Saturday, September 26, 2009

Streetcars & Futurism

Posted By on Sat, Sep 26, 2009 at 11:07 AM

For only having had two weeks with Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind's founding director Greg Allen the students at Rhodes College have developed a compelling original Neo-Futurist show. Incorporating elements of the confessional monologue, improv comedy, and Brechtian social commentary Neo-Futurism isn't going to be everybody's cup of Joe. But if the idea sounds interesting there are only two more chances to catch this unique performance. The show closes with an afternoon performance on Sunday, September 27.

Tennessee Williams
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Tonight I'm planning a trip to The Hattiloo Theatre to check out their production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. Ekundayo Bandele, the Hattiloo's founding Artistic Director is making a rare onstage appearance in the role of Stanley. His performance as Booth in Suzan-Lori Parks Top Dog/Underdog was one of the Highlights of the 2007/08 theater season.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Future is Now at Rhodes' McCoy Theatre

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 3:23 PM

There's a very cool thing going down this weekend at The McCoy Theatre at Rhodes College: an original

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Neo-Futurist performance created by the students under the guidance of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind creator Greg Allen, who founded the Neo-Futurist movement in Chicago in 1988.

So what exactly is a Neo-Futurist performance? It's a live theatrical event made up of several micro-plays and dedicated to the principle of absolute honesty. Neo-Futurists don't want you to suspend your disbelief they want to showcase real people doing real things in real time. The 30-Plays in 60-minutes format used in Too Much Light insures that the audience will never see the same show twice and can result in weirdness, hilarity, and moments unexpected and absolute beauty. Kudos to Rhodes for exposing their students to this unique and exciting approach to theater.

Some might describe the Neo-Futurist's work as non-commercial. And yet Too Much Light is the longest continuously-running late night show in Chicago. It offers audiences something they just can't get anywhere else. Well, except for the McCoy Theatre this weekend.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Pay to Play: There's a new playhouse in the works for Memphis' indie artists

Posted By on Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Looks like indie performing artists in Memphis will soon have a new place to do their thing.

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The TheatreWorks Board of Directors and Circuit Playhouse, Inc. are proud to announce that TheatreWorks is expanding to include The Evergreen Theatre (formerly Circuit Playhouse). TheatreWorks will continue to be able to fulfill its mission to provide affordable space to new and emerging artists. There will now be additional opportunities for artists to produce non-commercial work and to succeed or fail without fear of financial strain. Because of its prior success, TheatreWorks has been booked two years in advance. Now, due to Circuit Playhouse moving into the space formerly occupied by Playhouse on the Square and because of grants from ARTSMEMPHIS, the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis and a generous gift from the Jeniam Foundation to fund a feasibility study, Fred Harpell, the Facility Manager for TheatreWorks, will become manager of both Evergreen and TheatreWorks and will book both facilities. Resident companies of TheatreWorks will have priority in booking time slots, but there will now be space available at both the "old" TheatreWorks and the "new" Evergreen. These changes will take place in April of 2010. Contact theatrework@aol.com.

Cool!

Party like it's 1599

Posted By on Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 2:08 PM

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The deadline to reserve spots for Tennessee Shakespeare Company's first (and planned to be annual)
Roiter-Doiter is coming up fast and...

What's that you say? You don't know what a Roiter-Doiter is? Apparently it's some sort of festival according to a press release which asks readers if they "Remember the old days in the Renaissance when a Roiter-Doiter meant fun, togas, feats of skill, and winning something big?" Unfortunately nobody here at Intermission Impossible was around during the Renaissance so nobody remembered. And Google didn't remember what a roiter doiter was either. So who knows?

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