What can you tell me about the underground/alternative visual and performing arts scene in Cleveland, OH? [more inside]
Just saw 'Ragtime' the musical. Was really off-put by its preachy, black & white tone. I'm wondering if there's a word this type of entertainment. Where all the bad guys are perfectly bad, all the heroes completely virtuous, and everything absurdly predictable within a certain trite political worldview. I feel like 'melodrama' doesn't quite get to it, and neither does 'propaganda.' The film equivalent would be 'Crash' I guess (not Cronenberg's, of course).
We have close friends visiting next weekend (April 16) and are looking for some new fun things/events in Delaware (or as far as Philly/maybe Baltimore for something truly exceptional). More specifically, theatre (especially slightly avant garde) would be great. [more inside]
TheatreFilter: Help me identify the play that this morbid, dark, hilarious scene I saw came from. [more inside]
Where should I go in London or Southern England to see Shakespeare performed live in early 2010? [more inside]
What plays from the last 50-odd years should I read? Satire, black comedy, or scathing political criticism a plus. Also plays challenging the bounds of normal theater. [more inside]
I'm very impressed with LA Theatre Works and wondered if there were similar sites online offering theatre or other drama for streaming or downloading?
I'd like to start a festival. This time I actually have a plan and possibly some people. Where do I start? [more inside]
Did ancient greeks pay for their tickets to the theatre? The Romans for their seats at the Circus? [more inside]
Best setup for a Win 7 laptop as HTPC? [more inside]
Molière's Don Juan, Alan Ayckbourn's Norman Dewars, Shaw's Leonard Charteris. I am clearly missing some greats, but who are theatre's other great philandering characters, male or female? (Theatre only, please, no films or television.)
I'm looking for a cake pan/mold in the shape of the traditional theater comedy/drama masks. [more inside]
Are there any examples of stories where a character is depicted as super-funny, and that actually comes through in practice? [more inside]
I was just cast in an opera! Problem: I have never been in an opera before, and am not really a "musical" person. Please help me keep from falling flat on my face! [more inside]
We will be in Berlin from this Saturday until Wednesday. Please recommend a cabaret-type performance that will be comprehensible to non-German speakers, is not overly risque, and will make for a fun evening.
Do security camera DVR's record all video channels simultaneously, or do they only record one channel at a time or the multiplex all on one screen? I ask because I'm looking to set up an ultra cheap multi-cam recording setup in a small theater. [more inside]
How have issues of cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and diversity been tackled in art and popular culture? [more inside]
Stage Combat Question. Is it possible to take a bladed weapon and render it safe for use on-stage (without damaging the weapon itself)? I seem to recall from my days as a DragonCon volunteer that cosplayer's swords had to be taped* and/or bated (or else the sword had to be peace-tied so as to prevent its leaving a scabbard), but I can't find a description of the safety-making process. [more inside]
Any good leads for corporate or foundational funders for a youth theatre project for Sri Lankan refugees and orphans? [more inside]
No one tells you how to be a musician in high school. What should I be doing? I feel like playing open mics and blindly sending out demos isn't the right way to do it. I can't even play at bars because I'm under 21. Any advice? [more inside]
Writing an Asperger character : how can I get to know enough about Asperger's syndrom ? Please bear in mind that I live in Belgium. [more inside]
I'm looking for plays about precocious children. [more inside]
Can you think of any films that include a scene where the characters play Charades, or a similar party game? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend strategy/tactics for snagging cheap day seats for 'Waiting for Godot' in London? Will there be a snarling crowd at 10AM Saturday morning outside the Theatre Royal Haymarket? How early ought I arrive to ensure I'm in the front of the queue?
I need to find talented people who are into both theatre writing and web technologies. They should live in Britain or Ireland. I have two weeks. Where should I look?
Propsfilter. Looking for a specific prop to use in a Fringe production. Difficulty level: free, sourced in Toronto, 1890's period accurate (repro is fine). [more inside]
Good movies about theatre? [more inside]
What is the funniest scene in a Shakespeare play? [more inside]
Help me develop the skills needed to carry an (essentially) one-man stage show despite never having even vaguely considering acting. If I get the part, I assume we'll start rehearsals in late autumn. [more inside]
Meg Brockie: I'm highly attracted to you. Why, when I look at you, I feel wee tadpoles jumping in my spine.
I'm going to be auditioning for a musical theater role in a month, and could use some advice on how to prepare. [more inside]
What's the difference between directing a play and stage-directing an opera? [more inside]
How to make a theatrical version of the Star Trek doors that can be operated by one person using only one rope. Must be able to both open and close. [more inside]
Sort of a two-part question, though answering the first part will help me answer the second. First, does anyone know of a (preferably online) way to search for plays by topic or subject matter? Searching for title keywords is sometimes useful but not ideal, and I haven't been able to make the search functions at the major playhouses' websites play nicely either. Second, in particular, I'm looking for plays about, referencing, or otherwise related to fire, smoke, etc. Any thoughts on either? [more inside]
I'm directing a farce with a bunch of high-schoolers, and would love to give them some movie suggestions to look at for characters. They are pretty classic comic archetypes, but my brain is reeling a bit trying to think of all of them, and though I'd put it out to the hive mind. The only catch is that I can't really suggest any R-Rated movies, because most of them aren't old enough to watch them... [more inside]
Tips on theatrical haze machines. [more inside]
Has there ever been video game characters in a theatre play ? [more inside]
HighSchoolDramaTeacherFilter: Any tips for doing documentary theater with students? [more inside]
Help me find free age appropriate plays/skits/acting exercises for my 6 year old. [more inside]
HighSchoolTwelfthNightProductionFilter: Help me set some Shakespearean songs to 1920's dixieland jazz melodies. [more inside]
Christmas gift ideas, please! For dad: sports or literature podcasts. For mum: tickets for a play in Leeds/London/Manchester in March/April. Suggestions for either very much appreciated! [more inside]
TheatreFilter: help me find the text (or at least the author) of a play I acted in a long while ago. It was a bizarre avant-garde sort of thing, and the excerpt we performed centered on an interview. [more inside]
Lav Mics. What about 'em? We encourage our actors to cheat out, to be confident in their lines and to project. And yet, there are times when they need just a little more help being heard. So, here is a follow-up to a question I asked two years ago ... now that we've a little experience, if we decided to add lav mics to our audio arsenal, is there are make and model that you would recommend for theatre? For outdoor theatre? For outdoor theatre in a climate that can shift from nary a drop to downpour in under a minute?
StageCraftFilter / EngineeringFilter. What is the best way to safely elevate a 4' x 8' rigid platform (theatrical) to about five feet from the stage? Currently, I have it situated atop four 4x4 posts, each five foot tall, each at a corner, bolts through the frame of the platform and the post. The posts are connected by 4' long 2x4s in front and back (about halfway down), and 8' long 2x4s on either side (halfway down). This works, but only just. It is not stable. I'm not putting an actor on a wobbly platform. So what else should be done to stabilize this contraption? [more inside]
Eva and Hitler in an Argentinian safehouse... What is this play called? [more inside]
Which translation/adaptation/version of Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters should my high school students perform? [more inside]
I'm directing a play based on this (rather old) script for television by Tom Stoppard. Help me find it on film.
I'm directing a play based on this (rather old) script for television by Tom Stoppard. Help me find it on film. [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]
What's the Improv scene in Singapore like? Help me get a more optimistic picture than the one Google provides. [more inside]