“With just a little more than a month to go before the 2016 Presidential Election, we discuss what it’s like to be performing The Complete History of America (abridged): Election Edition across the country. Featuring old friends, big tours, wonderful responses, surprising allegiances, different interpretations, unlikely Hamilton influences, a special appearance by David J. Loehr from The Incomparable Network, and the delight of putting on something so warm and comfortable. (Length 19:52)
“After every performance, we go out to a table in the lobby and greet the audience, and are always greeted in return with the most amazing (and sometimes amusing) comments. This week we share the various thoughts we’ve heard over the years (and over the course of our current run of Comedy (abridged) at Marin Theatre Company) and marvel at the joys of sharing, the wonders of carrying on the traditions of vaudeville and the Catskills, the shock of critical forthrightness, the embarrassment of unintentionally shameful admissions, the burden of unsolicited advice, and — finally! — the reason why we don’t sell as much merchandise at the table as we should. (Length 17:30)
“We dedicate the podcast this week to one of our favorite fans, Larissa from Australia, who’s unable to travel to see us. Austin Tichenor, Reed Martin, Matt Croke, Dominic Conti, Michael Faulkner, Jerry Kernion, Mick Orfe, Dustin Sullivan, Jeff Marlow, Gary Fannin, and David Ellis send personal greetings and tell totally tall and terrible tales of touring. Featuring reduced songs, painful addictions, medical emergencies, lost podcasts, quick thinking, closeted actors, and close encounters with metal poles. (UPDATE: Larissa passed away in October 2015. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and loved ones.) (Length 28:29)
“The Complete History of America (abridged) premiered in 1993 and ran at the Criterion Theatre in London from 1996 to 2005, and has toured recently around the US and to Singapore and Hong Kong. For this 2012 tour of the show’s “Special Election Edition”, Dustin Sullivan returns with original cast members and co-authors Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor to share their thoughts about what it’s like to return to the script after a break of at least a couple of years. Featuring insight into the script’s hidden structure, how one section was inspired by a Second City improv sketch by David Razowsky and Stephen Colbert, the value of not being slavish to the big laugh, and what it’s like returning to an old friend. (Length 21:40)
“Who cares whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney would make a better president? The important question is, which one would make a better member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company? Reed Martin, Dustin Sullivan, and Austin Tichenor discuss the candidates (and all their presidential predecessors) in terms of how well they would succeed onstage, backstage, or in the van of a touring theatre company. Featuring concerns about the effect of false teeth on articulation, the value and liabilities of political magnetism, and a loving appreciation of Dolley Madison’s cakes. (Length 29:20)
Hear ye! Hear ye! This just in! The Special Election Edition of The Complete History of America (abridged) is coming! The show has been performed at the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center and many other centers not named for dead Presidents. It ran for almost ten years in London. Heck, we’ve even performed it at theWhite House! And now it’s coming to a theater near you. Here’s a sample of the comic mayhem. And here are the venue details.
The Special Election Edition of The Complete History of America (abridged) even features a debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama – or possibly between Mitt Romney and an empty chair. Don’t miss the show that the Boston Herald described as,“What the “Daily Show” might be like if it were hosted by the Marx Brothers!”
“Reed and Austin talk about what a busy, hectic, and productive two years it’s been, and how weirdly similar 2012 will be. Featuring insight into the cyclical nature of theatre, tips on regeneration, a special appearance from Jon Weber, host of NPR’s Piano Jazz Rising Stars, and frustratingly vague references to our touring plans for summer 2012. (Length 15:34)
“Dan Berube, Marketing Manager for Merrimack Repertory Theatre, lists how many box office records The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) shattered during its four week run (Largest Pre-Sale, Largest Single Day Sale, Best-Selling Holiday Show, and #3 All-Time Best-Selling Show in MRT history), and also how many RSC shows are in MRT’s Top 25 Best-Selling Shows (SPOILER ALERT: all of them). Featuring excellent marketing strategies, the challenges of marketing single shows vs. entire seasons, theories about whether reviews matter, and the reasons why our record for #1 best-selling show in MRT’s history will probably never be broken. (Length 22:20)
According to Dan Berube, MRT Marketing Manager, the Reduced Shakespeare Company set MRT’s all-time pre-opening box office record. More tickets were sold prior to our first performance of The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) than to any other show in the history of Merrimack Repertory Theatre.
This is in addition to the record we already set back in 2004-2005 when our production of The Complete History of America (abridged)set MRT’sall-time single-ticket sales record. We have our eye on that record too.
“Michael Faulkner returns to the RSC fold and regales us with tales of Measure For Measure at A Noise Within in Los Angeles, where he’s playing Elbow. Featuring the differences between acting and stage managing, between real Shakespeare and reduced Shakespeare, how to get Shakespeare up into fifth gear, and how auditions pay off even when you don’t get the gig. (MP3. Length 20:51)
Proving yet again that there is no accounting for taste, the RSC has returned to Singapore this month, performing “The Complete History of America (abridged)” and “Completely Hollywood (abridged)” from November 1-14. Click on the podcasts below to listen to us talk about our last tour of Asia, Dom’s dorkologue and excerpts from the America show…
“The old codgers from Hollywood mark the return of a beloved – but cut – character from our America show. Featuring other recycled characters from previous shows, further improvements to the first act of Hollywood, a frustrating tease about the Sports show, and information about the publication of the Hollywood script. (MP3. Length 18:43)
“Every RSC actor has to do it: learn our shows in a ridiculously short amount of time AND submit to a podcast interview. Jeff Marlow tours America this fall in The Complete History of America (abridged) and talks about the differences between our rehearsal process and that of a REAL theater company, what it’s like being a corpsicle, and the joys of working with All in the Family legend Sally Struthers. Featuring info on where to find great short comic monologues and a special appearance from Hawke and Dove. Size does matter: less is more! (MP3. Length 20:08)
“The US Presidential Election is just around the corner, so the Special Election Edition of The Complete History of America (abridged) is off around the country. During a lunch break in rehearsal we discuss just how political we are — and aren’t. Featuring lame political insights, extremist viewpoints regarding the nation’s pending pie crisis, and why politicians are even bigger shtickmeisters than we are. Rhubarb! (MP3. Length 19:10)