Monday, November 13, 2006

One Down, One To Go

Friday Sunday Night Fight Club's "Circo Pelear" has now come and gone and went quite swimmingly, if I do say so myself. I for one had a lot of fun, as did (it seems) the audience. Thanks to creator/producer Christi Waldon for inviting me to participate, everyone involved in "The Day it Snowed Tortillas" and everyone who came out and saw this.

Now, the bulk of this week will be spent polishing the rough edges on "Captain Moonbeam and Lynchpin" for Vampire Cowboys' REVAMPED: The Superhero Diaries this Sunday at the Bowery Poetry Club. But first, tonight we have our first reading for the next scheduled Nosedive show, Suburban Peepshow. I'm very curious to hear how this play sounds out loud.

I apologize for having this space being solely reserved for shameless plugging of late; I hope to change that in the very near future. Obviously, these shows have been the only theatre-related items on my mind these past few weeks. But also, when I try to weigh in on some of the other issues going on in the theatre blogosphere (arts funding, the ethics of posting negative reviews on blogs, the pros and cons of script development, what Aaron Sorkin's problem is), I find myself just staring at the blank page for an extended period of time before giving up and moving on to plugging "Captain Moonbeam" (or "Tortillas" or whatever).

My suspicion is that this is due in part to having already written on these subjects many times a while ago and having nothing more to say on them (apart from a sentence or two). This is also due to the bloggers who have brought up these subjects have already written eloquently on the subjects better than I could hope of doing, so I find my own two cents to be of little interest to anyone, including myself.

So, in the meantime, I'll spend this week plugging the REVAMPED show on this site and hope to spend next week (and after Thanksgiving) blathering on about other subjects.

Still kinda liking Studio 60
even though it's pretty damn lame,

James "Dyed-In-The-Wool Sorkin Fan" Comtois


Blogger seraphimcharm said...

Re: Sorkin.

Fuck the haters. Studio 60 is one of the best written, most entertaining shows on TV. It is one of the things that makes being on the road even remotely bearable.

Sorkin manages to make a bunch of seemingly pampered TV comedy sketch show stars seem interesting. It is one of the few shows out there actually addressing red state/blue state differences with any sort of honesty, and it maintains the devotion to language that Sorkin has always had even though it's set in California.

It's a testament to how much I love this show that I sit through one of the worst written/worst acted shows on TV right now to get to it (Heroes, sorry to say. I think we can all agree it's total junk food). I look forward to Studio 60 each week with an intensity that frightens even me, and I will throw down with anybody who threatens to cancel it. I say again, I will throw down.

Glad to hear things are going so well. I hope your stuff keeps getting produced by other companies.... Wider audiences, more stuff out there, your name in lights - sounds like a win/win.

7:54 PM  
Blogger Jamespeak said...

Well, I actually would agree that Studio 60 is one of the best things on TV right now, but unfortunately that’s more a testament to how shitty things are on the tube rather than to how good it is. Isaac Butler has denounced the show as one of the worst shows he’s seen in a long time, which is a bit strange. I mean, the worst? Really? It’s incredibly disappointing and underwhelming, and comparing Studio 60 to any episode from the first season of The West Wing shows just how disappointing and underwhelming it is, but saying it’s one of the worst shows is a bit hyperbolic.

Although I was into Heroes for the first few episodes, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s just engaging in foot-dragging and deliberately wasting the viewer’s time (like Carnivale, a show I would describe as one of the worst shows I had sat through in a long time). I’m done with Heroes.

I’ll continue to watch Studio 60, and I really hope Sorkin comes to his senses and gets rid of Sarah Paulson.

And thanks, Scot! It’s been pretty fun doing these side projects with these two companies. Hang in there with the rest of the tour. You’re almost done.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as promised, i'm coming back to new york and will get the chance to return the favor--can't wait to see your 'work' and find the appropriate venue to spout off about it, james. this should be fun! you have indeed spent a lot of time plugging your wares like a cheap whore--if they're anything like the titles i can only imagine the riches that await me...

neil "can't wait to see your shit" labute

1:33 PM  
Blogger Jamespeak said...

Always a pleasure, Neil. And don't listen to what the critics say about Wicker Man.

1:37 PM  

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