Change is in the air. I think the show is going to evolve quite a bit in the upcoming week. On Friday we put in 3 substantial scenes and 4 shorter monologues. Tonight we met just before the show and changed the order of those new scenes a bit, including using one of them as our new opener. We also added another blackout and took out some old scenes, since the shows Friday night ran long. In between shows tonight we tightened up a couple of things, but the running order remained the same, as it will for Sunday night. It was a lot of fun not only to have new scenes in but also to just have the order of things mixed up a bit. Keep us on our toes and all that.
At this point I’d estimate that we have a list of about 75 scenes that we’ve improvised and/or pitched, but as of now we only have 2 scenes with actual scripts. Kat, the assistant to the director, will sometimes transcribe scenes from videotapes of the improv sets, and we have about 5 or 6 of those transcriptions. So a lot of what we’re working on is just sort of floating in the ether right now, hopefully in addition to being scribbled in notebooks here and there.
In response to Tara’s comment/inquiry about whether I would recommend seeing this show as a final product or during the process…I can go either way on that. For several years I waited to see all Second City shows until they opened, so everything would be new. Last year, I saw both the mainstage and ETC shows a few weeks before opening, and then again on opening, and I have to say that I enjoyed that. I think for people in the improv world, and even for those who aren’t, it’s pretty fascinating to see what makes it all the way through and what doesn’t. It’s amazing the changes that can happen in the last week or two, even if it seems like the show had been in pretty good shape. So maybe I would lean towards taking a peak a few weeks away from opening, and then coming back to see the final result.
On Thursday night before our set, Ron (our director) came back to the green room with the business card of a guy, Mike Foley, who I went to college with. He was in the audience that night, having no idea I performed there. He was one of the tech guys in our drama department, and he had even done some tech for our improv shows back then, so it was pretty neat to know he had seen the show. That’s right, I said it was neat. It’s late.