Right, so we finished up our perfect week at Yale Rep’s – No Boundaries festival and landed our tails in NYC that Sunday with a van full of Method Gun set, props, costumes.
Monday morning we loaded that puppy in to Dance Theater Workshop, and thanks to no light hang, a crack crew, and volunteers Michael, Megan, and Zach, we did it in record time. Tuesday, our sweet friend D. tuned the room. And Wednesday, well, Wednesday, we did tech/dress and our first photo line-up ever, ate a little food… and then we had what we can only describe as the most perfect opening night possible – and it was press night, so we were more than a little freaked out.
We papered the house with many friends and friendlies, gave as relaxed a performance as we could under the circumstances, and were lucky enough to have a warm, generous, and supportive full house. Thursday, Friday and Saturday went pretty much the same – loving audiences and good times at the bar afterwards. Lowell with Brittany, Tina, Meredith, and Max hit new highs in tech supremacy – they ran a tight tight show, and made everyone’s jobs a pleasure. Major props and thanks to Vincent, Mike and Chloe. And of course to Carla! Next time we will hang out!!
Most gratifying, though, was the support we received from our buds in NYC, and the really beautiful emails and notes – thank you all so so so much for coming out and spending time with us and making us feel so at home there.
Here’s the review call – it’s overall pretty dang nice. There is one shite review from legit source – New York Post – man, we pissed her off (“But overall, this “Method Gun” shoots a blank.”). And a couple of shite reviews from non-legit sources, like theatremania and some california lit magazine thingie, so if you’re LA press, feel free to copy the good ones listed below when we get there. Or if you want to copy a bad one, at least lay off the Boston Globe review – he gets a lot of shit wrong and you just look stupid when you ape him. I’m talking to you, theatremania.
“This weekend sees the closing of several of my favorite shows, so this edition of Critic’s Picks is less a case of “run, don’t walk” than a “stand in line, don’t take no for an answer” set of recommendations.” – Critics’ Picks – Time Out New York
“All I can say is get tickets to this show. It is not to be missed.” – Jeremy M. Barker, Culturebot
And last but not least… the fun one
New York Times Review – Jason Zinoman – Yeah – we’re told this is a nice review “for The Times“. The only real reason to share this slap/tickle paragraph is to let us all stare slack-jawed at The Times for being so freaking lazy, and sexist.
Zinoman writes: “But despite the sophomoric moments the performers win you over with sincerity and even showmanship. Lana Lesley spins mundane moments with a delightful quirk. And the director, Shawn Sides, lanky and swaggering, doubles as a performer whose persona might be called Indie Rock Brando. He stages a lovely montage sequence, including swinging industrial lights, that gives the piece an elegant finish.”
“But despite the sophomoric moments the performers win you over with sincerity and even showmanship. Lana Lesley spins mundane moments with a delightful quirk. The actor Jason Liebrecht, lanky and swaggering, has a persona that might be called Indie Rock Brando. Shawn Sides stages a lovely montage sequence, including swinging industrial lights, that gives the piece an elegant finish.”