Marina: “Hot Buffet Reviews, Let Me Show You Them.”

29 10 2008

Here in Boston we just finished our fall show, Hot Buffet (a dystopian musical satire). And now that the dust has settled, the set has … dustled (?!), and the dildo harness (courtesy of Good Vibrations, thanks, GV!) has been folded and put away in the Big Moves costume box, I think I have about a week to contemplate the experience before the next season comes riding in hard and fast and needing to be fed.

Well, “contemplate” may be ambitious, and by “a week” I mean maybe another 12 hours.

But there have been a couple of interesting incidents during this, the only tragedy/drama that Big Moves has produced anywhere in our eight years of existence so far.

1) We got a COMPLAINT LETTER, from someone who was offended by the show! She and her companion left at intermission because her companion was so traumatized by something portrayed in the first act that she was in tears. I’m not going to say what, because there’s a possibility that Hot Buffet will either be restaged by Big Moves Boston somewhere else or by another Big Moves chapter, but someone was actually moved so far by the content that she couldn’t handle watching any more of it.

Now, our intent was not to make people leave at intermission. There’s the whole tragic ending that we want people to see. THEN they can leave, shaken and disturbed. And I did send a compassionate note to the letter-writer–I mean, we wouldn’t have put a warning in the marketing about the scene, because that would have blown a significant plot point, but it’s always worth taking such comments under discussion when we plan.

But actually, I take it as a round-about, accidental compliment. Our depiction of the issue was sufficiently real that it triggered someone. Someone was offended, not by the fatties, but by a drama unfolding graphically, inexorably on stage. I feel like a grown-up director suddenly. Kinda… wow.

2) We got a REVIEW, from a mainstream print newspaper. We deliberately set up this run over two weekends, in the hope that critics might be able to attend, and be interested enough to write a review. And one guy did.

Take a look. It’s a pretty good review. I mean, we got a photo on the front page, with a jump to a full review and another photo. And he did encourage people to come to the show. (I’ll ignore the “strap on your feedbag” remark, because those poor journalists just can’t seem to avoid getting cute.)

But the big draw, in his opinion, was the big fat fatties doing pervy things all up in his face. Nothing but fatties, all fatties, all up in his face.

The producer side of me (about 85 percent) is all “yay! all publicity is good publicity! Sex sells! Fatties are sexy! Look at how skeezy we got! Exactly the ambience I was going for!” But the remaining 15 percent (the artistic side, see item 1, above) is sitting quietly in the corner with a stiff drink in her hand, muttering “There is too a plot. There are several plots. There are whole fucking story arcs. There are confrontations and secrets and melt-down moments that made people really uncomfortable. There’s a butoh-inspired finale. Our dancing fatties aren’t so fat that they block the fucking stage and everything that’s happening on it. Lots of audience members gave praise, some walked away quietly with very disturbed looks on their faces, we even got a fuckin’ complaint letter. Were you so distracted by the ‘nearly naked, harness-wearing twink’ and the heaving landscape of voluptuous, food-smeared fatties that you couldn’t see the tragedy?”

So, you know, slightly mixed feelings on my part. BUT, it was a review, a good one that brought in tons of phone calls on Friday and Saturday morning about the show.   If people came and got something that they didn’t expect, that’s not our fault. And it’s probably a good thing.

Fortunately for our fans and cast alike, the next big show, Fat Camp, is much lighter in tone. More details about that soon. In the meantime, yay for complaint letters and being misunderstood by the media. It’s a grand artistic tradition that means we’ve finally arrived!

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Nellie: “Hot Buffet – Opening Week Audience Reactions!”

23 10 2008

Hot Buffet opened last weekend and, in addition to being a total blast, it was extremely well received by our audiences! Here are a few of the written comments we’ve gotten so far:

“You guys broke my heart. But that was the point. It was so powerful — the psychological stuff and the sexy stuff forced you to feel ways that were surprising! Thanks for a great ride, folks.”

“What a talented, risk-taking, courageous, entertaining bunch of fatties you all are. What a show! Hot Buffet brought tears to my eyes and goosebumps to my arms. The performances, the acting had power. Excellent book, excellent music. You continue to raise the bar.”

“Hot and Awesome.”

