(Chelsea) Merriam-Webster offers this definition of “mash-up”: something created by combining elements from two or more sources: as a: a piece of music created by digitally overlaying an instrumental track with a vocal track from a different recording b: a movie or video having characters or situations from other sources c: a Web service or application that integrates data and functionalities from various online sources
You’ll notice that the good ol’ M-W doesn’t include theater in its definition, which means Apollinaire Theatre’s staging of “Stupid Fucking Bird” kind of groundbreaking. Take a ponderous Russian classic, “The Seagull”, make it all meta and silly, and you have this imaginative and unconventional play. Mash-ups usually are 5 minutes long and viewed on YouTube; this play clocks in at a cool 2 hours and a half with a pair of intermissions. My friends, that’s a mash-up that shows some guts. Continue reading →
(Boston, MA) San Diego Comic-Con is less a comic book convention than a blown up Hollywood cousin of the original concept. I both loved and feared it when I attended last year. It’s a beautiful, strange mess of a con, bloated with action movie advertisements, cameras from SPIKE and BBCA, and hundred dollar t-shirts. While still a sort of haven for those obsessed with action figures and trade comics, its proximity to tinsel town has turned it into an exciting, stressful hype machine.
Vagabond Theatre Group’s production, True Believers, does an excellent job in distilling this over-saturation. Continue reading →