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Houston show [Aug. 20th, 2007|12:38 pm]
Roy Janik
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It went well. The Backroom is kinda crazy. It was hard to find, but we managed to. The space itself is basically a bar with a stage, and rather elongated.

They also had some speakers and hanging turntables that took up most of the stage, so the actual "stage" we performed on was tiny. But we adjusted well, I think. The only other issue was that the space itself swallows up sound, so we really had to project.

The show was basically a Threefer, with each troupe doing 25 to 30 minute sets, with a 5 minute break b/w each set for people to buy drinks from the bar, smoke, etc...

They had a pretty good setup for timing, too. Whenever you hit the 25 minute mark, a red light would come on stage left that you could clearly see from the stage. You could see it from the audience, too, but you'd really only notice it if you were looking for it.

We went on 2nd, after Scatter!, but before F*Squared. Scatter!, as far as I could tell, did a montage, though I missed the first half of their show. They were high-energy and crazy. We did a longform narrative. It went well, and I feel proud that we brought a style to Houston that they maybe don't see that often. The lights were pulled before the one final scene we wanted to get out, so it felt a little unfinished to me, but those I talked to afterwards seemed satisfied. F*Squared is a two person troupe that does one long scene, and they explored issues of racism and terminal illness using Craigslist singles ads as jumping off points.

The most fun part for me was getting to break the space of the stage. Our suggestion was "coal miner" (which we didn't think about being a rather hot current topic until we'd already taken it), so at one point we did a scene in the mine utilizing (more or less) the whole room. Fun.

Also, almost my entire immediate family was there, since they live near the Houston area. Most of them had never seen me do improv before, so I really appreciated the chance to get to perform for them.

It was fun, and the hosts were nice.

We were a little dissatisfied with the story we told. Part of it was playing in a strange space. Part of it was having the lights pulled where we normally wouldn't pull them. Part of it was just us missing an obvious way to tie in the loose threads. The show was still entertaining, but as we get stronger at narrative, it becomes easier to see what you did 'wrong', you know? Oh, well. It's a journey, and we're learning all the time.

The only other thing I would note is that the smoking ban in Austin has made me a total wuss when it comes to cigarrete smoke inside.

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[User Picture]From: jefpeanutbutter
2007-08-20 06:01 pm (UTC)
I loved the way y'all used the audience space for the mine scenes.
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From: ex_foxfoto
2007-08-20 09:20 pm (UTC)

Houston Show

You guys were great. No one in audience noticed any probs. The characters were funny and the plot was goofy enough to distance from current headlines. Also, Houston just started a smoking ban, but there is only one enforcement officer; and he works a day shift! LOL
your big sis, Darlene
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[User Picture]From: moregankira
2007-08-21 01:19 pm (UTC)
Sorry I couldn't swing making the show. Had pretty large family event going on at my parent's house in SF that didn't start until 4:00. Soooo disappointed that I missed... again. *sigh*

I totally wish Houston would adopt that smoking ban, one of the reasons I always look forward to visiting Austin.
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