“Extremely interesting and creates conversation!”

“Beautiful, out there, different (in a good way).”

Don’t miss your chance to come see the show this weekend! We’d love to see all of your shining faces this Friday or Saturday at the Cambridge Family YMCA Theater!

Big Moves Presents: Hot Buffet
October 24-25
Cambridge Family YMCA Theater
Central Square, Cambridge, MA
Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm

This show is for mature audiences only, owing to adult themes and partial nudity.





Coquette: “Opening tomorrow: HOT. BUFFET. OMG.”

15 10 2008

It’s finally here! My thoughts on the subject to follow later…probably after the run is through. But for now, have the full official blurb. And come to the show, if you know what’s good for you. T’will be excellent.

Big Moves presents:
HOT BUFFET
(a dystopian musical satire)


October 16-18* and 24-25, 2008
Doors 7:30 PM | Curtain 8:00 PM
Cambridge Family YMCA Theater
820 Mass Ave., Cambridge
Tickets
General admission: $15/adv., $20/door
VIP seating: $20/adv., $25/door (if available)
Student rush: $10 (15 min. before curtain, w/student ID)
Limited dinner/dessert tasting menu available

Buy advance tickets and tasting packages online at www.bigmoves.org

{ When self-denial is the law of the land,
the pursuit of pleasure will be a crime… }

After studying culinary arts for 7 years in Europe, Andrea returns to a United States she barely recognizes. By 2028, dieting is practically a religion, sexuality is stuffed tightly away, and the state has no qualms about interfering in either. Andrea’s friend Chrissy has a unique role in this brave new world: she’s a dancer and professional eater at Hot Buffet, one of the few establishments in the city where patrons can indulge just about any carnal appetite. Andrea gets work in the kitchen, and Chrissy is making money hand over chocolate-smeared fist.

Meanwhile, the Boss and her lover, the Emcee, do their best to keep the joint jumping, the marks fed, and their little bohemian family safe from the chaos and uncertainty in the outside world. But as society’s disdain for the pleasures of the flesh boils over into outright persecution, the tattered velvet ropes at the Hot Buffet may not be enough to keep the mobs at bay.

With ensemble dancers of all shapes and sizes and a passionate cast drawn from the best of Boston’s community theater scene, Hot Buffet delivers a searing indictment of a Big Brother future we can’t ignore and may not be able to escape.

NOTE: this show is for MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY, owing to adult themes and partial nudity.

TASTING PACKAGE INCLUDES:
deluxe mac ‘n’ cheese
finger-lickin’ spare ribs
backdoor fudge delight
coffee (with rich cream)
full-calorie sodas
Additional charge for having items eaten in front of you by one of our dancers.

*Thursday, October 16, is pay-what-you-can night! (suggested donation: $10)





Nellie: “Love Your Body Reception Tonight!!”

7 10 2008

That’s right, folks, it’s time for another Big Moves Boston public appearance!

We’ll be performing tonight at the reception to kick off Love Your Body month in Cambridge at the Central Square Library. The show, which is in the Lewis Room, starts at 7 pm and is free and open to the public.

The show, co-hosted by Big Moves Boston and Greater Boston National Organization for Women (NOW) will feature a selection from our upcoming musical Hot Buffet, as well as belly dancing by Big Moves’ own Caravan of Curves. Also performing is the fantastic Johnny Blazes, and there will be excerpts from this upcoming weekend’s The Femme Show.

Trust us, you don’t want to miss it.

Love Your Body is a mixed-media exhibit of art, propaganda, and the naked truth about how loving your body – whatever your size, shape, color, or ability – can change the world you live in. Inspired by the NOW’s Love Your Body Day (October 15), Love Your Body is curated/produced by Big Moves, with additional materials from the NOW Foundation.





Nellie: “TraniWrecktastic”

5 10 2008

Thank you to everyone who came out for TraniWreck: The Benefit Extravaganza on Saturday!

Asses were shaked. The Time Warp was done with the fantastic Kielbasia. Honey Suckle turned up the heat with an amazing burlesque performance. Johnny Blazes and Frieda Fries worked the stage – and the crowd – like nobody’s business.

