Wednesday, October 27, 2010

olivia wilde speaks...

...from the future!

Here's a really cool get out the vote vid from (apologies for the annoying formatting and splash screen demanding your info. couldn't figure out how to get around it.)

But it's one helluva funny and pointed vid. Check it out and share it.

ADDENDUM: Thanks to my friend Dave Ulrich, who allowed me to butcher his play 'The Harvey Project" a few years back, here's a much more sensible youtube embed.

thanks, amazon

Uh-huh. Look, I know I've been busy lately with Angels rehearsals, and that anytime I'm doing a show exercise suffers a little. But, really, Amazon, did you have to go there?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

angels reviews

Shut up, shut UP, SHUT UP!!!

It looks like a lot of reviewers chose to wait until seeing both parts I and II before publishing their reviews, so this week we've gotten a plethora.

The Denver Post came out with its review this morning. Reviewer Bob Bows gave us three out of four stars and seems to have thoroughly enjoyed the show; the only real complaints I saw were along the lines of the technical. And as he acknowledged, the tech feats that we pulled off in such a small, intimate house are beyond miraculous.

We also were reviewed by Deb Flomberg in the Denver Examiner. A common thread I'm finding in reviews as well as word of mouth discussion about this production is that, despite some flaws, people are saying 'it must be seen.' So that's a good thing.

Then there's this review, by Mile High Critics. It's not terribly negative or positive, really. To me it's just snarky and rather shallow, as though it were a book review written by someone who had just perused the jacket.

But whatevs, yo.

People are digging the show, and there is definitely going to be a shortage of tickets as the run nears its end.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

so true, so true.

O how I love better book titles. Howard Zinn's 'A People's History of The United States,' the actual title of the above, is an amazing read, by the way. It is incredible--even for relatively well-informed, reading, smart people like you and I--how much we absorb of the legendary bullshit that they spew at us in school.

Fuck. Where's Johnny Appleseed? Paul Bunyan? Babe the Motherfucking Blue Ox?

Where's MY forty acres and a mule? Where's anyone's?

Here also is one of my literary top five heroes (and not just because he has an awesome name.)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

angels in america finally opens

Me as Roy Cohn. I believe my exact line here is 'You HAG!'

Well, it’s been an epic few weeks getting both parts of Angels in America up and running. I think I’ve been in Denver each night for the past three weeks or so, and I’m exhausted, but it has all been worth it. Yesterday was our first audience that got to see the whole beast in one day, watching Part I, ‘Millennium Approaches’ for a matinee and then Part II, ‘Perestroika’ last night.

I can only speak for myself, but I think the cast overall was pretty nervous about last night’s show, as we teched Part II all week until Thursday night, then went back to Part I for Friday night’s show. Also, I think we were all unsure about how the challenge of keeping two entire shows memorized, and how accessing each of them on the same day would play out.

Overall, though, I think we did well, aside from a couple of relatively minor tech flubs. The acting was pretty sharp, and there is something very cathartic about running the entire story arc from start to finish in one day. For my character, the end of Millennium is very much a cliffhanger, without a real solid ending--or at least, you’re wondering what happens to him next. (hint: it ain’t good.)

Hope you can make it down! Four weekends left, and if you plan to see both parts in one day, order tix soon as the Saturday double shows are going fast.

Roy and the epically frightening Ethel Rosenberg (Michelle Grimes.)

Monday, October 4, 2010


via via

So do you want a dozen chicken nuggets? Two dozen?

This is what 'mechanically separated' chicken looks like. The entire animal is basically smashed through a seive--bones, guts, beak, eyes and feet--and reduced to this paste.

Which is then cut up into chunks, breaded and deep-fried for your pleasure!

My feelings on this can be summed up in song:

America: Fuck Yeah.


It's been a long week of tech for Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, and thus i haven't had a great deal of time to post here.

But as I was catching up on some 'net reading I ran across this on boingboing and thought you might like it. It's a remix of a bunch of old Donald Duck clips blended with Glenn Beck's rantings.