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November 3rd, 2008


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09:44 am - The Big O
We have finished with another Tomes for this year and the turnout was fantastic. I suspect everyone right now is coming down with the Post-Production Crash in varying degrees of severity, but when you've been head-first in a project for so long, practically living in your performance space, you are bound to experience withdrawal when it is all over. Even when you're full in the knowledge that what you're doing is ephemeral. Even with recordings preserving the experience, there is only a finite number of performances. This fact is a constant. Hell, it's a mantra.

But it still doesn't prepare you for the sad and empty feeling you get when you're cleaning out the hall and the chairs have been put away and the set dressing, as minimal as it was, has been cleared (and even though it was minimal, you just can't fathom the sight of the bare stage now -- it's not supposed to look like that, dammit) and everybody's making plans for their next project, be it collective or individual.

I've got two big projects next up on the horizon with the PMRP. One is one we've known about for a while, of course: another Red Shift production at Arisia in January 2009. This'll be our fourth time performing at the convention and third with Red and the gang, and it's always fun to be able to bust out the geek refs for an appreciative and receptive crowd.

However, there's a PMRP performance coming up before that. This is the big news I was too tired to write about the other night. Seriously, I was totally exhausted (and the fact that I hadn't known yet whether or not we'd formally accepted at that point doesn't enter into it.) So for those of you who aren't local and haven't heard this shrieked, yelled or otherwise proudly announced by me or any number of us PMRPers, here it is:

We've been invited to perform at Boston's First Night celebrations this year. This in and of itself is a great honor, as the selection process is quite competitive and performance slots hard to come by.

We'll be getting a 90-minute slot on New Year's Eve, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Again, this is huge. We don't even know what we're going to do yet, but that's the least of our concerns right now, honestly.

But the kicker? The cherry on top of this tasty treat? We'll be performing at the Orpheum.

Yes, the Boston Orpheum. Not the East Tushtup Orpheum Community Center where we'll be expected to serve decaf to senior citizens afterwards. No, this is the Orpheum. The Or-phreakin'-eum. The 2,700-seat (more or less) theater. I have no delusions of actually filling every seat, but that's not the point. The point is that IT IS THE ORPHEUM FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. With professional sound guys to run our stuff, and an events coordinator who believes in us and thinks we've got a great shot at entertaining an audience.

My god. Way back WHEN, when we put on our first Tomes show and attracted the attention of one local newspaper, I thought we'd "come so far". When we were asked to return to Arisia, I thought we'd "come so far". When we got to WBZ, I thought we'd "come so far". But now I've got to stop thinking that because the distance we've come seems to have just leapt exponentially. It is mind-boggling to me. I can't wait to see what we put on, and I hope you come watch and listen if you're in the area.

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From:ron_newman
Date:November 3rd, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
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Wow, so it's official now? I'll spread the word. Congratulations.
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From:byrneout
Date:November 3rd, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
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You freaking rule. I am gratified that the metro Boston area is coming to know this too.
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From:alphacygni
Date:November 4th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
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Word up. This is so satisfying to those of us who have known of the derspatchel awesomeness for years, and were just waiting for the rest of the world to get with the program.
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From:ruthling
Date:November 3rd, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
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that is freaking awesome!
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From:fancycwabs
Date:November 3rd, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
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Sorta putting two and two together here, but The Orpheum is New Years Eve?

Also: Woooo!
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From:lillibet
Date:November 3rd, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations on the Orpheum gig--that is just awesome!

One of the things that really helps me through the Post-Show Crash is the knowledge that part of the reason that it is such an amazing experience is precisely because it is ephemeral.
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From:bostonista
Date:November 3rd, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
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Congrats!

You guys need a web site with downloadables of past shows, if you don't have such a thing already.
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From:vanguardcdk
Date:November 3rd, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
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You can hear some of last year's shows here:

http://www.huboftheuniverseproductions.com/index_recordings.html
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From:tikva
Date:November 3rd, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
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MAZEL TOV!!!!
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From:radiotelescope
Date:November 3rd, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
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Tomes was great.

I have one question, though. (Well, two, but you said you don't know yet what you're doing for the Orpheum show.) That being, was your favorite part of Tomes really the pneumatic tube messages arriving? From where I was sitting, that seemed to be what kept cracking up the soundboard crowd.
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 3rd, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Glad you liked the show! As far as the tube bit goes, it wasn't so much the tube joke itself that got us as it was Renni's business with retrieving each note. Every night (and every intro, it seems) her angry desk flailings got more and more drawn out. She started the dress rehearsals simply fussing, but by Saturday night she'd taken hints from the audience response and furiously ransacked the desk for each note (shaking the note out of the tube proved to take too long so she only did it for the first act to establish the tube's existence, and then just rummaged in the desk drawers for the next two times.)

Add to this the fact that the Sound Board and Light Operator probably had a serious case of the giggles already and the whole thing was probably a lot funnier to us than it should've been.
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From:bkdelong
Date:November 3rd, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Renni rocks....
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From:ron_newman
Date:November 3rd, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
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For those who are reading this out of town:
First Night Boston (site not yet updated, still has last year's information)
Orpheum Theatre, 156 years old!
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From:lixie
Date:November 3rd, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
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Truly fantastic news! Congratulations!
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From:plumtreeblossom
Date:November 3rd, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
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*high five*
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From:bkdelong
Date:November 3rd, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Excellent. *twiddles fingers*

Now the planning and organizing must begin.

Edited at 2008-11-03 08:19 pm (UTC)
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From:usernamenumber
Date:November 3rd, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
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I was blown away when Neil told me about this. Wow, congratulations! I am channeling 100% of my jealousy into being constructively happy for you, really! =;)

Seriously, this is awesome news and well-deserved. Can't wait to see what you come up with! Are you leaning toward an original or an OTR piece?
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From:sanspoof
Date:November 5th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
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Whoa, man! That is the coolest!
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From:ron_newman
Date:November 12th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
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Hello again, Spatch. Do you know anything about this other local group that is recreating three episodes of a science-fiction radio show onstage?

Counter-Productions Theatre Company: X Minus One, this weekend and next at the Piano Factory in the South End.

Edited at 2008-11-12 06:36 pm (UTC)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 24th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)

x minus one counter-productions theatre

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Ohhhh, I wish I had seen this before we closed. Hello there, I was the director for this show. Ahhh, it was a blast, and a dream for me to get to do this. It went very well, yesterday we closed the show. Everyone had so much fun, I really hope we can do it again. Please stop by our website and in the next few days we will be putting pictures from the shows up and you can get an idea what the experience was like. And if we do it again you will know!
-Brian

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