Intermission Impossible: You and Michael Gravois play every resident in Texas third smallest town. Do you have a favorite?
Andrew Moore: I play 9 different characters in the show, 4 women and 5 men, though I spend far more time as a woman in the show than I do as a man. I think that my favorite character is Bertha. I think everyone can relate to her. All she wants is for things to go well for the Fourth of July Reunion and her wedding to Arles the next day, but nothing seems to work out right. Everyone around her keeps causing problems. But she tries to smile through it all. A close second would be Aunt Pearl. Who doesn't love a little old lady who smiles while describing her sex life or telling you she's going to kick your butt?
How does this piece of Tuna stack up against other plays in the Tuna cycle?
Red, White & Tuna follows a very similar storytelling format as the other Tuna shows. We're introduced to the characters and what is going on in the town by Arles & Thurston on Radio OKKK at the top of the show. Everyone in Tuna is gearing up for the Tuna High School Reunion on the Fourth of July. Vera Carp, Aunt Pearl and Didi Snavely are running for Reunion Queen. Bertha and Arles are preparing to get married the next day. Helen and Inita are still on the lookout for cowboys while launching their own catering business at the Reunion. I think people will really enjoy the show because they get to see all their favorite characters from Greater Tuna and A Tuna Christmas in new situations, dealing with new challenges.
You'd think there wouldn't be much to see in Texas third largest town but people keep coming back for more. What's the draw?
People love Tuna because it's just silly. It doesn't claim to be anything other than what it is, two men running around in a bunch of crazy costumes and wigs.
Ballet Memphis (and the ghost of Roy Orbison) are headed to Washington DC. The company will perform Trey McIntyre's Orbison tribute "In Dreams,"at the Kennedy Center June 15-20. Memphis' innovative classical dance company was invited to perform as part of Ballet Across America II.
I swear I've seen both of these guys at a bar recently. One was having a drink and the other was in the parking lot pointing at me.
Memphis character actor Ron Gordon and Death in the comedy Some Things You Need To Know Before The World Ends (A Final Evening With The Illuminati), which opens at Theatreworks June 18
In case you haven't figured it out yet Intermission Impossible is going to be all Sister Myotis all the time between now and her June 20th opening Off Broadway. Here's a shot of Sister, Velma, and Ima hanging out in the park with Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.
Project: Motion's eMPHasis on BLUE left me a bit chilly. If the goal was to explore the color blue Memphis' modern dance company didn't dig too deeply. There's a lot more to blue than the sky, the ocean, and general sadness. Blue is also bawdy, tactile, violent, and vibrant. For the most part eMPHasis on BLUE is humorless, nostalgic, and maudlin. It does, at least, close with a lively ode to blue "power suits" and corporate life that makes everything else worthwhile.
Project: Motion has assembled some great talent for its first show at The Evergreen Theatre and eMPHasis on BLUE is a beautiful thing front to back. It's just—for lack of a better word—monochromatic. And the pre-recorded word collages that introduce each piece in the show—collages that closely resemble the sound bites used in a recent advertising campaign for ArtsMemphis— are a redundant and unnecessary distraction.
Project Motion's last showcase had a dramatic bent featuring some heady and hilarious pieces. eMPHasis on BLUE, the dance company's latest offering, opens this weekend at The Evergreen Theatre and promises to build on the last show's promise while searching for the place where modern dance meets performance art. According to PM's Executive Artistic Director Jay Rapp, "Each choreographer will work with an artist who will paint, mix, compose, build, film, sing, shape and craft their way to a work of art to be displayed during the performance."
eMPHasis on BLUE features choreography by Marianne Bell, Rebecca Cochran, Ondine Geary, Emily Hefley, Louisa Koeppel, Amanda Martinson and Wayne Smith. More details here.