// August 22nd, 2010 // No Comments » // Blog, Media
It’s been a day.
We showed up for our second tech this morning, given the fact that we had only an hour and a half during our “official” tech time, but there were some crossed wires apparently and our technician didn’t show up (or answer his phone). We still got to ninja-spike our props (with black gaff tape, since someone had pulled up our yellow tape) and rehearse the toughest numbers in the space, so it wasn’t a complete waste of time.
After talking to the Technical Director and our venue tech (once he made it to the theater), we agreed to come early before our 6PM show so they could help us load in and so we could quickly run some cues. Unfortunately, it started to sprinkle while we were unloading our sound equipment into the alley behind the theater, and we had to stash anything that couldn’t afford to get wet back in the van. I covered the costume pieces with my comforter; thank God it didn’t actually rain very hard. We managed to get all set up and ready in the allotted time despite all of our challenges.
The show went wonderfully well–the audience was louder than some of our fullest houses, and they laughed at practically every other word. There was some improvisation, too. Daisuke did “The Worm” during the Finale, for one. Next time we’ll have him do it further downstage so everyone can see.
Maia’s mom and sisters got into town yesterday and have astonished us all, because they all look exactly like Maia. You can stand them in a line and it’s like The Evolution of Maia. So many blonde women!
We also very much enjoyed the one show we’ve seen so far: “They Touch In Flood” by paperStrangers. It was a sexy, gorgeous dance and spoken word/poetry piece exploring how humans “make love” instead of just mating for procreation. I could not believe what some of those dancers could do, and the choreography was remarkably inventive for its subject matter. We did wish there was a bit more representation of queer relationships, but they had at least one lovely piece with a gay (male) couple. Definitely worth seeing–it’s in the smaller space at the Theatre on the Square.
Tonight will be a reprise of “Do Not Kill Me, Killer Robots” at the Phoenix, because Ben’s added some new material. You probably shouldn’t miss it.
Oh, and a couple of things:
-We’ve got on interview on behindthefringe.com (it says it’s with me, but it was actually an email interview with me, Alex, and David): Behind the Fringe with Grind
-Our first baby Indy review, via @IndyTheatre on Twitter:
“Grind: the Musical” is a LOT of show. Big cast, big set, big variety of performance art forms. Fun & charming. #indyfringe #Indy #theatre
Aw, thanks, Indianapolis! We might just warm up to you yet. Especially if you see our 1:30PM matinee tomorrow.