one a lot because David and Gregory were so committed to their roles. I also found the idea that an HBO pilot could be scuttled by one author's obsession with the other author pooping in his bathtub as a child quite funny. If these two did another similar piece, I didn't see it, so this one was fun for me.
2) Ca-tho-lic The Prayer Game -by The Pseudo Saint
A funny concept (everything has been turned into an RPG these days) that could have been stronger with some more editing. I did like many of the jokes, but I think the piece went on a little too long. The actors' energy was good though.
3) Gwoomtiggle's New Home- by Gwoomtiggle, the Harsh Reality of Nature and You
I always like Luke clowning because he's so committed to it, and I enjoyed him pulling people out of the audience to play along with him.
4) Cookies -by Taylor Cook
Very good energy by the actors, but I felt the stereotypical post-apocalyptic scenario was a little weak (although maybe that was a comment on the overuse of post-apocalyptic scenarios). The clones also seemed a little too "deus-ex-machina" to me. But the actors played well together, so I consider this piece an overall success.
4.5) Grandpa Jackson -by A Rural Iowan
A good point-five. I like how Luke seemed genuinely shocked to realize he'd been molested, as if it had never occurred to him before.
5) An Educational Skit about Eugene O'Neill -by Penny
I had fun being in this one. It managed to be slightly educational while also making fun of educational skits. The icing on the cake was when Luke was walking offstage and said, "I HATE 'The Iceman Cometh.'"
6) An Imagined Collaboration Between Spencer Abbe and Dr. Mondo Buttplug -by Asher Stuhlman
Spencer and Dr. Mondo have apparently both developed styles so recognizable that they have become fodder for parody. This story was amusing and a pretty good synthesis of its sources. I wonder what Spencer and Dr. Mondo think of being lampooned like this.
7) Cuddle Monster -by Captain Falcon and the Gang
I waited on my entrance because it was so fun watching the children flail. I should have moved around more so that Asher didn't have to run across the whole stage to get Falcon-punched, but it was still a good time.

4/26/2010 11:04 AM  
Blogger ERIC L. said...

Part 2:

8) Daily Trivialities Presented Under the Guise of a Rather One-Sided Conversation -by David Philips
I think David's standup works at No Shame because it's more comedic storytelling and less setup-punchline. He has an enjoyably off-kilter perspective on things.
9) 201 -by Mohammad
This game seems like a good choice if you're too impatient for strip poker. I think it would have been even better if one of them was just about to get naked and then the censor interrupted.
10) A New Beginning -by Eli Wilkinson
I think you had me read this one the first time around, Eli. I like how the somewhat cliched scenario (girl loses her sense of self to be with guy) still worked because the girl acknowledged that she became a cliche. It was also nice to have a serious piece to cleanse the palate after so many funny ones.
11) Mama's Boys' Mamas -by Calvin
This one was great because the actors were awesome. Morgan's character was completely oblivious to the true consequences of her actions, so lines like "Are you calling me a bad mother?" were hysterical because they were delivered so straight. Great job all around.
12) Breaking All of the Rules -by A Theresa
This one came off too much like a self-conscious attempt to be "rebellious" than genuine theatrical anarchy. It grew less amusing and more labored as it went on because everyone knew they were just wasting time until they could break the five-minute rule. While it was not as cynical or grating as some other meta-theatrical "irritainment" pieces, I still think it fell flat. (But I'm speaking as someone who has broken the rules without making a conscious effort to.)
13) Eric Shares a Mildly Amusing Anecdote -by Eric
Sad but true.
14) An Epic Tale of Magic & Romance -by Dr. Mondo Buttplug
This piece felt a little too scatological to me, but I give the actors a lot of credit to committing wholeheartedly to something bizarre and gross. I may be wrong, but I think the two guys had never even been met before much less come to No Shame before. Maybe we could advertise this: Come to No Shame Theatre to see new theatre, meet new people, and possibly shove your face into their butts.
15) Luke and Eric Do the Random Line Improv -by Eric and Luke
This got off on the wrong foot because I think Luke wanted to be Santa Buttplug and I took it away from him (sorry, Luke), and it didn't develop much because we never included the Chrysler Building like we were supposed to. Then again, Dr Mondo Buttplug's pieces often don't develop much and just consist of obscene non-sequiters, so I think we did service to that fact. Also, kudos to Luke for massaging my groin; I'm still amazed that he goes along with some of the things I suggest.

This was the most fun I've had at No Shame in a long time. Good show, everyone.

4/26/2010 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't there a rule about only one piece per person? David, Luke, and Eric all did more than one. What's up, board?

4/26/2010 11:36 AM  
Blogger ERIC L. said...

I can only speak for myself here, but I put more than one in because when they took the order at 10:30, there were only five or six pieces. Having seen shows get cancelled over too short an order, I was trying to help fill things out. More people finally showed up around 10:45 or 10:50, but it would be nice if performers could arrive at 10:30 to make assembling the order a little easier

4/26/2010 11:51 AM  
Blogger Eli said...

I agree with Eric. I took the order Friday night and when 10:30 came around there was 7 pieces. So I took a second one from Eric. I was merely trying to make more of show. But seriously people 10:30 is the submission time. Please bring you pieces BEFORE that or we will start to turn you down. Sorry but it is a real pain to make an order and have to constantly change it as people are throwing in more pieces at the last moment. And this would help eliminate this repeating authors problem and stop you from giving us/me guff about it.

As for David, if you notice the first piece was actually turned in by Gregory. Co authoring is not a real concern as long as the total number of pieces do not go over the number of authors. For example:

Say Luke and I have our own pieces and we co-wrote one. I would only accept 2 of those 3 scripts. So if I turned one in and we did the co-written one, that would be fine.

4/26/2010 12:14 PM  
Blogger Eli said...

Also I would like to note that Luke did not co-write the last piece Eric always just credits both of them since it is improv.

4/26/2010 12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something went wrong here. It says we're in March. Oh noes!

4/28/2010 12:14 AM  

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