Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Chip on My Shoulder

I want to start off by thanking my guest blogger. A couple of you wanted guest blogger winner predictions and so I have opened that up to my mystery person and maybe we'll be seeing that.

I love how, on my own blog, the guest person gets all positive comments and I get a comment from an anonymous person that calls my musings "half-baked." That person also called me "smart and engaging," so I'm not going to attack him/her, but I do want to say that the writings here are sort of intentionally half-baked. They are musings. They are not theories on the world or anything--if you want those, I'm sure there are better places to go. Here you will find some random facts and some things--generally theater-related--I'm thinking about. (In the same chain of blog responses where this guy posted, Seth said he didn't think theater was theater without an audience, I sort of disagree in the sense that, if someone is rehearsing a piece of theater and no one is watching it, that doesn't make it not theater. Someone else also posted asking whether I was really talking about "what makes theater?" or "what makes performance?"--I don't know the answer to that, often I don't know exactly what I'm talking about, I'll think on it.)

ANYWAY... I apparently am the only one who read the East Hampton Star and thus knew about The Addams Family weeks ago. I admit I didn't know the exact team (I had heard Lippa, but he wasn't in the story), but in that Hampton Star story it talked about how Elephant Eye (the producer enhancing SAVED! at Playwrights Horizons) was producing it and it was happening, which is generally all that made the network news. And this story, like Spiderman before it, did make the network news. I am sure some guy at The East Hampton Star is like "that was my story!!!!! where is my credit????" But, anyway, I was interested in the news that the Shockheaded Peter guys were directing, that at least gives me hope that we're in for something stylized... and, as I believe I've previously said, I'd rather see something visually stimulating than something that's simply pink (even though I am a huge pink fan and often wear pink shiny shoes).

OK, so, on another note, this was sort of a big Tony tumult week. I cannot even get started on the fact that there again won't be a host, I think it will upset me too much tonight. I have to say--I found this "invite Blonde and LoveMusik" thing to be sort of fascinating. Why just them? Why not High Fidelity? Clowns and Bob Dylan ballads anyone? Big Black Lady? Oh--or is it only the open shows from this season? In that case--what of the poor sailors aboard The Pirate Queen? Is that not exciting enough? Does the Tony committee think LoveMusik is more exciting than Irish step-dancing? Because, if so, they are wrong, and that's coming from someone who hates Irish step-dancing. And--also--why not Les Miz? Personally, I'd like to see Lea Salonga perform. You know I think Lea Salonga could win the Best Replacement Tony. Oh, wait, oops. (And, actually, she wouldn't have been eligible, because, of course, it was never for featured people--despite the fact that Peter Filichia said on the radio last year one of his choices was Lauren Kennedy for Spamalot.)

Yeah, so, as you can see, I didn't get the additional show invites. And I'm sort of happy, for the sake of fairness, they were rescinded. Because I'm all for more musical numbers, but then you need to invite everyone. We are the world, people. We are the world.

And, on that note, I leave you to go read Playbill's In The Heights closing story and watch Blake beatbox.

6 comments:

Seth Christenfeld said...

if someone is rehearsing a piece of theater and no one is watching it, that doesn't make it not theater

But if that's the case, then if I sit in my room and start reciting Shakespeare at the walls, is that theatre?

Raka said...

Hey, Cara. I definitely don't read the Hampton paper. Let us know the next time you see something interesting like that. I like it when you help to scoop something. (I'm STILL waiting for verification on the Signature season.)

carajoy said...

I sort of don't see why not, Seth. Is this an argument about the difference between performance and theater? Because I guess that could be made... I just don't get where the line is drawn. If your mother is there--does that make it theater? What is your definition of audience? (And, it should be noted, that, I don't flat-out disagree with you... I'm just iffy on how someone would draw lines if you had to draw them....)

Raka--yeah, there were two reasons I didn't write it... One was because I didn't find it that interesting because I never believe these things will happen and then, the other was, I something don't like to scoop things that press agents are holding onto for a reason... Meanwhile--I'm beginning to think I was wrong about Signature!

RLewis said...

If it's shakespeare, it's theater. If mom's there, it's performance. But the Comedy of Errors may quickly become a tragedy. Or maybe that's just if it's my mom.

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