It's steppin' time!
Well, I journal-ed about the first one. If I ever manage to go to one of the sing along showings of the footage, I'll have to journal about that.
Jonesin' for Joss
Two acts, 12$ (or 4 for 40). OMWF to start so the actors had time to get into their demon make up, Dr. Horrible to close.
Review: worth every penny, but I'm not going back tomorrow to see it all again.
I didn't wear my only Buffy shirt this time, but I went with someone who wore one, so that sort of counts. I need to have a back up costume for this type of thing. We didn't have to drive an hour this time. 15 minutes, same trip I used to make for open mike. There was a fairly good turn out, which made me happy to see. Whedonites unite, and all that.
To be fair, I've seen clips of live OMWF done, and this was much better than any I've seen. It had strong voices, mediocre actors, and terrible accents. There was a fair amount of thought put into the mechanics of adapting it, and it had both the mustard guy and the parking ticket girl, although it did not have the dancing maintenance guys. The thing it had against it was that I know that musical by heart. Each word, each intonation, each step, and they did a good job, but I wasn't grading on that curve. Things picked up with Dawn's ballet that was beautifully executed, and I smiled through 'walk through the fire' where the harmonies were killer, and teared through 'something to sing about' because that's just how I roll. There were about 10-11 dialogue errors, most painful among them Giles dropping 'take you by the hand' and the order of 'save the day' and 'melt away' getting transposed, but if you were a neophyte, you wouldn't have noticed. The newbie in our group had no idea what the lethes bramble thing was all about, but I guess that does take some back story. Nitpicks: Buffy did really good fighting but overly apathetic acting, Dawn dropped 'the hardest thing' line like it was a dead fish, Spike didn't manage angry, Anya injected her own vocal flavour into 'bunnies', Sweet didn't belt it out for fear of overwhelming, and Tara was structured smaller than Willow, who didn't point at the jass hands, and Xander's very important 'it could be witches' was a little fumbled.
The Dr Horrible I an less anal about, and I enjoyed it more. The Dr. acting was solid, moist was a little fleshed out with a slip and fall scene that really worked. Hammer was more preen than puff which I didn't like as much as the last one, but the stuffed shirt look was cool. They didn't do as well with the freeze ray special effects as the high school did, but did set up a small city for him to smash in 'brand new day'. Also, Horrible managed the tempo to that opener, which I'm always impressed by. Penny was quiet, but sounded right, and the laundry freeze time moments were perfect. The league gathering at the end had awesome costumes, although the horse head on penny was creepy. I did have to give her props for holding a dead person plank as three of the male cast carried her off stage. The set changes were a little long, and sometimes they waited until the actors re-adjusted things before lifting the lights, which was a little awkward, and the music cues in both were not as quick on the draw as they could be.
Still, I think there should have been more than just us in the back row standing for final bow. This was a labour of love, and cheap at the price.
(edited to add journal skin, can't edit anything below this, they came with the skin, and have nothing to do with me, and I can't seem to change them. But I like the header.)