Can Can Revolution made us look at the democratic process in an entirely new, ridiculous, and sexy way. Maggie of the Femme Show danced everyone under the table, and Mel O’Drama has now changed our view of Sesame Street forever. Heywood Wakefield was, as always, an excellent host – and also, pelted with candy.

Oh, and one of Big Moves’ own ladies (*cough*me*cough*)made out with the fabulous Becca D’Bus on stage.

In other words, it was a smashing good time**.

We all had such a blast performing with such talented and amazing people, and we wish Heywood Wakefield, Johnny Blazes, and Red Rider the best of luck at IDKE in Columbus!

**If I forgot anyone, I’m truly sorry. There was so much fabulous floating around, I got a little overwhelmed.





Coquette: “Who Else Hasn’t Sarah Palin Met Before?”

3 10 2008

OMG, do you see now that I was not joking when I said that I cannot shut up about Sarah Palin? I thought I was done! I thought I’d let the venom out for the day.

I was totally wrong.

So, something happened last night when the debate started. I watch on CNN, because CNN has crazy-making analyst insta-responses, and some sort of arbitrary group of voters sequestered somewhere giving insta-impressions of how well they like what each candidate is saying, all plotted out in moving line graphs with pluses and minuses and color-coding…it’s an orgy of useless data analysis, and it’s exactly the kind of thing I like watching. (No, I do not have any of the iPhone apps to monitor the national polls. Because I have a job and someone would notice. But don’t think I haven’t thought about it.)

Anyway! Watching on CNN, everyone’s got their little pie-chart plus/minus thingjobs, all clear and ready to start giving points once the VP candidates open their mouths. Except then…Palin walked out on stage, and two of the analysts gave her a +1. The woman walked without falling down, and she got a positive response. I knew expectations for her were low, but DANG!

So I’m sitting there, stunned into silence (a rarity, I promise you), and then Palin actually did manage to open her mouth. And she said, to Senator Joseph Biden, “Hi, nice to meet you, can I call you Joe?” This bothered me for some reason, but it wasn’t until I was walking back from lunch today that it sunk in.

Sarah Palin had never met Joe Biden before. Sarah Palin had never, ever met Joe Biden.

Fun facts about Joe Biden, in case you weren’t aware: he’s the senior US Senator from Delaware. He’s been doing it for a while. Over 30 years, in fact. Since 1972! And she hadn’t met him until the 33 days before the election.

People can and sometimes do complain about Barak Obama and his supposed “lack of experience.” But that “lack” translates into teaching constitutional law for over a decade, followed by seven years as a state senator and leading into his term now as a US Senator. And I feel pretty certain that, before this election, everyone else involved on both sides had met the entirety of the US Senate.

Then in twinkles Sarah “Pew! Pew! Pew! [adorable]” Palin, whose political experience thus far breaks down as:

– Wasilla (pop. <10,000) city council, 4 years
– Wasilla mayor, 6 years
– Alaska (pop. <700,000) governor, 1.5 years

This is supposed to qualify her to meet with world leaders, represent the United States abroad, and lead the nation should the President be unable to perform his duties. Wasilla is classified as a “small town”, and the entire state of Alaska has fewer people than Ft. Worth, Texas.

And she’d never met one of the most senior senators in the US Senate until last night. But hey! She can walk across a stage! Success.





Nellie: “Big Moves at TraniWreck on Saturday!!”

3 10 2008

We’re ramping up our public appearances in preparation for our fall show, the wildly dystopian, not to mention ridiculously sexy, Hot Buffet! We’ll be shaking our asses…in very little clothing…all over Boston in the coming weeks, singing and dancing for you lovely people. And we want to see your glowing, angelic faces there!

Our first public appearance will be at TraniWreck’s Benefit Extravaganza – THIS SATURDAY (yes, tomorrow) at Great Scott in Allston. This is a 21+ show (it’s at a bar, folks), and it starts at 9pm. Please note that this a different location than other TraniWreck performances – so don’t go to the wrong place!

Tickets are $10, with proceeds going to cover travel expenses for TraniWreck host Heywood Wakefield and regulars Johnny Blazes and Red Rider as they make a trek to Columbus, OH for the International Drag King Community Extravaganza, where Heywood will MC the Red Light District Show.

See you there!