In an effort to make it possible to play along at home, each week I’ll post a chart. This is the same chart that I’m using to determine which shows I’ll see this week. As you can see, the chart is modeled after the random encounter tables in TSR’s AD&D books. Now, that dates me a little. But, hey! That’s okay. For the sake of younger gamers, let’s call it a “d20” chart (which, technically it is).
For those who aren’t familiar with role-playing game charts, there’s a vertical list of numbers, in this case 1-20. Those numbers correlate to the numbers on the sides of a die, in this case a twenty-sided die. Next to each number is the result. The result is what happens when you roll that number on the die. So, for instance, this upcoming Thursday I’ll be reviewing Ithaka because I rolled a 4 and Sunday I’ll be reviewing Songs from an Unmade Bed because I rolled a 19. Cool, eh?
Now, I post these “The Beginning” posts each week at (you guessed it!) the beginning of the week. What each one will contain is this:
- The week’s chart.
- Preview thoughts on any interesting shows that are coming up (I may or may not be seeing those shows, since the roll is random).
- A short list of randomness and trivia at the end.
I originally came up with this format during the 2004 Minnesota Fringe Festival when I was one of their official bloggers. It has served me well. I hope you will enjoy it.
So… onto a couple of theatre-themed thoughts:
One of this week’s openings is at The Den Theatre. It’s a new version of Carmen that features a miniature cast (small in numbers, not small in height… I assume). Each of the main characters (Don Jose, Michaela, Carmen and Escamillo) are portrayed by individuals. And then three other characters (Zuniga, Garcia, Lillas Pastia) are portrayed by one actress. I’m intrigued by this. Many years ago (read: 2003 & 2004) I was in a production of Carmen in Minneapolis at Theatre de la Jeune Lune. We had a sparse cast. The chorus was made of one singer per voice part. The entire score was condensed to be played by only two grand pianos. It was a tight production. To see this opera pared down even further should be something very interesting, indeed. More info here.
Another show that had caught my eye recently was The Earliest Known Photo of Men Drinking Beer, which you’ll note is not on this week’s chart. The play is at the Neofuturarium, and is playing through April 12. It is the last play that I went to go see before returning to reviewing. So, I won’t be writing a review about it. What I will be doing is telling you that I enjoyed it a lot, and if you get a chance, you should see it.
And one last theatrical-themed thought before we move on to a bit of randomness: I’m also writing reviews for CenterStage. Those reviews will not be appearing on this site. I will provide a link to those reviews, however. It is important to note that they are not part of the conceit of this column, though. Those reviews are written exclusively for CenterStage. No dice will be used to determine what I see and write about for them.
And now, the randomness
- The weather forecast right now for Hilo, Hawai’i is for rain today and tonight, a high of 79, a low of 66.
- I like the sound of packing tape pulling off the roll.
- Mary had a little lamb.
- Trivia from hookedonfacts.com: “‘Second Street’ is the most common street name in the U.S.; ‘First Street’ is the sixth!” — I guess sometimes it doesn’t pay to be “First”.
- I wish I was baking bread right now.
- Would you, really?
- I have a Teeter Hang Ups. I call it my up-side-downy rack.