Jan 17, 2010 12:53 am by b.j.swank in Without Annette

I just recycled all those all non-sequitur title cards from 2008’s Argument With a Dolphin. I couldn’t think of a better place to store this list, so for posterity’s sake:

The good:
The Moment I Fell out of Love
Argument with a Dolphin
Yours Truly
The Slap

The so-so:
Phone Call from a Former Lover
Answering Machine

The eh:
Pearly Gates
Slumber Party
The Birds

The never played:
Spelling Bee
Diamond Dance
Hat Squad

And of course, on with the show!


  • By Andrew, January 18, 2010 @ 11:07 pm

    I loved “The Moment I Fell Out Of Love”! In fact, I loved it so much that being reminded of it here inspired me, and now Kitsch In Sync are going to be using a slightly modified version called “The Moment I Fell *In* Love” for our Valentine’s day show next month. It’s basically the same gag, but the song is “Lovin’ You” by Minnie Riperton, and the scene ends with the people on stage slowly walking towards each other and into each other’s arms. For extra laughs we’ve sometimes been playing it with objects from the scene being incorporated into a bizarre lovemaking ritual, too. It’s been going great in workshop, so thanks — and kudos for such a great idea!

  • By vinnyfrancois, January 20, 2010 @ 9:21 am

    Instructions for people who never saw TMIFOOL:

    Play a straight scene with a couple. The couple should seem happy together or at worst neutral towards each other. The conversation should be natural, casual and the topics mundane.

    There should be a new offer or change in topic by one of the couple (let’s call them player A). If the moment feels right, the other person (player B) freezes (otherwise continue to the next offer/change). Player A should freeze as soon as they notice Player B has frozen. The lights should go black while a spotlight highlights the couple. Coldplay’s Trouble (Instrumental, no lyrics) should start playing. Player B slowly turns towards the audience while walking slowly to the front and center of the stage. Player B should be conveying only with their face that they’ve suddenly fallen out of love.

    The spotlight fades to black and the music fades out shortly thereafter. From start of music to end of music should not be more than 40-50 seconds.

    Argument With A Dolphin was a weird and strange show but when it worked it was kind of magical. I think it could be refined into a more consistently awesome show.

  • By Andrew, January 21, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

    I think the TMIFOOL I remember best, actually, involved Marc falling out of love with a bird (played by Dan), rather than any of the scenes with “real” couples. It was a pretty high-wire choice, but like you said: magical.

    As a point of clarification about the TMIFIL we’re doing: the initial scene should be extremely neutral, ideally involving two strangers (e.g. a copy shop worker and customer; two truckers at a truck stop), and absolutely NOT two people on a date or in any other kind of situation where you’d expect romance. The scene runs until a new topic/non sequitur is introduced by one of the players; then the music/spotlight starts; then the two players slowly look at each other, etc.

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