19 December
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B+

An important show that drives home themes of teamwork, being part of something larger than yourself, living in the moment, life vs. death, talent vs. commitment, and mentor/mentee relationships (seen 7/13/2016)

 

Hoo-rah!

  • A story worth telling. I was rooting for them the whole way!
  • Some amazing choreography and lighting (Jules Fisher– the train sequence!)
  • I saw the show after the closing had already been announced, and that added a heartbreaking but powerful meta-commentary; the original Shuffle Along was such an underdog and ran for years. This was an amazing show that was only just getting its feet.
  • Love me some Brian Stokes Mitchell (who also happened to be on that night’s episode of Mr. Robot)

Blech…

  • The pace of the storytelling felt a little… haphazard. Probably due to cuts to make the show shorter, but it was difficult to follow where we were in time.
  • Despite the incredible voices of the two female leads, both were missing a certain… star power I guess? I had trouble believing either of them would become famous. Audra McDonald was absent this day and maybe that’s something she brought more of.
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31 May
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The first major VR live performance doesn’t work properly, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have potential

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31 May
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C

A multi-part opera-esque theater piece takes over the Park Avenue Armory

 

Hoo-rah!

  • Some really beautiful vignettes and moments
  • Really loved the ending Madam Curie piece, but it had no part in this show
  • Sheep!

Blech…

  • Every scene except for the Madam Curie one was about 15 minutes too long…

 

 

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7 January
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Last year I kind of did something like this, and as someone pretty relentlessly focused on the future, it’s refreshing to take a moment to reflect. Whoooosh!

 

 

ANNUAL PROJECT 2015:

Watch Alex Coulombe Talk Stuff! in which I chronicled my activities on a weekly basis to chart the transition from not-fatherhood to fatherhood  – 48 episodes

 

(2013 was a Daily Journal & 2014 was my Productive Commuter blog & 2016 will be Watch Alex Coulombe Learn Stuff)

 

 

ARCHITECTURE:

 

VIRTUAL REALITY:

 

VIDEO:

Vulture/NYMag

Personal

Cracked.com

 

GAMES:

 

STORYTELLING:

 

MUSIC:

 

LIFE:

  • Over the holiday break, James, Stevie, Kelsey, and I worked on renovating my garage
  • Oh hey, on August 19, 2015 my wife gave birth to our first child, Alasdair!

 

 

In 2016 I predict VR permeating every one of those categories– I see a revolution on the horizon. See you in early 2017!

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6 January
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-*

WhAT Studios puts on an original show for the Venus Theater Festival.

 

Hoo-rah!

  • Opening scene pulled me right in: something as simple as getting a credit card revealed a lot about both characters.
  • Great idea: guy who works as a custodian of a building uses his keys to bring dates back to the swankiest apartments.
  • Great idea: the emotional rollercoaster of going from thinking you’re broke, to thinking you’ve won a million dollars, to knowing you’ve been roped into the insane schemes of a sociopath.
  • Amber Orion is a wonderfully wild and charismatic Dallas, though I think once she was cast the script should have been retailored and enhanced for a woman in that role (instead of just dressing her like a man).

Blech…

  • Violence never felt real or threatening, except for a single intense glass (sugar) bottle being smashed over a head.
  • Seduction scene could have really used some music to make the whole exchange less awkward.
  • Works better as a 30-minute show than a 60-minute one.
  • How exactly does a guy who’s never had a credit card convince everyone at school that he’s rich?

 

*No letter grade because I’m too biased– I know everyone in the cast, the director, and the writer. And I’ve read several versions of the script in progress.

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