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Why Was a Movie Sold Out, but Only Five of Us Were There?

Last week, I went to a movie theater with reserved seating. When I went to the ticket counter to buy a ticket, there were only two tickets left. Once the movie started, there were only five of us in the theater watching the movie (with about 180 seats, total). This happened two nights in a row, same theater, different movies. What was going on? [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle on Jun 24, 2015 - 17 answers

Heroine's Journey

Hey Brilliant Minds! Happy Monday :) I'm wondering if you might point me in the direction of any films, books, tv, plays, etc. that utilize a classic hero's journey structure (Joseph Campbell) from a feminist perspective and/or have a female protagonist. Thanks so much!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Jun 1, 2015 - 31 answers

The Psychology of Theatrical Illusion

This is a long shot, but I am writing a paper on the psychology of theatrical design (or at least trying to) and am having a hard time finding good resources on the subject. Looking for books, films, scholarly articles, ANYTHING discussing how any and all aspects of live concerts or theatrical productions (music, lighting, architecture and theater design, etc) effect the audience to create a "magical" or transcendent group experience. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Apr 6, 2015 - 19 answers

Meaning of drama terms?

In Somerset Maugham's memoir, The Summing Up, he writes: "Only idolatry can refuse to see the great shortcomings in the conduct and sometimes in the characterization of Shakespeare's plays; and this is very comprehensible since, as we know, he sacrificed everything to effective situation." What do "conduct" and "effective situation" mean in this context in this book published in 1938 by this sometime-playwright?
posted by shivohum on Mar 22, 2015 - 1 answer

Seeking uncomplicated play for middle-school drama club

I am helping with the middle school play this year, and the play we picked was a PITA due to complicated staging, complicated sets, and too many parts. We want to plan better for next year. What are some good plays for 12-13-year-olds? [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk on Mar 22, 2015 - 3 answers

A Shared Universe of Shakespeare Characters

Has there been one besides the comic "Kill Shakespeare"? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Feb 26, 2015 - 7 answers

What's the status of the Rialto Theater in Bozeman, Montana?

Is Bozeman's Rialto Theater operational? I ask because I almost took a job there a couple years ago, and wonder what ever happened to the place. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Feb 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Illegal filming/photo in theater, whose rights?

I can't find a clear answer to this: Someone is illegally taking photos or recording in a movie theater (or live theater), which I think is against copyright law. This is also on private property, and there are noted rules against that. But I think it's also illegal to confiscate the camera and delete the photos/video... [more inside]
posted by Ky on Feb 16, 2015 - 10 answers

The Game of Life

Trying to identify this elaborate custom-tailored performance art/ARG project I read about, possibly on MetaFilter, circa 2007-2010. Basically: you apply for the chance to have this group go to your hometown and stage an elaborate theatrical experience personalized to you, starring all your friends and family, for the purposes of creating a powerful emotional experience. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Feb 5, 2015 - 3 answers

Acting an Old Woman character without resorting to cliché?

I have an audition for a fascinating role in a comic opera - a feisty soubrette who's magically aged to 75 while pretending to be that age. How do I play a much older character without resorting to stereotypes - or a whispery reedy voice, since it's still an opera? [more inside]
posted by Someone Else's Story on Feb 3, 2015 - 9 answers

Life is a cabaret (at least once every six months)

I sing every so often at what I like to term "showtunes karaoke" -- we bring sheet music and a live accompanist plays. I am a classically trained singer with zero acting aptitude who is always in need of new songs. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Feb 3, 2015 - 18 answers

Help me Get Lucky with Mark Knopfler tickets at ACL Moody Theater

Mrs Tough Love - who does not share my gentle, sensitive demeanor - wants to see Mark Knopfler when he comes to Austin in September. [more inside]
posted by doctor tough love on Feb 1, 2015 - 6 answers

What can my parents do in NYC this Saturday?

My parents will be in NYC this Saturday and Sunday, to celebrate their anniversary. They already have a hotel room in Midtown East. What's a fun activity/show they can attend that isn't too expensive? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Jan 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Should I get a theater administration position or other theater job?

