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Sharyn Shipleys five-act re-telling of "Hamlet -- The Women" has excited general interest and additional action, so we're transferring the whole discussion to the REFLECTIONS, a section of The Theater Mirror where you will find the newest exchanges on this play, YOUR comments on the topic, and the entire summary of all five acts of the play that Sharyn sent The Mirror.


Date: Fri, 25 Oct 1996 16:07:04 -0400
From: aseltine
Subject: News from Hyde Park VT

Dear Larry,
First, I need to give you our phone # at the Opera House (802-888-4507); many thanks for listing us in coming events.

Next, I want to tell you about a really exciting project that several Players are involved with. Perhaps you are familiar with the Vermont author, David Budbill? He started as a poet and then turned much of his poetry into a play, "Jeudevine", which toured throughout this state and was presented at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ.

He has adapted the Wakefield Master's midieval miracle play --- "The Second Shepherds' Play"(1479) --- and written a parallel piece --- "The Pulpcutters' Nativity" set in Vt in 1979.

We will be touring this to Montpelier (City Hall Auditorium- Dec.6,7,8,13,14 & 15), Burlington (Flynn Theatre On Stage-Dec 20, 21 & 22) and White River Junction (Briggs Opera House- Dec. 27 & 28).

We are having a wonderful time working on the contrasts and comparisons between the two pieces under the direction of Andy Doe.
Needless to say we'd love a plug.

I visit your site about once a week to keep up with everything --- I really don't know how you keep it all going!
We salute you,
LCP Webheads


LARRY STARK ENTHUSES:

Yes!
We should set up some information or interviews, and maybe we can put up a series of "Postcards from The Road" dispatches!
Love,
===Anon.


Date: Wed, 23 Oct 1996 16:16:40 -0400
From: Ben Bensen

Dear Larry,
Thank you for posting the information about History Alive!'s "Cry Innocent...the people vs. Bridget Bishop"
I do have one correction to make concerning your paragraph about History Alive! on the Theater Web Sites page of your site.

History Alive! is the professional acting group within the Gordon College Department of Theatre in Wenham, MA.

The Gordon College Department of Theatre is opening another production Nov. 14 here is the info.

Our Country's Good
by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 21-23, 8 pm.
Nov. 16 & 23, 2 pm.
(508) 927-2300 ext.4750
$6 general, $4 students, seniors, children; $2 off all tickets on Thur. and matinees.
Thank You
Ben Bensen
bensen@peace.gordonc.edu


LARRY STARK APOLOGISES:
Ben, we run a Loose Ship around here! I was the one who leaped to conclusions about the college connection, but Lee is in charge of rectifying my stupidities once they get into The Mirror. I hope he can get to it soon, so I stop embarrassing both of us.
Love,
===Chagrinned


=END=

Date: Wed, 30 Oct 1996 09:10:37 -0500 (EST)
From: barlowa@wilpub.tiac.net (Barlow)
Subject: Brother Truckers Dates Change

OOPS!

Thanks for the prompt listing in your "Coming Attractions!"

Unfortunately, someone around here took "break a leg" a little TOO seriously and Raven Theatrical has had to push the opening date of "Brother Truckers" back to November 14.
The run is now November 14 through December 8.

We hope to see you there.
Thanks.
- Barlow Adamson, Raven Theatrical


Date: Mon, 28 Oct 1996 15:58:05 -0500
From: "Kirsten Darrow"
Subject: The Theater Mirror

I visited your site for the first time today and loved it! I think it is great! I would be interested volunteering (if there is a need) to help out with the site. Briefly, I am a systems analyst with a love of theater.

Please let me know of any opportunities. I would be happy to provide additional info regarding my experience. Thank you very much.

Kirsten Darrow
kdarrow@pdginc.com (work email)
kdarrow@msn.com (personal email)

LARRY STARK REPLIES:

I lateralled this to Lee, who is my guru and the Webmaster for the Mirror, but I really hope he had time to get in touch with you, Kirsten. I am digitally spastic and need all the help I can get!
Love,
===Anon.


Date: Fri, 1 Nov 1996 11:28:27 -0800
From: ajg2@ix.netcom.com (ANTHONY GARRAMONE )
Subject: shubert theatre seating plan

I am looking for a seating plan for the Shubert Theatre in Boston. Could you please tell me where I can get one? Is it available on the net? If you have one could you fax it to me at (617) 440-0111?

Thanks.

At some point it would be useful to have access to seating plans for all theaters available on the net.

