Thursday, May 29, 2008

Colorful World: Three more Chances!

Hey, gang. James Comtois, your favorite after dinner mint here, to let you know that there are now only three more performances left for Nosedive Productions' superhero play, Colorful World.



We here at Nosedive Central are pretty gosh darned proud of this one. I don't think you wanna miss it.



And the 78th Street Theatre Lab is a small space, so get your tickets ASAP!

Your hero,

James "Underdog" Comtois

Photos: Abe Goldfarb (left) as Jeffrey and Christopher Yustin as Johnny Patriot. Jessi Gotta as Tigress. Photos by Aaron Epstein.

It's 2005.

A superhero walks the earth.

The Twin Towers are still standing.

The Iraq War is almost over.

Can the world get any worse?

"...Comtois examines the psychological problems of his uncaped crusaders and lampshades some of the sillier superhero tropes with a fan's nitpicky delight."
Broadwayworld.com

"Colorful World is a show that left me entertained and even a little introspective. It made me think a little about what I do in this world to help others. It didn't make me want to dress up in tights and fight crime but it did make me wish we had more heroes. Real heroes."
nytheatre.com, a Reviewer's Pick!

"Colorful World is above all else just plain entertaining. James Comtois definitely takes the opportunity of a captive audience to make political statements via his opinionated and vocal characters, as well as the choices of the television content projected on the walls, particularly during scene changes, and why not?"
ELJ All Arts Annex

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Honest-To-God-True-Discount

Well, I'll take a brief pause from self-promotion to promote some other folks...

For readers of the blog... a discount for tickets to Dan Trujillo's new play.

Horse Trade & elsewhere present:

The Honest-to-god-true Story Of The Atheist

Thursday, June 12, 2008 through Saturday, June 21, 2008

written by Dan Trujillo directed by Isaac Butler

Featuring: Abe Goldfarb, Daryl Lathon, Jennifer Gordon Thomas

Lighting Design: Sabrina Braswell

Costume Design: Sydney Maresca

Original Music By: David Hanlon

Filled with twists and turns, mole people, black market Viagra, speaking in tongues, caricatures, songs, soft-shoes and three maybe-miracles, The Honest-To-God-True Story of the Atheist tells the remarkable story of an atheist trying to disprove God's existence by defacing a local nativity scene. But did any of this really happen? And do the actors believe the story they're telling?

TWO WEEKENDS ONLY!

Thursday-Saturday, June 12-14th and 19th-21st

All shows at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18

Or, if you order them through smarttix and use the code AVBLOG you get $12.00 tickets! That's a whopping 33.3% savings!

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Only Three More Chances

So get your tickets now!





Photos by Aaron Epstein.

For more production photos click here.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Til Tuesday...

So last night after Colorful World, many folks from Nosedive Central and I went to go see the new Indiana Jones movie. I loved it. It was exactly what I was looking for. Those who try to compare and contrast with the previous films and minge that it's a disappointment need to get a life. They're all good. They're all fun. I had a blast.

Go see it.

And have a good Memorial Day Weekend.

Still giddy,

James "Short Round" Comtois

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

We Just Got...

...a very nice review from ELJ All Arts Annex for Colorful World, which you can read here.

Kessa De Santis writes:

"COLORFUL WORLD is above all else just plain entertaining. James Comtois definitely takes the opportunity of a captive audience to make political statements via his opinionated and vocal characters, as well as the choices of the television content projected on the walls, particularly during scene changes, and why not?"


There are just six performances left. Get your tickets soon.

Battling Mytzlplk,

James "Braniac" Comtois

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Pinkie and Other Colors

As we gear up for our third and penultimate weekend for Colorful World, which I am getting happier with with each successive weekend, I wanted to once again remind folks that tonight at 7 p.m. at UNDER St. Marks, the first Drafthouse@Under St. Marks will be presenting a reading of my serial western noir play, Pinkie, as a full-length piece.