I quit life in the theater due to health issues involving a terminal illness which seems to not be so terminal after all in my case. 'Cause I'm still here. Now that it turns out I'm probably not going to die I need to figure out how to move forward. Should I do that in the theater and if so what should I do? [more inside]
posted by manderin on Jan 6, 2015 - 6 answers

Did I imagine this scene from the theatrical version of the movie?

In the Woody Allen movie "Magic in the Moonlight" there's a scene in an observatory. Stanley (Colin Firth) is sleepy and lies down on a bench. Sophie (Emma Stone) is first seen sitting next to him, and then a bit later she's walking around as he awakens. This is from the DVD. I distinctly recall in the movie that was released to the theaters, he is lying on the bench with his head in her lap (not so in the DVD). The reason I remember it is that it was so unexpected. Did I imagine that?
posted by lea724 on Dec 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Break a Leg!

I'm looking for books or blogs about actors trying to break into show business. Fiction or non-fiction. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Dec 9, 2014 - 13 answers

Holiday Giftfilter - Theater Books

My cousin (highschool senior) has been in all of his highschool theater productions so I figured I should give him a theater-related gift. [more inside]
posted by just.good.enough on Dec 8, 2014 - 8 answers

Wiring Recording Panel - need help

I am about to wire some audio cables in my wall. It's two 1/4" jacks, stereo, one is microphone and the other headphones, going to a recording computer in a different room. Need help figuring out the proper parts. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Nov 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Examples of Adoption in Film, TV and Theater

Hey There Everyone, I'm looking for examples in movies, TV, theater, fiction, non-fiction, etc. that show older children being rescued and adopted by people who they are not related to. Thanks so much!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Oct 9, 2014 - 36 answers

Can you be my mapquest?

What other places could I live? Outside NYC/lower cost of living filter. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2014 - 28 answers

Broadway for kids

We'll be in New York in early August for a few days. What shows would be good for a six-year-old girl? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Jul 21, 2014 - 12 answers

Recording Audio from a Theatre Show

We run a small improv theatre company. Potential sponsors and clients always ask about videos of our shows, so we're looking into recording our shows. We're okay on the video side but we can't get good quality audio. What kind of setup should we use? [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty on Jun 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Upcoming trip airline travel question

I have an upcoming trip to and from Chapel Hill, NC. While there, we will be traveling to the Washington DC area. My return flight leaves RDU, near Chapel Hill and routes through IAD, Dulles, at DC. Skipping the flight from RDU would save about four hours of driving back to North Carolina and realistically provide another full day in the DC area. Can I do this? If so, what are the restrictions and gotchas? Can I roll the RDU-IAD flight revenue over into a seat upgrade? Personal experiences with trying to do this welcome. Direct experience from airline and travel pros also welcome. Speculative answers less welcome. Thanks very much! [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on May 14, 2014 - 9 answers

Musical Filter

How do I buy a copy of a Broadway libretto? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on May 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Is there such a thing as a PG-13 version of Rocky Horror?

Your stage experience has mostly been variations on the Vagina Monologues, political spoken word, or absurdly sexual burlesque. You secretly want to be Joan Jett. You're auditioning for something that asks for a monologue or song that is PG-13 at the most - what do you pick? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 9, 2014 - 13 answers

Appreciating the Density of Shakespeare in Real Time

Shakespeare's plays are so densely rich and full of deep philosophy and wordplay (e.g. throwaway allusions which open - and, a line or two later, shut - huge worlds of insightful ideas) that I find it quite impossible to parse (much less absorb) all of what's being said and alluded to in real-time. And this is leaving completely aside the issues of outdated references and obsolete language. So: is it that people back then had nimbler minds, capable of absorbing densely-packed language in real time by rapidly spieling actors? Or.......? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Mar 13, 2014 - 26 answers

These projects aren't going to manage themselves

What would you recommend for project management and research-sharing among 15 people? We want to replace Redbooth fka Teambox with something that works and suits our needs better (specifics within). Thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by andromache on Mar 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Where to get feedback on a French play?

