Humanities 111 Live Performance

Humanities 111 Live - Stan Ingberman When I first walked into the Shadowbox Cabarets performance of Crazy Sexy Cool I thought to myself"What have I

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Stan Ingberman When I first walked into the Shadowbox Cabaret’s performance of Crazy Sexy Cool, I thought to myself, “What have I gotten myself into?” It was like a 1980’s club on crack. However, I quickly realized that I was not the intended audience of the production. Looking around I noticed that my friends and I were by far the youngest people there. After accepting the fact that I was not the intended audience, I was able to give the show a second chance and came to the conclusion that albeit it was extremely weird, it was entertaining. Crazy Sexy Cool describes itself as a “sketch comedy and rock ‘n roll club.” Because of this, there was no plot to the performance. Every sketch and song was completely independent from the rest. I enjoyed this aspect of the show because if you do not find a particular skit entertaining, it is not a big deal. Just wait for the next one and you have fresh hopes all over again. This prevents the audience from letting their first impression affect the rest of the show. The set up of the club was very simple but very important to the flow of the production. There was a stage to the left and a stage to the right, with all the audience in tables on the floor. They played the music on the left stage and performed the sketches on the right stage. By alternating between song and skit, the off-stage could always be setting up in the dark without the audience even noticing. This gave the show a continuous flow that was crucial to the overall experience. Something very interesting that I noticed about the club was that the performers were also the waiters and waitresses. This had its pros and cons. It
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was incredibly unique which I thought was cool. It gives you a sense of interaction with the performers that you simply do not see elsewhere. On the contrary, this also means you only get service before the show and during intermission. This was not relevant to my friends and me since we neither ate nor drank there. However, for the rest of the crowd, having to order an hour’s worth
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This essay was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course HUM 111 taught by Professor Maxwell during the Winter '08 term at Columbus State Community College.

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Humanities 111 Live - Stan Ingberman When I first walked into the Shadowbox Cabarets performance of Crazy Sexy Cool I thought to myself"What have I

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