LARRY STARK REPLIES:

Anthony, I'll bet the only way you can see the seating- chart for any of the big downtown theatres is to go to the box- office itself.
They're certainly not on the Internet anywhere, because none of the downtown theatres even has a web-site! A.R.T. has a web- site, and the Shubert Theatre down in NEW HAVEN has a very good one. But I don't think either of them has put up seating charts.
That may have something to do with the "no refunds" policy most theater companies operate under. I mean, if you submit a series of date/location choices and they're filled by a computer- program, you could easily get the worst seats on your list despite the fact that better choices went unsold --- because you can't discuss the problem with a computer-program.
But we would like to put seating charts up in The Mirror. I only wonder how many people like you would really take advantage of them.
Love,
===Anon.


Date: Fri, 01 Nov 1996 12:07:27 -0500
From: Derek Clark
Subject: Listing for the Theater Mirror: Pygmalion

I have recently discovered your site and would love to have the production I am currently involved with to be listed. I am sending you the "electronic flyer" I sent out to some mailing lists. If you have questions, feel free to contact me at derek@riscman.com.
Thanks,
Derek Clark
Theatre At Old South

     **************************************************************

                      THEATRE AT OLD SOUTH PRESENTS

     **************************************************************
                            ###############
                           ###           ###
                          ###  PYGMALION  ###
                           ###           ###
                            ###############

                              a comedy by
                          GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

                      The Classic Inspiration For
                              MY FAIR LADY

     **************************************************************
          Henry Higgins...Eliza Doolittle...Colonel Pickering...
                All the unforgettable characters are here!
     **************************************************************
              Performance Dates: November 8,9,15,16 at 8 pm
                           November 17 at 2 pm

                            Old South Church
                Corner of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets
                          Copley Square, Boston
                             (T accessible)
     **************************************************************
          On Opening night, November 8, we invite our audience
         members to participate in our re-creation of Golden Era
             opening nights by "dressing for the occasion."
     **************************************************************

             For more info or reservations, please contact:

                            Old South Church
                              617-536-1970

                   or E-mail me at: derek@riscman.com

     **************************************************************
                                 

Date: Tue, 21 Oct 1980 00:21:56 -0400
"Robert A. Johnson"
Subject: Re: Sex and Longing

Hi there,
I think that your web page is great. I was wondering if you knew if Christopher Durang's "Sex and Longing" is coming to the Boston area at any point. I am a big fan and don't know if I will get a chance to go to NYC before it closes there. Please e-mail me at vweiss@student.med.harvard.edu if you know. Thanks a lot!
V.W.


LARRY STARK REPLIES:

Thank you for the compliments.
I don't remember listing any new Durang lately, but as you see there are simply too many producing groups around here to shake a modem at.
Most of the major Boston companies have announced their seasons, though new news comes in every week.
Rick Lombardo, for instance, still can't announce a show to be done at The New Rep simply because a production "somewhere else in New England" has to close before they're allowed to publicize the fact that they have "dibs" on the NEXT New England production!
Then there are the bidding-wars, such as the Wang/Colonial wrangle over the first Boston production of "Rent" --- which would usually take place outside any publicity/media spotlight until someone emerged victorious.
Theater Company of Boston used to wait poised like a hungry vulture for off-Broadway shows to close before they could launch their own productions.
And a lot of this has to do with legal tangles over rights that the producers and not the playwrights build into their exclusive rights to audiences.
All I can say is that we're a little too close to The Apple for any reasonably successful show to get a "competing"oduction until the New York run has staggered to its conclusion. With someone as well-known as Durang, I presume that "dibs" or "options" have been sought, but the New York producers will want to squeeze every nickel out of their run before closing-notices go up, and they'd hate like hell for any company this close to Broadway to mention --- especially to a publicity mill with the reach of the Internet! --- that they're scheduling a production BEFORE that last nickel is out of pocket and into a bank.
Occasionally, I hear rumors of what might be coming, but they're a little like the news that "Rent" would be produced by Jon B. Platt and not Sy Spaulding, so I wait for the press-releases --- and I haven't even heard any rumors about the new Durang yet.
But as soon as we hear, you'll hear.
Love,
===Anon.