My friend is a French expat living in the USA and is almost finished writing a play--in French. She is looking for some feedback on her work from people who are decent speakers of French and know enough about writing for theater, or fiction in general, but it's been surprisingly difficult to find such people. Do you have any ideas for helping her find such people? [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Mar 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Seeking Austin Community Theatre Scene

Here in New England, there are tons of community theatre organizations of all sizes & quality levels; almost every town has a "Springfield Community Players" or something like that. I can think of dozens within a half hour of my home in MA. A theatre friend has moved to Austin, TX, and can't seem to find any such organizations at all within at least an hour radius. [more inside]
posted by jeffjon on Feb 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Inspired by The Vagina Monologues?

Which other productions have taken on the model of The Vagina Monologues - first-person stories about gender, sexuality, and womanhood? (I'm interested in those that share the model but have custom material, not necessarily the script of VMon as performed by specific demographics.) [more inside]
posted by divabat on Feb 24, 2014 - 6 answers

How much to charge a local theater company for my images?

A local theater company wants to use one of my images to promote a play they may be staging in 2015. Got a few questions for the Green. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Feb 15, 2014 - 5 answers

How to tally audience voting?

You've got an audience of 350 people. They've just heard two poems recited on stage. You want to know which one they like best. How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by Hobbacocka on Jan 23, 2014 - 19 answers

Help me choose audition material

I'm auditioning for a show soon, for the first time in over a decade. I need help choosing audition material. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Jan 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Geek parent meets high school theater -- there must be an app for that?

I've got a kid enjoying high school theater, and I'd like to help. My skills do NOT run to hammers or sewing machines, but I can work Chrome / Google Docs / databases like a pro. The costume designer is wishing for a way to track student measurements, costume notes, and pictures / photos in some sort of online / app format for going to fabric stores and keeping track of sewing progress. She's coveting an iPad mini to use with it, so I guess an app would be fine. I'd prefer a Chrome / Google Doc option, because I'm cheap. LOVE to hear from costume designers / wardrobe coordinators who've figured this out. Extra credit points for people who know how to create a costume database for completed costumes after the shows.
posted by contemplativenapper on Nov 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Seeing a play at Cort Theater in New York - What seats should I get?

I'm planning on going to see Patrick Stewart and Ian Mckellen do Waiting for Godot (AMAZING!). The tickets are a lot, from $100-300. Because it's already that much, it would really stink to get some of the cheaper tickets and be dissatisfied with them. Can you tell me which tickets to buy? Seating chart inside. [more inside]
posted by Buckt on Nov 17, 2013 - 4 answers

Desoerately Seeking info on Painting of Two Butterflies Dancing on Stage

Once, I saw in an art book a reproduction of a beautiful drawing of two butterflies dancing and stamping on a theatre stage, the curtains pulled apart behind them. I've been looking for this drawing , I don't even know who the artist is. Perhaps Dufy? Thanks!
posted by laurah on Nov 17, 2013 - 2 answers

Help me find volunteer work for theater gigs in Philly.

For reasons related to an interest in playwriting, I want to volunteer for Philly theater companies. I'll do anything as long as it is related to the theater and in the company of other theater folks. THE BIG CHALLENGE: I'm a wheelchair user. What is the best way to approach this looking-for-volunteer work situation?
posted by angrycat on Nov 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Streaming Theater

I just learned that today is the premiere of "Waiting for Godot" with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in New York at the Cort Theatre. I am a Beckett-Fan as well as Stewart/McKellen-Fan, but since I live in Europe, is there any possibility that I can watch the performance? Will it be recorded? I couldn't find recordings for past plays at that theatre,so I guess the chances are slim. Any ideas?
posted by SweetLiesOfBokonon on Nov 15, 2013 - 3 answers

All the world's a stage...pictures or it didn't happen

Is there some sort of online repository where I can find photographs of the sets of Broadway productions? [more inside]
posted by BrianJ on Nov 14, 2013 - 10 answers

Which websites are best for posting casting calls for Seattle actors.

