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09 October 2006 @ 02:43 pm
Like a meme with concrete results.  
Our third show of the primetime season is going to be called You Asked For It!, assembled by Greg Allen. It is not, strictly, "written" by Greg, as the premise of the show, based on the work of conceptual artists Komar and Melamid1, is to craft a pair of plays based on a far-reaching survey of Americans, asking them what they would "most" and "least" like to see onstage. Based on these responses, the Neo-Futurists will then perform the play that amalgamates what the survey sample most desired of live theater, and then the same evening perform the play that is naught but what you would least like to see.

Kooky? Potentially disastrous? You bet! Aren't you curious?

If you'd like a voice in this project, you can take the online survey here. Thus far, Greg has amassed about 1000 responses in two weeks, hitting 45 of 50 states. (If you're interested in helping him fill his cartographical bingo card, please pass the survey on to any friends you have in Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Carolina, and both Dakotas.)

Thanks from Greg in advance.

1 Both of whom, incidentally, are excited by the project and are acting as consultants of sorts.
Current Mood: peacefulslick
Current Music: The Dandy Warhols, "We Used to Be Friends"
911939911939 on October 9th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
The link isn't working for me.

Noticed your music headline. Are you all caught up on VMars? Did you watch the Season 3 premiere? If so, what did you think about the new opening credits?
Bilal Dardai: Mysteriousbdar on October 9th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
Fixed it. Thanks.

Yeah, we caught the premiere (and are all caught up with the series). I liked the premiere, generally, although I'm reserving judgment until after all the ground work has been laid out. I'm concerned by buzz that the show has been dumbed down in an effort to get more viewers. (On the next episode of Studio 60, I may actually flick off Steven Weber when he appears onscreen.)

The theme song change...slowly growing on me, but I know I prefer the original. The graphics are pretty neat, though.
911939911939 on October 9th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
Agreed. But I miss the energy of the original. It always got me groovin' even when the show didn't. Oh well, it's on my iPod, I'll just listen to it there.

I really liked the first ep, myself. I'm excited to see where it goes. I'm still in a weird limbo with Studio 60 - I want to trust the Sorkin/Schlamme machine, but it's not thrilling me so far.
Bilal Dardaibdar on October 9th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thrilled is certainly not the word I'd be using, no. But I could watch days upon days of Matt and Danny.
911939911939 on October 9th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
I agree with that. I have this gut feeling that Matthew Perry is going to start a string of Emmy wins soon. He's awesome on that show.
Zulhssst on October 9th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
I think I can safely say that they both don't totally suck. And so, I watch. Like some kind of fan.

I remember the time I stopped watching the West Wing. It was a sad day with a very pissed off dana.
The Hon. Mr. Ducktape (Retired): musingmr_ducktape on October 10th, 2006 05:46 am (UTC)
I keep having this conversation with people. All of us kinda liking it a bit, and nobody being quite wowed by it. I think it's because very few people actually give the tiniest rat's ass about the *setting*.

But the characters are growing on me, the casting is great, and no one can deny the greatness of the writing.

Although I still hold that the first 10 minutes is one of the best opening scenes for a series, period.
The Hon. Mr. Ducktape (Retired): anarchic sienkiewiczmr_ducktape on October 10th, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)
Funny thing - I love the show, and hated the theme song. Or thought I hated it. Until I chanced to hear the full song one day and found I really liked it. It's just the *chorus* that I dislike - the part where the singer gets all screechy and shit - which is, incidentally, almost the entirety of what's used in the opening credits.

So I think I enjoy the mellower remix. Time will tell.
nickkeenannickkeenan on October 10th, 2006 06:05 am (UTC)
Tonight, Aaron Sorkin won some points. It's odd - with all the casting weirdness, it hasn't been say, Amanda Peet that has been the problem - it's Sorkin! It's like he's going to therapy, publicly, explosively, on network television. I can see why he wanted to tackle a live show, but to me he needs to prove that there was a reason he made it a sketch comedy show. He's just not that kind of funny. Yet.


But the bat/window interaction... you win some points for that.
911939911939 on October 10th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I definitely thought last night was better than it has been. I laughed out loud a few times, especially with the bat/window thing.
nickkeenannickkeenan on October 10th, 2006 06:00 am (UTC)
Come on now sugar. Bring it in Bring it on. Yeah.

Anyone ever heard "Godless?" Now THERE's a Dandy Warhols anthem.
Bilal Dardaibdar on October 10th, 2006 06:03 am (UTC)
Whatever else can be said about the song, I adore the lyric "come on now sugar" as I adore almost any lyric that gracefully includes a pet name.

I was actually a little disappointed when I discovered that the lyric from Lush's "Ladykillers" was "when you say you love me/you're just flattering your vanity," instead of "when you say you love me, gorgeous/flattering your vanity."
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simrob on October 11th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
You realize that's just going to make everyone else request it specifically, right?