Friday, 16 March 2012

Compartmentalise!!! & Talking in Specifics about Theatre

A few words on talking about Theatre:

The actors didn't write the play or come up with the character (in most traditional plays).  If you didn't like the character, it doesn't mean the actor didn't do a good job.  Maybe they were really good at being unlikeable.  Same goes for likeable characters.  Just because you think the character was a good person and you liked the journey, doesn't mean the actor was amazing.  That just means you enjoyed the playwright's intent for that character and the story arc.

Of course, it's always wonderful when the actor is good and the play is good and the words and actions  are married together to a satisfying end, regardless of whether it's a tragedy or comedy.

After overhearing people discussing recent plays, I have to say that there are a number of people missing the option to compartmentalise when talking about a show.  To those people I say: Try it, it stretches out the conversation and you can talk about the play for hours and days and....


Friday, 9 March 2012

Theatre Season's Greetings

RMTC announced their 2012/2013 season today.  Highlights (for me): Gone With The Wind, because it is not the musical that flopped in the West End several years ago.  Penelopiad (Margaret Atwood), because I love the mythology and I heard Steven Schipper during the WFP Cafe interview say that there will be "11 great Winnipeg Actresses" in it.  I hope to be one.  Hey, at this point, there is still hope, we just heard the announcement, and I haven't spoken to anyone who might have more inside information, i.e re: cast. 
And the carnival thingy...cyclone...dead teens...roller coasters...sounds up my nightmare alley.
Oh, there are a bunch of other plays that sound either good , or I have no clue yet what to feel about them.  You'll have to check the website to peruse the titles.  If you get a chance to watch the WFP video of the Steven Schipper and Niki Landau (adapted GWTW) interview, stay 'til the end as you'll find out one of the best reasons to go to the theatre as put by Steven, and Niki's surprise at his comment is pretty good too.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Hula hoop hopeful

I've found myself in a situation where I have to build my own hula hoop.  In the past (one time) I bought a hula hoop at folk fest.  This hoop has served me well.   In performance, swirling around my middle while I brushed my teeth, or playing the ukulele while hooping for my own amusement. Now, the unthinkable has happened.  Can the circle be broken?  Yes.  I'm leading a beginner hula hoop class next week, and will eventually be hooping for Circus of Objects in the fall so it is necessary I have a working hoop. You can find many DIY sites showing you how to BYOH, but most involve heat guns and couplers.  I'm not sure I can spell "coupler" right, and I don't own a heat gun (although my hair dryer, which I barely use, shoots heat.  Does that count?)  At any rate, I can't seem to be able to just buy a hula hoop (of quality, no plastic with sand for me) so off to the hardware store I go!