Yes, I can Google, and I see there are a lot of websites for casting calls out there. Some of the more polished ones charge for making posts. I don't mind paying to post an ad. But which websites have a lot of actors looking at them and are likely to get results? My production is in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Oct 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Need a new receiver, with some specific requirements

Our 2.5 year old Onkyo receiver has died. Again. At this point, I'm looking for a replacement, with some requirements, some wishes, and some thoughts, and an awful lot of confusion. I'm hoping some of you might have thoughts. [more inside]
posted by JMOZ on Oct 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Need help with A/V components

I have a planned A/V setup to add a receiver to my existing system, but I don't have the proper connectors to hook my existing equipment to a receiver. [more inside]
posted by elvendude on Oct 9, 2013 - 9 answers

Has this meta/experimental theater concept been done?

Well, it's rather self centered of me to think that this is an original idea in any sense. Particularly since it as a whole is inspired by a musical concept/experiment done by The Flaming Lips. So I guess the question is moreover has it been done in a manner resembling my own idea? Basically, it would be the story of one especially dramatic night in a house full of young creative types age 21-32 in Portland. [more inside]
posted by mediocre on Oct 8, 2013 - 9 answers

What are Mike & the bots singing in Outlaw of Gor?

There's a song Mike & the bots half-coherently sing a couple of times in Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode 519 "Outlaw of Gor." What is it? [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok on Oct 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Looking for Disastrous or Cursed Performances

I know that Macbeth is a cursed play. I know there were riots at the first performance of the Rite of Spring. I know that when you read the script for the King in Yellow you go insane. Are there any more examples of performance art that has a disastrous, cursed, or otherwise spooky reputation? Theater, dance, opera, paintings, etc all okay.
posted by hishtafel on Oct 1, 2013 - 32 answers

How can I best pounce on tickets for an upcoming Broadway show?

I really really want to see the upcoming Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch starring Neil Patrick Harris, and will be planning a trip to NYC around it as soon as I have tickets. The show is supposed to premier Spring 2014. Tickets are not yet on sale, and all the sources I've found say there's no information available yet about when they will go on sale. So how far in advance to tickets to Broadway shows generally go on sale? What are the best Twitter accounts, mailing lists, blogs, etc. to follow to find out the on-sale date as soon as it's announced? I'm usually pretty good at this, but I'm having a surprisingly hard time finding this stuff out, and I really don't want to miss it!
posted by rhiannonstone on Aug 31, 2013 - 10 answers

Short plays for a very small theater company?

What are some great, dramatic, one- or two-act plays that work with three or fewer actors and require minimal stagecraft? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Aug 14, 2013 - 15 answers

How do I connect PC/TV/Surround sound so they all play nice together?

A year ago, I bought a new TV with HDMI capability and hooked it up to my PC to work as a monitor (with a straight HDMI cable connection). IT. IS. AWESOME. I just moved into a new place with more room and now want to connect my surround sound system (5 speakers) to this setup as well. This is the receiver I'm considering purchasing and from what I can tell, will do what I need. Extra potentially pertinent info:
  • PC has two HDMI ports (one on the video card)
  • Nintendo Wii connected directly to TV via RCA cables
  • BluRay player connected to TV via HDMI cable
I want my setup to allow me to use the surround sound at all times (when watching broadcast TV, when using the TV as the PC monitor, when using the BluRay player and when using the Wii (this is the least important)). I'm assuming the TV will connect to the receiver (via HDMI) and the PC will also connect to the receiver (via HDMI) and all other hook-ups will remain as-is. Thanks in advance for any advice or tips on how to make this easy! This will be my dream setup so I'm excited to get it right.
posted by Twicketface on Jul 29, 2013 - 15 answers

Running my own midnight movie

I've got a notion to organize a movie screening of some sci-fi movie at a local theater, and sell tickets. It seems to me that the easiest legal way to do this is to buy the performance rights and rent a screen at a franchise theater. Assuming I know ahead of time what those costs are, Kickstarter could be the ticket sales mechanism. [actual question inside] [more inside]
posted by 4th number on Jul 19, 2013 - 16 answers

Um ... er ... what's your favourite colour?

I'm meeting a playwright on Saturday. What questions should I ask? [more inside]
posted by essexjan on Jul 3, 2013 - 17 answers

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