Date: Wed, 23 Oct 1996 09:34:53 -0400 (EDT)
From: barlowa@wilpub.tiac.net (Barlow)
Subject: Brother Truckers at Raven Theatrical
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Kevin Fennessy
(617) 441-9291 RAVEN THEATRICAL MOUNTS GEORG OSTERMAN'S "BROTHER TRUCKERS"
Raven Theatrical, recently cited as one of Boston's best small theatres by the Globe Calendar, proudly presents the Boston premiere of Georg Osterman's "Brother Truckers (or The Men Who Haul Trash and the Women Who Love Them)." "Brother Truckers" will open on Thursday, November 7 and run through Sunday, December 8 with performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 7:00 pm. No performance on Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 28). Tickets are $15 or $10 for senior citizens or students with I.D. Reservations can be made by calling Raven Theatrical at 617-441-9291.
"Brother Truckers" is the late Georg Osterman's hilarious homage to film noir, drawing heavily from the Ida Lupino film classic They Drive By Night. It was originally commissioned for New York's Ridiculous Theatrical Company by Everett Quinton, who directed that 1992 production and originated the role of Lyla Balskin, femme fatale.
Here directed by Raven Theatrical's artistic director (and winner of the 1995 Boston Magazine award for Best Theatrical Director) Kevin Fennessy, "Brother Truckers" features many faces familiar from past hit Raven shows: Maureen Keiller (Chicklet's mother in "Psycho Beach Party") as the conniving Lyla; The Mrs. Potatohead Show's Margaret Ann Brady portraying Lyla's wealthy husband Harry; Ken Mason, who sparred opposite Keiller in "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom" and last appeared in Raven's "Zoo Story," plays Billie, the waitress with the heart of gold; the object of both Lyla and Billie's affections is the hunky Lech Fabrinski, played by hunky Scott Yusah - Chicklet's Starcat; Barlow Adamson and Kate Kelly, who were felled by a blue rifle in "The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year," play Lech's brother, Flem Fabrinski, and his wife Bina; Alisha Jansky, who personified the sixties nerd as Chicklet's best friend Berdine in "Psycho Beach Party," portrays the lovely and talented Trixie Fabu; chasing after Trixie is Gary Nicholson, trusty secretary Miss Thick in "Sleeping Beauty or Coma," as everybody's pal Frenchy Duvey.
LISTINGS INFORMATION:
"Brother Truckers" by Georg Osterman, presented by Raven Theatrical. Thursday, November 7 through Sunday, December 8. Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm; Sundays at 7:00 pm. No performance on Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 28). Little Flags Theatre, 550 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square, Cambridge. Tickets are $15, $10 for senior citizens and students with I.D. Call 617-441-9291 for reservations.


LARRY STARK OBSERVES:

Press releases much like this one pop into my mailbox nearly every day, and I'm glad to get them because they're part of the pulse of live theater in New England.
But, frankly --- isn't it boring?
Not as boring as some of them, I grant you, but most press releases are full of standard, necessary bits of important information, plus what the writer hopes will catch my attention. Sometimes I extract what looks important, or even merely interesting, and put them into the SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS area in, I hope, succinct and scinitillating form.
Out of the above press release --- which, to be fair, has some of the flavor of the show mirrored in its style --- I took this:

7 November - 8 December
"Brother Truckers"
RAVEN THEATRICAL
Little Flags Theatre, 550 Massachusetts Avenue, BOSTON
1(617)441-9291
>Date: Wed, 23 Oct 1996 22:14:28 -0500 >From: Ben Morrison >Subject: Excellent Page, may I do some custom graphics? > > Hello Larry. Let me begin my introducing myself to you. I am an >Arlington High senior, who is presenetly mired in audition material for my >early decision into NYU. As you may have alredy peiced together, I love >theatre, and stumbled upon your page accidentally. Wnat a nice suprise it >was! I have been interested and involved with Boston theatre for about four >years now, and I wanted to know if, free of charge, I could possible whip >up some graphics for your page. While your page is contenent filled, and >pages need not be flashy, your page os SO content filled, I think it >deserves a nice little header logo, at least. Anyway, I gotta run (I am >praticing Biff from DOAS for a scolarship I am applying for) Well, been >nice talking, and please, keep theatre alive on the web. >Viva la Boston! >heheh, that's funny ain't it..... > >TTFN, >Ben >__________________________________________ > _ _ > | || | -[Ben Morrison]- > | || |_ _ (benm@tiac.net) > |___ | | | (khan@shore.net) > / ___||_|_| "Tis better to be pissed off, > \/ / than to be pissed on." -Me > \______/ Just Sum Wizdumb, Adios. >__________________________________________ >

Date: Mon, 07 Oct 1996 16:11:48 -0400
From: aseltine Organization: Theatech
Subject: Mutual Admiration

Oh, yes, we are in love now!
First: thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU! We love people who visit and sign in. So sorry about the dicatorial tone in the instructions; we got this guest book more or less ready made and can't yet figure out how to edit it to friendlier language.

