Stage productions (a.k.a. plays)

Bel-Cam Jos

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Since this section says, "Other If it's not a Star Wars movie, it goes here! " then I suppose "legitimate theatre" deserves a mention. I just saw Spamalot in Las Vegas this weekend, the one with John "J Peterman" O'Hurley as King Arthur. I've also acted in a couple local performances the last two years. Made me think about starting a thread on the subject.

Anyone else out there among the "author! author! " or "break a leg" crowd? Seen any good (or awful) plays, professional or amateur level? Share!
 

El Chuxter

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Miss Saigon
Les Miserables
Cyrano de Bergerac
A Raisin in the Sun
A Christmas Carol
Lady Sings the Blues
and more Shakespeare productions than I can count

Plus more I know I'm forgetting.
 

JediTricks

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When my sister turned 15, she wanted to see Phantom of the Opera, so my dad and grandparents took us to that. I got all pimped out in my finest duds at the time and caught a few eyes. My sister and I were totally bored out of our skulls though.
 

Mr. JabbaJohnL

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Maybe I'm just seeing the wrong plays, but I have no love for theater. My sister played cello for one that I had to see several times a few years ago (Sunday in the Park with George, just not good). School productions are of course always just mind-numbingly bad.
 

General_Grievous

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I've seen

Les Miserables
Stomp (remember that one?)
Aida
The Lion King

All on Broadway, and all on school trips (except "The Lion King"). I didn't care much for "Aida", but I liked the other ones. I really want to see "Spamalot" on Broadway, but I have no desire to right now since Clay Aiken is in it for a few months. :rolleyes:
 

Bel-Cam Jos

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If you can believe it, I have a list (LISTS! ) of the ones I can recall seeing (or performing in):

Bel-Cam's realm o' lists said:
1.Antigone (high school)
2.Christmas at the Grove (local theater)
3.City Lights (Las Vegas)
4.Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged, The (high school)
5.Dreams of Anne Frank, The (local theater)
6.Frozen Roses (amateur theater)
7.Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A (me)
8.Grease (college theater)
9.Grease (Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena)
10.Guys and Dolls (high school)
11.Importance of Being Earnest, The (high school)
12.Jesus Christ, Superstar (local theater)
13.Julius Caesar (high school)
14.Les Miserables (Pantages, Hollywood)
15.Lion King, The (Pantages, Hollywood)
16.Much Ado About Nothing (high school)
17.Noises Off! (high school)
18.Nothing But the Truth (Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles)
19.Nutcracker, The (Dorothy Candler Pavilion, Los Angeles)
20.Oklahoma! (local theater)
21.Our Town (me)
22.Palm Springs Follies (Plaza Theater, Palm Springs)
23.Phantom of the Opera, The (Pantages, Hollywood)
24.Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa)
25.Smash (high school)
26.Sound of Music, The (local theater)
27.South Pacific (local theater)
28.Spamalot (Wynn Casino, Las Vegas, NV)
29.Tell Me You Love Me, Junie Moon (high school)
30.To Kill a Mockingbird (me)
31.War of the Worlds/Dracula (high school)
32.Wicked (Pantages, Hollywood)
33.Wizard of Oz, The (local theater)
 

General_Grievous

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Well, if you want to include stuff that we've actually been in as well, then I was part of the chorus in "The Music Man" in 8th grade, and I provided the voice of Audrey II the plant in "Little Shop Of Horrors" when I was a sophomore in high school.
 

Jargo

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Dear god, where do I start? Lots of stuff. in varied arenas. under varied situations. I've been in musicals and dramas and comedies and variety, done touring shows and in-house full scale semi-pro shows in huge theatres. I've done shows designed for special needs kids and old people, i've played everything from a ten thousand year old japanese female monkey guru to a chicago gang boss and a neurotic rabbit on the verge of a nervous breakdown. (some of you will remember the pic in the post a pic thread). i've written, designed for, lit, made props for and stage managed shows ranging from single handers to cast of sixty. done open air theatre, theatre in the round, role play acting in professional training, teacher training videos, classical theatre through to theatre of the absurd.
the one thing i've always done is instantly forget all the lines and songs and people and moved on with life rather than turn into one of those luvvies constantly recounting tales of the good old days when they played second fiddle to some long dead star who can't dispute the story and how fantastic everything is tralalala. I really detest hammy 'biz' people. especially musical theatre people. christ they're dull. "ooh lets all sing songs from the show we've just been performing in nightly for the last three months!" No lets not. lets just get quietly drunk and relax and talk about something other than how your tights chafe or your agent is talking to **insert director du jour here** about how great you'd be as the lead in his next show.

thing about acting is it's great if you don't get suckered into that roar of the greasepaint, smell of the crowd stuff. treat it like a hobby, treat it like a job. just don't ever treat it as a life.
 

Bel-Cam Jos

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Saw a local production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Very good; guy who played Puck was tall (I'd guess at least 6'7" [or around 2 meters for the internat'l crowd :pleased: ]) and quite limber. Had also seen the school version of it a month or so ago. This one yesterday was in a more modernized setting, using same Shakespearean dialogue, but not like the DiCaprio/Daines R&J. Cool, fun. :thumbsup:
 

Bel-Cam Jos

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Saw an interesting performance called "Vox Lumiere's The Hunchback of Notre Dame." They have big screens behind showing parts of the silent version of HBoND with Lon Cheney, while there are dancers and singers performing on the stage, accompanied by live rock music played. Lots to look at (reading words in between silent scenes, watching those scenes, following which character the dancers were playing, noticing the musicians, etc.). Pretty cool.
 

Lord Malakite

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I've seen a few play performances, some in person and some on TV.

  • Hamlet (Cincinnati Aranoff Center) - Shakespeare's classic.
  • The Gods Must Be Crazy (Ohio University) - This one I'm not 100% certain that I'm remembering the name correctly. If it isn't correct its something very similar. This play wasn't based on the movie series of the same name. This play was basically a "musical/dancing" remake or retelling of Sophocles' tragedy "Oedipus the King" by an African playwright and is set within an African Tribe. There was a lot of audience participation in this one (the actors would pull people from random sections to dance during various songs for the fall harverst, etc.
  • A View From the Bridge (Ohio University) - By Arthur Miller.
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (PBS Broadcast) - By Edmond Rostand. This one was just on in the last week or so.
 

Mr. JabbaJohnL

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Mabs, I finally watched AD/BC a few days ago, great stuff!

I saw a production of A Raisin in the Sun last night, and it was quite good. My friend and I exchanged perhaps too many "that's what she said" jokes during it, and she didn't like the play, but too damn bad. :D
 

Bel-Cam Jos

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While not really a "play," I saw a performance of a travelling Second City improv group last week. Very funny, but also quite crass much of the time. : prude:

We have our final dress rehearsal tonight, then open the first of our 5 shows this and next weekends. I hope to have some pics of me in costume soon. :breakaleg: :yes: Favorite line that I deliver? "Aye!" or "There be children dyin' in the village, sir."
 

Bel-Cam Jos

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The first two shows have been great, from the POV of the audience (according to ovations and their after-show comments) and the cast. Here are two pics of me in costume; the first is my original outfit, before they de-tri-cornered and de-heavy-coated me. :upset: But, people who've seen the show have said I looked mean and demanding, which was the characterization I was trying for in Thomas Putnam, so huzzah for me! :D Three more shows this weekend, then it's strike the set. :(