Globe Review: “Taut and Absorbing”

Over at the Boston Globe, Don Aucoin has some incredibly nice things to say about The Farm. Choice quotes:

The Farm, directed by David R. Gammons, signals that 27-year-old McGough is well on his way to fulfilling the significant promise he’s shown for some time.”

“Dale Place…delivers a mesmerizing performance.”

“Parker is played with compellingly intense focus and control by Lindsey McWhorter.”

“Gammons and his creative team, especially sound designer David Remedios and lighting designer Karen Perlow, conjure a brooding atmosphere.”

In short: everybody’s great. Go see this show!

(Aucoin also says the play is an “ambitious blend of John le Carre and Franz Kafka.” If only he’d seen the first draft, where Finn turns into a cockroach at the end.)

Fun Stuff: Just in case you thought I’d forgotten. The mission of Supplemental Show Promotion rolls on, even on the heels of awesome reviews and pull-quotes. Today’s installment, in keeping with the happy vibes, is a fun sound-video-awesomeness edit. Pep up your Tuesday!

Supplemented Show Promotion: Opening Weekend!

Requisite Plug: Opening weekend for The Farm has been a blast. Good friends, old friends, new friends, and an awesome show. Of course, if you’re looking to learn more about it, you can just read this preview in the Boston Globe. Choice quote:

[McGough]’s other works are humorous and often fantastical. “The Farm’’ is a departure, but not as much of one as he thought, McGough says. Working with Gammons and the cast, “We’ve been discovering that it’s a little simpler than the other stuff I’ve written, it’s a little less crazy and out-there, but it’s definitely not realism.’’

Of course, having an audience this weekend was a nice reminder that there’s funny stuff in there, too. We’re all about balance here on The Farm.

Requisite Link to Buy Tickets
They can be yours!


Fun Stuff:

For today’s show-promotion supplement, you have two options. You can watch this adorable short film that won a competition where the theme was “Love Mondays”:

Or, if you’re more into the whole brevity thing, you can just check out this awesome picture of a pug going down a slide, and reacting appropriately:

Somewhere along the line, this blog became very pug-heavy. I see you no problem with that.

The People’s Tragedy

Second performance of The Farm tonight! Press Opening tomorrow. My goal for the weekend: avoid #395

Supplemented Show Promotion

An experiment in enjoyable advertising.

It's about spies! What's not to love?

So, it’s that time again. I have a show going up! And you’ll all be happy to know that it’s going to be really, really good. Tech week is proceeding apace, and there are sounds and lights and spies and fight choreography and all sorts of awesomeness to see. Plus: a ghost!

Of course, the impending opening of The Farm means that it’s time, once again, to make this blog less of a random-thoughts-repository and more of a round-the-clock-media-saturation-machine. Which is a bummer. But also necessary! Because selling tickets is a good thing.

The thing is, I always feel kind of disappointed when artists’ websites are only used to hock their particular product. I mean, it’s good and it’s important and yay new media and audience interaction and all, but it’s not really the kind of thing that inspires repeat visitors. So, I’ve been thinking about how to do this as painlessly as possible, and here’s the deal.

I am going to advertise you. I am going to keep it as interesting as possible. But I am also going to entertain. From here on in, every post you see pitching The Farm, or giving information on The Farm, or linking to an interview about The Farm, will also be supplemented by something non-Farm-related. It will be something fun, or fascinating, or even freaky. But not Farmish. And it will hopefully make it worth reading to the end of each post.

Is it a deal? Great! Let’s get started.

Plug of the day: I did a guest blog post over at Playwrights Perspective (the BPT blog), regarding the particular genre that The Farm occupies. Or, rather, genres. Spoiler alert: it gets messy. Go check it out!

Requisite Link to Buy Tickets
Go buy! Go buy now!


Supplemental Fun Thing: This is what it looks like when someone gets hit in the face with a water balloon and the balloon doesn’t pop. In SUPER SLOW MOTION.

Seriously, you guys. That’s a real thing. It’s like the smurfs and T-1000 had a baby and then launched that baby out of a cannon at his face. That exists in the world. And now you know.

Finn Fuel

One of the things I realized while researching The Farm is that the CIA spends a lot of time ignoring its own middle initial. Rather than gathering intelligence on other countries, and helping us know them better, it instead takes the role of global “fixer,” and dives into situations it knows nothing about because it’s convinced it can make them better. And here to illustrate that fact is Duane Clarridge, former head of the CIA’s Latin division:

Update: Favorite Clarridge quote, from Tim Weiner’s excellent (and depressing) Legacy of Ashes:

All of his [former Director of Central Intelligence William Webster] training as a lawyer and a judge was that you didn’t do illegal things. He could neer accept that this is exactly what the CIA does when it operates abroad. We break the laws of their countries. It’s how we collect information. It’s why we’re in business. Webster had an insurmountable problem with the raison d’etre of the organization he was brought in to run.