Thursday, December 08, 2005

Theater: The Reviews Are In! Prendergast's "SPHINCTER" Gets Two Thumbs Up!

Well--sort of. It was good, because for the most part I got the laughs where I wrote them. But I didn't realize (until I saw it performed) what a long-winded bastard I am. I am going back and cutting at least fifteen minutes out of it. Then it will truly be a masterpiece.

An obscure masterpiece. Some audience members seemed confused by certain scenes--when the hero's lawyer was performing an obscene act on himself, when the heroine kept calling her psychiatrist a Jew, when the sea raccoons burst up out of the water into the Vietnamese gunboat and tried to rip the hero's throat open, when the presidential anus announced it was attacking Uruguay.

A certain amount of confusion is inevitable, I suppose. It didn't help matters when the reading was interrupted halfway through the third act by fifteen to twenty minutes of nearly incessant stomping coming from the rehearsal space above. I don't know what they were rehearsing upstairs, but from where I sat it sounded like they were a troupe of one-legged Native American rain dancers in mountain boots who really resented the fact that a play reading was going on downstairs. It was very irritating, and it went on for quite awhile. I didn't want to be the "prima donna" so I didn't object at the time.

Since these readings take months to set up, it's not really fair to the writer or to the actors (or to the audience) to allow that to go on above a rehearsal space. But that was the one disappointment in an otherwise very useful and helpful evening. So I will send thanks to the Playwright's Center.

And a special thank you to everyone who came all the way in to attend and perform. All the best to you guys, you helped me immeasurably, I hope I can return the favor some time.

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    At 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Any thought to the anus "ass-cending" to the Presidency?!

    At 2:00 PM, Blogger Prendergast said...

    Actually, that's what the play is about.

    At 5:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thank YOU for the invitation! Looking forward to The Masterpiece!

    At 8:20 PM, Blogger bratworst said...

    wow - I wuz howlin' and the facilitator, I knew, there, was - - something about her, omi-gosh and it's revealed! the EVIL DR. FORRESTER! !
    Any how, the sphincter put's it's phinger on the prostate of America, yes indeedy, can't wait to see it in smell-o-vision! cheers to all!

    At 1:54 PM, Blogger Prendergast said...

    You didn't know that was Dr. Forrester doing the facilitating, huh, Bratwurst? I myself was jumping up and down with excitement when I found out she would be running the show. She's the biggest celebrity I've seen in Minnesot (barring Michele Bachmann). I didn't want to insult her that night by telling her how disappointed I was that she didn't show up for the reading in the green mad scientist outfit with the big hair. Looking at her in that outfit used to make me go all funny in the pants, back when she was on tv. Ah well. She did a very pro job running the reading and discussion, anyway.


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