Audience

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The crowd at Fringe-for-All at the Ritz Theater. Courtesy Minnesota Fringe Festival. Photo: Craig VanDerSchaegen

They sit in the dark; their reactions scare us to death. Who are they? What do they want? They may be the most important actors in your production, yet you know the least about them. Will they judge or join in? In this issue, we stare back at the audience.

Just a funny video

Audience

For your amusement, we compiled a few of outtakes from the Indiegogo campaign video we made. Happy Monday!

BLOG: The Theater Space Shuffle

Audience | Production

One theater leaves. Another takes its place. And the circle of theater life continues.

Northern Spark in the rain: a journey

Audience

The weather did its damnedest to douse this year's Spark, but a non-optimal experience isn't necessarily a bad one.

We're pretty smart and that's OK

Audience

Let's give local theater some credit for giving local audiences some credit.

Cash rules everything around me... or does it?

Audience

A New York Times piece looks at a crisis point for artists. So how bad is it out there?

BLOG: Straight Talk for Straight Guys

Audience | Production

The New York Times says straight men don't like Broadway anymore. (Wait... they did before?)

The show must go on, so shut the hell up and get it done

Audience

A sweet, unscripted onstage act breaks the fourth wall and makes headlines, and that's a problem.

BLOG: Climbing The Summit (or "How To Lose Audience and Alienate Artists")

Audience | Production | Training

In Washington, D.C., a panel discussion of artistic directors breaks open every can of worms. Believe it or not, this does matter to us in Minnesota.

Standing up for the standing O

Audience

Savage Umbrella's Carl Atiya Swanson comes to the defense of the embattled standing ovation.

Say no to the standing O

Audience

Tane S. Danger is concerned that we're devaluing the hallowed standard-bearer of audience approval.

I had fun at a play and that's OK

Audience

Sometimes a play is just a good evening's entertainment. Do we need theater to be more than that?

Breaking the 'Wicked' curse

Audience

Mark Sweeney has not seen 'Wicked,' and he'd like to know why everyone assumes he has.

'Small Art,' big awards and local heroes

Audience

An intimate arts evening and a gala extravaganza throw a spotlight on all the amazing theater in between.

Why Should I See Your Show? 'Psst!' vs. 'Emilie'

Audience

A play with extra-artsy roots matches up against one with a more scientific grounding this week.

What gives you the right?

Audience

When it comes to artistic inspiration, who has the right to tell what story?

Why should I see your show? 'Forever Plaid' vs. 'What Happened to the Dollar'

Audience

Our new weekly feature finds two local productions vying for theatergoers' hearts and minds.

Sympathy for the Jocks

Audience

Playlist editor Ira Brooker attempts to end the culture wars between sports fans and arts lovers.

Searching for awful theater

Audience

Watching bad movies is a time-honored tradition. Is there a similar niche for transcendently terrible theater?

Live tweets from the Iveys

Audience | Criticism | Production | Vision

Levi Weinhagen live tweets the Ivey Awards tonight for us @minnesotaplays #iveyawards #theaterprom #canyoubetoosnarky

What's the deal with Stand-Up and Improv

Audience | Production

Can improvised theater and Stand-Up Comedy work together in the same show?

In praise of Christmas past

Audience | Criticism

After watching Kevin Kling's latest show at the Fitzgerald, Matt wonders whether the essence of the season is nostalgia.

Best of 2010-2011: Chimera

Audience | Criticism

Deborah Stein and Suli Holum's creation crawled under the Bedlam Artistic Director's skin.

Best of 2010-2011: Red Resurrected

Audience | Criticism

Spare need not be empty. With the aid of the audience's imagination, minimal has maximum effect.

The best is yet to come

Audience | Criticism | Vision

Challenging is a criteria for excellence that Minnesota may experience more in the year to come.

Beyond “Offending the Audience” or how I came to write America’s most (and least) wanted play

Audience | Innovation

The Neo-Futurists buy pizza for their audience whenever they sell out. Twenty years ago, they never imagined they'd be buying so much pizza.

