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Re: “Intermission Impossible's 2015 Ostrander Predictions — And WHO GOT ROBBED?

Yes, yes, and yes...Yes, The Seagull was robbed. I get that the clever parody "Vanya..." was fun, but damn, Chehov is fucking hard to get right. And the whole production team got it right...Love Ms Palmer but that was not her best work. Why was Ms Brown's performance apparently oblivious?...I get that it's all subjective, so...let's celebrate on Sunday.

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Posted by mayfield on 08/28/2015 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Ostrander Awards Update: Who Else Got Robbed?

Chris needs to channel Kanye and have a "I'm really happy for you, I'ma let you finish, but John had one of the best performance of all time!" moment at the ceremony.

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Posted by Charlie Eppes on 08/28/2015 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Intermission Impossible's 2015 Ostrander Predictions — And WHO GOT ROBBED?

Oliver absolutely should've been nominated for Bad Jews!

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Posted by adeledazeem on 08/28/2015 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Ostrander Awards Update: Who Else Got Robbed?

He was MAGICAL!!! Strange, creepy and dear all at once, he never took it over the top into a level of camp that you'd disconnect with. Amazing performance and he.was.ROBBED!!!

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Posted by Kara Diana Blackwood on 08/28/2015 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Intermission Impossible's 2015 Ostrander Predictions — And WHO GOT ROBBED?

I liked Masotti in Seminar. Loved her in The Seagull.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 08/28/2015 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Intermission Impossible's 2015 Ostrander Predictions — And WHO GOT ROBBED?

...and Julia Masotti every time she stepped on stage last season but especially in Seminar...nuanced and specific and so good

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Posted by John M Hemphill on 08/28/2015 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Intermission Impossible's 2015 Ostrander Predictions — And WHO GOT ROBBED?

Yes..Tamara....Erin most definitely.....and bias aside Lorraine and Brie were showstoppers....I would throw in Oliver Jacob Pierce who got John Moored (ala A Steady Rain) by being the only one in Bad Jews without a nomination. It was a great performance and a tight ensemble...plus he is a good dude.

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Posted by John M Hemphill on 08/28/2015 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Ostrander Awards Update: Who Else Got Robbed?

I think I missed it in "Who got robbed" because, in spite of the obvious list in front of me, it didn't seem possible that he wasn't nominated.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 08/28/2015 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Ostrander Awards Update: Who Else Got Robbed?

It may well have been my favorite performance of the year.

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Posted by Michael Gravois on 08/28/2015 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Ostrander Awards Update: Who Else Got Robbed?

I wholeheartedly agree that the ommisiion of John was a glaring misstep.

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Posted by Rick Osborn on 08/28/2015 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Intermission Impossible's 2015 Ostrander Predictions — And WHO GOT ROBBED?

Irene, you're right as can be. Especially about Tamara, though I omitted her as well. I only saw her in Seagull, which was a season highlight for me, and a real treat. But heard from others how good she was in VSM&S. It was just great to see her back on stage at Playhouse, period.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 08/28/2015 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Intermission Impossible's 2015 Ostrander Predictions — And WHO GOT ROBBED?

I wish I had been able to see more theater this year. Your thoughts are appreciated. I do think that, as objective as I can possibly be, Sarah Brown was amazing in Vanya. The fact that Tamara Scott's work in both rep shows was entirely ignored really bothers me.
I also think it was a great year for kids, and a category for them would have been nice.
They will never be able to please everyone. It is the nature of the beast and I get that. This is all hindsight that is fun for those of us that have no responsibility. I could never be a judge. Can't wait to see everyone, knock back a few, and enjoy the show.

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Posted by irenecrist on 08/28/2015 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Intermission Impossible's 2015 Ostrander Predictions — And WHO GOT ROBBED?

Excellent article Chris

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Posted by Judith Johnson on 08/28/2015 at 12:51 AM

Re: “Just a Swinging: MOUNTAIN VIEW is Americana in a Mason Jar

I staged managed both productions and there were changes made to both shows. We asked Harold for minor changes and he gave us them as soon as possible. And Harold came all the way from Louisiana to see a run and came to see a few performances. And it was great to have Teri in town to see run throughs and give us changes that we sought after.

It was a treat to see how these show developed from the first read through thorough the final performance. We also had a talk back for both shows and the audience have great feedback about both shows.

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Posted by Chelsea Robinson on 07/27/2015 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Just a Swinging: MOUNTAIN VIEW is Americana in a Mason Jar

I, too, applaud this program. I just wonder if POTS has considered bringing in the playwright at some point in rehearsal to make relatively minor changes?

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Posted by mayfield on 07/27/2015 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Just a Swinging: MOUNTAIN VIEW is Americana in a Mason Jar

I don't know, Mayfield. I don't think it hurts developing a reputation for providing this level of physical support for new work-- which, as you know is always evolving. Both of the New Works winners were complete and competant enough to merit full productions. Neither one is quite ready for the big leagues yet, but I don't regret the time is spent with them. By making the program attractive, I hope POTS will attract talent and ambition. This is the fruit of year one. I'm impressed and intrigued.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 07/25/2015 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Just a Swinging: MOUNTAIN VIEW is Americana in a Mason Jar

Have not seen any of these new works this season, but am on board to see them all in the upcoming season. From what I've heard and heard, it sounds as though these new plays are not quite ready for a full production. I wonder if the playwright is allowed to come in early during the rehearsals and make changes, especially in cutting some of the verbose monologues that I've heard about in this show and some of the others....these playwrights are lucky to have first-rate actors, but I wonder if sometimes the actors are above the material, a hard lesson for many writers.

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Posted by mayfield on 07/24/2015 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Going Back to Laramie: New Moon & ETC Document an Atrocity

So glad you caught this one. Hope the audience numbers increase.

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Posted by mayfield on 06/19/2015 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Previews of "Seminar," "Gospel at Colonus," and "For Our Freedom, And Yours"

He did. Maybe not the original production, but an early one.

Posted by Chris Davis on 06/02/2015 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Previews of "Seminar," "Gospel at Colonus," and "For Our Freedom, And Yours"

I hope to see Gospel at Colonus. Maybe I dreamed this, but didn't Morgan Freeman do this maybe a half-century ago?

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Posted by mayfield on 06/02/2015 at 8:25 PM

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