23 September 2006

a review is in...

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"The longest and strongest of the three and perhaps the only one that's really a play...The tall Shawn Smith plays Frances with comic presence and a tumult laced with bewilderment. It's a treat to watch him turn a cell phone into an object of emotion. Todd Betker is the hapless Galvin, more aware but less explicable. Lucas McNelly directs briskly for Cup-A-Jo Productions."


Considering this is the first play I've ever directed, I'll take anything that isn't negative. It's so easy to say "oh, I don't care about reviews" until they, you know, exist.

18 comments:

johanna said...

it was the better of the trio.

it was the only one in which the writer drew from personal experience to write a fucking one-act.

you can try to write about other people's lives and other people's writings, but it sinks almost every time that I've noticed.

good directing, but whatever.
you don't need my praise.

lucas said...

that's the New Works festival for ya. Mediocrity abounds

johanna said...

really? I thought this particular series was supposed to be of some critical acclaim.

johanna said...

but what I really find hard to understand is why, if you already had such a badly formed opinion about the festival, you chose to be involved with it in the first place.

this makes little sense to me.

lucas said...

it's supposed to, but the worst kept secret in Pittsburgh theatre is that it's an absolute crap-shoot, partly because most of the people making decisions (choosing plays, casting, directing, etc.) have absolutely no concept of what makes good art, so they make really shitty decisions. for example: the 2nd best script in the entire festival didn't get chosen and quite often some very good scripts don't even make it past the first round of cuts.

as a result, there's roughly a 50/50 mix of good and mediocre

lucas said...

because the opportunity is there to do good theatre, and I wanted to hone my directing skills

johanna said...

yeah, i understood that last part, but it just seems like you should have alternatives by now

did i somehow miss you last night, or were you just not there?

lucas said...

Also, joanna needed a director.

i was there for maybe 20 minutes to make sure i wasn't needed.

johanna said...

you were.

mattreed said...

how would milton have put it?

'lucas would rather reign at the New Works festival, than serve in, uh, heaven.'

levi said...

I like the adjective you drew: "brisk." You are now in the books with that adjective attached. Your next headline might read:
"Brisk Director McNelly
Departs From Signature Style!"
or
"Where's the Brisk? McNelly Slows Pace with Latest Play"

Congratulations.

lucas said...

one play and already I'm typecast. go figure.

thanks, levi

ryan said...

considering you posted a comment in response to levi's only 37 minutes later, i'd say the typecast is accurate. the upside is that lipton might be a potential sponsor.

johanna said...

I'll weigh in on the typecast thing but briefly.

Unless you directed Letter to John Tomasso I wouldn't worry about that. I've never suspected you of it, but even if that was you, I wouldn't worry about it.

If you did, could you please tell me if that was originally released before Rope or after?

I can't remember.

lucas said...

that Lipton makes one hell of a tea! (nudge, nudge)

Anonymous said...

Hey Lucas, I'm sorry that I missed this by the way. I ended up fighting my way through PopMatters reviews all weekend. It was frustrating enough that I'm leaving the site. Anyway, I'll catch you next time around. Did you get that short submitted to the TRFF?

lucas said...

hey, no problem. is PopMatters really that frustrating? i was thinking of joining them, but i'm wary after my Blogcritics tenure (more hassle than it's worth, really).

short is (i assume) in their hands. thanks again for the reminder on the deadline.

andyhorbal said...

PopMatters isn't frustrating. It's just time-consuming, and that's frustrating. I'm going to write a long post about the experience this weekend...

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