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Theatre Junkmail Wars – Battle 4
Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

junkmail chris vie

La Vie Noir (Chris)

Advantages:

  • Doesn’t waste much paper.
  • La Mama’s a decent, respectable space. I’ve seen some good stuff there.

Disadvantages:

  • “Are we in it or at it?” huh? Not a good tagline.
  • Where is this building supposed to be? By the wide open nothingness surrounding its tall, boxy, style-less architecture, I am reminded of Texas. I don’t like it when that happens.

junkmail anni spam

Spamalot (Anni)

Advantages:

  • Come on. There’s a pop-up cow!? That’s freakin’ awesome.
  • We’ve just received spam from Spamalot.

Disadvantages:

  • I am a little sad that it wouldn’t fit completely on our scanner.

Today’s clear winner: Spamalot

Theatre Junkmail Wars – Battle 3
Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

junkmail chris lincoln center

Lincoln Center – The Tristan Project (Chris)

Advantage: Has the name of both the show and the theatre on the front.

Disadvantage: Are they in ice? Why so much blue?

junkmail redgrave (anni) - the year of magical thinking

The Year Of Magical Thinking (Anni)

Advantage: In focus.

Disadvantages:

  • Needed to open this to figure out what show it was, and I wouldn’t even have bothered with that if wasn’t planning on writing about it here.
  • Vanessa Redgrave holds little meaning for me.
  • Pictures of old people looking sad don’t generally encourage me to see theatre unless they’re also looking angry, Lear-style.

Hard contest. If there was a way for them to both lose, that’d be the outcome today. However…

Today’s winner: Lincoln Center: The Tristan Project

Theatre Junkmail Wars – Battle 2
Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

It looks like we don’t get nearly as much theatre junkmail as I think we do. In the last week, we’ve only opened our mailbox to find the following two, and one of them is technically from a mailing list I legitimately signed up for about 5 years ago, so I’m not convinced it even counts.

BAM Spring 2007 BAM Spring 2007 (Chris)

Advantages:

  • BAM is the most respectable art-driven theatre organization in town: for my tastes, far more so than Lincoln Center.
  • This schedule advertises a 3-week run of the Matthew Bourne ballet of Edward Scissorhands, one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had in the theatre, which we saw in London last year.
  • As always, the art direction in BAM’s season schedules rivals the Royal National Theatre for the best I’ve ever seen, with a consistent outlook, branding, and arresting visuals on every page.

Disadvantages:

  • It’s a mixed bag in here, as a number of the shows don’t appeal to me. For example, after seeing their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at BAM a few years back, I’m not in any hurry to see the all-male Shakespearean Propeller company again.
  • There’s an extremely confusing description of the scheduling of Ian McKellan in King Lear and Chekov’s The Seagull. It’s very unclear as to whether all the shows he’s in sold out to subscribers, or if only the three performances of The Seagull he’s in are sold out, or if he’s in King Lear for more than three shows.
  • It says “sponsored by Bloomberg” right on the front.
Company Company (Anni)

Advantages:

  • Sondheim
  • John Doyle’s still-fresh gimmick of actors playing the instruments
  • Raul Esparza
  • A straightforward ad, pretty much telling me exactly these things and not a whole lot more.
  • Kills far fewer trees as a folded one-pager than BAM’s 8 pages.
  • The biggest advantage of any of these, though: I know for certain I’m going to go see Company, as opposed to anything in the BAM season.

Disadvantages:

  • This is “THE BEST MUSICAL OF THE YEAR” already? Come on, it’s January! Kind of funny when said ironically, never anything more than annoying hyperbole when done sincerely.
  • There were actually copies of this addressed to both of us, which somewhat negates the tree-friendliness advantage mentioned above.

Today’s winner (just barely): Company

Theatre Junkmail Wars – Battle 1
Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

I get a lot of junk mail, most of it from theatre companies. Anni also gets a lot of the same kinds of junk mail.

Our theatre junk mail needs to fight it out in (semi) daily battles.

Wake Up Mr. Sleepy!  Your Unconscious Mind Is Dead! The Little Dog Laughed
Wake Up Mr. Sleepy! Your Unconscious Mind Is Dead! (Chris) The Little Dog Laughed (Anni)
Advantages: indie cred, at the Ontological, cheaper seats Advantages: it looks warm where these people are
Disadvantage: really creepy fat baby Disadvantages: overproduced poster, creepy smile, why are they all judging me?

Today’s winner: Wake Up Mr. Sleepy! Your Unconscious Mind Is Dead!