I like it when audiences line up for a show. We bring in well-behaved people. Also, enough people to, you know, form a line as opposed to say, a dot.
The show felt good in many of the sames ways as last show. It had a similar feel and pacing to it, though this show’s audience was bigger and more responsive. Unlike short-form where pauses between scenes oblige the audience to clap for the performers no matter what (clap for crap), the quick transitions in this format don’t force the audience to clap at all. There really are no cues to clap in our show. I don’t assume a show is going downhill if there’s no clapping because I just don’t expect it. (There are other clues like that feeling of dread in the bottom of my stomach.) But, yeah, there was clapping galore, so that was fun!
Our monologues need a bit of fine tuning. I want us to be able to take any word, breathe 5 seconds, and deliver coherently. We were ok, but capable of better. We’re doing very well at short scenes, but I’d also like us to try exploring some longer scenes.
The first monologue was Marc’s on graduation. We began with a scene about a doctor signing out a spleen from a patient. There was a scene about a guy graduating first in class (alphabetically), and another about mathletes at a foot race followed by a status fight at a book club meeting of pompous jerks. I gotta say, I like book-club as a set-up. The less I know about the book, the better.
My monologue was about monsters and all the things I worried about going to bed at night. I feel like I could have jumped from topic to topic less and gone into more details about certain things. From the monologue, we got a scene about god convincing a man to marry a really ugly woman (and likely transsexual) in order to father the second coming of Jesus. It led to a so-so scene about rats in the wall of a dude’s house. (We had trouble with projecting and listening. It was short, though, and mostly harmless.) There was also a short, fun newscast in there where the newscaster and reporter were incredibly condescending to the boy they were interviewing. Thankfully and purposefully (or instinctively?), we stayed clear of all the Whose Line is it Anyway newscast clichés.
Vinny’s monologue was about the word “heroic”. We began with the Lord of the Onion Rings restaurant (as wonderful as it sounds) where Golum got fired. I think there was a neighbourhood meeting scene in there about someone’s undisciplined kids, which led to a great one-word story about a time machine and bringing all the big shoulder-padded women from the 80s to the present day. We ended the show on a gibberish scene where Marc tried to force-feed drinks from the audience to Nikki and me.
As Combo would say, thanks for coming out!