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Keep on keepin' on

Monkeyman had our first public reading last night of my play The Nefarious Bed & Breakfast, with an audience of about 20, 25 people (which is about what I was hoping for). Oddly enough, it was almost entirely people outside the group who RSVP'd through the Facebook event, but these things happen. The point is to get an audience to hear the play.

And I think it went over well. They laughed in many of the right places, and not too many of the wrong places ... they followed the plot (which meanders a bit) without any problems, and a lot of them were eager to know when we'd be planning the full version of the play later on. I think it's fair to say it was well-received.

There was a lot of thoughtful, useful feedback as well -- some of it pointing toward weak points I knew about, but there were some really surprising suggestions here or there that will really give me some ways to make things snappier and draw the audience further into the world of the play. I took a lot of notes, both on their reactions during the reading and their suggestions after.

I don't know when we will be staging the full version, unfortunately -- it's going to be something of an expensive piece to put up -- but we're definitely going to keep working with this one. I thought the actors did a fine job, as well; we'll be lucky if we can get them back when we do have the wherewithal to put this up for real.

Meanwhile, those of us at MMP are waiting with bated breath for the Toronto Fringe lottery on January 27th. Here's hoping we get in ...


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Jan. 19th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
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