Having originally written it to be viewed in five installments as part of Vampire Cowboys’ Saturday Night Saloon series, yet at the same time created to work as one whole cohesive story, I’m very much looking forward to hearing how it sounds all together.

Did I mention it's real cheap (five bucks) and that drinks will be served?

Join me?

Head in the clouds,

James "Cowboy Hero" Comtois

Horse Trade and Abe Goldfarb present

The Drafthouse@Under St. Marks
a play-reading salon

This month:

PINKIE
by James Comtois

Directed by Pete Boisvert

with: Marc Landers, Christopher Yustin, Becky Comtois, Gyda Arber, Ben Trawick-Smith, Ben VandenBoom, Pete Boisvert, Jason Leibman, Anna Kull, Matt Johnston

When: Wednesday, May 21st at 7pm

Where: Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Ave. and Ave. A)

Suggested donation of $5

Drinks served


For the first installment of The Drafthouse, Horse Trade's new reading series, they'll be presenting Pinkie by acclaimed playwright James Comtois. Told as a serialized old West potboiler, Pinkie follows the exploits of former Pinkerton detective "Dusty" Denton as he falls into a world of intrigue, danger, possum urine and desire.

PINKIE was originally developed in Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company's Saturday Night Saloon.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

This Wednesday: PINKIE

Hey, folks. I know I've been shilling for Colorful World like there's no tomorrow (and thanks to all who have or are about to see it), but if you can also make it to this this Wednesday (it's ultra-cheap, and there's BOOZE), well, that would be pretty freakin' sweet, too...

Horse Trade and Abe Goldfarb present

The Drafthouse@Under St. Marks
a play-reading salon

This month:

PINKIE
by James Comtois

Directed by Pete Boisvert

with: Marc Landers, Christopher Yustin, Becky Comtois, Gyda Arber, Ben Trawick-Smith, Ben VandenBoom, Pete Boisvert, Jason Leibman, Anna Kull, Matt Johnston

When: Wednesday, May 21st at 7pm

Where: Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Ave. and Ave. A)

Suggested donation of $5

Drinks served


For the first installment of The Drafthouse, Horse Trade's new reading series, they'll be presenting Pinkie by acclaimed playwright James Comtois. Told as a serialized old West potboiler, Pinkie follows the exploits of former Pinkerton detective "Dusty" Denton as he falls into a world of intrigue, danger, possum urine and desire.

PINKIE was originally developed in Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company's Saturday Night Saloon.

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More On Colorful World From Our Resident Superhero

Patrick writes about our critical and commercial response thus far to Colorful World here. Check it the fuck out, cats and kittens!

(Warning: He does give spoilers.)

Confounding audiences,

James "For External Use Only" Comtois

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Colorful Theatre

Last night the Vampire Cowboys came en masse to see Colorful World, which made it a particularly fun night for us here at Nosedive Central. Thanks so much, guys! You truly rock.

I'm feeling really pumped about this show and am really looking forward to more people coming to see it. So get your tickets soon.

Amidst being in production for the play and plugging the living hell out of it, I did have a chance to see two very good shows this week that I wanted to bring to your attention (especially if you've either already seen Colorful World or have already purchased your ticket in advance).

The first is Mike Daisey's How Theater Failed America, an absolute must-see for anyone who's worked - or is working - in theatre. In his show, which is a 100-minute monologue, Daisey talks about his experiences in theatre, ranging from his first post-college job running a theatre company with six other friends out in Nowheresville, Maine, his gig teaching theatre in high school, and jokes about how most stage actors literally work for cheese (hoarding up the blocks of cheese given out at the post-opening night receptions).

He also explains how theatre literally saved his life and offered him an identity in this world.

It truly is a funny, engaging, insightful and touching piece of theatre.