Now, "someone who likes to write reviews"- would this be for publication on the web? On the Theatre Mirror site? And, not to be crass, but, would one get anything in addition to glory? Oh, hell, yes! We are a wordy lot as you can gather from this message so far....send us details ( and we'll send de tales).

Maybe we'll put your question in the newsletter, for the membership at large to ponder and possibly to answer.
Meanwhile, we have you bookmarked in our browser.
With deep gratitude,
The reluctant web head at LCP

LARRY STARK REPLIES:

Yes we are Eager to get reviews from other people in other places! However...

No money unless and until We make some ourselves! All that reviewing will get you in any practical sense is two free tickets to the show, and Seventy Pairs of Eyeballs Every Day reading your incomparable prose here in The Theater Mirror.
Think of it as an opportunity to earn the first Pulitzer given to a web-site instead of a newspaper...
Love,
===Anon.

Date: Tue, 08 Oct 1996 18:21:21 EST
Reply-To: jmcgonnigal@bridgew.edu

Hi Larry,
I'm just wondering what happened to the Instages Cabaret review?
See ya!
Love, Jamie

LARRY STARK REPLIES:

Well, Jamie, I thought it had been moved from the front- end spot to the REVIEWS section --- but it wasn't! I'm having the miracle-man look into it right now. (I'm "Content"; Lee's "Creative Prestidigitation"!)
Love,
===Anon.


LAST WEEK I WROTE THIS TO NANCY WILLIS:

I've found that sacrifice of a live chicken the Ides of every month at the shrine of BhilGates-The-Benevolent does wonders in preventing "Glitch"!

ADDED NOTE:

Apparently, the warranty on the chicken ran out; I tried sending this to Nancy three different ways, and this is the only way she'll ever read it!

AND THIS CAME THIS WEEK:

Date: Fri, 11 Oct 1996 08:16:53 -0700
From: "nancy.willis"
Organization: lockheed martin
Subject: "Chicken Warranty"

Larry:

It's not that the warranty on the chicken ran out . . . It's due to the fact that I stayed in my cave so long waiting for those worldly computer geeks to fix my address --- I got hungry and ate it! [By the way, it still isn't fixed (I'm on somebody's "to do" list) so we'll have to carry on our affair more publicly!]

I do have a couple of postings for two groups I'm involved with:

The Quannapowitt Players, 55 Hopkins St., Reading, MA (617) 942-2212

OPEN AUDITIONS FOR "Road to Mecca" by Athol Fugard, directed by Irene Ehl will be held on Sunday, November 17th at 6:00 pm and Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00 pm.
Production dates: Feb 7 thru March 1st.

The Quannapowitt Players, 55 Hopkins St., Reading, MA will present the delightful comedy, "Romantic Comedy" by Bernard Slade, directed by Ron Wackowski on Nov. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, and Dec. 6 & 7 at 8:00 pm, Sunday Dec. 1 at 7:00 pm.
Tickets $10/$9 Seniors/Students.
Easy to reach from Rt. 128. Call for info. (617) 942-2212.

The Burlington Players, Burlington, MA announce OPEN AUDITIONS for "Crossing Delancey" by Susan Sandler at the Park Playhouse,
on Wednesday, December 4th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 8th at 2:00 pm.
Callbacks Dec 8 at 6:00, if necessary.
To be directed by Nancy Curran Willis (NETC Best Production '91, "The Boys Next Door," EMACT Best Director '93, "Woman In Mind," EMACT Best Production '95 "A Piece of My Heart")
Roles for 3 women, mid 20's to mid 30's, 40's to 50's and late 60's plus; 2 men, early 30's and 40's.
Production dates in March. Call Nancy at (617) 270-0869 for info.

Thanks for listening. Keep up the good work.


Date: Thu, 10 Oct 1996 02:47:02 -0400
From: "Praveen T. Vaidyanathan"
Subject: Inclusion in mailing list.

I'd like to be included in the "Happy Few" mailing list.
Thanks,
Praveen.


LARRY STARK REPLIES:

Delighted to have you!
And we are dickering with theatres now to try to make that membership more than merely symbolic.
Watch This Space!
Love,
===Anon.


