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cannibal From: cannibal Date: September 27th, 2004 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am so tired of one-man or one-woman shows. They may work okay if the person is really talented, maybe, but I'm not convinced. At Edinburgh this year, it seems like 70% of the 500 or so shows were soliloquies, and it really got boring after awhile. Okay, for a stand-up comic that is the way they do it, but I've never been really into those... I did take in a few because of Brian, but I'd much rather see a real play. They even snuck a couple in by making them six or seven actors each doing a ten minute one-man sketch. (that was really really awful, but we didn't leave, hoping it would get better) No set, no props, no cast... nah, I'm burned out on one-man shows. It got to the point where I was asking people handing out fliers "is it a one-man show?" and I wouldn't take it if they said yes.

To me, even having two people is at least 3 times better than a soliloquy, even if one person still does multiple roles. My favorite show was a musical, after all, with a full cast.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 28th, 2004 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I can understand feeling burned out, but really -- this one was extraordinary. The actor was amazingly talented. It wasn't a soliliquy; if you closed your eyes, you would believe there were at least 3 people on the stage at any one time, conversing. He played about 40 different characters. And there was a really cool set as well.

It's not just my opinion either, it won 2 Tony's (best play, best actor) and a Pulitzer Prize this year.

Oh I love musicals too! This was very different, but absolutely riveting.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: September 29th, 2004 07:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, of course I'm glad you enjoyed it... and the 2-person play I saw had one guy jumping between characters very much, doing different voices, body, language, and expression, and that worked very well... of course, the second person was a woman, and they did a lot of dancing (actually, they were so good we went to see their other play - one was about boxing with lots of swing dancing, the other was about pirates with lots of tangos and latin dancing).
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 29th, 2004 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)
oooh, those both sound very good. (:
cannibal From: cannibal Date: September 29th, 2004 07:49 am (UTC) (Link)
If you go to the Minnesota Fringe Festival, I bet you can see them, Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan are from... hmm... I'll post more in my journal.
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