All That's Right with 'The Play That Goes Wrong'

All That's Right with 'The Play That Goes Wrong'

What, to me, was most interesting about the production was how well the ensemble, to include production staff, recreated chaos. The intent was to appear inept, which, at first thought, you’d think would be easy. Just a matter of screwing up on purpose, embarrassing yourself by being blatantly incompetent. How hard could that be, right?

But it is remarkably well-crafted and staged. To affect the kind of audience response that it earned so adequately, required a precision of purpose and execution. Split-second timing, extraordinary attention to details, an exceptional script, experienced performers and a meticulous director.

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You Don't Need Audition Workshops

You Don't Need Audition Workshops

You've seen them, wherever you are. Notices in your local arts and entertainment publication, or an area's "alternative weekly." It might be in a Facebook notification or part of an e-mailed theatrical newsletter that you signed up for months ago.

They're called audition workshops, where, for a fee, you can learn how to put your best foot forward at an audition, be it prepared monologue and song, or cold reading. Never having participated in one, I can't speak to their efficacy, nor, for that matter, can I impeach their approach or methods. Can't really imagine what the approach or methods might be though.

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We Should Review Community Theatre....Honestly

We Should Review Community Theatre....Honestly

There is, and as far as I have been able to determine, always has been a problem with reviews of community theater productions. While the quality of the productions under scrutiny can vary widely from very, very good to very, very bad, community theater reviews always seem to err on the side of caution, which, in general, tends to produce an essay that tries hard, often too hard, to be nice.

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