Date: Mon, 07 Oct 1996 16:11:48 -0400
From: aseltine Organization: Theatech
Subject: Mutual Admiration

Oh, yes, we are in love now!
First: thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU! We love people who visit and sign in. So sorry about the dicatorial tone in the instructions; we got this guest book more or less ready made and can't yet figure out how to edit it to friendlier language.

Now, "someone who likes to write reviews"- would this be for publication on the web? On the Theatre Mirror site? And, not to be crass, but, would one get anything in addition to glory? Oh, hell, yes! We are a wordy lot as you can gather from this message so far....send us details ( and we'll send de tales).

Maybe we'll put your question in the newsletter, for the membership at large to ponder and possibly to answer.
Meanwhile, we have you bookmarked in our browser.
With deep gratitude,
The reluctant web head at LCP

LARRY STARK REPLIES:

Yes we are Eager to get reviews from other people in other places! However...

No money unless and until We make some ourselves! All that reviewing will get you in any practical sense is two free tickets to the show, and Seventy Pairs of Eyeballs Every Day reading your incomparable prose here in The Theater Mirror.
Think of it as an opportunity to earn the first Pulitzer given to a web-site instead of a newspaper...
Love,
===Anon.


LAST WEEK I WROTE THIS TO NANCY WILLIS:

I've found that sacrifice of a live chicken the Ides of every month at the shrine of BhilGates-The-Benevolent does wonders in preventing "Glitch"!

ADDED NOTE:

Apparently, the warranty on the chicken ran out; I tried sending this to Nancy three different ways, and this is the only way she'll ever read it!

AND THIS CAME THIS WEEK:

Date: Fri, 11 Oct 1996 08:16:53 -0700
From: "nancy.willis"
Organization: lockheed martin
Subject: "Chicken Warranty"

Larry:

It's not that the warranty on the chicken ran out . . . It's due to the fact that I stayed in my cave so long waiting for those worldly computer geeks to fix my address --- I got hungry and ate it! [By the way, it still isn't fixed (I'm on somebody's "to do" list) so we'll have to carry on our affair more publicly!]

I do have a couple of postings for two groups I'm involved with:

The Quannapowitt Players, 55 Hopkins St., Reading, MA (617) 942-2212

OPEN AUDITIONS FOR "Road to Mecca" by Athol Fugard, directed by Irene Ehl will be held on Sunday, November 17th at 6:00 pm and Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00 pm.
Production dates: Feb 7 thru March 1st.

The Quannapowitt Players, 55 Hopkins St., Reading, MA will present the delightful comedy, "Romantic Comedy" by Bernard Slade, directed by Ron Wackowski on Nov. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, and Dec. 6 & 7 at 8:00 pm, Sunday Dec. 1 at 7:00 pm.
Tickets $10/$9 Seniors/Students.
Easy to reach from Rt. 128. Call for info. (617) 942-2212.

The Burlington Players, Burlington, MA announce OPEN AUDITIONS for "Crossing Delancey" by Susan Sandler at the Park Playhouse,
on Wednesday, December 4th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 8th at 2:00 pm.
Callbacks Dec 8 at 6:00, if necessary.
To be directed by Nancy Curran Willis (NETC Best Production '91, "The Boys Next Door," EMACT Best Director '93, "Woman In Mind," EMACT Best Production '95 "A Piece of My Heart")
Roles for 3 women, mid 20's to mid 30's, 40's to 50's and late 60's plus; 2 men, early 30's and 40's.
Production dates in March. Call Nancy at (617) 270-0869 for info.

Thanks for listening. Keep up the good work.


Wed, 2 Oct 1996 17:36:12 GMT
From: Lee Fraser
Subject: Seating

Just found your web site and think it has great possibilities!
What I am still looking for, however, are diagrams of the seating in the major Boston theaters (like the seating at the Fenway at the Red Sox web site). I would like to be able to request tickets in specific areas when I go to the box offices.


LARRY STARK REPLIES:

Well, Lee, what do you call "M A J O R" Boston theatres? The big professional companies --- with the single exception of the A.R.T. --- haven't even felt the need of a web-site yet, and though they know of The Theater Mirror they don't even send us press-releases.
And then, you may find seating-charts in brochures or season- announcements, but not in print-ads.
I suspect that big theatres are not yet ready to do digital business. And they may just rather that you talk to a live box- office person who has a finger on the daily pulse of sales than make you submit half a dozen alternative choices and, perhaps, lose out on better combinations that might actually be available.
Love,
===Anon.


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