Despite the title, How Theater Failed America is actually a very upbeat and optimistic take on theatre in America. Or rather, I should say, I found the show upbeat and optimistic. I'm sure there are others who may disagree with me. Daisey actually opens the piece poking fun at the clichéd scapegoats we often like to pin on the decline of theatre's validity in our culture: arts funding ("Why can't America be more like Sweden? Over there the government shits money in the mouths of artists!"), modern media ("It's the iPod's fault!"), The New York Times ("Oh, Isherwood...Charles Isherwood Ruined Theatre!"), reminding us that theatre's apparent decline has not been caused by easily definable outside forces.

Although he points out the serious problems and flaws with our current model - the institutionalization of theatres, the growing number of theatre professors who have little-to-no "hands on" theatrical experience, the artists being removed from the equation in making theatre (some of which he discusses in his essay here) - Daisey offers some very practical suggestions as to how to keep theatre alive and strong (or rather, he reminds us that it still is and can continue to be).

One of them is to bring the artists back the equation and having repertory companies be a recognizable creative team (not unlike sports teams that fans recognize and can root for). In other words, use the Cult of Personality to theatre's advantage (rather than sulk and dismiss the concept). Another is to simply keep making as much theatre as possible.

Daisey's How Theater Failed America shows and reminds the audience what's so fun, vital and engaging about theatre. Many of his stories reminded me why I got into this bizarre gig in the first place.

How Theater Failed America is now playing at the Barrow Street Theatre on 27 Barrow Street. For tickets go here.

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The other show I saw was the Beggars Group's Armor of Wills, written & directed by Randy Anderson, a bizarre funhouse mirror-maze of a show about a young man on the brink of death and trying to escape nefarious forces through the underworld.

In Armor of Wills, a young man named Kalib (Brian Morgan) is trapped in a purgatorial world after a violent accident and with the help of a creepy figure named Doc (wonderfully played by Harrison Williams) trying to escape his Maker - some characters dispute whether or not this is God or god or an entity completely unrelated to God - while trying to find closure with his family members, including his overprotective and zealous mother Norma (Jennifer Harder) and fiancée Beth (Kristi Funk).

The play also features Scott Rad Brown and Josh Krebs in ensemble roles.

Armor of Wills plays with the concepts of leaving people behind, family members abandoning one another, the power plays parents inflict on their offspring, theology, and metaphysics, but is in no way heavy-handed or belabored. The show (which is only about 70 minutes long) is fast-paced and filled with energy (both from the staging and the cast).

Also, being in the underground space that is UNDER St. Marks, you don't need to stretch your imagination too far to believe you're in some sort of subterranean purgatory.

Watching Armor of Wills, I realized that a.) it had been quite a while since I've seen Anderson's directorial work (with such companies as Stone Soup Theatre Arts and Stages 5150) and b.) I really missed it. He has a very distinct and imaginative visual style that works beautifully for the stage.

It has only three more performances, so I highly recommend you check it out before it goes up into that Great Production in the Sky.

Armor of Wills is playing UNDER St. Marks on 94 St. Mark's Place until Saturday, May 17. For tickets go here.

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So, those are a couple shows I'm glad I caught before going back to the 78th Street Theatre Lab. Check them out if you can. Then go see my play (heh, heh).

Okay, that's it for me. I gotta set up the box office. Have a good weekend, folks.

Finding Applebees poetic,

James "Nervous Agnostic" Comtois

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Charlie Willis Becoming A Superhero

Per this very fascinating discussion going on in the theatre blogosphere, Patrick, Colorful World's Overman, talks about the process of being a superhero in this brilliantly insightful and informative entry. Check it out.

Making Patrick's life a living hell,

James "Enjoy The Latex, Bitch!" Comtois

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nytheatre.com Raves About Colorful World



Well, hey. The front page of nytheatre.com calls it a rave review, so we shall, too.

Mr. Richard Hinojosa says some very nice things about Colorful World, including calling the show "shrewd and funny," and saying that it left him "entertained and even a little introspective."

WOO-HOO!

Read the review here.

Then buy your damn tickets already.

