Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Texas Fireworks: Three questions with Red, White, and Tuna star Andrew Moore

Posted By on Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 7:51 PM

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It's no secret that I don't enjoy the cycle of two-person plays inspired by the hit show Greater Tuna. I dread these plays like the flu but I also recognize that I'm in the minority. So instead of ranting about rotten bait I'm going to give Red, White and Tuna , which opens this weekend at Circuit Playhouse, the benefit of the doubt. And I'm going to ask Andrew Moore three questions.

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.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mrs. Pugh Goes to Washington: Ballet Memphis to host a pre-Kennedy Center party

Posted By on Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 12:27 PM

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.

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End of Time News: An apocalyptic promo pic from the New Moon Theatre Company

Posted By on Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 11:09 AM

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.

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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

Monday, June 7, 2010

When Haley Met Sister: More on Mrs. Myotis Crenshaw's trip to the Big Apple

Posted By on Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 1:25 PM

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.

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Happiness & Sadness: Project: Motion's eMPHasis on Blue emphasizes the obvious

Posted By on Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 11:35 AM

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.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Invitation to the BLUE[s]: Project Motion goes monochromatic.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 1:10 PM

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.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Art of the Possible: Somebody out there likes this blog

Posted By on Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 4:45 PM

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Time to pop a collar and a cork. Every year the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies gives awards for excellence and this year Intermission Impossible was named as one of two finalists for best blog authored by an individual. Not “best theater blog” or “best performing arts blog” mind you but best all around blog. When I think about how many great political, news, sports, and food blogs there are out there in the digital soup I'm kind of blown away by that. Even if I don't take home the tallest trophy it's pretty cool. And this rare moment of public self-gratification provides a splendid opportunity for a public service announcement. I really need to take care of some unfinished business.

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Godly Gossip: A Little Bird Says Sister Myotis Will Be Featured in Sunday's New York Times

Posted By on Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 1:15 PM

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Sister Myotis in the New York Times... that's almost too surreal for words. But on Wednesday, June 2 NYT theater writer Ben Brantley contacted Voices of the South artists Steve Swift and Jerre Dye so it looks like some very deserving Memphis artists are about to make a big splash in the Big Apple. According to the generally well-spoken Mr. Dye, "We are kinda freaking out."

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

One Sentence Reviews: Guys & Dolls at GCT

Posted By on Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 4:46 PM

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Although the odds were stacked heavily against them the powers that be at Germantown Community Theatre wagered that Guys and Dolls could be performed on a stage the size of a postage stamp and won.

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