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Audition Notice: Fall Videos

Posted in Uncategorized on November 5, 2009 by Greg Landgraf

Three Legged Race is now seeking actresses for our autumn series of comedy videos for online distribution. We are planning 8 short videos through the end of this year and are casting women for several roles. Time commitment is as low as one evening or afternoon, although interested auditioners will be considered for future projects as well.

Auditions will be Tuesday, November 10, from 8-11 pm at Johnny O’Hagan’s, 3374 N. Clark (Clark and Roscoe). To sign up for an audition slot, e-mail Sides will be provided with your specific time slot assignment.  Because auditions are held in a bar, auditioners must be 21.

Three Legged Race has been performing since 2006. We have produced improv showcases at Sheffield’s and Johnny O’Hagan’s, mounted the sketch shows Awkward Turtle and Front for Evil at the Apollo Theater Studio, and produced the National Gelatinous Cube Attack Hotline webseries and other comedy videos. See or for more details and samples of previous work.

The Culmination

Posted in Uncategorized on September 25, 2009 by Greg Landgraf

Tomorrow is the end of six months of work: closing night of Front for Evil. (There’s still time to go! So do!) It’s a bittersweet time; sad to see the end even though I think we’re all ready to do new stuff.

And new stuff we shall do!

After the conclusion of the National Gelatinous Cube Attack Hotline webseries (the penultimate episode was posted tonight) we’ll be working on a new, original play, After, Life, written by Doug Albers and Tim Fyalowski. We’ll be doing a staged reading (a small, private event) in October with the intention of editing based on the reaction and mounting the show next spring.

After that (After After?) we’ve planned an ambitious video-making schedule. So beginning in November, watch for a number of brand-new, hilarious videos.

New 3LR Videos: Gelatinous Cubes and 7 Stages of Morning

Posted in Uncategorized on September 4, 2009 by Greg Landgraf

In addition to Front for Evil (just 4 more weeks!), we’ve got a whole bunch of new comedy videos for your viewing pleasure.

First is the 7 Stages of Morning. If comedy equals tragedy plus time, well, this one at least takes the second half of that saying literally.

There’s also five (out of a planned nine) episodes of our webseries, The National Gelatinous Cube Attack Hotline. Episode 5 covers gelatinous cube gifts, and features 3LR’s own Doug Albers and his infamous (and now sadly repainted) Pretty Pretty Princess Room.

See the full series on our Videos (or our YouTube) page.

New Front for Evil Photos

Posted in Uncategorized on August 23, 2009 by Greg Landgraf

We’ve got a special treat: Photos from the August 21 14 performance of Front for Evil. Such as:

The Horrors of Wrigleyville. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The Horrors of Wrigleyville. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

which depicts the horrors of Wrigleyville. Specifically, the horrors of a friendly jogger, who dares to return an inadvertently dropped wallet. It’s terrifying.

See all 12 new photos on our Pictures page.

Special thanks to Alan Dalinka, who took each of these pictures. For that, Alan is officially Evil (in the good way).

Front for Evil: Week 2…

Posted in Uncategorized on August 14, 2009 by Greg Landgraf

which is tomorrow, by which, I mean, Friday, August 14. What better way to recover from the bad evils of a week at the office, and the threat of Baby Papa (aka Dick Cheney) promising to write a whiny little screed about how George W. Bush wasn’t sufficiently differential, and the horrors of that creepy new planet that orbits its star the wrong direction, than with the good evil of Front for Evil. We’ve got some drinking, and some after-effects of drinking; a Scottish guy’s new car, and his women from down under; a guy who is so fascinated by breasts that he’ll collect money for them, and, of course, mustaches. It’s about 18 million times better than the only possible alternative, which is Madea Goes To Jail On Demand. So come see Front for Evil instead.

10:30 p.m.

Apollo Theater Studio

2540 N. Lincoln


(And if, for some evil reason you can’t make it tomorrow, we’ve got six more weeks after that. So see you then!)

Are You Suitably Evil?

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2009 by Greg Landgraf

Don’t know? Take the official Three Legged Race Are you Evil Facebook quiz. (You are on Facebook, right?)

