A friend is writing a very silly musical version of a 90's era B-movie. He's determined to stage a production of this masterpiece, but it seems doubtful that he could get permission from the film's owners. Can he get away with this? [more inside]
Can I see the new X-Files movie and then watch the series later? [more inside]
Help me pick out a LCD HDTV and accoutrements wiithout falling prey to techno-hype! Budget is $2-3k for a ten-year techno-leap. Need to watch NHL hockey. [more inside]
Questions about the dance musical "Contact" (not the film). [more inside]
How many porn theaters are still operating in North America? [more inside]
Can you think of classic or commonly known plays where the woman pursues the man assertively, if not aggressively? [more inside]
SetPaintingFilter. When I was in college theatre, our sets were never finished until our company technical director walked the set, paint brush in hand, adding texture to the platforms with what seemed to be a very ordered splatter pattern. He'd do this alone, the night before we opened. The textures didn't take away from the set, but added depth. So what was he doing? I've seen the phrase "splatter wash," but can see no details on the method, the mix for the paint, anything. [more inside]
Looking for plays with courtroom/trial scenes. [more inside]
My community theatre group forgot to have tickets printed for this weekend's show. I'd like to use a template and print them on my office copier to help the group save money. Is there an online program that will help me do this easily? I have MS Office 2000 programs, but the built in templates don't want to cooperate. Guidance would be appreciated.
Are there any good websites/blogs for Lights & Sound (as in theater)? [more inside]
I am a big fan of theater of all types and it one day occurred to me while I was watching an opera that at least some of my enjoyment comes from the fact that opera is very organic; opera singers sing without wearing microphones, they just project. I recently saw the Sacramento Opera performance of Tosca and during a scene in the first act between Mario and Floria they are very close while singing with such great projection. My question is, how do they do this with out hurting or even damaging the hearing of the person near them?
I think I'd like to make a career in the management side of (preferably non-profit) theater. How should I go about doing that? [more inside]
Where can I find examples of characters in film speaking English with a Columbian accent? I'm also looking for plays in English with Columbian characters. [more inside]
What can you tell me about working in theatrical costume in NYC? [more inside]
Recommendations for dinner near-ish the Pantages Theater in LA? [more inside]
I need an on-line calendar to keep my large theatrical cast (10 principals, 30 orchestra, up to 15 tech-designers-directors) up to date on rehearsal/production. Okay freestanding, although we do have a website (website is currently not interactive and has no "members" section). Any suggestions? [more inside]
Looking for Broadway funnymen...and women! In the spirit of this post, I am looking for theater know-it-alls who comment on theater with a detached but loving sense of humor. [more inside]
What is the musical term for songs that feature overlapping or simultaneous verses? The only two examples that I can think of to illustrate what I'm talking about are "All for the Best" from Godspell and Irving Berlin's "You're in Love." Anyone ever come across a list of songs of this type, specifically songs from the world of musical theater?
I want my not for profit organization to maximize its presence on line, in particular by increasing fundraising efforts. [more inside]
Help me track down this Michael Caine quote about sexual tactics and high school theater. [more inside]
Looking for examples of diplomats who were/are also involved in the performing arts. [more inside]
How do I output three different images on three different projectors simultaneously using as few computers as possible?
I'm looking for a way to output three different images on three different projectors simultaneously using as few computers connected to them as possible. [more inside]
Do I have a web storm brewing? [more inside]
Broadway Musicals? Why do I hate them so? I cringe when I hear "that music". What would you say to a hater of musical theater that might create an appreciation?
What are some free web-based ticket sales applications? [more inside]
What well-known (or lesser-known) plays are written intentionally so as to be unperformable -- only readable as scripts? I'm thinking stage directions along the lines of pulls out a handgun and fires at random into the audience, or that instruct the actors to walk on the ceiling, or specification in the dramatis personae that goats are to be cast in speaking parts. Who's employed this device to the greatest artistic effect?
Can you recommend a good, cheap and/or free tool for storyboarding a stage production I'm about to direct? [more inside]
FunnyCatholicFliter: For my upcoming show, help me with witticisms and "clean" jokes about Catholics. [more inside]
Looking for posters of Grand Guignol shows for an upcoming film set.... any ideas? [more inside]
A friend of mine is in talks with a certain comic book writer to adapt a certain graphic novel for the stage. According to the writer's manager, they're interested in at least one run of the show, provided he can show them a satisfactory proposal. Great news! The only problem is, what should that proposal consist of and look like, for presentation to the writer and his manager?
Unique and interesting ideas for an independent movie theater. [more inside]
Have there been any other plays/performances that became the center of an activist movement, similar to The Vagina Monologues and V-Day? Was TVM the first performance to bring activist theater to the mainstream?
Is there something like GigPosters.com for theater posters (musicals and plays)?
Where can I find a copy of the play by René Fauchois that Jean Renoir's film Boudou Saved From Drowning (Boudu sauvé des eaux) is based on? Does an English translation exist? [more inside]
Where can I see silent films on the big screen around Dallas? [more inside]
What plays did you love performing when you were in your high school drama club? [more inside]
How do I take revenge on the cell phone jerks in the movie theater? Answer not just for me, or for #1, but for all of us. [more inside]
Improv Comedy Filter: I just moved to Chicago and everyone tells me "To meet people like you, you gotta join an improv troup!" The problem is: there's like 30 of them, and they're all different. So Chicago (or improv) fans: What's the deal with these improv classes, which do you recommend, and what's the best way for a newbie to the city to get situated in the scene?
LDs, stage techs, pro musicians: what has been your experience with Chauvet lighting? Despite the goofy packaging, they have a couple of pretty innovative fixtures that I'm considering for a permanent install. [more inside]
I need a Mac app that will let me search for movies and showtimes like Sherlock used to. [more inside]
Please help me choose a Shakespeare speech for a short class on "Playing Shakespeare". [more inside]
What song is this riff by John Petrucci from? [more inside]
Please help me narrow my search and find the right sound system for my apartment. Thank you! [more inside]
Do you know artists who moved to NYC illegally and now live there legally? [more inside]
When did directors of plays and operas start the practice of overtly imposing their own visual interpretation of the play at the expense of the stage direction of the author? These days if you go to see a Shakespeare play, it's even odds that it's set in modern times, or the early 20th century, or what have you. Were there 19th century (or earlier!) productions of Shakespeare that set his plays in what were then "modern times"? At what point did staging old plays become just as much about the director's vision as the playwright's?
Is there some sort of Mac program that can monitor a web forum and update me when there are new posts? [more inside]
What sort of speakers/setup should I go with for my home theater? [more inside]
DasTravelFilter: Where to see modern dance/theater in Berlin? [more inside]
What are the best scholarly books and articles in any field that would bear on how you might rapidly assess a person and predict aspects of his or her behavior based on various easily (not *necessarily* instantly) ascertainable characteristics (demographic information, body language, speaking patterns, ethnicity, education, etc.)? [more inside]
Looking to buy my first home theater system. Seems most systems come with a DVD/CD player. Thing is, I already have a Sony DVP-NS975P DVD player which I am more than happy with. The DVD player has HDMI output and I would also like to run my Xbox 360 (HDMI) through the receiver. Any recommendations in the sub-$1000 range?