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More Gelatinous Cubes

Posted in Front for Evil, Shows with tags , , on September 11, 2009 by Greg Landgraf

If it’s Thursday, there’s a new National Gelatinous Cube Attack Hotline video out. At least, for today and three weeks after this.

The caller in this one is a bit more advanced; she’s taking care of her family and her community. She’s got a broadsword.

Coincidentally, tomorrow’s Friday, and if it’s Friday, there’s a performance of Front for Evil at 10:30 at the Apollo Studio Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln. At least, for tomorrow and two weeks after it.

Poster for Front for Evil

Poster for Front for Evil

Now admittedly, tomorrow (or today, if you’re on the east coast, because I’m getting to this later than I expected) is not the funniest day of the year. But this show is really funny. So you have to come in order to maintain cosmic balance.

Opening Night Tomorrow!

Posted in Front for Evil, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2009 by Greg Landgraf

Four months of writing and rehearsing culminates tomorrow at 10:30: Opening night of Front for Evil.

It’s pretty surprising how non-panicky the cast is. We had no last-minute rehearsals or cram sessions. Just our regular Sunday and Tuesday nights, and those were about as low-key as you could imagine for the last week before opening.

Sunday was our tech rehearsal. It was long and dull from an actor’s standpoint, because it isn’t about us. A tech rehearsal exists so that the person running lights and sound can figure out which lights to turn on when and when to press which button on the CD player. The actors mostly stand on stage so the tech person can see what will make them look best. (Or in some of our cases, least ugly!)

Tech rehearsals are often pretty miserable. But this one… not so much. It was well-organized and free of drama, thanks to the efforts of our director Jay and our tech guy Dominick.

Our Tuesday rehearsal was nothing more than a single run-through. We’re in a place where we know the show well but we’re still able to play within the scenes and surprise ourselves and each other. In other words, the sweet spot.

I feel like I’m coming off as artificially positive. But let me assure those of you who don’t know me: Nobody in the history of time has ever, ever, ever accused me of being positive when positivity is unwarranted.

To prove it, I’ll share one late setback. One more scene had to be cut this week. It wasn’t the fault of the scene; it’s a song, and we had to cut it because we weren’t able to get music recorded in time. Which is unfortunate, because we really liked it. But it will, at least, find another home somewhere. You will get to hear “Technically a Condom” at some point, I swear.

Front for Evil T-Shirt

Front for Evil T-Shirt

There are a couple of other bits of business to handle. First off: You can officially be indoctrinated into the Front for Evil with some Front for Evil merchandise. Buy the Front for Evil T-Shirt or Front for Evil magnets at our Cafepress store.

Second: 3LR has a new web series running: The National Gelatinous Cube Attack Hotline. Nine episodes in total will be produced, of which the first two are up on our YouTube page. Because, let’s face it, you’re worried about gelatinous cube attacks.

And last: You have taken the Are You Evil Facebook quiz, right? Right? Right! Good.

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 24 Production Notes: Dorkflirt!

Posted in Front for Evil, Shows with tags , , , , , , on June 25, 2009 by Greg Landgraf

Our rehearsals for Front for Evil are, at least until we get closer to opening night, Tuesdays and Sundays. Which means that most of our updates will be coming shortly after those days.

So far, we’ve had three or four full rehearsals with our director Jay, and we’re making good progress on the initial run-throughs and refinements of our sketches. Yesterday we worked:

The Dorkflirting Sketch: Not the real name of the sketch, but the actual name would be a bit spoilery. And in fact, the dorkflirting isn’t even a particularly prominent part of the scene. It will, however, be a memorable part of it —  a few of the discoveries we made will ensure that.

The Stumps: Another sketch that’s going to be awfully memorable, in a funny-but-may-haunt-your-dreams kind of way. That is the sketch’s real name, and it’s potentially a bit spoilerish, but probably not. The conclusions you would draw from the title alone might be in the ballpark, but the devil is in the details.

Irritable Vowel Syndrome: This is probably the trickiest one in the bunch. It’s got two significantly different versions–the emotions are the same in each one but the setting and the specific points the characters make are not even close. We’re going to try to combine the best bits of both, while eliminating the jokes about typography and Welsh. (There are jokes about typography and Welsh in one of the versions. Both are funny and wholly legitimate, but they may lose some humor for people without the relatively obscure background knowledge.)

and Little Louise: A favorite of ours, although it’s actually a holdover that was written for Awkward Turtle but didn’t get used there. And good thing, too, because Jay has turned it into a singing, dancing, inappropriate-dramatic-monologuing, whoring-for-lollypops spectacular.