Feeling relieved,

James "Now Onto Week Two" Comtois

Photo: Mac Rogers (left) and Jessi Gotta in Colorful World. Photo by Amanda Schwab.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Colorful World: Guy

Mac Rogers as Guy Madison in Colorful World.



"Face me."

—Guy Madison


And that's it for the Trading Cards. Collect all eight!

Get your tickets now.

Your worst nightmare,

James "Just...A Guy" Comtois

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Colorful World: Ramses

Abe Goldfarb as Ramses in Colorful World.



"We need to remind the world that giants walk the earth."

—Jeffrey Michaels, a.k.a. Ramses


We're up and running. Get your tickets now.

His true self,

James "Persona" Comtois

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Colorful World: Beelzebear

Zack Calhoon as Beelzebear in Colorful World.



"Blow it out your ass!"

—Oswald O'Hanlon, a.k.a. Beelzebear


We're up and running. Get your tickets now.

Keepin' it real,

James "Phony Baloney" Comtois

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Colorful World: The Void

Marc Landers as The Void in Colorful World.



"I’ve just broken this punk’s middle finger. Who’s been selling drugs around here?"

—Charlie Richards, a.k.a. The Void


We're up and running. Get your tickets now.

A cypher in both the
theatre and comic book worlds,

James "Blank Slate" Comtois

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Our First Mixed-To-Positive Review...

...of Colorful World is up.

Witty and funny in places,

James "Nitpicky Fan" Comtois

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Friday, May 09, 2008

Well, we now have opening night under our belts, and the run of Colorful World is underway. WOO-HOO!

I’m very glad to have this show finally up and running and am looking forward to more people seeing this.

(And yes, I’ll be posting more "Trading Card" photos of the cast very soon.)

The space is very small. So get your tickets soon.

And also, unrelated to my flagrant self-promotion, congratulations to Mr. Matthew Freeman for this piece of news! Damn, Matt. You’re really becoming quite the published author!

Gettin' in the swing of things,

James "Bachelor Playwright" Comtois

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Yes, Indeed...

...Colorful World opens tonight at the 78th Street Theatre Lab.

It's about damn time.

After some long hours getting all the elements put together, we here at Nosedive Central now need an audience for this. I'm really damn proud of this one (as are, it seems, the rest of the incredible folks involved in this).

Is it obvious I can't wait for people to see this?

So get your tickets now.

Shilling for his life,

James "Happy Huckster" Comtois

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Colorful World: Tigress

Jessi Gotta as Tigress in Colorful World.



"What was the point of being a costumed crimefighter if we weren’t allowed to take any risks...?"

—Karen Fisher, a.k.a. Tigress


We open tomorrow. Get your tickets soon.

Annoyed that Jessi took stuff
from my wardrobe for her costume,

James "Sex Kitten" Comtois

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Colorful World: Johnny Patriot

Christopher Yustin as Johnny Patriot in Colorful World.



"We’re supposed to be the good guys..."

—Johnny Patriot


We open tomorrow. Get your tickets soon.

Fighting crime wherever it lurks,

James "Lurking Death" Comtois

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Colorful World: The Peacekeeper

Ben VandenBoom as The Peacekeeper in Colorful World.



"See you in the funny papers."

—Mick Catton, a.k.a. The Peacekeeper


We open Thursday. Get your tickets soon.

Dressing up in fatigues,

James "Flatfoot" Comtois

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Cyber Interview from nytheatre Mike

And, in case you thought I wasn't pontificating enough about this show, here's an interview Mr. Michael Criscuolo conducted with me on Colorful World.

That's right: I'm invading both your ears and your eyes.

An assault on all senses,

James "Salty" Comtois

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nytheatrecast on Colorful World

The podcast interview I did promoting Colorful World with nytheatrecast.com along with folks previewing Off The Hozzle, Lone Wolf Series, GayFestNYC, Everyman and 5 Borough Plays, is now up.

You can now listen to me blather on about Colorful World. I'm second on the list.

No Casey Kasem,

James "Howard Stern" Comtois

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