It will tell you if you’re 3LR Evil (as opposed to just plain evil, or even worse, good), as well as one very simple technique for improving your Evilness. (I wonder what that technique could be.)

July 26 Production Notes: With a Xylophone on My Back

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 28, 2009 by Greg Landgraf

If you happened to see me biking to rehearsal yesterday, you would have seen a hopefully uncommon sight: a bicyclist with a xylophone on his back.

Okay, admittedly not a full-size one. Just a little one, two octaves in total, and no bulky stand or anything. But still, big enough to be sticking out of my backpack, leaving me nervous about it falling out and causing a taxicab to crash into someone who doesn’t deserve to die.

Fortunately, the xylophone made it to rehearsal without incident. It was necessary for a single scene—one of the two songs left in the show. And fans of our last show, Awkward Turtle, will recognize the characters.

I’ll leave the identity of the returning characters (the only ones, incidentally) for the next post. Let’s just say that the accompaniment for this song will be one of the few opportunities you’ll ever have to hear a xylophone-and-kazoo duet.

(It might actually be a metalophone; I think the term xylophone only technically applies if the things you hit are made of wood. Oh well.)

In other news, the time of the show was down to 49 minutes in our run-through yesterday without further scene cuts. This is a good sign; it means that we’re picking up line cues more quickly and delivering them more confidently.

With a week and a half before open, our situation is surprisingly unpanicky. While we’re going to be glad for the few rehearsals we have left, if we had to open this week instead of next, we could.

June 30 Production Notes: Rehearsus Interruptus

Posted in Uncategorized on July 1, 2009 by Greg Landgraf

Not much of an update today. Our director was sick, and one of the cast members was bleeding. (The bleeding is probably–probably!–related to surgery she recently had, although it could also be sort of a tasteful fountain thing out the top of her head. Probably the former, though.)

We’ve also got Sunday off due to the holiday and certain cast members’ insistence on taking trains to very strange places to visit very strange people. It’s a shame, both because you never want to lose time when you’re building a show, but also because the rehearsal process has just been so much fun so far.

But what happens happens. When we gather again next Tuesday, we’ll be doing so completely without scripts in hand. We will know our lines or else face the penalty. What exactly that penalty is wasn’t made completely clear. But the threat was vicious. Truly vicious. So nobody wants to test it.

June 28 Production Notes: Gay Pride Is Evil

Posted in Uncategorized on June 28, 2009 by Greg Landgraf

Not evil in the sense of being wrong, or that people who exhibit gay pride eat puppy-and-baby salads with non-organic French dressing, or anything else that Pat Robertson would say. It’s just that Chicago’s Pride Parade was held today, and while our rehearsal site* isn’t strictly located along the parade route, it’s within a couple of blocks.

The Pride Parade is a major event, with huge crowds. Just getting to rehearsal today was a bit of a tricky thing, particularly for the cast members who have to take Clark Street to get there.

I suppose it would be more accurate to say that enormous crowds standing between us and where we want to go are evil, but that’s less catchy. Plus this way, perhaps we’ll create a huge controversy that drives people to the site, where they then realize that 3LR does not believe Gay Pride is evil in a bad way, and become our best friends. (3LR does believe Gay Pride is Evil, but that’s a good thing — like when Motley Fool calls actions that are smart “Foolish”.)

Once we actually got to rehearsal, there were plenty of positive developments. We’re ahead of schedule on learning lines–our official off-book day isn’t until next Tuesday, but we were able to run two of the scenes we worked today without scripts, and the other three are close.

We worked the same sketches as last time, plus one called OnStar, which takes place in a Ford Taurus and gives Derick the opportunity to whip out his Scottish accent. His father is Scottish, and certainly could drive a Ford Taurus if given the opportunity, so it’s an homage. Because family… is Evil.

* We rehearse at Johnny O’Hagan’s, at 3374 N. Clark. While our rehearsals are in a closed room (i.e., you can’t come and watch), O’Hagan’s is an awesome Irish pub with really good food, and you should go there to eat and drink.


Posted in Uncategorized on June 2, 2009 by Greg Landgraf

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