Thursday, October 24, 2013

Lyric Top 40: Pure, Unfiltered Sound

Several of you have written in to say that the fact that our actors don't need to wear mics to fill the space with sound is on your Lyric Top 40, so we thought we'd add it here - because it's one of Spiro's favorite things, too.

When you come to a play or a musical here at the Lyric, you get real voices and real sound, because our intimate space allows us to work without amplification. And it really shows. "I just love that you can hear them so clearly," one audience member remarked to me on her way out of One Man, Two Guvnors last month. And the same goes for musicals: those bands are working right behind the set - live music, Spiro says, makes all the difference.

We're lucky that our space allows for this, and even luckier that our actors, directors, and musicians are willing to "play ball" and perform without microphones. We're proud of how authentic and powerful we feel it makes the sound - and we're glad so many of you like it, too.

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The Lyric Top 40 
A new feature on our blog that celebrates the large and the small, the obvious and the obscure, our very favorite things about The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, the things that make us uniquely Lyric. Check back for the next item on the countdown.

What’s on your Lyric Top 40?
We hope you’ll submit your own to top40@lyricstage.com, in the comments below, or on Facebook!

Theater in Thirty with Amanda Spinella

CHRISTINE PATTERSON, EVERYBODY!


If you made it to One Man, Two Guvnors, you'll remember Amanda Spinella as the delightfully sneaky audience plant who was dragged on stage every night. Hear about what it was like to be doused with water on a nightly basis, and then some, in Theater in Thirty!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Water by the Spoonful Production Photos


Check out these production photos from Water by the Spoonful! Click to enlarge.


Gabriel Rodriguez & Sasha Castroverde,
with Mariela Lopez-Ponce and Gabriel Kuttner*
Zaven Ovian, Sasha Castroverde, and Gabriel Rodriguez.

Mariela Lopez-Ponce and Johnny Lee Davenport*



Thursday, October 3, 2013

Lyric Top 40: Enriching & Interesting Dramaturgy

What’s dramaturgy, you ask? It’s a word that means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. But in practice here at the Lyric, it’s the information we give to our staff, artists, and patrons, to help enhance their experience and understanding of the work happening up on stage.

How that manifests is in a couple of places: the “dramaturgy packet” given to the actors during rehearsals with a show glossary and related articles, the posters you see in the lobby, and the 2-3 page note you find in the program. Currently, our resident dramaturg is none other than the amazing A. Nora Long, also our Associate Artistic Director. She, along with her team of assistants, have created some wonderful supplementary articles.

All of you have seen her posters and read her articles in the program, and you know how hard she works and how much she researches to get all of this information into an easily digestible format. I’ve got some examples for you right here from the last two seasons here. Be sure to grab Nora and say, "hey, thanks," if you've ever read the program note and felt informed, thought about, or engaged:

DRAMATURGY PACKETS: One Man, Two Guvnors | Water by the Spoonful (a sneak peek!)
PROGRAM NOTES: Chinglish | 33 Variations
LOBBY BOARDS: The Chosen

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The Lyric Top 40 
A new feature on our blog that celebrates the large and the small, the obvious and the obscure, our very favorite things about The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, the things that make us uniquely Lyric. Check back for the next item on the countdown.

What’s on your Lyric Top 40? 
 We hope you’ll submit your own to top40@lyricstage.com, in the comments below, or on Facebook!