This post is not for the weak of stomach, but it is about theatre and it is quite silly. You have been warned.
One of the things I absolutely love about theatre is the notion of grown adults doing very silly things at times. For a living.
Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage is making the rounds of regional theatres at the moment and it features a moment where a character vomits uncontrollably, specifically “a brutal and catastrophic spray of vomit.”
Stage directions like this are a dream for the tech crew because they get to be kids again. They get to don their labcoats and invent a whole system for making this work successfully, believably and repeatably on stage. Here’s a great article from the Winnipeg Free Press about one such production. It also has some backstage video showing their particular solution to the problem.
I did a show a couple of years ago where two of us had to smoke marijuana on stage. Neither of us were smokers and I remember the props people bringing in different herbs and such that would smell reminiscent of pot, but wouldn’t make us high or sick. We spent a very silly afternoon of rehearsal learning to smoke oregano on the theatre’s loading dock.
What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever found yourself doing to get a show up?