The Ring Reduced is the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s twenty-two minute reduction of Richard Wagner’s epic sixteen-hour Ring Cycle. Shot and broadcast on Britain’s Channel 4 in 1994, it has now been posted on YouTube by users unknown. (Bonus points if you can spot an actress from Doctor Who and Outlander.) Check it out!
“Baby Wants Candy creates a completely improvised musical at every performance based on a single audience suggestion, and Tim Sniffen is one of its featured players in addition to being a playwright and parodist. Tim talks about what goes into creating musicals on the spot, his latest Wagner parody, whether improv is a process or a product, his new play Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf, secret weapons, audience surrogates, the greatness of the musicians The Yes Band, the dangers of parody, and debating what exactly is meant by the phrase PPI. (Length 22:46)
“Is there such a thing? Podcast listener and theatre critic Shannon Friday joins us to talk about this question, and inspires us to reflect on issues of theatrical parody, whether there’s too much of it, its value and its limits, the differences between parody and satire, the fear of changing one’s views, the ability to look at things in a new light, critical confessions, constructive criticism, words of wisdom from the inner circle, whether William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) even qualifies as parody, and the insidious power of laughter. (Length 25:24)
‘Weird Al’ Yankovic squanders his celebrity this week by reflecting on his art, craft, influences, aspirations, and beauty tips. Featuring awesome practical advice (where to record for that cool ambience, how to avoid drive-by shootings), inspirational life lessons (sometimes accordion lessons can lead to greatness), and a special appearance by Ron Bottitta from Lost, it’s a veritable nerdapalooza! (MP3. Length 23:17)