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threefer madness [Jun. 19th, 2008|05:31 pm]
Roy Janik
Scheduling is hard. Especially when scheduling means toying with the lives and egos of your friends, acquantences, and peers. I'm proud of the schedule I just finished, but in many ways it's much more biased than the ones I've made in the past. The fact is that in order to get the shows up to the level of quality they need to be, some hard decisions have to be made. And right now, I'm the sole arbiter of quality. Yes, that's kind of insane.

Here's the schedule, if you're curious: http://tinyurl.com/4aozvl
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[User Picture]From: biscuitpig
2008-06-19 10:41 pm (UTC)
OMG I AM NOT ON THE SCHEDULE AT ALL!! I AM SO PISSED AT YOU RIGHT NOW, MAN!!! NOT COOL!
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2008-06-20 05:20 am (UTC)
Jill, some openings came up if you want in. And for the record, any time you want a show in Austin, you let me know.
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[User Picture]From: biscuitpig
2008-06-20 06:06 am (UTC)
Aw! You're the best! Now I look like a jerk for doing a bit.
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[User Picture]From: apthorpe
2008-06-20 05:55 am (UTC)
I (heart) JillyB!
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[User Picture]From: marcusgerarde
2008-06-19 10:51 pm (UTC)
I think you are right to do this. And *I* trust you, for what it's worth
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[User Picture]From: ripresa
2008-06-19 11:12 pm (UTC)
The AIC gotta be more strict about quality..

I would love it if someone would start giving honest opinions to troupes around here.. like pointing out what their strong suits are, what they need to work on.. etc.

I feel a lot of times I walk out of shows and think they're bad. But I can't say anything (since when I did in the beginning I got a lot of flak for it ;-)) And the players think they did ok. When a lot of the audience was fidgetty.

IFE has Asaf coaching us, and he's awesome because he doesn't mince words :)


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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2008-06-19 11:23 pm (UTC)
yeah, I agree. That's part of what the new "free notes" initiative is about. Giving troupe feedback.
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[User Picture]From: fattony
2008-06-20 07:34 am (UTC)
as long as it is solicited.

I don't think anyone is going to react too well to unsolicited notes about what they need to work on.
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[User Picture]From: ripresa
2008-06-20 02:12 pm (UTC)
i wrote a post on improv notes yesterday (before i saw this post) about how sensitive improvisors are to notes (me included). and it is i think a very unique problem to improvisors as a performing artist because of you're not performing someone else's creation.

anyways, my troupe signed up for the mystery notes program, hopefully everyone else does too.

i just don't want the hideout to lose money cos the shows are bad and the audience runs away (i think this is one of the main motivators of the mystery notes program.. the AIC was thinking of moving the threefers to thursday because the quality has been bad) (I haven't really seen shows recently so I wouldn't know about recent quality).
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[User Picture]From: fattony
2008-06-20 09:38 pm (UTC)
Troupes should constantly be pushing themselves to be better. I don't really see any shows listed on the last schedule that look like they were going to be particularly bad? Were there bad shows? I haven't really been around the hideout since early may either so I don't know about quality, but you've heard they've been bad?

I agree with you that quality control is important. I know that everyone has differing opinions on what good improv is, but I don't think that it is unfair to set general standards.
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[User Picture]From: kbadr
2008-06-20 11:46 pm (UTC)
I have heard that people walked out of a show or two. That's just not acceptable.
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[User Picture]From: fattony
2008-06-21 02:44 am (UTC)
I would like to know (privately) which show.
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