A great space Christmas

Audience | Criticism | Tradition

"You can bet if the Klingons were in two wars at once, and had been for years, they would have the knobby alien balls to own up to it."

Northside

Audience

Workhouse Theatre Company makes its way in North Minneapolis through old-fashioned, one-on-one, grassroots marketing. We reprint this story from Dec. 2008.

A tale of two theater towns

Audience

Chicago and Minneapolis; Sex and Song; the practical and literal versus the conceptual and suggestive; the heart and body versus the mind.

Sit down. Shut up. (I've done this before — and some audiences actually laughed.)

Audience | Vision

One performer's progression from caring about his audience to caring about his art.

Playhouse hooky

Audience

Kevin Coss on how theater can get student butts in seats.

Dancing around a subject

Audience | Criticism

The audience responds, live, to Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the Northop Auditorium on Tuesday, March 8.

Ballet: Not a riddle to decipher

Audience

Justin Leaf on watching classical and contemporary ballet.

Bharatanatyam: Poetry in motion

Audience

Jessica Fiala provides multiple ways into watching and understanding Bharatanatyam.

Modern dance: Still rebelling, still evolving

Audience

John Munger holds forth on modern dance and how audiences can improve their watching experience.

Watching dance: A four-part primer

Audience

An introduction to four essays by local dancers on how to look at dance.

Experimental dance: The universe unlocked

Audience

Justin Jones reflects on experimental or post-modern dance as an experience of infinite processes.

First, we take Des Moines

Audience | Greater Minnesota

What do you do when you've written a raunchy gay sex farce sure to offend delicate sensibilities? Take it on the road, of course.

This is our youth

Audience | Innovation

University of Minnesota student Cristeta Boarini thinks more young people would go to theater, if more theater was like The Flickering Wall.

Out there in the dark

Audience

A photo gallery of Minnesota audiences.

Who? Where? What?

Audience

We called around the state to find out where people are going, where they come from, and what they look like. An overview here.

Have some respect, please

Audience

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is fine—I saw it once, and it was fine.

$hiny object$

Audience | Management

Before they’ll buy a ticket, your audience wants to see that you’re competent. Welcome to graphic design.

Excerpt from “You Asked For It”

Audience

An excerpt from “You Asked For It”

Electric Arc Radio

Audience | Innovation

An ongoing series of staged readings about four writers living in a house?!? How did they wind up with such a cool crowd?

Doing data

Audience

We use lots of energy collecting audience surveys then don’t use the results. Let’s root out the disappointing truth.

Decisions, decisions

Audience

Habitual theater-goers Kay and Jay Jackson share their secrets about how they make decisions on what to see.

Humans with pulses

Audience

Lonely theater artists (LTA) seek HWP (humans with pulse) for GT (good time), maybe a couple laughs. Must be willing to pick up tab.

Northside

Audience

The only theater in north Minneapolis survives by knowing their neighbors, from Katie to Carissa to Ellen and her friend Shirley.

They, the people

Audience

Does demography make you cringe? How can they put numbers on art? Relax.

Blood! Dead cats! Punk rock!

Audience | Vision

Sitting with his unemployment check, actor Casey Greig fantasizes about a season that'll draw in a younger audience. His fantasies are loud.

Resurrection

Audience | Vision

Theater brings mystery, excitement, and romance, and that’s just when her parents first met. Then she started to see shows.

A war zone

Audience | Process

Four soldiers of the theater are pinned down by enemy fire in an unnamed country in an unnamed war. One of them won’t make it home.

Simplicity

Audience | Social Service

Performing in prisons and homeless shelters teaches Michelle Hensley a few things about connecting with the audience.

Baby, it's cold outside

Audience | Criticism | Tradition

What is a religious experience? What is magic? What does Fat Man Crying have to tell us about these questions and more?

Mown

Audience

Regular MinnesotaPlaylist contributor John Middleton returns with his thoughts on the grassroots.

Humans with pulses

Audience

Grassroots political movements effect the policies of mainstream politics; perhaps the work you put onstage could also be effected by grassroots groups.