Thursday, May 17, 2007

Wide Awake in Orange County

I'm in a sketch show that opens and closes Friday, May 18. Then it reopens and recloses the first Friday in June. Then it comes back for a couple of more weeks. Wacky, isn't it? Some of the sketches are pretty out there, too. Come see "We Haven't Slept Together in a Week," performed and written by several of the people who brought you last year's senfreakingsational "Second Best Sketch Comedy Show Ever!" and some fresh new faces.
Second Stage, 431 N. Brookhurst #140, Anaheim.
May 18, June 1, June 15, and June 22 at 8 p.m.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Blog's Labors Lost?

I could have sworn I posted something about this already. But I shouldn't swear lightly. That's the message, such as it is, of Love's Labors Lost,* William Shakespeare's comedy of vows broken and love unrequited. I'm the director and producer of a a production currently playing in the heart of Hollywood. I also, by sheerest coincidence, happen to have the largest role — about 1/3 of the the lines, according to some sources. I haven't counted, but it seems about right. I've put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this project — OK, not so much blood — but I'm having a lot of fun, and so are the cast and audience. It's a blast to hear people laughing at 400-year-old wordplay as well as the physical comedy with which we've liberally salted the play (as I believe Shakespeare's company would have done) and come up and say how much they enjoyed it, but the most satisfying are the ones who say they never "got" Shakespeare until now! We've closed the first leg of our two-city tour of Southern California, but there's still two more chances to catch us.
Saturdays @ 8 p.m.
May 19 and 26
The Next Stage
1523 N. La Brea
Second Floor
Hollywood, CA 90028
* Yes, most people spell it "Love's Labour's Lost," but my spelling is closer to the one on the title page of the first published edition and makes a better title, I think.