Saturday, July 29, 2006 | Sexy and juicy Triptych transcends soap opera fluff

See, what'd I tell ya? | Sexy and juicy Triptych transcends soap opera fluff:
"Patricia Duran brings intensity and fervor to Clarissa. At first, she's boldly challenging to Pauline. Outfoxed, she's increasingly vulnerable and confused.

Michelle Edwards makes a cunning, cruel Pauline. Briefly self-pitying and distraught, she's soon back to her old self, taking cool delight in her vindictive streak.

Christie Guidry exerts explosive energy as the precocious, unstable Brandy, flavored with the disdainful sarcasm of youth."

It's a showcase for everyone,
and if you've seen "The Adding Machine"
then you should go see it tonight!!
if you haven't seen "The Adding Machine"
come to our closing night...
and after either head over to Sippora
(W. Gray and Taft) for the Two Star
fundraiser (Danny & the Nitemares, J.W. Americana,
and more...)
there, I have planned yr whole night for you...
you can thank me later.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Keith Schofield / Wintergreen

it really was the worst atari game ever.

Keith Schofield / Wintergreen

Damned to fame: the moral rights of the Beckett estate

Damned to fame: the moral rights of the Beckett estate:

"So how long will the Beckett estate be able to control the productions of Samuel Beckett? In Australia, the term of copyright protection for dramatic works is for the life of the author plus fifty years. Given that Samuel Beckett died in 1989, the copyright in his works will expire in 2039 in Australia. However, in Europe and the United States, the term of copyright protection for dramatic works has been extended to the life of the author plus seventy years. The copyright in his works will finish in 2059."

good thing copyright protects artists...

Closing Weekend

Last two chances to see "The Adding Machine"

I expect to see you there.

Kid Ornery

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Theatre and such...

Got to see a sneak of "Triptych" tonight...

My advice is to see it as soon as you've seen
"the adding machine".

It'll be yr last chance
to see Michelle Edwards
perform in Houston
for a good long while,
and she, and everyone else
are spot on...

The show looks and feels
like a Mildred's show -
it's a real showcase for everyone involved.
Don't miss it.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

New Podcast

Here's a brief sampler of the work of "The Adding Machine Band".
They are under the direction of Charlie Naked and feature:
Charlie Naked - Guitar
Ken Watkins - Guitar
Jeff Miller - Bass
Ruthie Langston - Cello
Pete Sullivan - Saxophones
Phil Krieg - Theremin
Tom Zermeno - Percussion

They are providing all the music and sound effects for my production of Elmer Rice's "The Adding Machine". They are also providing all the pre-show music - and here's a sample of them practicing for that...

I'll have info on a "The Adding Machine Band" CD soon...

enjoy this brief sampling, and come see one of the last two performances if yr in Houston...


Kid Ornery

Linus Pauling Quartet Blog: The Adding Machine - A Layman's review

Ramon reviews the show:

Linus Pauling Quartet Blog: The Adding Machine - A Layman's review:
"Two scenes stand outs in the first act. Played beautifully is the bit where Mr. Zero imagines a conversation in which his boss (Stephen Foulard) tells Mr. Zero 'Mr. Zero, I've had my eye on you' and rewards his 25 years of labor with a raise and a promotion - hilarious. Foulard plays this scene brilliantly like some cliched cuddly well-to-do boss out of a Frank Capra movie coming in to reward the hard working noble hero. Mr. Zero's vision is as pathetic as it is funny and, of course, Mr. Zero's reality is far from what he imagines; while he does the receive the visit from his boss (who can't even recall Mr. Zero's name) the visit is to inform him of his being fired which results in Mr. Zero snapping with the murder of the boss.

The following scene, in which the Ones, Twos, Threes, Fours, Fives, and Sixes join the Zeros for a dinner party, is also quite funny and the cast clearly has fun with the silly manner in which the characters all go down the line completing a thought. The banter is inane and cliched but that is the point and the cast plays it with a vaudeville verve that carries the scene. The first act closes with Mr. Zero fate sealed by a jury leaving the second act which, despite the death of the main character, is where the play comes to life." Adding Machine: A Play in Seven Acts: Books: E. Rice Adding Machine: A Play in Seven Acts: Books: E. Rice:
"When properly rendered, Rice's 'The Adding Machine' is a powerful, weird, surreal experience. But notice that this edition is subtitled 'A Play in Seven Acts'. In the original script, there were eight acts (or 'scenes', really), but the original Scene V was cut to streamline the production (in 1923). When they revived the play in 1956, Rice revised and restored Scene V, and this is, in my opinion, the way it should be read. You'll find the complete 8-scene script in 'Elmer Rice: Three Plays: The Adding Machine, Street Scene and Dream Girl', which is also here on Amazon (ISBN 0809007355). But, really, you need to see the play before you read the text, if you possibly can. They filmed a movie version of it in 1969 (which I haven't seen), starring the inimitable Phyllis Diller playing Mrs. Zero. Leonard Maltin described this effort as 'flawed but interesting,' giving it two and a half stars out of four. So keep your eyes open for a dramatic or cinematic revival. Etaoin Shrdlu will thank you!"

I was wondering where the other scene came from...
now I need to get that version of the script...

Monday, July 24, 2006



"The next image on the screen had the audience in question. All it said was 'A great comic book…. Or the greatest comic book?'

Jones then introduced a video clip that would make it all clear. A November clip from the Comedy Central show The Colbert Report, featuring the faux-news pundit talking about his fiction novel Stephen Colbert’s Alpha Squad 7: Lady Nocturne: A Tek Jansen Adventure. A re-occurring staple of Colbert's daily television show, its first appearance on the show in November set the Oni offices abuzz, and they set out to bring it to comics."

can't wait!